Alright, week 2. I spent a good part of this week going back and forth trying to make decisions. Let me tell you – we are our own worst enemies. I swear – the design professional needs to hire a design professional to help make decisions that are for ourselves. It feels IMPOSSIBLE.
So a few things I have gone back and forth on is whether or not to leave the night stands white and put a colour on the wall, or to keep the night stands coloured and the walls neutral. I think what is really drawing me back to the night stands being a colour is that I really do love the look, but I kind of think I don’t really have a choice but to paint them because there’s a berry popsicle stain on the top of the left one! We had a home birth and part of what was being fed to me to try and keep my energy up was popsicles and ginger ale. Well, in the midst of contractions and needing to try a new position we (hubby and the 4 midwives in my little bedroom – but that’s a story for another time) all forgot about the popsicle. So for now, the decision is the night stands will be a colour.
I’ve also played with a bunch of paint colours from a couple of brands – Benjamin Moore and Sherwin Williams – to get that perfect shade of blue I’m looking for. I think CSP-545 is going to be it (not in picture above).
EDIT: CSP-545 is not it. It’s too bright and once I tested out the paint I was seeing a green undertone when I need more of a periwinkle undertone. I’m back to my original colour from Sherwin Williams as pictured above. SW 6806 ‘Rhythmic Blue’
In case you missed it, here is Week 1 where I shared what room in my house I am working on and my inspiration.
Here’s a somewhat organized breakdown of my plans:
WHAT I AM NOT CHANGING
- The furniture. As mentioned in Week 1, I spent the last 2 years slowly finding new pieces and replacing hand-me-downs.
- Window treatments. Again, I updated this about a year and a half ago with future plans of having coloured night stands so the neutral drapes would contrast them beautifully.
- The popcorn ceiling. 🙁 I wish I could get rid of this but sadly it is all through my builder home and this is NOT our forever home so I can’t be bothered to spend the money to get rid of it. I’d rather put that money towards something else. So let’s pretend we can’t see it, shall we… 😉
- I’ve already upgraded the knobs on the Ikea night stands which makes a world of a difference!
- Originally, I wasn’t going to change the wall colour. I just painted it a year and a half ago before my new bed was delivered but…(see #5 below)
THINGS I AM CHANGING
- I’m going to add an applied moulding to the drawer front of the night stands. You can see the profile I chose on my mood board. It’s Brenlo #118. I should have my cabinet maker here in the next week or so to add this to the faces so I can then move onto painting.
- Bedding: New duvet, cover, sheets and accent pillows. How sad do those Euro shams look on my bed from Week 1’s embarrassing BEFORE photos? The two fabrics in the bottom left hand corner of the mood board are going to b the accent pillows. Robert Allen Twinkle Time and one of my favourite solid fabrics from Maxwell called Jackpot. It’s 100% cotton but it has this beautiful sheen to it.
- Wall pictures. I’m not sure I want all those frames on the wall at the end of the bed anymore and might do something different over on the far right wall above the vintage dresser (I’ll share a fun fact about the dresser at reveal time).
- The light fixture. I’m leaning towards the fixture from one of my favourite lighting companies called Matteo lighting. Their fixtures are more modern / mid-century but there are a few transitional fixtures in the mix too. I’ve got the one I’m leaning towards on my mood board (scalloped shade).
- The paint colour. My husband is going to think I am bananas. It took me forever to find the perfect shade of grey (existing colour is Sherwin Williams ‘First Star’) but it’s actually darker than I’d like it to be and want to tone it down so that the wall colour is a subtle background for the coloured night stands. The good news is I bought 2 gallons for the bedroom and I didn’t need both. The consultant at the store told me we can add white to the gallon that hasn’t been touched to lighten it up! So hopefully I can get it to the right shade this way instead of buying all new paint.
- The final touch: Accessorizing
- If I can pull off a miracle, I’m going to include updating my teeny-tiny closet as part of the finished result too. No promises folks…
I’m going to be doing majority of these changes as I’m on a fairly tight budget but there are a few trades I need to work with. My cabinet maker will be applying the moulding to the night stand for me and I will be bringing in an electrician to change the light fixture. Depending on what I find for the walls I may need to bring in my handyman to anchor art or a mirror to the wall.
Looks like I need to schedule some painting days into my own schedule in the very near future!