Wednesday

A Buffalo Bills Room For Jack!

Recently, an old friend of Maggie’s, whom she had reconnected with via Face Book, asked us to redo her son’s room. She knew she wanted something fun and something that would grow with him. She also wanted COLOR!!!!

After talking it over with Jack (who is just the cutest lil’ thing) they decided they would like to do a room with Buffalo Bill colors. Maggie was all over it! Even though she is a die- hard Dolphins fan, you can still find her cheering for the Bills on any given Sunday. Plus, most of the time we get the task of redoing a girls rooms (which I totally am all over)so when she had the opportunity to do “boy stuff” she was pumped!

After showing us a picture from a painting brochure, we all agreed that a stripe would be the way to go for this redo. Coupled with the color choices, it was masculine, versatile, and a complete transformation.

Now, even though we opted for just a lighter shade of grey on the ceiling and wall, because we didn’t want the room to become too dark, the red and blue were dead on to the colors in a Buffalo Bill uniform.

Of course we had to prime the red, yet it still took 5 coats of paint to get the finale finish! REDS DRIVE ME CRAZY! They look spectacular when they are finished, but man, are they a pain in the butt to do. And the reason why is this; because there is so much dye used in red tones there is less paint in the can. So, it takes many more coats to achieve the final product. When we were done painting red, we then brought the gray down to meet it. It wasn’t an even split either, we had to bring the red up higher and you’ll see why.

The center line was going to be the navy blue, with thinner red stripes, so in order to achieve that look and save ourselves time; we painted the red up higher, taped off the lines (using Frog Tape) and painted the rest in blue. When the tape was pulled off it revealed two smaller red lines. Painting the base coat of red higher made it easier for us because we didn’t have to try to go back and paint within the lines.

I found with acrylic painting you always have to work from the bottom up. You really have to think through your design and plan it before you start; otherwise you’re going to create a lot of extra painting for yourself.

This is what Jack had to say about his room, “Give me a minute…AWESOME!!!!!” We are so glad he was happy; we had a great time creating it!












Thursday

Kids Rooms Rock!


It’s always thrilling to be part of a home make-over, especially when it’s a couple’s first home. The joy of picking out colors and decorating is heightened and it brings extra pleasure to our job. Over the next week or so, we are going to be taking a walk through “Jamie’s” home (we painted the whole inside). Today, we are going to show you before and after pics of the daughter’s bedroom and bathroom makeover.
Jamie was a very enthusiastic homeowner and new exactly what she wanted. She had a particular vision for her entire home and had it all mapped out for us. She had shopped around for the exact colors and home d├ęcor to create the precise style she wanted to convey. Although, I love helping a customer with color choices, I get equally as excited when they know exactly what they want.

This was not more self evident then when it came to her daughter’s room. Her face beamed as she told us all about her color choices and themes for the bedroom and the daughter’s adjoining bathroom. She wanted it bright, fun and whimsical. She chose a bright apple for the bedroom. I’m not sure if her husband was crazy about the green at first, but after she moved in all the furniture and pulled in the pick accessories, I think his opinion may have altered a little. Her daughter…LOVED IT!


Next up, her daughter's bathroom.  Jamie chose a deep, yet bright, aqua color for the walls. She had made a great choice by picking the shower curtain first, then pulling a color from it.  Most places can color match a item that you bring in, but if not, do it the old fashioned way, pick up a bunch of colors and try to match it to the item (shower curtain, pillow, bed cover, etc...) that is going to be your main focal point. The end result is fabulous!!! What child wouldn't love spending bath time in this great room!