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mina
07-29-2012, 02:19 PM
Use this thread to share ideas for home improvement projects!
I need some ideas for our basement. It is surrounded with dark heavy wood paneling- more than halfway up the wall- it's like wainscoating but higher. Right now it's a dark brown/olive color with a bar that is also constructed completely out of the same wood paneling. I think the wet bar is part of a support beam for the basement so I don't think we can get rid of it. And I think it's sort of retro and cool. I'm thinking of painting the paneling and bar white and the wall another color. Basically I want to lighten up the basement and keep it from being dark and oppresive looking. Maybe it'll look sort of like beadboarding. Should I paint white paneling with a white wall or make the wall a different color? any ideas?

Virginia
07-29-2012, 02:29 PM
I, personally, am a HUGE fan of colors, so I would gravitate towards fun colors.
I think the wet bar sounds really cool, too!

mina
07-29-2012, 02:36 PM
Yeah the rest of the house is going to be shocking shades of fun colors, lol. I've thought of a blue for the walls, but I don't want it to look nautical or too dark....... And to make matters weirder there is a non functional fireplace in one corner- it looks very southwest/adobe so I don't know if i should try to fit that in somehow- make the walls a light terracotta? I'm so confused.

Virginia
07-29-2012, 02:39 PM
Oh, I like making the fireplace work with the color palette- sounds like it could work well! The great thing about painting is that you can always repaint :)

Sage
07-29-2012, 02:40 PM
Good idea! Most of our house hasn't been since I moved in 11 years ago so I'm really looking forward to painting hopefully soon. My parents have said they'll help me out with the cost. So I need to come up with colors!

mina
07-29-2012, 02:54 PM
Looking at paint colors is so much fun! My dream job would be a paint color namer- everyone needs some Snooki orange in their home!

Virginia
07-29-2012, 03:22 PM
I've never painted before... but I'd really like to paint our apartment (we're allowed to but have to paint it back when we move).

Sage
07-29-2012, 03:32 PM
LOL I looked up Snooki orange LOL I had no idea who/what that was. Yeah, I'll go with my initial gut reaction and say no Snooki in my house :D

mina
07-29-2012, 03:34 PM
:D

Christina
07-29-2012, 03:38 PM
I love the color(s) that our house is on the inside. It's this eggshell yellow with white trim. PERFECT...because it goes with anything I want to put with it and it's easy to paint over. Not too worried about changing that up...now I want to figure out what to do to store my "dust collectors". Most of them are sentimental to me...some are just pretty. I want to make my house more into a home.

For our basement, it is not finished but is a full basement...unfortunately with stone walls so we are going to whitewash it because it is so dingy and dirty looking. Hopefully that will convince me that there are no monsters down there (ok...not really but I hate going down there!).

Right now the colors for my living room are like a deep blue-green and it works pretty well.

I love lights. Colored lights. Lava lamps. I am infatuated by lava lamp type of lights. I wish I could afford to have one of those big poles that the water bubbles go up like in a science museum. Silly, I know, but it is so therapeutic to me and I have no idea why. I would love to make my office into a peaceful haven with lights and maybe a sea or jungle theme. But I'd need ideas for that for sure. I don't even have curtains on the windows...mostly because they are an awkward size.

But I do love the neutral colors of the house. They're light and anything goes. In my perfect world, I would have had a deep purple for the accent but that was too hard to find for a decent price.

snooch
07-29-2012, 03:40 PM
Love this thread!!

I want to paint sooooooooo badly. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to go about it with the stupid walls we have. The corners of all of our walls are not angles - they are curved. So where one room meets another, and at all the trim pieces around windows and alcoves and stuff, instead of an actual corner that allows you to paint one side a color and the other side a different color, we have a curved corner so both sides have to be painted the same color! It's crazy!

We have an open floorplan, and I want so much to paint our kitchen, but if we do then we have to paint the living room, family room, and hallway back to the bedrooms the same color because of those stupid curved corners. We can paint the bedroom, but it's attached to the master bath, so it would have to be the same color too. There's so little uncurved wall area that half our house would be the same color - no distinctive rooms :(

So we have boring white everywhere. Boo.

ETA: This is what I'm talking about.

http://www.laminate-flooring-installed.com/images/2009_08270006Quarter_round_Showing_curved_corner.j pg

mina
07-29-2012, 03:46 PM
Our kitchen has curved ceilings ! It's really weird. And so does one of the bedrooms. What the previous owners did was put molding just below the curved part. So they did have separation from the wall and ceiling. In the bedroom they painted the wall white and the ceiling was a light light purple- almost like a sky. It works, but in the kitchen there is no molding so I'm flip flopping on painting the ceiling the same as the wall or not..... so I don't know if molding would work with separating and breaking up the rooms..... or you could paint them all a neutral (not white) like gray or beige or yellow.

Xinnamon
07-29-2012, 04:06 PM
Use this thread to share ideas for home improvement projects!
I need some ideas for our basement. It is surrounded with dark heavy wood paneling- more than halfway up the wall- it's like wainscoating but higher. Right now it's a dark brown/olive color with a bar that is also constructed completely out of the same wood paneling. I think the wet bar is part of a support beam for the basement so I don't think we can get rid of it. And I think it's sort of retro and cool. I'm thinking of painting the paneling and bar white and the wall another color. Basically I want to lighten up the basement and keep it from being dark and oppresive looking. Maybe it'll look sort of like beadboarding. Should I paint white paneling with a white wall or make the wall a different color? any ideas?

I like the idea of painting the wall a different color. :) What color is your wall now? Do you have a picture of the paneling?

My walls are all a beige color, except for a room and bathroom (both sandy brown) and the master bathroom (a pastel green). They were all painted by the previous owner. I want to paint my bedroom walls a different color, and maybe change the wall color of the master bathroom (not sure if that pastel green really fits into the decor).

mina
07-29-2012, 04:18 PM
I don't have a picture. I took pictures of all the rooms except in the basement; surprisingly ! The paneling is not the cheap pressed wood stuff from the 70's ; it's like heavy real solid wood with actual knots in the grain. So as wood paneling goes; it's nice :P But the basement has tiny windows and not much light. The wall above it is now white. The paneling is painted a dark olive - so it kinda looks brown but when you get close it's green! And on the wet bar it's trimmed in red. It's a very interesting color combo but it makes it really dark down there and it looks really dated. DH offered his input and now we are thinking white paneling and a blue/gray wall. I'll get pictures of how it looks now when I go back over there. It's just really weird how it comes up so far and dominates the whole space.

Xinnamon
07-29-2012, 04:29 PM
White paneling with gray walls sound lovely. :) I looove gray walls and it will provide a nice contrast to the white paneling! Definitely a more modern look.

Sage
07-29-2012, 05:22 PM
Love this thread!!

I want to paint sooooooooo badly. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to go about it with the stupid walls we have. The corners of all of our walls are not angles - they are curved. So where one room meets another, and at all the trim pieces around windows and alcoves and stuff, instead of an actual corner that allows you to paint one side a color and the other side a different color, we have a curved corner so both sides have to be painted the same color! It's crazy!

We have an open floorplan, and I want so much to paint our kitchen, but if we do then we have to paint the living room, family room, and hallway back to the bedrooms the same color because of those stupid curved corners. We can paint the bedroom, but it's attached to the master bath, so it would have to be the same color too. There's so little uncurved wall area that half our house would be the same color - no distinctive rooms :(

So we have boring white everywhere. Boo.

ETA: This is what I'm talking about.

http://www.laminate-flooring-installed.com/images/2009_08270006Quarter_round_Showing_curved_corner.j pgThese are called bullnose corners. This link might help you to come up with something workable.

http://www.devinecolorblog.com/2010/04/color-advice-101-painting-bullnose-corners.html

If you do a search there are other help sites too.

Mrs_B
07-29-2012, 06:52 PM
I wish one of you could come to my house and pick out paint colors for the rooms for me. Well, paint them too! haha! Our living room, dining room, hallways and office are white. The kitchen is a sage green that went all wrong (it wouldn't get a good finished look, so we gave up lol), our bedroom is blue (too bright!) and Megan's room is a light brown color, which I actually like. I hate that our trim and all of our doors are an orange-y wood color, but it'll never change.

Someday, I will own my perfect house!

~Kellee~
07-29-2012, 08:19 PM
I can't wait till we're in a house where we can paint. I'm personally partial to clean, simple, coastal look. Doesn't really jive with a toddler and a dog though :P

Mina, I think painting the walls grey and the paneling white sounds lovely. It's hard to find a true gray that doesn't lean to purple, green, or blue though

GM
07-29-2012, 09:17 PM
Love this thread!!

I want to paint sooooooooo badly. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to go about it with the stupid walls we have. The corners of all of our walls are not angles - they are curved. So where one room meets another, and at all the trim pieces around windows and alcoves and stuff, instead of an actual corner that allows you to paint one side a color and the other side a different color, we have a curved corner so both sides have to be painted the same color! It's crazy!

We have an open floorplan, and I want so much to paint our kitchen, but if we do then we have to paint the living room, family room, and hallway back to the bedrooms the same color because of those stupid curved corners. We can paint the bedroom, but it's attached to the master bath, so it would have to be the same color too. There's so little uncurved wall area that half our house would be the same color - no distinctive rooms :(

So we have boring white everywhere. Boo.

ETA: This is what I'm talking about.

http://www.laminate-flooring-installed.com/images/2009_08270006Quarter_round_Showing_curved_corner.j pg

You need a blendmate :D

http://www.blendmate.com/

snooch
07-29-2012, 09:42 PM
These are called bullnose corners. This link might help you to come up with something workable.

[/URL]http://www.devinecolorblog.com/2010/04/color-advice-101-painting-bullnose-corners.html (http://www.devinecolorblog.com/2010/04/color-advice-101-painting-bullnose-corners.html)

If you do a search there are other help sites too.

You need a blendmate :D

[url]http://www.blendmate.com/ (http://www.blendmate.com/)

This. Is. Awesome. I had no idea this could be possible! :banana: :clap2: :Emoticon__Dancing_b

blythe_ann
07-29-2012, 09:54 PM
I am DONE with interior decorating, with the exception of my bathroom.
When we moved here, I...
painted my music studio. Opposing walls of extremely light yellow and a medium light/little boy color blue on other walls, white trim.
Kitchen which is open with the living/dining room. All kitchen specific walls and one wall in the living room burgundy, the rest very light yellow again.
Basement was done twice. First, it was tan and bright green but ended up kind of puke looking (seriously). So, kept the tan and replaced the green with dark brown accent walls. Husbands office, also in basement, is same tan with two dark blue accent walls. Basement bathroom, small room, completely dark brown, wood counter top with one of those bowl sinks and a piece of the same wood going across a wall to accent.
Basement music room (where I will eventually move when we have kids) I painted a mural of my favorite clarinet concerto (Concerto in A, Mozart).
Painted bedroom. Very light blue walls with darker blue ceiling.
Both bathrooms upstairs were re-tiled with darker blue tile and white grout. Master bathroom was painted to match master bedroom (light blue). I made the mistake of painting a trim line the dark blue of the ceiling, which now kind of looks like the tape you buy when you are about to paint, so I'm considering re-doing that.

Our primary point of decorating is now exterior. I hate yard work with a severe, severe passion and our flower beds are now grass patches with flowers, instead of a nice graveled area it once was when we first moved here.

mina
07-30-2012, 05:55 PM
Here are some pictures of the basement (sorry if they are really big ): http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa311/ElizabethCL/005-1.jpg

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa311/ElizabethCL/009-3.jpg

http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa311/ElizabethCL/010-2.jpg

Sage
07-30-2012, 06:06 PM
Do you plan on keeping that carpet?

mina
07-30-2012, 06:22 PM
for now; yes. The carpet throws me off though; I wish it were beige. This is what I envision it looking like: but maybe not so dark of a blue/gray:
http://i200.photobucket.com/albums/aa311/ElizabethCL/IMG_0809.jpg

tiredwalker
07-30-2012, 06:24 PM
Painting the paneling white and going for color on the walls sounds great. My natural instinct is to go for bold and bright, but most of my projects end up looking like a Mexican restaurant...not that that's bad, but probably not what you're going for :D

I would be tempted to keep the paneling natural in the bar area.

mina
07-30-2012, 06:33 PM
LOL; I'm already going wild with color upstairs! I think DH wants to use this room like his man cave so I'm ok with toned down colors. I think I'm going to keep the table top of the bar natural.

Sage
07-30-2012, 06:56 PM
That would look really good, mina!

GM
07-30-2012, 06:57 PM
I would do a very light blue (greyish) and white paneling :)

Historia
07-30-2012, 10:31 PM
LOL; I'm already going wild with color upstairs! I think DH wants to use this room like his man cave so I'm ok with toned down colors. I think I'm going to keep the table top of the bar natural.

If it's a man cave, I could see keeping the paneling the color it is and add green paint to the walls. Maybe that just shows my love of brown and green. White paneling and blue-gray sounds nice, too.

Christina
07-30-2012, 10:38 PM
I was going to say what GM did...a blue/greyish with the white paneling. Oh I am jealous of your basement!

Xinnamon
08-01-2012, 08:43 PM
I saw this picture and thought the gray/white combo will look nice in your basement. :)

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/14/34/75/3264347/3/628x471.jpg

mina
08-01-2012, 08:48 PM
ohhhhhhh that is LOVELY!!!

GM
08-01-2012, 10:07 PM
I saw this picture and thought the gray/white combo will look nice in your basement. :)

http://ww4.hdnux.com/photos/14/34/75/3264347/3/628x471.jpg


How did you get a pic of my bedroom?

Xinnamon
08-02-2012, 01:13 AM
How did you get a pic of my bedroom?

You posted it on sfgate.com. :D

Sam
08-02-2012, 03:13 PM
Wow they grey and white combo really looks fresh and bright! I think that would be a great combo for a basement since there is probably not a ton of natural light. (I would assume, basements are not common at all around here, I've only been in one in my life!) If it were me I would stay away from darker colors, but again, I don't know much about them. :P

spiersdodgerblue
08-02-2012, 03:54 PM
You posted it on sfgate.com. :D

That whole house is gorgeous...not kid friendly but gorgeous :)

Xinnamon
08-02-2012, 04:17 PM
That whole house is gorgeous...not kid friendly but gorgeous :)

If I have 1.9 million to spare... :couch2:

GM
08-02-2012, 04:20 PM
If I have 1.9 million to spare... :couch2:

I'll give you a friend discount...since it is my house :P

Xinnamon
08-02-2012, 04:34 PM
I'll give you a friend discount...since it is my house :P

Oooo I'll get my check ready. :D

spiersdodgerblue
08-02-2012, 04:39 PM
If I have 1.9 million to spare... :couch2:

Well It wasn't that nice hahaha

Xinnamon
08-08-2012, 03:42 AM
http://hgtv.sndimg.com/HGTV/2012/06/11/DP_Fiorella-Design-Green-Bedroom_s4x3_lg.jpg

This combo is pretty as well. :)

mina
08-08-2012, 09:26 AM
ohhhhh I love that green, white, and brown!

sugarplum
08-08-2012, 09:56 AM
I LOVE that green! Wallpaper? And I love that empty brown frame on the wall...so simple, yet so classy! I need someone to come just redo my house (with a magical money tree budget), once a quarter. :D

Christina
08-18-2012, 08:01 PM
Ok so I am on a serious home decorating kick. It's a bad thing because I don't really have money. But I want to get some ideas and then I can slowly build up what I have.

So...my big thing right now is my doorways. Well, they're not doorways...not sure what you'd call them. They're openings into rooms. I have two of them...one going into the kitchen, the other into a small sort of room that has our stairs and other misc. stuff.

Here's a pic of the two from before we moved in...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/house20.jpg

I don't have a real good picture of either one of them now...but today I put this up next to the doorway to the left...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/vine-2.jpg

Which I love.

I want to make my home more inviting. I should take some recent pics. This was shortly after we moved...the couch is now against the windows...but everything else is relatively the same. This is what you see when you first walk in.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/797.jpg

The doorway to the left is of little importance. No one really goes in there unless we need towels for the bathroom or need to go upstairs. So I'm thinking maybe some drapes or curtains or a beaded doorway or something. I really want a nice warm inviting place.

If you have any other ideas about what I can do to at least my living room to make it look more inviting, let me know...I'm up for ideas!

Mrs_B
08-19-2012, 03:50 PM
How about an area rug? That would soften things and help break up the area between the couches and the dining room table. Also, maybe valances on the windows.

I think it looks very inviting! Cute decorations on the wall, too!

Christina
08-19-2012, 07:41 PM
And that reminds me of how out of date those pictures are...here's a couple from tonight. Stuff is everywhere because I emptied a closet so please don't mind all the stuff...

I have the white fabric hanging above the entry there now just because it came out of the closet and I needed to put it somewhere away from the kitties lol. But I almost like the idea of it.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-19-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-19-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-19-3.jpg

Christina
08-19-2012, 08:07 PM
I know the rug is kind of old and ugly but it's my mom's...she needed a place to put it. I want to get a different one lol.

Christina
08-21-2012, 12:47 PM
Someone suggested I put my wall hangings lower...but I really don't want to do that...that'd leave holes in the wall lol

sugarplum
08-21-2012, 01:19 PM
I was going to suggest moving the stuff on your walls lower too. It would bring your focus down and you wouldn't feel like you had as much "empty" space. It also would give some dimension - especially the one above your table, since right now it is aligned with the arch of the door. A little wall putty and touch up paint will fix the holes easily!

I like how your furniture was arranged in the first picture! I like the separation of the rooms - the dining area and the living area. You could move the TV to the corner, even caddy-corner it, and it would open up your windows so nothing would be blocking them. It's hard spacing from pictures, but have you tried centering your table near your window in front of the arch way? Not flush against it, and not quite the center of the room, but maybe centered of the archway/centered of the window? I always play around with my furniture 1000 times until I get it to something that I like, so I may be tossing out ideas that wouldn't even work. It's hard to say without "seeing" it for me. :)

Christina
08-21-2012, 01:42 PM
Well, my hubby hung most of the pictures which would explain why they're so high :D he's 6'1" lol. I did try moving the table at one time, but it took up too much room in front of that doorway and we kept running into it LOL...we're not exactly the most graceful people!

As for the rooms, well, I did like it that way for sure. My mom moved it to the way it is now when she was living here and I just haven't changed it back. It does make it feel like there is more room with it the way it is now. I will also be hosting a women's Bible study here and will need to add chairs in so moving the couch back to original placement might not be a good idea until I figure out what I would do. I could kitty-corner the TV...I've long thought of it. There is a reason why we can't do that/haven't tried yet but I can't remember why...I'll have to ask hubby...has something to do with wires or something I think. But maybe it's ok now that we've got everything set up..hmm.....good question. I'll have to play around with it!

I can try taking some other pictures...what would help you "see" the space better? like, what angle?

sugarplum
08-21-2012, 02:14 PM
I don't think more pictures would make a difference for me. I tend to not be able to "see" how things will look until I start moving it around. LOL Once I start placing things then I can visualize it. I'll move one piece of furniture and it helps me to visualize how my "idea" is going to play out before I move everything else, but I'm not the best at just picturing things in my head without moving something. I know what looks good, and I know what I like...I'm just not always the best judge of space/distance (like, if something is going to be too close to something else if I move it, etc)! That's what I have a hard time visualizing.

Christina
08-23-2012, 06:37 PM
Well, I rearranged my living room tonight. I LOVE IT. And I'm not done with it yet. This is what it looks like facing the front door...

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/house.jpg

I'll get real pics with the real camera when I'm done.

Christina
08-23-2012, 11:08 PM
Well, I am quite PLEASED. Ok not even pleased. I am over the moon happy with how things turned out today. I rearranged my entire living room and dining area. I lowered some of the pics, took some away, moved the book case, made one shelf of the book case entirely for showing off stuff, and yeah...it looks really good IMO. My office will come next, but that is all set for the most part...I just need to switch around where stuff is. I took some pics tonight and they do a cruddy job of showing off how nice it looks but I'll post them anyway because I am very happy with it.

What you see when you first walk in

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-22.jpg

To the right (the red chair will go away, it is my sister's and I'm just holding it for her)

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-23.jpg

Standing in front of the TV

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-24.jpg

Looking from the guest room/bathroom area

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-25.jpg

From the kitchen

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-21.jpg

From the stairs

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/8-23-26.jpg

Christina
08-23-2012, 11:23 PM
Before and after

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/before.jpg

Sage
08-24-2012, 12:02 AM
Looks good, Christina!

snooch
08-24-2012, 01:24 AM
I think it's much improved!

mina
08-24-2012, 10:36 AM
very nice! I need to arrange the living room, but it's really perplexing me. The former owners left a piano, which is amazing, but it sort of impedes where we can place the other furniture. The only other room we can move the piano to is the dining room; is it weird to have a piano in the dining room?

snooch
08-24-2012, 11:10 AM
very nice! I need to arrange the living room, but it's really perplexing me. The former owners left a piano, which is amazing, but it sort of impedes where we can place the other furniture. The only other room we can move the piano to is the dining room; is it weird to have a piano in the dining room?

It doesn't have to be - some nice piano music with dinner :) (If only you could hire a pianist, right??) But depending on what else you do with the dining room, I don't think it would be strange.

Christina
08-25-2012, 12:27 PM
Thanks ladies...

Mina, it would help if I could "see" what you're talking about but having a piano in the dining room is totally fine!

I took a couple pics today of my living room in natural light. This place has such nice natural light!


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/naturallight-1.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/naturallight-2.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v621/cmsavage/naturallight-3.jpg

mina
08-26-2012, 01:22 PM
I can't upload pictures right now, since I'm not using my computer- but I'll upload pictures of my furniture spacing problem soon.

Xinnamon
09-01-2012, 02:16 AM
Is is weird to display a dress form as decor? I fell in love with a dress form in a silvery fabric.. DH thinks it looks cool but a little weird to display a dress form at home if I am not using it to make dresses. :P

I am thinking of using it to hold jewelry/scarves/hats, something like this:

http://www.countryliving.com/cm/countryliving/images/kx/Polka-Dots-Dress-Form-0610-de.jpg

http://www.urbanthreads.com/Blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/dressform-450x450.jpg

The dress form I saw is similar to the one in the attached picture below, just that it's in a silver/black flowery fabric. I like the polka dot one as well. :P

Xinnamon
09-01-2012, 04:00 AM
Or maybe something like this instead:

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3417/3479100177_a5b41730e4.jpg

katzankatz
09-01-2012, 11:04 AM
I love dress forms! My dd has a black wire one in her room. My niece has a real seamstress's dress form in her (more modern decor) bedroom that she puts outfits on:).

snooch
09-01-2012, 11:21 AM
I like the second one a lot!

mina
09-02-2012, 02:28 PM
I would use a dressform as decor!

mina
09-26-2012, 09:35 PM
Has anyone painted laminate countertops? I have a laundry room in the basement that is a nice space, but it has Brady bunch orange laminate countertops......I've looked at a few tutorials online but the "before" laminate was a nice normal color not 70's orange.... Does anyone know if paint will cover up the hideous bright orange????

Sam
09-27-2012, 08:52 AM
I have seen kits at Lowes for redoing countertops.

Sam
10-19-2012, 12:21 PM
What do ya'll think about chocolate brown walls with one turqouise accent wall for the bedroom? I know it sounds dark, and would make it feel smaller, but the room is actually very big with good natural light so I think it can handle the colors. I am in love with the whole funky/gypsy/cowgirl/hippy style, bright colors, mismatched, handmade, repurposed stuff, kinda tacky lol. For fabric/accents I am thinking oranges and pinks with a little bit of yellows and greens for good measure. I think since they are all earthy tones they will work well together (at least in my head they do, lol) I have lots of scrap fabrics and odds and ends that I can work with for pillows. (will post pics in a little bit) I have a chest of drawers (isn't that what the tall skinny dresser thing is called? LOL) and a dresser with a mirror attatched, both from my G'ma in law that are very light yellow with gold trim. I think I will leave them as they are unless they just don't look right in the room, I think they will work (plus I am a little afraid she might come down from Heaven and bop me in the head for messing with her stuff lol) They are a little scuffed up but that saves me from "distressing" them lol. I have a white down comforter, and I think I will keep that but I want to make a ruffled throw blanket like this :http://pinterest.com/pin/209698926370854463/ but with a few different vintage sheets.
I also (GM is probably going to disown me for good after this) have 2 cow skulls (at least I think I still have them, hopefully DH didn't throw them out) and am thinking about painting them pink and rhinestoning the heck out of them lol. They will go over my bathroom and closet doors. http://pinterest.com/pin/209698926370854481/
As a headboard I am thinking about using an old door or maybe 2. *cough cough* there are several at the abandoned house where our road starts.
When DH gets paid again I am going to work on an art piece for over the bed. Its going to be some lyrics to one of my favorite songs, but I am not really sure how I want to do it. At first I thought about painting it on a canvas, but now I am thinking about something else. Maybe staggered pickets?
Thats all I have so far. I have NO idea what to do about curtains, and the velvety moroon ones that are in there right now won't work at all.
So, does it sound like I have lost my mind? Anyone have some ideas for me?

Sam
10-19-2012, 01:59 PM
Ok so I am not really talking about hot pinks and bright bright oranges. I am going to have to find some pallets to post lol so GM can understand me better. :P

mina
10-19-2012, 04:51 PM
I love your ideas!!! I don't think brown and turquoise would be too dark..... Do what you love! I'm crafty and love vintage anything and love to refinish and paint old furniture but not everyone gets that. But, in my home I want to be surrounded by the things I love and the things that tell a story.

purple
10-19-2012, 04:58 PM
I agree with Mina... not everyone will love or even like what you want to do... but so long as it is what you want, then do it. It's your house, it should be what you want, not what other people think is right...

snooch
10-19-2012, 05:49 PM
I think those colors would go really well together. The natural light and size of the room will make the brown feel warm and homey instead of claustrophobic, and the accent colors of orange and turquoise will look really nice with it. And, I don't care who you are, pink cow skulls take away all the creepiness from the fact that they are cow skulls, LOL, and would go perfectly with your motif. I love it!

GM
10-19-2012, 06:14 PM
Ok so I am not really talking about hot pinks and bright bright oranges. I am going to have to find some pallets to post lol so GM can understand me better. :P
:yield::loco:

Sam
10-19-2012, 07:05 PM
My father in law and step mother in law are coming over tomorrow and she is bringing some color pallette books she just got from sherwin williams. It probably wont be until after Christmas before we can pain but I can still start getting together all the other things.

Sam
10-19-2012, 07:06 PM
:yield::loco:

:P

Xinnamon
10-19-2012, 08:39 PM
The cow skulls are kind of cool, Sam! I agree with the rest, do what you love! :)

Sam
10-28-2012, 07:43 PM
Mkay, GM, I finally found some color schemes that reflect what I want to do. I just can't imagine not waking up in a great mood when you are surrounded by happy colors like this. :P DH isn't completely on board, but I have a secret weapon on my side, his sister! She likes my idea and he will listen to her! :P Also, I found only one of the cow skulls and I am going to clean it up and hopefully paint it this week. Dh likes that idea, thankfully.

katzankatz
10-28-2012, 08:03 PM
Mkay, GM, I finally found some color schemes that reflect what I want to do. I just can't imagine not waking up in a great mood when you are surrounded by happy colors like this. :P DH isn't completely on board, but I have a secret weapon on my side, his sister! She likes my idea and he will listen to her! :P Also, I found only one of the cow skulls and I am going to clean it up and hopefully paint it this week. Dh likes that idea, thankfully.Each piece has a one of a kind look. I like that kind of decor, especially the first one. The walls and ceiling are natural wood or bamboo, not everything is painted. The walls and ceiling are the main elements, and the funky colors, while prominent and very vibrant, do not overpower. It can be a very calm look while still looking happy. while I do like the bedroom, I think I would like it more if it had some more "normal" things in there - natural wood or neutral paint, for instance.

mina
10-28-2012, 08:23 PM
I love that, Sam!

Sam
10-28-2012, 08:36 PM
Yeah I am planning to use the bright colors in accents like pillows, throw blankets, art pieces etc. I do think the second picture is way too busy but it was the colors I was going for. My comforter right now is a plain white down comforter that I will probably keep, or just upgrade to a higher quality one when I have the funds. There is just something about a plain white cushy down comforter. :) I also was thinking about going white with the curtains to break up the brown/turquise walls. Maybe just some printed fabric on the tops or bottoms of the curtains, I don't know. We do have a lot of natural wood pieces, DH's dad is a wonderful carpenter and I have also heard a rumor that he might build me a cedar blanket chest. :faint: So that would bring natural/neutral into the room so the vibrant colors don't over power everything.

Xinnamon
10-28-2012, 09:33 PM
I love it! :)

snooch
10-28-2012, 09:33 PM
I love those colors!

Xinnamon
10-28-2012, 11:44 PM
I saw this at my SIL's apartment and I want it. :D

http://www.craftynest.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/DSCF5519orig.jpg

http://www.cultivatingconscience.com/wp-content/uploads/testing.jpg

It's a bath mat made from wine corks (SIL's mat is a little smaller, with about 80 corks). :D I just need to collect more corks!

mina
10-28-2012, 11:46 PM
just drink more wine!!!:P:clap2:



That is really cute though!

Xinnamon
10-28-2012, 11:48 PM
just drink more wine!!!:P:clap2:



That is really cute though!

I'll have to do it.. for art. :D

Sam
10-29-2012, 02:50 PM
When I get to do the guest bathroom, this is how I want to do it. I've been dreaming about this bathroom ever since I saw the show. :) I love Sarah Richardon. :)
http://frommylivingroom.blogspot.com/2010/03/sarahs-house-bathroom.html

mina
10-29-2012, 11:11 PM
I bought a little old record cabinet for $5 at a tag sale this past weekend. I've always wanted a mirrored nightstand but those are insanely expensive. Ive been looking up how to transform furniture into looking like high end mirrored furniture using metallic spray paint and looking glass spray paint. So this is my next project!

Sam
10-30-2012, 09:14 AM
I wanna see pics when you are done! :)

mina
01-23-2013, 11:57 PM
Weird question, but I've never lived in a house with radiators before (just floor or wall vents). Most of my rooms have one window with out a radiator and one window with a radiator. Will it look weird to have long flloor length curtains at one window and a short curtain at another in the same room? Or can I have floor length curtains at both and just open the radiator curtains during the day? I think I might also have bamboo blinds at each window as well....

snooch
01-24-2013, 12:05 AM
I wouldn't have long curtains at the radiator windows, even if you open them during the day. That just screams fire hazard to me. If the rooms are fairly roomy, I don't think it would look odd to have one floor-length and one window-length, especially if you open the long ones during the day. But, it would drive me crazy not to have them uniform, so I would probably go for both being short, or just having the bamboo blinds and and maybe a valance.

mina
01-24-2013, 12:38 AM
Does it make any difference if the radiator has a cover built around it? I really don't like short curtains and would rather have long ones but I don't want to be unsafe either! Maybe extend the curtain rod past the windows so it clears the radiator when open? or is it not supposed to be near the radiator at all?

snooch
01-24-2013, 01:04 AM
I wouldn't put them near the radiator at all, but I'm super cautious about fire hazards, especially in older buildings (I don't know how old your house is). It doesn't take much heat for curtains to burn.

Although this says with the cover it's okay.
http://www.ehow.com/how_7720480_hang-curtains-over-radiator.html

And I found this too.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/hang-curtains-over-radiator-20411.html

(It still makes me nervous though.)

GM
01-24-2013, 01:28 AM
Weird question, but I've never lived in a house with radiators before (just floor or wall vents). Most of my rooms have one window with out a radiator and one window with a radiator. Will it look weird to have long flloor length curtains at one window and a short curtain at another in the same room? Or can I have floor length curtains at both and just open the radiator curtains during the day? I think I might also have bamboo blinds at each window as well....

I wouldn't do of each length. If fire is concern (radiators aren't used here so I have no idea) I would skip the curtains or use the short ones all around.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/122966/list/Decorating-Around-Radiators-or-Floor-and-Wall-Vents

sugarplum
01-24-2013, 10:13 AM
We don't have radiators here either, so I'm not a whole lot of help. I didn't want short curtains in my house either, so I understand where you are coming from! Is the radiator in the center of your window? Could you use tiebacks with the long drapes? I have the curtains at my living room windows and my french doors (the same long drape curtains) mounted outside my windows and I like the effect it gives, so if it gives enough clearance, and is safe, it's a pretty look. But...again, I know nothing about radiators. :D

In one of my bedrooms, I have long drapes, but I also have material draped over the curtain rod and drapes, similar to this picture.

http://www.aboutcurtains.com/graphics/3.gif

Maybe something like that could be an option, without the long drapes, but with a longer piece of fabric so that the "tails" hang longer...but doesn't touch the radiator?

katzankatz
01-24-2013, 10:17 AM
I wouldn't do of each length. If fire is concern (radiators aren't used here so I have no idea) I would skip the curtains or use the short ones all around.

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/122966/list/Decorating-Around-Radiators-or-Floor-and-Wall-VentsI agree, same length. We have the same issue. It would be nice to have long, elegant floor length drapes, but I think it does look awkward having one long and one short. I had them in my bedroom like that for a while.

If you do some googling ("drapes with radiator" and such), you can find some nice ideas. Tension rods inside the window frame with something that fits inside is pretty, then you can top it off with a pretty valance. I also like roman shades. This is what I'm planning to do with some of my windows: http://7layerstudio.typepad.com/7_layer_studio/2009/11/tutorial-for-custom-valances.html The red and black valance further down the page, then put something (probably lacy) inside the frame on tension rods.

You can do some fun things with this.

I need to fix up my windows too.

Sam
01-29-2013, 10:05 AM
Have any of y'all ever made plate hangers? I can't find any at any stores. I have quite a few plates that Dh's grandma hand painted and want to make a plate wall in my dining room. I found a tutorial on how to make them out of coat hangers, and also that you can not glue soda tabs on the back of plates to hang them. I think I will do that with some of the smaller ones.

snooch
01-29-2013, 11:30 AM
I've never made them, but I've bought them at Michael's several times, if you have one anywhere near you. They were in a very non-obvious place, hanging off the side of an end-cap near the back of the store, so they are easy to miss.

They wrap around the back of the plate and attach with four tight hooks over the top and bottom of the plate (the hooks are made tight by a springy thing in the back so you have to stretch them to connect to the top and bottom of the plate) and then you can hang them on the wall. We have a plate our friend made for us that we hung on our wall and you don't even notice the hooks holding it in place.

Sam
01-29-2013, 12:27 PM
I'll look again, maybe ill even ask someone who works there lol. This making your own is for the birds. I was trying to use coat hangers but that sucks. Dh has some bailing wire (a Texas fix-all :P) in the shop that I might try. If that doesn't work, I'll give up and buy them lol.

Xinnamon
02-22-2013, 02:22 AM
I posted this in the RT thread, but thought it's more appropriate here. :)

I need ideas on how to decorate our family room.. it has remained empty ever since we moved in. It's adjacent to our kitchen and also leads out to our yard. I'm thinking of placing a fireplace and 2 armchairs or a love seat. DH wants his music keyboard there as well. It's a small space so I don't want to clutter it up.

I'll post pictures in a bit.

Xinnamon
02-22-2013, 02:44 AM
Found these on Zillow from a neighboring house that just sold last November. The layout is the mirror image of mine.. family room is located on the left instead of the right of the kitchen.

The family room:
http://photos3.zillow.com/p_f/IS-1hxyjlayla0d9.jpg

The adjacent kitchen:
http://photos3.zillow.com/p_f/IS-g4qgx2aba8nx.jpg

mina
02-22-2013, 09:32 AM
I think what you want to do in that space would work! It would be like a den.

mina
08-12-2013, 12:38 AM
Chair I got at an estate sale before: http://i.imgur.com/s9KlzCE.jpg

And the afters! : http://i.imgur.com/Bv0wcTA.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/Qu341YX.jpg

snooch
08-12-2013, 12:52 AM
Those look great - I love the pattern on the fabric! It reminds me of my mom's chairs. She used really summery, Italian-looking patterns.

tiredwalker
08-12-2013, 04:03 PM
Mina! Fab job! Those look so great!

My mom sewed some curtains for me for our bathroom/utility room. It's hard to get a good angle so I had to step on the toilet...and I accidentally stepped in the toilet...after someone forgot to flush. oy.

Cheapmo curtains:
http://christsgarden.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=29&pictureid=1184

Mama's curtains:
http://christsgarden.com/forums/picture.php?albumid=29&pictureid=1185

I need to finish scraping the paint off of the sills and repaint them. Then, the whole thing will look much better.

Lilium
10-03-2013, 04:15 PM
We've been painting our living room, just need one more coat of paint on one wall (with two small children we've been doing everything in small stages!).

Next to paint is the hallway/stairs but I'm not sure what colour to choose. It currently has cream walls and terracotta carpet. The carpet will be kept but I'd like some colour on the walls...not sure what will go with the carpet though and whatever colour we choose it can't be too dark as there's little natural light in that part of the house.

mina
07-27-2014, 10:35 PM
My entryway has a green tile floor. At first I thought it was a little odd looking, but now I really like it. I painted the walls a beige/tan like the rest of the hallway, but now I think I might change the color! Maybe a pale blue would look nice and refreshing with the green? The entry way is closed off from the hallway by a door so it would look okay to not have the same color as the hall……...