A Room of a Different Color

We’ve already talked a lot about painting in house #2, especially since that’s what we have been doing non-stop since we got the keys. We told you all about our love for using National Trust for Historic Preservation colors from Valspar and what the heck a “Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel” is, but we still just have so much to say about paint!

In our last house, we painted cabinets, doors, ceilings, trim, walls, tiles…you name it, we painted it! You can read about all these projects here:

Painting Walls
Painting Ceilings
Painting Kitchen Cabinets
Painting Doors
Painting Trim

Needless to say, we had a lot of leftover paint from our first house, so, naturally, we wanted to bring it along with us in case we found a need/want for it in house #2. We are definitely glad we did because there are a few colors we re-used in the new place!

Valspar’s Wave’s Crest

You may recall, we had 2 bedrooms in house #1. At first, we used the 2nd bedroom as an office. We originally painted this room a bright yellow color and quickly realized it was just too much. Then we started our subtle revolution! That’s when we fell in love with Wave’s Crest. We ended up revamping the office and turning it into more of a guest space, added some new, sophisticated bamboo blinds, a futon and the calming touch of Wave’s Crest.

Wave's Crest Office

We loved Wave’s Crest so much, we decided to bring this color into our master bedroom at the new house. This color is so interesting! In house #1, it really looked like a very light, blue-ish gray or slate color. In house #2, it looks almost minty green! Perhaps it has to do with the color of the floors. In house #1, the floors were darker and in house #2 they are more of a light maple color. Either way, we found this to be quite fascinating. I didn’t think I could love Wave’s Crest more, but I think I do now. 😉

Master Wave's Crest

Valspar’s Vanilla Steam

In house #1, we used Vanilla Steam when we painted our kitchen. We painted the kitchen tiles with our favorite go-to white color, Du Jour, and used Vanilla Steam to paint the walls above the tiles. This color is somewhat of a greige (gray-beige). However, it can pull a slight pinkish hue, depending on the light.

Final Painted Kitchen and Tile

In house #2, we used Vanilla Steam in our dining room. There is so much light in this new house (which we’re really excited about!), so Vanilla Steam is perfect here. It does give off that almost pinkish hue, but I think overall, it flows very nicely with the rest of the colors in the house so far!

Dining Room Vanilla Steam

Behr’s Fresh Day

This is a bathroom color, through and through! We used Fresh Day in the bathroom of house #1 and we used it again here in house #2. The serene feeling of a blue hue in the bathroom is calming and, well, clean! The before and after going from the previous owner’s green color to this lovely light blue is dramatic! It makes the mirrors and cabinets look completely different and we love it!

Bathroom before and after

Valspar Fresh Day

We like to be adventurous, but we learned (the hard way) that if you’re too adventurous you end up with bad color flow from room to room. That’s why this time around, we opted to go for clean, subtle hues that were true to the classic, beach-y Cape Cod style of this house. We branched out with new-to-us colors like the sandy-hued Hotel St. Francis Clay Angel for the main living spaces in the house, as well as La Fonda Ecru, used in our small spare room. All in all, every color we are using in this house is true to the era, true to the home, and truly our style.

Meet House #2

While many people in our lives are announcing baby #2, we’re pleased to introduce to you House #2! As our faithful readers know, we sold House #1 back in April and went on a sort of hiatus while we shopped for a new house. Now that we are 100% closed and back on our DIY project beat, we’re ready to start serving up some new posts for you. Without further adieu, meet House #2!

DIY and home improvement on a 1950s home

Woof, that lawn! Working on it 🙂
All the Particulars
Style: Cape Cod
Age: 59 (circa 1955), completely updated in 2006/2007
Rooms: Living, Dining, Kitchen, full Basement
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 1.5
Other: 1-car Garage
With this house comes several improvements as far as we are concerned. Just to name a few, here are the major differences between House #1 and House #2.

Here’s how House #1 stacked up…

  • Window Unit A/C
  • Old, outdated cabinets
  • Older washer/dryer
  • One teeny tiny bathroom
  • 1000 square feet (excluding basement)

Here’s how House #2 takes it up a notch…

  • Central A/C
  • Updated cabinets
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Fairly new washer/dryer
  • More than 1 toilet!
  • Much larger main bath with double sink vanity
  • 1500 square feet (excluding basement)

What’s on Tap?

  • Lots of cleaning – the previous owner had several pets, so we’re removing pet hair left and right until the place is completely spotless and to our liking.
  • Painting, painting, painting (you know how much we love paint)!
  • New carpets (upstairs)
  • New refrigerator
  • New custom shade for the master bedroom
  • Leveling paver walkway
  • Minor roof repairs
  • Garage clean up
  • Lawn rehab

And that is just to name a few. We’re hoping to finish up with the new carpets, cleaning and painting within the next month. Then we will get ourselves moved in! As we continue with our initial clean up and our eventual move-in, there is no doubt new ‘projects will crop up. Until then, enjoy some of these “before” style photos of the new place.

Getting ready to paint the living room…

  Living room renovation

Already painted the master!

Painting a master bedroom

Ripping up old carpets upstairs…

Ripping up carpets

An upstairs bedroom…

Before we start DIY projects

Another upstairs bedroom…

Before DIY and home renovation begins

The backyard…

Backyard DIY

A Tree Grows in Hazlet

Last week we decided to take care of some business around the house, outdoors to be exact. As we blogged about in the past, a tree fell on my car last year during Hurricane Sandy. Since then, we have obviously wanted to get rid of the eyesore in our back yard (the broken tree).

In addition to that, there is a big huge oak tree in our neighbors driveway, right on our property line. This tree is so huge, it’s limbs extend out to the street, out to our backyard and out, across our driveway in a few directions. The limbs were getting dangerously close to the house and were already putting our cars in a lot of danger…until now! We did our homework on several tree experts in the area and our friends at Avery Tree Experts were up for the challenge.

Tree trimming

We got a great deal from these guys and they did an excellent job. I spoke with them on Tuesday and they came and did the job on Wednesday – amazing! Now we have no limbs hanging over our driveway and nothing is stretching toward the roof of our house. We have also ridded our backyard of that awful broken tree from the storm. I feel a lot safer now from this tree, especially when it comes to major hurricanes, which have been a regular occurrence in New Jersey for us lately!

Tree trimming, trimmed treeTrimming branches on a treeTree stump, tree trimming

So you may be wondering, “why no DIY on this project?” Simply put: this job was just way too big for us. Not only do we not have the proper tools (chain saw, etc.) we also just could never reach these limbs and additionally, hauling everything away…not really sure how we would pull that off. This was definitely one for the professionals, and we have talked about this before, but I think it’s really important to realize when you can DIY and when you need to ask for help from the pros.

Do you know when to turn a project over to the pros or do you usually end up in over your head? Head over to our Facebook page or Tweet at us to let us know your DIY and home improvement dos and donts!