To lighten a dark room with paint is the easiest possible way to let the sun shine in!
By now if you’ve been hanging out with me you know I’m changing the entire mood of our little white house. And I’m doing it for next-to-nothing! The Husband would disagree but he does admit we’ve gotten HUGE change for very little money. (More posts on my project under the pull-down menu under: All Things Home DIY)
You also know, I’m a Behr Paint with Primer Fool. I’ve painted my way through 2010, (See some of the fun: HERE~All Things Behr Ultra Paint with Primer) which I couldn’t have done if I’d needed to prime 2 coats and then paint paint paint.( I have hand-shoulder-back issues!) Behr Ultra Paint with Primer covers like a dream and cut my hard work in half.
I so love paint. It’s is my # 1 pick for getting a BIG bang for your decorating buck! Are you in the mood for change but don’t want to spend a load of money? Paint is your answer!
In this room, the little library off of our den, I didn’t change the wall color. (This would be the only 4 walls I didn’t paint in our downstairs!) It’s a soft, dreamy green and I like it. Instead, I grabbed my paint and lightened up a few other things!
Here’s the before (set for a Christmas Party). It’s warm and yummy I think…
But I’m infusing a bit of Beachy Cottage meets Shabby Cottage into our space these days. Soooo…
FYI…In addition to the 3 tables, I also painted a couple of lamps! Behr Ultra Paint with Primer works great on wooden lamps! It even works wonders on the heavy iron-type lamps.
And I took down the plaid deep-color curtains and made some the color of sand and surf…
And just so ya know…if paint is my #1 pick for a “Big-Bang-for-your-Decorating-Buck then #2 is FABRIC! Big changes can be made with a few yards of scrumptious fabric.
I love to make (simple) curtains. Can you sew a straight line? If you can then you can make several different curtain styles.
My fabric came from a Fabric warehouse so it was under $10.00 a yard. I walked up and down rows and rows of gorgeous textures and colors and my little heart picked up beats when I touched this light weight breezy material!
I measured and cut simple panels and decided to mount them on the curtain rods with strips of the material.
***Oh by-the-way, the curtain rods were black before I painted them Behr Antique White***
For a more carefree look I frayed the strips of fabric…
Changing this room cost almost nothing. I left a few darker elements to compliment the bookcases which I won’t be painting at The Husband’s request. They are after all his handiwork!
By the way…Bella finds this couch so much more soft and comfy than the leather one!
~Have a soft and comfy day my friends~
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