It’s amazing what a little paint and small decor touches can do to a room.

I’m slowly updating a few rooms in our home, which mainly consists of touching up existing paint colors, repainting rooms, trim paint, adding small decor touches, etc.

It’s really amazing what a new paint color can do to a room!

Last year I painted our kitchen.  We went from Benjamin Moore October Mist to Benjamin Moore Smoke and Mirrors.  It’s a subtle change, but one with a big impact.

I discovered Smoke and Mirrors while working a retail job last year doing in-home design services, etc.  This color seriously goes with anything and looks beautiful up against the bright white windows and trim in our kitchen.  I have yet to “stage” our kitchen to take a full shot of the room, but will once everything is complete.

Our once large black kitchen island also had a makeover.  This was a rather big job and does need some touching up before I can share the “after”.  I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Old White and the difference is like night and day (ha, ha).

I also painted our 5 previously black bar stools, layering 4 different paint colors for the look I wanted then sealed them with a clear and dark wax.

For the past few weeks, I’ve been slowly working on repainting our Master Bedroom.  It’s been a long time coming.  After almost 14 years I was just SO tired of the pale yellow walls, it was time for a change.   When I say a change, it’s a HUGE color change as you can see.

And because it is such a drastic color change, I decided to start slowly.   I started with only painting the inside of our double dormer.  I really wanted to see how it felt in our space before committing to such a dark color.  Some may think I’m crazy going so dark, but we get so much natural sunlight in our bedroom.  We also live in a Cape-style home, with a very large, white slanted ceiling, creating a nice contrast to the dark navy.  It just all worked out. Not to mention, Kitty seems to approve.

bedroom-dormer

So after a few weeks of living with the new color, and a very enthusiastic YES from my husband Michael, it was time to start painting the other walls.

Our bedroom ceilings reach 15 feet in places, so this certainly was a tall order. But low and behold, my wonderful husband Michael surprised me with this totally far out ladder to help me get the job done!  This Little Giant Ladder is so easy to use, was a killer Groupon, and it really measures up to its name!  (okay, okay, enough with the ladder jokes I promise).

little giant

Here is a glimpse of my first finished wall and I did this BEFORE I had the Little Giant.  It was a challenging task, but I lived to write this blog post so it’s all good.

I wallpapered the bottom part of this wall with textured wallpaper, then added a wooden chair rail.  I love the contrast and how the navy makes the white POP!  Such a clean, crisp and nautical feel, don’t ya think ?!?

bedroom-wall

Moving on to our Master Bathroom. I started repainting our bathroom months and months ago but never finished because you may have guessed, I didn’t have the right ladder.   I’m excited to finally get–it–done!   Regardless, I’ve added some nautical decor, some of which I’ve made and some not.

My favorite DIY addition is this handy cleat and rope towel holder.  Actually, I’ve made 3 for all three of our bathrooms, because I just love them so much!

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towel-holder

This adorable anchor night light came from a small shop on Nantucket Island called Nantucket Looms.  I feel in love with their soaps and lotions and they smell AMAZING! 

nightlight

ACK-looms

These cute, sturdy anchor hooks came from none other than T.J. Maxx and were only $5.99 a piece! What ?!?  I love the color, the metal, the distressed aged look, everything!

bathroom-hook

bathroom-hooks

This Fisherman’s ruler idea came from seeing something similar online.  I thought it was such a cute idea for a nautical home, especially considering my husband loves to fish and can occasionally tell a “fish tale” about what he caught.  Just sayin’.

It came out a little bit more distressed than I originally planned, but I like it nonetheless.

fishermans-ruler

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You can see the paint difference in our bathroom from this picture.  Once I have this bathroom completely painted, I may update the 2 light fixtures hanging over our mirror.  I have a few ideas.

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So inexpensive changes like paint color, DIY and little decor touches can really add a big difference to a room.  I’m excited to share my full before and after photos when all is done.

Thank you for visiting me today, have a wonderful weekend!

michelle

 

 

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