Old Sweetwater

Old Sweetwater

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Buh-Bye Flesh. Buh-Bye Cream. Hellooo White!

Buy a home, along with most of its furniture. Swoon for white hydrangeas. 





















2. Take a bedroom that the precious, previous owner painted *flesh.* (sorry about the blur; my arms ached from moving furniture). 
 
3. Did I mention the previous owner stuck the wallpaper seams down with bathroom silicone caulk (UNDER the flesh-colored PAINT)? You know that shiny, bright, rubbery white stuff guaranteed to never come off and also repels paint? Yeah that's it in the photo below the tape. It was every 18 inches. *sigh*  So, masking tape a line and texture above.
4. Be inspired by dried hydrangeas.  Take down fan and super-cheap trim.  Put up vintage chandelier with real Austrian crystals. Add wooden library panels and custom trim.  Put in wide plank pine floors. 
5. Paint woodwork hydrangea and the walls a coordinating coffee color. Don't bother with a comforter, wall art or permanent drapes -- it's just so you can live with it until....WHITE! Glorious Norwegian-inspired white!  

6. Behr is my hero.  

















7. Low luster covers in one coat.  It took maybe 30 minutes to paint.


















8. The second gloss coat made my heart sing.  

















We painted the walls and ceiling "Mountain Gray" a stone-gray white. It's still curing (as is all the furniture I'm painting white). We haven't even put the chandelier plate back on the ceiling or plug covers on, but as things dry I'll post the progress if you'd like. Am I crazy for painting it ALL WHITE???  

35 comments:

Carolyn said...

Great job! It will look amazing when you get it all back together,

Carolyn

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

O.M.G!!! I LOVE it, Janean! I can't wait to see more!! The floor is my favorite... so far! Beautiful!

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

Completely crazy. but you're going to love it, and you should have what your heart wants.

Oh and crazy is as crazy does or so I've heard. It looks magazine gorgeous.

Julie said...

I.....LOVE......IT!!!
If you are crazy, then you are inspiring CRAZINESS all over Blogland!!!!!!! Beautiful, Thanks so much for sharing it. Would you share again when it all put together????? I would love to sit here and go crazy over it! :-)
Hugs. Thanks for giving us a peek!!

Dolores said...

Oh my, you really had your work cut out for you, but the results so far is amazing, and so beautiful. I love your inspiration ....looking forward to seeing more!

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

Janean,

I can't wait to see the finished room. So far it is AMAZING!

Best wishes,
Tammy

NanaDiana said...

Well, if you are crazy I want the bed next to yours in the holding facility! I LOVE it...SOOOO fresh and clean looking. I can't wait to see it finished. I have a new "toy" that is gonna be as white as I can make it when I'm done! Loving what you did so far...what's the matter with you? You don't like flesh colored walls? My daughter's last house had that color throughout her WHOLE house-she barely got it all painted before he got transferred and they moved. Difference between night and day, isn't it? Diana

Barb said...

I think the white is so pretty! I love Hydrangeas, with their subtle shades of white - and all the little flower petals give them so much depth! Your room is gorgeous, I can't wait to see the finished project! I love the chandelier!

Hugs,
Barb

Janet - underthewillow said...

wow what a fresh and clean look!...I've always wanted to do a room in shades of white!...can't wait to see the finished pics!

Janet

FairfieldHouse said...

If you are crazy, you're in good company. The Fairfield House is in the process of becoming all white. Previous owners painted every wall that dingy primitive mustard yellow and all the 130 year old trim sage green. The walls not painted are papered in heavy, dark Victorian hues. I am celebrating with each stroke of white paint!

Your Friend,
Deborah

Farm Girl said...

I totally love it!!! I think it is just beautiful and I can't wait until your furniture is back. Wow, what a ton of work. We lived in a house with wallpaper like that and when we replaced the tile, they had used cement so I know all about the hard, hard, work you had to do. I think it is fantastic.

Suz said...

So I see that you have been a busy little gal
can I hire you when you're done?

Florence said...

Beautiful transformation. Looks like a lot of hard work, but oh so worth it. Florence

It's me said...

Wowwwwww...you did a great job Janean !!! amazing...i love your whites !!! love love Ria........

La Maison en Wonderboom said...

Super!!
Hermine

Kelli said...

WOW! Cannot WAIT to see the finished product! I'm lovin' it!

red.neck chic said...

Oh........ I can NOT WAIT to see your room finished!!!

;-D robelyn

Blondie's Journal said...

You have been a busy girl and it shows! The room looks fabulous, Janean! I'd love to have an all white bedroom, after all the kids and dogs are gone, of course! ;-D

xoxo
Jane

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Clean and crisp! So inviting! I love it! ♥

Mari said...

Thanks for the hydrangeas picture, I love them!

All WHITE, thats my dream, but when I have less pets and girls are all grown :)


God bless :)

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh my goodness, your room is fabulous, Janean! Behr paint is just the best. I always love your level of inspiration and the way you tie it all together in your posts. I'd love for you to come by and play Vintage Inspiration Friday, starting Thurs. evening!
Hope to see you,
xo,
Debra

Deborah said...

Absolutely beyond fabulous!!!!
My eyes are smiling!!!
What a great job..cant wait for my wide-planked floor and to paint it white also!!!!!

Deborah xo

Pondside said...

Crazy? Absolutely not! That room just breaths tranquility to me.

Gloria said...

I don't think you are crazy for painting it all white! As innocent and sweet as a wedding, waiting for you to add the perfect little decorating touches...you can't go wrong! Just add a bit of textures here and there and you will do "white right!" :) Beautiful job!!!!

Girly Muse said...

Oh, it's going to be GOOD!

Linda said...

WOW, that's GORGEOUS!!! I'm jealous. We actually did paint our walls the flesh color, lol - throughout the living room, dining, kitchen and den. In our case, it's called "Nutmeg Frost". I really wish we had wood floors. Our house is all very standard.

Anyway - good job!
Blessings always,
Linda

The Gough Inn said...

Fresh and clean indeed -- I want to see the end results first before I say ( you were crazy).. Wink! But you know me I LOVE lots of colors = red barn - I'll be back to be pleasantly taken in by what you do -- I won't be to surprised because I feel it will look Fabulous!

Karen said...

Janean, what a great job. I dislike wallpaper, just for that reason. Love your design and good taste! Now you can enjoy!

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

A gorgeous room!! Love love LOVE white. That chandelier is awesome. Happy happy decoration, Janean.
Have a wonderful weekend xxx

Beverly @ My Sew Sweet Studio said...

I looove it. How great to have an all white room. Can't wait to see it finished and furnished.

Technodoll said...

I say it's different, inspired and very chic! Super daring! Just put a sign on the door: no food, beverages, pets or dirty people allowed - LOL! :-D

(ps: LOVE your floor, wow! inspiring!)

~ Regan said...

First, the first and second nursery pics are my favorite. They look so clean and comfortable!
Second, I do NOT think you are crazy for painting everything all white! I wish I had the guts (and the ok from hubs) to do it! I'm afraid with a toddler and 2 large dogs rolling through here, I would be doing nothing but touching up with paint all day! I love it, and I cannot wait to see the final reveal!

Deb said...

beautiful....

Cindy said...

i think it's brilliant....what a great jumping off place for pops of color..

i love it......i can't wait to see it decorated.

Draffin Bears said...

Oh gorgeous Janean, love your pure white bedroom and you much be enjoying your new look.
Love the white floor boards and your chandelier.

Hugs
Carolyn