This is Part 2 of our family-friendly and budget-friendly renovations. We updated the kitchen, laundry room, all three bathrooms and the dining room. We also updated our entry way light and refreshed the trim paint on the entire first floor.
We took advantage of painting the laundry room to reorganize it. I actually use these bins every day but wanted them out of the doorway where people could see them. By installing the drying rack up high (Ballard's Backroom - very reduced) we could move the bins over. It also left us a large open area on the left side of the laundry room to place baskets while doing the laundry. The color is one shade lighter than the color in the kitchen. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
We hung double rows of pegs from The Land of Nod for their school bags and coats. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
The floral mauve wallpaper and crystal light globes gave our downstairs bathroom a very "Golden Girls" feel. In this photo the light fixture had already been changed to a bronze colonial fixture, which worked with our entry way. I also changed the mirror from a white frame to a black one to go with the soon-to-come black vanity. I was trying to decide between two blue paints.
We took down all the window treatments in the house. Two interior designers said they dated the house.
The blue looks more electric than it it in real life. Our painters painted the brown cabinet black and gave it a lot more character. We changed out all the fixtures to bronze to match the light. Without all the wallpaper we now need a lot more art in the house. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
We changed out a bright brass octagon light fixture that cast shadows in the entry way to a replica of a Williamsburg bell jar fixture. The blue in the entry way is the same as in the bathroom. (This is how it really looks.) The painters changed all the trim in the dining room, entry way, living room, stair well and downstairs hallway from cream to an alabaster white. Changing the trim to white was a huge debate for me, but the painter insisted it would look more modern and would make all the colors pop more. He was right. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
You may remember that about a year ago we talked on the blog about what to do for a children's bathroom. I stripped all the wallpaper and painted this one myself last spring. The dots are stick-on from the Pottery Barn, but now a lot more places are carrying the dots cheaper. I bought bright towels and accessories to match at Target. We also changed out the brass light fixture for a fun, modern silver one. The painters updated the vanity from brown to white. It pops so much more. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
This is the master bath and probably the room I hated the most. I'm not sure which bothered me more: the striped wallpaper, the shell border or the Hollywood light strip.
We went with a very light relaxing Behr shade called Pale Lichen. We also switched to white trim up here. I wish I had asked the painters to make my cabinet white like the children's bathroom. (By Christopher Oquendo.)
I love the sliding doors on the tub in our bathroom and the kids' bathroom. It keeps all the water in during bath time. However, it made it hard to update the light fixture in our bathroom. Chandeliers are all the rage in master baths and I really wanted something I would enjoy looking at from the bathtub. However, our ceilings are only 8 feet and I felt the bar would cut too close to the bottom of a chandelier. Our compromise: chandelier crystals but on a flush mount. All the glitz and glamour without it hanging down too low. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
The kids love looking at our Schoenbek chandelier because it sometimes makes a rainbow in the shower. I don't think the photo does it justice. It's just so beautiful all lit up. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)
This was the dining room wallpaper, which I actually liked. I thought the pattern was pretty but maybe a little too pastel. I was really torn about changing it out until... the kitchen was finished. Then the kitchen looked so modern we had to do it. (The dining room connects to the kitchen.) This was the last room we worked on and my brain was fried! I couldn't figure out what color to use. Lisa Todd, a friend and an interior designer, recommended a coral because it would work with the green and the blue and we had it it in our dining room chairs.
This is me trying to choose a color for the dining room. I was working from the coral palette our friend had suggested. She suggested a strong bright color and I felt the pinks would be too "Golden Girls." Also notice the cream molding all below.
After much dithering, I went with Sherwin Williams Constant Coral. I do think it looks lovely next to the blue, but I am having a hard time finding table cloths I like with it.
And I like it with the green paint as well. You can see all the molding was changed from cream to white (but not the brightest builder's white).
Check out Part 3, which features the Top 10 Things I learned doing our renovations and a timeline for our work. The timeline may show you how to organize your own project.