Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Style Flashback: Color, Color, COLOR!!!

Like I said yesterday, this was the first place that we were allowed to paint at so we went a little crazy with the color. I kind of feel bad for the person who ends up painting over those walls! It was a lot of fun and we definitely learned some things along the way.

Living Room BEFORE:

Living Room AFTER:

We kept things calm in the living room with a gray color on the walls and white on the ceiling and baseboards. We also replaced the carpet throughout the house with a gray berber.

We took these photos as we were moving out and trying to find someone to take the place, so there is a big open space on the wall above the chair where there had once been a large painting. My husband found it in an alley and it said something about reefer. It went well with the retro look and neither one of us has ever smoked pot which we thought that made it even funnier. We were worried that it might offend people though so we took it down when we taking these photos to advertise the place. Now I can't find a single photo that has that painting in it. :-(

Kitchen BEFORE:

Kitchen AFTER:

We painted over the flower wallpaper border and took down the hideous flower curtains. We also covered green flooring that had chunks missing with a black marble-look self adhesive vinyl floor tiles.

Bathroom BEFORE:

Bathroom AFTER:

You can't tell from the before picture but we replaced the medicine cabinet and light fixture with a retro one we found at Habitat For Humanity Re-Store. The sink was something my dad had in storage.

Master Bedroom BEFORE:

Master Bedroom AFTER:

This is where we really started with the color! We wanted the bedroom to have an old-school hollywood feel so we went with bright red walls. Painting a red wall takes about ten coats to keep it from looking blotchy. Something to think about if you are planning on doing a color like this yourself.

For the headboard, I took a piece of plywood, covered it in batting (the kind used for quilts) and then wrapped the black and white damask fabric around it and stapled it to the back. I later found a headboard just like this one with the exact same fabric at for $250! The duvet cover I made from two sheets that were a size bigger than the comforter.

Jeremy's Room BEFORE:

Jeremy's Room AFTER:

We did Jeremy's room in a really bright blue. It was a little too much so we added the white wainscoting to break it up a bit. The rocking chair I recovered in a cars and trucks fabric with red accents.

Recording Studio BEFORE:

Recording Studio AFTER:

My husband did a two-tone gray with a white wave in his recording studio with LPs hanging above it. The corner speakers we found at Re-Store and painted them to match the rest of the room. The white circle light on the wall was originally on the ceiling in the kitchen.

I hope you enjoyed my little flashback! We have learned a lot along the way and our style has definitely changed over the years. It's nice to look back every once in a while and I had fun sharing it with you!

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