On the Playroom-Before & Almost After

The last, major (indoor) project was the playroom…
I don’t know if you remember what it looked like,
but when we bought the house it had a paper like wallboard
in an unfinished attic space. 
We framed and drywalled, 
put down a cork floor,
 and got this:

 Then the cabinet maker (HomeWorks of AR-Dwight Johnson)
worked his magic…


You have to forgive my camera, it’s on it’s last legs!
I’m working on arranging things and touching up paint now.
The color on the walls is Urban Putty (Sherwin Williams) My go-to neutral.
 I plan on making a gallery with magnetic chalkboard paint
down the hall and will post pictures when I’m done!
 I don’t really like the way it looks in hall
area so probably going to change that color when I do the magnetic paint.
What color to do…

Spring Break (Part 1) or On Painting

Spring Break has come and gone…

Here is a breakdown of last week-

Part 1:
We tried to get old house packed out and ready to sell and paint living room and hall at our new house and hang pictures.  (Half accomplished anyway, still a lot to do!)
I’ve struggled with paint colors so much at this house- plaster makes everything look different when you get paint on the wall.
With lots of help I settled on:

Sage Tint by Benjamin Moore for living room 
(on walls it looks almost like a robin’s egg blue)

Amulet by Benjamin Moore for hallway/stairs
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

We managed to squeeze in a quick day trip to Bentonville to see the Norman Rockwell exhibit at Crystal Bridges.  I have always been a Rockwell fan, and this was the exhibit to end all- I think all of my favorites were there.  Seeing the brushstrokes and sketches really makes you understand the complexity of the paintings.  It was absolutely amazing.

Maybe my favorite?
Or This?
Max’s fave

Artistic kids (My fave)

My mom brought my niece and nephews, and my aunt and grandpa met us there for a fun day.

Coming home we stopped in Eureka Springs for dinner at DeVito’s! 

What is your favorite Norman Rockwell painting? 
Not sure?  Go see the exhibit at Crystal Bridges and let me know! 🙂

Getting There

My accomplishment for the week:
 Kitchen tile DONE!
Stove Area

Sink area

Breakfast Nook
The countertops need to be re-sanded and oiled now though (I’m a messy grouter!)

We went with Cepac small subway tiles in Vintage Moss Green (I found them online for almost half of what I could get locally.)  The border is Cepac mosaic tiles in Abalone.  I did find them locally for a decent price, and it didn’t take much to do the border because they came in 12 x 12 squares that I cut into strips.  The beautiful handmade Celtic tiles I ordered from Earth Song Tiles.  They were so nice and I even sent them samples of my tiles first so they could tell me what colors would look best with them.   I think the hardest part of tiling is picking the tile! 

Hubby’s accomplishment:

Playroom floor DONE!

We ordered cork floor from Lumber Liquidators.  It was floating floor and honestly was harder to put in than we expected.  Took him two days.   It is beautiful though and the kids have already moved toys in even though there isn’t any furniture in there.  (Now for furniture…)

Now on to painting the hallway and living room! 

On House Progress

Trying hard to get in the house by Thanksgiving…

 Cabinets and Countertops are done!  
I adore my cabinets and glad I didn’t compromise.  
Thank you to HomeWorks of Arkansas for Dwight’s gorgeous woodwork. 
We did green granite on island, and cherry on rest of countertops.
I had vintage colors we found matched for island and cabinet colors.  
Still have to pick wall color, install tile backsplashes, dishwasher/fridge panels, and install faucet. 
The floors came out beautifully.  We used Monocoat in Dark Oak (an all natural, LEED certified product.)  Scott did the upstairs and we had McMillon and Sons do the downstairs.  
This weekend we framed in the playroom and got most of the sheetrock done (except for all of the ceiling.)  Hopefully we’ll get it floated soon and then I can paint and start cabinets there….
Thankful for a great hubby who knows how to do everything and an awesome brother in law that takes time from his vacation to come help us! 

On paint color madness

E wants her room to be a light blue…
(do you know how many light blues there are?)
Her theme is “Anthropologie or reclaimed chic” she says…
We got this light from IKEA on our visit to Dallas
from IKEA
 Then she wants to paint (or get a decal) something like this:

We probably will have to get her a new bed.  Hers is a little big for her room I think, but might work in one of the boys rooms.   My grandpa has an old iron bed that was in my grandma’s room as a child that I might use and repaint white.  The only problem is that it’s 3/4 and not a single bed but I might be able to make it work…