“I’m going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.” Elsie de Wolfe
I love this quote and I believe it’s so true of so many of us when it comes to our homes and homemaking. One of my deepest desires as a homemaker is to make my home beautiful for the people that dwell here. To fill it intentionally and to make it a place of safety and comfort. My husband and I were having a discussion about our home towards the end of 2018, throwing around ideas and plans that we had. We both agreed the first project we felt that needed to be tackled was our bedroom. Both of us longing for a quiet comforting place to relax in at the end of a busy day. So here we are a full month into the new year and we are knee deep in renovations. We knew this project would be time consuming because there was a lot on our list of “to dos”
What we have accomplished so far:
- Removed all the wallpaper and glue
- Repaired the walls
- Primed the walls and trim
- Hung the shiplap
- Hung the crown moulding
- Sanded the floors
- Filled holes
What we still need to do:
- Finish the floors
- Replace the closet doors
- Make custom shelves for the closet
- Install the baseboard
- Paint the walls, trim and ceiling
- Hang curtains
- Bring everything back in the room
Did I miss anything? I’m sure I did! No matter, though…you get the drift. We’ve accomplished quite a bit, but still have a ways to go. I think the main thing driving us at this point is the fact that we are tired of sleeping on the floor in our living room, haha. Thankfully I was able to choose a paint color in record time [this never happens and I’m usually holding the project up…going back and forth on colors, ha] We picked up three samples and ended up choosing Grant Beige by Benjamin Moore.
We tested out Accessible Beige from Sherwin Williams…it was too light. Then we tested out Loggia also from Sherwin Williams and even though the color was not too dark and not too light, it definitely read too purple in our room. Our third sample was Grant Beige from Benjamin Moore [color matched at Sherwin Williams] and was actually our first choice, so I was really happy when it also looked great in our room…typically my first choice ends up not looking the way I had hoped or envisioned!
We were also able to agree on what we wanted to do with the floors. Eventually we will be refinishing the whole house, so this really was big decision. We were going back and forth on stain colors, but really weren’t loving many of the options. We really want something light, not too orangey, but not too red either [our floors are red oak]…and certainly not dark. I’ve had dark stained floors and did not like them in the least. Curious what we decided on? I was actually surprised my husband agreed to the idea. We are going to leave them unstained and natural and simply apply a clear finish. I’m so excited and can’t wait to show you guys that process and the finished project! I’ve put together a simple mood board to show you all some of the things I’m planning for our bedroom as well as a few pictures I took the other day. Thanks for stopping by today and following along as we make our little stone cottage home!