It’s no mystery that changing to a new color of paint is one of the easiest ways to change up the vibe of a room. It’s also is a great way to bring something cohesive to your entire home’s color palette.

When we started painting after we moved in we made some pretty bold decisions, and learned some pretty serious lessons about color choices. We chose two bold colors for the living room and office. We’ve kept Behr’s Minted Lemon in the living room, but our choice of Olympic One’s “Sunbeam” has always worried us. Here’s the office as it appeared a few weeks ago.

Yellow Office Sunbeam

In the photo it doesn’t look that bad I suppose, but walking into that room everyday was a bit of a jarring experience. I’m not one to be afraid of color or bold decisions, but I just don’t think we have that kind of house. Maybe with a little more natural light it could have worked.

Wave's Crest versus Sunbeam

The new color we chose was “Wave’s Crest” by Valspar. As soon as we started painting we were worried we’d gone too light or too white. Once we had finished the room, let it dry and looked at it the next morning I think we realized we’d made the right decision. Then we cleaned up the trim with a new coat of white paint and we were done.

Office Painted with Wave's Crest

Overall I think it really brightens up the room and if nothing else it looks a lot better with the finish on our floors. The yellow may have been more tolerable when we had carpet, but with the refinished hardwood it really clashed.

Let us know if you think we’ve made the right color decision. Stay tuned to find out what we paint next, the kitchen? the basement? or a repaint of the living room?

3 Month Check-up: Part 1

It’s been a little over 3 months since we moved into our new house and I have to say we’ve come a looooonnnngggg way! I don’t usually like to pat myself on the back, but we’ve accomplished A LOT in a short amount of time. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.

So without further adieu, here’s a re-cap of what we’ve done so far.

The Living Room

The first room we attacked after making settlement. Here’s the living room as pictured in the listing photos for our house:

Living room listing photo

Here’s what we’ve done to the place:

  • Painted the ceiling: Valspar Ultra Premium Ceiling Paint in White (blinding white to hide the ugly brown lines running between these silly ceiling tiles)
  • Painted the walls: Behr Paint and Primer in One in Minted Lemon
  • Added all of our furniture and re-arranged the layout once or twice
  • Created a photo wall (which is coming along quite nicely, by the way)
  • Added new, white faux wood blinds + curtains, complete with hold backs for a neat and sophisticated look
  • Decorated for Halloween, then Christmas 🙂

And here’s what it looks like today:

Our remodeled living room

The Bedroom

The second room we tackled. We didn’t waste a second. Here’s what it looked like before it became ours:

Bedroom listing photo

And here’s what we’ve done to the bedroom thus far:

  • Painted the ceiling: Valspar Ultra Premium Ceiling Paint in White
  • Painted the walls: Behr Paint and Primer in One in Burnished Metal
  • Added all of our furniture and purchased some sleek, new little lamps for our nightstands
  • Threw our DIY headboards back into the mix (we had these in both of our apartments)
  • Painted the closet to freshen things up: Behr Paint and Primer in One in Fresh Day (also featured in our new bathroom)!
  • Hemmed and hung our old black curtains (recycle)!

Here’s the bedroom today:

Our remodeled bedroom

And that’s what we have for you so far. How did we do? We feel like these two rooms have passed the 3 month check-up with flying colors (our paint colors are pretty fly). Stay tuned for Part 2 of our 3 month check-up where we’ll walk you through what we’ve been up to with the rest of the house!