Room evolution from beige to grey.

Apr 26th, 2013

I moved into a beige cave. The walls were beige. The ceiling was beige. The carpet was beige…EVERYTHING WA S beige. It was a blank slate, I’ll give it that, but few hours after move in and I had had enough of builder’s beige.

Needless to say we started making changes to our home immediately after move in. After all, the first year of home ownership was like releasing a tiger from behind bars. I was rip-roaring and ready to PAINT!

Our living room was one of the first projects we worked on. It looked like this when we moved in, but that didn’t last long…

living room upon move in

We started with making our own stencil, and even turned a hutch into a TV cabinet to jazz up the space. Orange was the new red back then.  I loved it until I got the itch to change it again! {Which might I add has nothing to do with having a blog. I have been like this since before All Things Thrifty began}. Ask my husband…he LOVES this about me {sense the sarcasm}.

living room before 1

So, to appease my hubby, after I got sick of the room, I  just rearranged the furniture for a few months. We moved the TV above the fireplace and added white molding to the space. I was perfectly content for five minutes. HA! Then, the itch for change was just too much. So we started tearing off the tile around the fireplace. I hated that darn tile! So, we did what any normal person would do….we ripped it out.


Then, the space sat like this {with a torn apart fireplace} for ahem six+ months. Oh. My. Gosh. How embarrassing. But that is besides the point. The good news is that we are finally put back together again!

I am soooo excited to finally show you what we’ve been working on! When I say WE, I mean DAN because I didn’t do much painting this time.  He deserves a medal. He painted the ENTIRE house by himself while I was gone for the weekend. What a stud, right!?!?

It is now a medium-toned grey color {Valspar Hazy Stratus} and it is soooo much calmer than our other colors were. I’m ecstatic with the new kitchen color {Sherwin Williams Raindrop}, and the grey fits perfectly with our farmhouse-fresh feel. We also continued the chair rail across the living room, and it looks great. Now we just need to finish the molding boxes like in the rest of the living room, but I’m LOVING it!



The new barn wood mantel was constructed from legit barn wood from my sister’s barn in Central Utah. In fact, it’s the same barn wood that we made Jill’s barn door for her cottage style living room. Hazy-Stratus-Valspar

I absolutely love how bright, cheery, and calm our home feels now.

decor-accessories decorative-accessories
Although I loved the orange wall when I painted it, I’m soooo glad to finally paint over it! It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders. I feel like I live in a completely different house! Mission complete!

I’m loving the navy blue accents with a little bit of green, yellow, turquoise and white.

navy-blue-decor plant
My home finally feels like MY style again. I’m so happy. I owe my husband my left leg for painting it for me, don’t I?

Here is one last look at the room! 

I could sit and stare at it all day. Now I just need a few more accessories! Have you seen anything that you LOVE lately? 

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