We bought our first home in June, after living in a slew of apartments & military housing over the last decade. It’s exciting, it’s exhausting, it’s a whole lot of “WHAT WERE WE THINKING?!”. But it’s been fun…for the most part. Our house is about 100 years old, so it’s got all sorts of interesting little quirks. The best part being the touches of original pink paint throughout the house and on the pipes in the basement. We actually didn’t even see the house in person until right before closing-crazy, I know! But we were buying from another military family and hoped for the best. The couple who lived here before us did so much work upstairs, for which I am incredibly grateful. They painted, remodeled the bathroom, laid carpet, etc.. But downstairs was beige. SO.MUCH.BEIGE.
My first project was painting the fireplace. I could tell it already been painted at least once before, so it wasn’t the original finish on the brick. Next up was the mudroom…it was just so…bleh. Now it’s very farmhouse! I used the shiplap wallpaper from Target, so it was a pain matching the lines, but I love how it looks.
Following the mudroom…the kitchen! Since we aren’t here permanently, we didn’t want to drop a ton on redoing counter tops. In comes contact paper from Amazon that looks like granite. I love it! It’s been on for 3 months with no issue. I’ve used the same paint from Target pretty much throughout the entire house because I just love it so much. It’s the Devine Color Mirage & I’ve had no issues with coverage, etc.. The mirror was a gift that I repainted because it didn’t match anything in my house, but it has sentimental value. Painters drop cloth for the curtains! Super affordable and so, so easy to do. You can get the drop cloth at Home Depot-make sure to wash it first- and hang it up with clips. I got mine from Target…of course.
We’re currently painting (& almost done!!) the stairway, upstairs hallway and front entry. No more beige!! All gray & white everything.
Next up is the dining room, which ugh y’all. Just ugh. I was going to do an accent wall with paintable brick wallpaper, but it fell after being up for a month and messed up the wall… So now I have to fix the wall, then I’m going to paint 3 out of the 4 walls. I haven’t decided if it should be the same gray throughout the house or the Magnolia paint that I used as an accent in my kitchen. Any thoughts?! Would love to hear what y’all think!
I think the last big indoor project will be painting the living room, but we’ll see.
As always, thanks for dropping in y’all!