Monday, March 15, 2010

Transformation

Oh hi. Remember this room?


Well, now it looks like this!


We spent pretty much the entire weekend painting. Torsten and I painted the top half together, which took all day Saturday and part of Sunday morning. Then Torsten did some work for his company while I did the bottom part, which took Sunday afternoon and evening.

What can I say? I know that it took us an entire weekend to paint a tiny room, but we aren't exactly professionals. In fact, this was the first time I had ever painted a room, and the first time Torsten had done so in the past 15 years or so.

So, you know. The paint job isn't perfect. There are a few little spots of blue on the baseboards, and a couple little hints of the beige paint that was there before along the edge of the ceiling. But these things aren't visible at all unless you're looking for them, and overall it turned out much better than either of us expected.

In fact, I was a little nervous about the concept and about the colors we chose. I loved the suggestion you all had of the two-tone concept, but I was afraid that we would pick the wrong colors and it would wind up looking jarring and tacky instead of tranquil and appealing.

But, I didn't need to worry! Because I LOVE IT. It was worth the paint in the hair and the blister on my thumb and the backaches and the use of my entire weekend. Because it is PERFECT. I still can't even believe how well it turned out. And Torsten loves it too.

Now, just to be patient until we have reason to furnish it as a nursery! Until then, it will stand empty and I will peek at it every day and bask in its loveliness.

I really cannot get enough of it. In fact, I know I already showed you a picture, but let's see another one, shall we? You can never have enough photos, right? Because LOOK:

35 comments:

Pickles and Dimes said...

Oh! It's so peaceful and tranquil and lovely! Perfect.

Mandy said...

It looks awesome!!!

Cady said...

It looks great! I love the two-tone.

Emily said...

Love it, definitely worth a full weekend of work!

S said...

I love that you painted the nook and the inside of the closet the lighter color. Looks great!

Shelly said...

The room looks fabulous! Great job!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

Those colors really do work well for a nursery. Most importantly, I'm glad YOU like it!

poodlegoose said...

Very nice! You guys did a great job. Now it's making me want to go paint something, and then clean some and... oh, wait, never mind :)

CAQuincy said...

Oh! It's lovely!

missris said...

Beautiful!

bessie.viola said...

Cute! Good work, it looks fabulous. I love the colors you chose!

I must say I love nothing more than a freshly-painted room.

artemisia said...

It looks SO GOOD! Great work, you two!

Mama Bub said...

Gorgeous. It looks great with the white trim and hardwood floors. LOVE IT! And you have so, so many options when it comes time to really decorate!

Melospiza said...

Gasp!

It looks lovely.

On a side note, isn't it amazing how *hard* it is to paint a room? Which just adds to the satisfaction when it's done, of course.

Jummy said...

It looks pretty darn professional from where I'm standing :)

Great job, team Torsten and Jess!

DCMomma said...

I love these colors!

Erica said...

Oh! It looks gorgeous! Could you and Torsten please come do my house? We've been here for almost 6 years and every single room is still the boring cream color that the builders used. I want to paint the rooms but I've never done it before EVER and it seems SO! SCARY! and time consuming!

d e v a n said...

I really do love that and it will make a perfect nursery!

Fiona Picklebottom said...

It looks great!

fairydogmother said...

It looks so great!

Alice said...

ah i love a good paint job! don't you just feel so ACCOMPLISHED? i know painting a room isn't technically very hard, but the time & effort you need to put into it SO pay off with the finished product :-)

sarah said...

that's gorgeous! great job :)

have you decided if that's the nursery or not yet?

Kristen said...

Nice job!

each of the two said...

Huzzah for some-day-nurseries!

Bluebelle said...

Lovely!

Rebecca @ Diary of a Virgin Novelist said...

Want to come to my house? I have a room that needs painting...

Emblita said...

So beautiful! The before and after photos remind me of home-makeover shows :p The dull beige transformed into beautiful Mediterranean blues!

Shelly Overlook said...

Amazing!! Love it!!!

Stevie said...

Holy crap! It looks SO good! I am loving the two-toned look. Nice work!

Janssen said...

So pretty! Well done. . .I think the colors are perfect.

clueless but hopeful mama said...

OH I love it! If you're not using it for a bit, mind if I move in?!!

SLynnRo said...

Will you teach me to paint if I talk the Pooples into a house?

amber said...

Oh, god, it's pretty! I really love the blue (although I must admit I'm surprised it isn't purple). :) And doing two different tones was a great idea.

Sizzle said...

It is so cheerful and lovely!

Kath said...

What??? No Purple??

:) j/k

I <3 the color...in fact the bottom half is the same color I had for my guest room in my last house. (full disclosure - my old home office was painted purple. I just had to go there!)