We painted! yay. The painter’s tape might be still up but it feels better already. And like I said on instagram, before you go boo hooing on me for painting over wood, just know it was already painted! There was no wood grain in sight (except one wall by the kitchen which we did keep)! Believe me, I would have kept it all wood if I could, but wood painted tan and brown. NO THANK YOU. And now it is so much lighter and brighter and just ahhhh. (we painted it “Polar Bear” by Behr)We also tore out all the old carpet and had this wood look tile installed. However, not being on site to see the work happening, I arrived to a big surprise of the grout being way to dark. When you are doing a million things, it is easy for details to slip through the cracks but this was a not so minor and quite costly detail. Instead of blending with the tile like my plan, the grout is such a contrast that it makes the wood-look tile just look like tile and after all the work put into it I just couldn’t leave it. I couldn’t get over it. SOOO $1500 later we got someone to come out and remove all the brand new grout (basically dremeling each line by hand). And here is where we last left it. Grout dust all over, but no more dark grout. Here is hoping the new color will blend better. I am almost too terrified to look. In the meantime… we demo’d the kitchen. Goodbye old cabinets, tile countertops, and ancient appliances. Rupe was pretty excited about it. As you can see, we took down those half walls that blocked off the kitchen making it feel extra teeny tiny and opened it up so even though it is still tiny, at least it is open. And finally, in the bedroom, we painted away and switched out the flooring creating a new blank slate. (see the before’s here) We still have some X’s to address in here, like the mirrored closet doors. I’d like to do something with wood and bring the warmth in that side of the room. X #2, we took down a set of shelves/mini closet (which you can see here) and plan to build out the closet on the right (X #3) to be an actually closet with a door and then X#4 is that ugly grout haunting me, but it is no more (I just haven’t seen it yet).
There you have it! so far so good? kind of.
Sources: Tile from Home Depot // Paint color Polar Bear by Behr