Renovations: Laundry room, bathrooms, dining room Pt. 2

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 everyday but wanted them out of the doorway where people could see them. By installing the drying rack up high (Ballards Outlet very reduced) we could move the bins over. It also left us a large open area on the left side of the laundry room. The color is one shade lighter than the color in the kitchen. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)

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.)

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.

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.

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 floral pattern we now need a lot more art in the house. (Photo by Christopher Oquendo.)

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 fixutre. The blue in the entry way is the same as in the bathroom, just looks differnet in the light.

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 all talked 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 towles and accessories to match at Target. I had the window treatment made by a local seamstress who I love! The painters updated the vanity from brown to white. It pops so much more. (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.

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. (By Christopher Oquendo.)

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 bathtime. However, it made it hard to update the light fixture in our bathroom. Chandeliers are all the rage in masterbaths 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.

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 just love looking up at while I lie in the tub. (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 kithen 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. It needed to work with the blue in the entry way and the green in the kitchen. Lisa Todd, an interior designer, had recommended a coral becuase it would work with the green and the blue and we had it it in our dining room chairs.

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 pallette the interior designer had suggested. Also notice the cream molding all below.

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, 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.

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).

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.

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You do know that...

January 26th, 2010
6:42 am

…you put the light fixture in the master bath upside down (or should I say “downside up”)…nad you still should change out the faucets in that bath, too; otherwise, great job all the way around!!!!

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2010
6:48 am

Neat stuff Theresa.

We did try that coral color in our dining room years ago. My husband painted one wall and I looked at it for a while but could not handle it. You may love it and that is what counts….right?

Is your master bathroom then completely white? It does look fresh! I always love white towels in a hotel, as it looks clean.

Lisa

January 26th, 2010
7:42 am

I noticed the upside down lights too. But, if you like that better then fine.

I saw that you painted test patches on your wallpaper throughout. Did you end up painting over the wallpaper or strip it first? I know it’d be quicker to paint over it, but problems usually happen later on, especially if it’s not primed with an oil base primer properly.

new mom

January 26th, 2010
7:42 am

Hi Theresa!

You did a great job on all of these rooms. It’s amazing what paint can do! And I’m envious of your laundry room. Someday I want a huge laundry room, but I also don’t want to move, so I guess I’m stuck.

I personally think white bathroom cabinets would have possibly made your master bath way too white! One idea I had (which you didn’t really ask for!) is to put frames around the mirrors in the bathrooms. That’s one thing I plan to do someday, if I haven’t already ripped down the giant mirror slabs by then. It always looks so easy on tv–go to the hardware store w/ your measurements and get moulding cut to fit, then you can paint or stain it whatever color you like.

Thanks for sharing your photos! It would be scary to open yourself up to all the critiques, especially, like you said, when it’s your home!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
8:04 am

the light fixture actually had a sign on it that said this side up — so that is actually the way that is supposed to be mounted — the electrician installed it and he agreed —

MJG – I am still debating the coral — I had my colors done a long time ago and coral is not one of my colors — I am a true pink, red, kind of gal — I do have dining room chairs with some coral in them — and the coral does work wtih the other blue and the green —

I’m just not sure what else I would have gone with —- we’re always afraid we’re going to have to move — if I knew definitely I was safe in this house for another 5 years I think I would have done a green or blue toile wallpaper in the dining room but since we don’t know that I didn’t want to put something in that someone else might hate — if you did move and someone hates the coral then it’s pretty easier to paint over —-

I think the coral works but I don’t love it the way I love my green —

The upstairs bathroom sage is darker in person than in the photos — so it might would be ok with the white cabinet — the brown cabinets just look worn and we didn’t have the money to replace those guys too — New mom I agree pulling the giant mirror slab would help but again money is an issue .

Jeff in Roswell

January 26th, 2010
8:06 am

In defense of the Master Bath light, there is no right or wrong – it’s personal preference.
@ new mom, framing the mirror is easy and inexpensive. I updated our mirror and a family members mirror. I used construction adhesive to attach the moulding to the mirror.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
8:14 am

Jeff — progressive lighting lady agreed with you — she said it could go either way — i thought it was weird though it had a this side up sticker

Robin

January 26th, 2010
8:18 am

Thank you for sharing your renovation photos. Everything looks WONDERFUL!! YOu did a fantastic job. We are in need of lots of ‘renovs’ in our house, and this really inspired me.

THank you! I can’t wait to see the 3rd installment photos and what you learned. If you would, please post all the paint color names/brands together. I am VERY wary of choosing paint colors after a color choice diaster some years ago!

Jane

January 26th, 2010
8:24 am

Just chiming in – if you like the bathroom light that way, so be it.

However, we have a 3-light version similar to that, hung the other way. The way you have it hung, your ceiling is well lit, but your vanity doesn’t get the full light it should.

I believe I found the light on the Progressive Lighting website, and they’ve got it shown facing downward. (I’m not good at this, but I’ll try putting the link on here)
http://www.lightsonline.com/bath-light/1_GZ-8-192-4-99

Anway, whatever you like IS the right way!

oneofeach4me

January 26th, 2010
8:24 am

Everything looks great.. isn’t it funny how renovations can sustain your urge to move sometimes?? The only thing I would suggest… save up a little and update the chandelier in the Dining Room. I bet that would also help you feel more comfortable with the color. That brass just bounces the coral color around.

Nativeson71

January 26th, 2010
8:40 am

Colors look great – all executed well.
Ballard Back Room Drying rack – I could build you one for less than 20 bucks that would hold 10 times more items.
The Shaker peg hooks – in the future source those from Ace Hardware, varying lengths for less than $10bucks each – solid wood – $2 can of white spraypaint and you’re set!
I agree with with another reader – update the dining room chandelier with a bronze color to balance out the coral. Coral is a hot color , brown a cool color – cools and hots (opposites on the color wheel) play off each other well. Think of a red rose with green leaves – the balance that occurs in nature.

Trazey

January 26th, 2010
9:00 am

On DIY they had a segment that suggested hanging the lights with the light up…When the light falls on you its is more flattering and doesn’t show all the effects of aging.

You did a lovely job picking everything

That is how "designers"...

January 26th, 2010
9:01 am

…change their “designs” – “oh, last year we hung the light this way, now we will just tell them to hang it the other way, increase the price by 15%, and the buyer will think they have the latest, greatest, most up to date light product on the market”!!!!

And, they get away with this every year……

Becky

January 26th, 2010
9:01 am

Looks great..Was glad that you said the blue in the first picture didn’t look like that in person..I also would like the light better if it were hung the other way..As for buying a new chandelier in the dingin room, if that’s not an option, change the shades..You could also buy some spray paint and repaint it..This is a very easy fix..

Rebecca

January 26th, 2010
9:45 am

I have been shopping for bath wall lighting fixtures as well, many that I have found can be hung either way. A sales rep for one of the companies said they do that because some light is better downward and some upward depending upon the space and customer preference.

Agree with updating the DR chandelier, a bronze or black with a bit of crystal would look great.
Evening if you just rewire and paint the existing one would be a huge difference. You could add accessories such shades or magnetic crystals and crystal rope.

Someone mentioned framing the bathroom slab mirror – if you do an Internet search for “mirror frame” you can find sources. I personally used the Mirror Mate in a previous home years ago and was happy with the results.

Agree about the wallpaper, its a PITA – but removing the wallpaper is the way to go.

Your renovation looks great. Enjoy your home.

SRH

January 26th, 2010
9:53 am

This looks really good – Theresa: I can’t believe you had so much wallpaper!! I especially like the lighting in the bathrooms. I actually like the really blue color which was the “mistake” photo :)

Kat

January 26th, 2010
9:58 am

I think everything looks beautiful. I like the lights the way they are – it’s a very updated feeling – and the poster’s suggestion that it is a more flattering light interests me – I might have to get that. With the bathroom cabinets, can those be painted white? Seems like that would get you to where you want them to be?

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
10:13 am

Now I will be staring at the dining room chandelier —– thanks guys!! —– the bright brass is out according to the Progressive lighting lady –I think i’d go with the broze/black to match the bell jar in the entry way —— you get to a point where A. you’re overwhelmed and B. you’ve spent your wad — so maybe in a second round we can deal with that one too — I did get a nice mirror at Hobby Lobby for in the dining room — I didn’t use a shot of it though — maybe I’ll post one later —

I’m surprised no mentioned on the bell jar and the Schoenbeck lights — they were the priciest and the ones I love the most —The only thing flipping that other light would accomplish is raising it some — I think it hangs slightly too low — minor thing though —

I’m planning to post a second topic today — I’ve got to do a couple of things first though — Walsh is home sick with strep —-

check back later for a second topic for today —

oneofeach4me

January 26th, 2010
10:27 am

Oh, another easy fix for that dining room… nix the place mats and or table cloth and opt for a nice centerpeace (ie vase with tall stalks). I think with the color and the pattern of the chairs that the placemats are just too much. If you just must have placemats, go solid. Everything looks great though…. you took your time and it came out great. I, like another poster, also like the blue in the bathroom ;-)

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
10:46 am

what color placemats???????

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
10:54 am

Be sure to read tomorrow — it will give you all the ins and outs and how to act as your own contractor — we did have a few hitches — like the appliances showing up more than a week later — moving our entire timeline — also because hardwood floors had been installed they couldn’t get out the dishwasher — took some wrangling — also despite the measurement of the oven being the same as my cabinets they didn’t fit exactly right —- also a Top 10 list of what we learned a long the way — so less sexy than the last two days but very informational!!!!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

January 26th, 2010
10:55 am

you guys do get those photos were taken at Christmas so that’s whey the green — you couldn’t have red —-

HB

January 26th, 2010
11:02 am

Love, love, love the belljar. I with agree with oneofeach4me
on the placemats, but if you do keep placemats down, go solid as she said — two different patterns on the chairs plus the thrid pattern on the placemats is just too much. I like the idea of a nice centerpiece, and the Progressive Lighting lady is right about bright brass being out.

May I make suggestions about wall hangings? Family photos can really make any room feel very casual. Is that your wedding portrait on the dining room wall? I’d move that to a den (not formal living room), study, hallway, or bedroom (also mat it and put it in a larger frame). A nice painting that’s a bit larger to better fill that space would look great there. If that’s too expensive, then maybe a matted and framed print.

Also, be careful about hanging pictures too high (the ones outside the dining room on the blue wall should be closer to the table below and another horizontal in the foyer that looks to be about 5.5′ high, but I could be wrong about that one — hard to tell from the photo) or having small ones hanging off by themselves (like the small one outside the other dining room door). Smaller photos work best in tight groupings or as accent pieces in nice frames on bookshelves, end tables, etc.

FCM

January 26th, 2010
11:41 am

The house is lovely. I am not a fan of blue (too much of it at my mom’s) but it all works lovely in your home. Coral is a personal color favorite of mine so I would keep it. A centerpiece for the dining room….but then as my SIL said to me once “Can you ever go into ANYONE’s home and not think how you would do such and such if it were yours?” We decided that no, every home we enter we are redecorating in our heads…LOL. It doesn’t change the fact that all of the homes are great just as they are!

FCM

January 26th, 2010
12:31 pm

HB if she lowers the pictures (blue wall outside dining room) they interfer with the light switch. A taller accent on the table (like big flowers in a nice vase) would fix the issue without moving the pictures, plus no exposed holes in the wall.

I agree with you about the wedding photo. I

Theresa — In the laundry room put up some inexpensive poster type frames and display the kids art work! Use the inexpensive poster ones so that art work is easy to change out over time. I would get one for each child. Rose, Walsh, and Lili will love knowing it is up for viewing AND you will be amazed how much easier it is to do that awful chore with their handiwork in there!

FCM

January 26th, 2010
12:47 pm

Theresa recover the chairs in the Toile…do it in either the blue or the green toile and maybe curtains too. You would be surprised how that coral becomes a wonderful backdrop to these elements. These would bring formality to the room and with a centerpiece no need for table linen. Plus it would tie it all together.

HB

January 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

FCM, I agree and did notice the light switch, which really makes me think it’s just the wrong place for those pictures. I see other pictures that look like they’re probably hung too high (hard to tell for sure from these photos), but I thought that was a spot where the height issue was pretty clear so I used it as my example. A larger single vertical portrait might be better, but really, if that’s the foyer, I don’t think family photos are a great choice for the wall there. I really think family photos should be small (one in a nice little frame would work well on the table in the foyer) and used very sparingly in more formal areas like formal living and dining rooms and entryways. Larger family photos can work well in dens and hallways outside bedrooms — more private areas where only closer acquaintances and friends are invited in. Love the idea of framing kids’ art in the laundry room.

Becky

January 26th, 2010
12:53 pm

My dentist has several “drawings” by his young son and the sons class that he had matted and framed..It hangs in his waiting room..This might be something that you would want to try..

@FCM..I do that also..It’s so easy (IMO) to decorate others homes..I’m good about saying, well I would of done this or that, unless it’s my house..Then I am blank..

New Stepmom

January 26th, 2010
1:01 pm

For your dining room fixture, you could get small balck shades to put on the bulbs to tie to the foyer without spending bunches of money. That will update for the time being without replacing it. I decorate for people (not lots of formal training, I have been hired by friends who like what I do) and yes brass is “out” but it is so traditional (and your home is traditional that it will blend with items that are “in.”

I love the blue! The hubs finished painting the nursery a little bit ago and it is a similar color. I also love the kids bathroom, it is adorable and very unisex.

Thank you for sharing!

New Stepmom

January 26th, 2010
1:05 pm

And, PS, the bathroom fixture, I have seen those hung both ways and they look great either way. Also, a Bridal Portrait can be hung in a formal room, in my opinion. It is not just any other snap shot and should definitely have a formal place of honor. If you like it there, keep it there ;o)!

Rod

January 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

For “painting” the brass chandeler, is there a special paint to use? My wife wants ours replaced or painted BADLY, but I’m not in the mood to buy a new one.

New Stepmom

January 26th, 2010
1:24 pm

Rod, I spray painted a brass chandelier with spray paint primer and then just flat black paint 5 years ago and it still looks great (I moved it from a formal dining to a breakfast room so it looks sort of Pottery Barn). Since the fixtures are not “touched” often so the paint does not rub off. If you want a “bronze look” there are spray paints out there, but I do not know much about them. I would go to good will and get something cheap to “test” before ruining what you actually want to use if you use an “effect” spray paint.

Kris

January 26th, 2010
2:25 pm

What is the rule about hanging family pictures in the living room, den, etc.? I had someone tell me this was a no-no once, but no reason was given. Wasn’t it customary long ago for a formal portrait of the “lord” or “lady” of the manor to hang over the fireplace?

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2010
2:38 pm

Wow…this has been interesting. I know I am NEVER putting any pictures of my house on here as they would be picked apart. I guess I am into way too many other things than to worry about which way the light fixture sits and whether the placemats are the best out there. To each his own.

Some parts of the country tend to be more “in the moment” about what needs to be where. When I visit places like Nebraska and Oklahoma, there stuff makes mine ( a 12 year old house) look modern….LOL! Perhaps there are not too many hungry interior designers that live on the farm!!!!

Here is one question I do have…we bought our house new 12 years ago. We had oak cabinets in our previous house and had all white here…which was the new thing then. We have lots of windows and my kitchen is very bright. My sister now tells me that white cabinets are out and I need to replace( LOL) or stain mine. Any ideas on this? I do have a very loud fruit wallpaper and plan to get it out this summer. So, I need to decide if we will work with the white cabinets or stain them.
We are do it yourselfers as I cannot fathom laying out $10,000- $20,000 to redo a room.

We do one project per year and last summer it was the hardwoods. I am all about wrestling up the money myself, with extra jobs I can pick up and things have been meager lately but just starting to move again. I will not finance or take out a loan…not my style. When the kids are in college or close to it, things get expensive…even with scholarships!

Theresa, FYI…I love family photos. I probably have 18 small picture frames clustered on my sofa table, in our den. I do not scrapbook, I frame mine so I can remember how cute the kids were and what fun we had with them.

Guess it depends on if you are enjoying your house yourself or worried about what others think.
Hmmm…I know my answer to that one and some of you may too!

Jane

January 26th, 2010
2:46 pm

@ MJG – unless your cabinets are painted wood – where the grain is visible (most white cabinets are solid paint) – you can’t just stain them. If they’re real wood, you could sand ALL of the paint off then stain, but most white cabinets are some sort of a composite that was never intended to be stained – and can’t.

Do you know about yours?

HB

January 26th, 2010
2:48 pm

Kris, I’m not sure it’s a rule so much. There are different lines of thought. Personally, I lean toward the (perhaps old) idea that family photos should not be prominent in formal areas (a painted portrait in a living room or dining room, though, is different). I think large hanging family photos are best in more private areas (like a den), in hallways, or maybe going upstairs as a transition from public to private. I’ve heard someone else say they like a family photo hanging in an entryway as welcoming touch, though. Whichever way one goes, I think they should be careful to limit photos. I’ve been in homes that look like galleries dedicated to the family. They’re nice for warming up a home, but I don’t think they should be everywhere you look. There should be other central pieces — paintings/prints, objects, even plants — that express the family’s tastes and personalities. An overabundance of portraits in room after room starts to feel too self-focused to me.

I thnk the rule on "family" pictures...

January 26th, 2010
2:59 pm

…only applies if one is trying to sell their home – otherwise, since it is YOUR home you can do as you please!

And, motherjane, Jane is correct that you first must determine if your cabinets are wood or the composite kind; then you can determine how best to go about changing the color for an updated look.

And, I have heard that white kitchen cabinets are on the comeback trail, so you may be “chic” and not even know it yet! So, a fresh coat of white paint may be all you need!

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

Whew….I have lots of plants so I feel so much better now….:). Both floor plants and pots…am I covered?

Also, regarding the white cabinets...

January 26th, 2010
3:01 pm

…you can freshen up the look without changing the color by accenting any panel crevices with an accent stain (antique applique’) that sets them apart from a one color look.

Michelle

January 26th, 2010
3:21 pm

I know they say don’t put your family pictures out, but frankly, I don’t care! It is MY home and if I want to celebrate my children and family through pictures, I will! :o) Personally, I enjoy visiting with family and friends and looking at their pictures/portraits.

If I were getting ready to put my house on the market, I would probably be more inclined to remove the “personal” touches.

Theresa, I like many of your changes. You probably almost feel like you are in a new house! How fun! I’m sure you are thrilled that it’s over now though!

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oneofeach4me

January 26th, 2010
3:26 pm

I agree with HB on the family picture idea…. it’s just the way I was always taught about decorating (and I am a photographer so we have plenty of formal photos). I too have my entire stair wall covered with framed photos of the kids, as well as in the playroom downstairs and on the walls upstairs outside of their rooms. However, like MJG said to each their own. I was also always told to hang everything eye level (pictures, paintings, mirrors) and I am short. So I guess if you are tall…. then they would be highter.

@MJG ~ I don’t think most of us here were picking apart anything really. We were just offering Theresa advice and pointers.

@Theresa, as far as the color of the placemats is concerned it’s really hard for me to tell what color would fit best as I cannot see everything. I would say though, go dark. Like a mahogony or black and maybe coordinate them with new lamp shades (if you go that route). I would really consider a centerpiece also. You can get a nice vace from a place like Ross for pretty cheap and just go to Michaels and get a bundle of the smell good shubbery.

HB

January 26th, 2010
3:30 pm

That’s funny, oneofeach4me — I’m a photographer too!

JJ

January 26th, 2010
3:31 pm

I shop clearance racks, and found a BEAUTIFUL bronze light fixture for my bathroom. Original price $69.00 Clearance $10.00!!!!! I couldn’t pass it up………I had no intention of replacing the bathroom light now, but in the future…..However, I just couldn’t pass up $10. A friend came over and installed it for me………

My kitchen sink faucet was a clearance item, $79 marked down to $39 and it’s Glacier Bay, nice brand……..

The ceiling fan in my daughter’s room, originally $119, clearance $49……

I saved $170 on those three items……

Queen size flannel sheets (in a beautiful chocolate color) – Target clearance $14.00….(originally $40). Target at the Mall of Georgia has the best clearance. You have to really look and plan to spend time in the store…..I find most of the clearance items when I’m just roaming and not looking to buy anything specific……..

oneofeach4me

January 26th, 2010
3:34 pm

@JJ ~ yea… cause people pick those clearance items up.. but then decide they don’t want them and just place them wherever they are standing at the moment!! I too always go straight for the clearence section no matter what!!!

@HB ~ now that’s just wierd! lol

Hmmmm

January 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

Would anyone besides Theresa mind taking pics of their home, so I may critique them? Come on now, dear readers… I’ll go easy on you!

Tork

January 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

The mauve looks good for the bathroom color. However those blinds just do not fit that window. To large. The Coral in the dining room is really good. However the blue in the room next to it is way way to much

HB

January 26th, 2010
3:43 pm

Hmmmm — not a chance! ;)

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2010
3:45 pm

LOL…JJ….you would really hit it off with my husband. He loves to peruse the clearance racks at Home Depot and Lowe’s. Now, if he would only DO something with the things he buys. If you see him near the MOG please remind him that he needs to start and finish the project or it is not a bargain sitting in out garage!

I completely agree that there are bargains to be had….this is why we tend to just pick things up on a month to month basis, vs. a redo at once. We replaced faucets several years ago and are working our way through the light fixtures too. The only appliance that is original is our stove.

I do not think I have the upgraded cabinets….sigh. Can I just paint them to clean them up? I was thinking of a cranberry wall or two in the kitchen and the white would be a nice accent??? I have 5 windows on 2 walls which cover most of the wall, so there is lots of light.

Regarding the placemats, I have a cabinet full of placemats that are geared to each month…we are into the snowmen now….hahaha! Maybe when my kids are BOTH in college I can ditch them. I have a tablecloth and nice centerpiece in the dining room. Sometimes I wonder why I have the formal dining room as we rarely use it. I prefer casual and outside dining on our patio and picnic table! Guess you can’t take Texas entertaining out of me!

We have always used the Behr paint from Home Depot and have been quite pleased with it ( for walls). Anyone else?

motherjanegoose

January 26th, 2010
3:50 pm

@ HMM…that is what I was referring to in my earlier post. I applaud T for having the nerve to show us everything as there will be those who critique no matter what!

My Mom was such a nutcase about everything being P-E-R-F-E-C-T when I was growing up that I find myself not worrying about many things since I want my kids to have good memories of what we did and not what our house looked like.

I am 50 and over it….hahaha!