People often wonder how I’m able to get so much done with little kids and a husband.
I’m not Super Woman.
There are no secret powers here.
Sometimes it involves having to ignore my family to get things done (sad to admit, but it’s true!).
But then there are awesome times when one of them decides to join my DIY world and help out.
That’s what happened this weekend when I painted my family room for my 30-Day September Room Makeover Challenge.
It was the highlight of my weekend!
Meet My Son, Kojo (Age 3)
You know how it is with kids….
They say they want to “help” but you end up having to clean up all the things they destroy (or is that just my kids?? LOL).
My first inclination was to say, “No, no, baby, that’s okay. You go play with your brothers!”
But I stopped myself before turning him away. Why not let him help??
Paint is washable.
He couldn’t ruin that much.
And time spent together is valuable.
Yes, why not?!
Although he’s never shown a lot of interest in helping me with projects, it would be silly of me to turn him away.
Behr Bayberry Frost
I wanted to keep the room as light as possible since you know I just paid $1,200 to remove a huge tree from outside the window.
As much as I love white walls, I was excited about Bayberry Frost (Behr from The Home Depot).
I am absolutely in love with turquoises, blues, and greens so this pale shade of green was right up my alley.
But it’s one of those “funny” colors.
You know–the ones that look a certain way on the color card or can, but when you put it on the walls, you’d swear the paint guy switched it at Home Depot. HA!
…because it definitely didn’t look green on my wall when I did samples.
I was crossing my fingers it would work out and be the right color that wouldn’t make the room feel too dark.
Even this little guy came to send us luck 🙂
A Look Back In Time
I remember snapping this picture after we had just bought our house in winter of 2010. My middle son could barely walk.
I showed Kojo this picture and he asked, “Where was I??”
I told him that several more months later he made an appearance in Mommy’s belly. LOL (FYI, he was born November 2011).
Right before we got started this weekend, this is what my family room looked like. I had cleared out some things and removed as much as I could from the fireplace that I had painted a few years ago, and was ready to get started.
Once I removed the sofa from the wall, you could see how dirty the walls were! They had never been painted, only primed, when we removed the paneling and had drywall put in when we moved in.
I really loved the soft shade of green! And finally–walls that didn’t have pencil, food stains, and green ink stamps! HOORAY!!
I can’t do anything (that doesn’t require hours of work) about the textured ceiling so I’ve decided I’ll just paint it a bright white and that’s about it.
Something’s Missing, Though….
As much as I love this color, though, something is missing.
I am definitely noticing that I’m not getting as much “light” in the room, despite Bayberry Frost being a very light color.
I’m just a color-adverse wimp, I think!
I’m considering crown molding… chair railing with the bottom part a bright white to add some light back into the room… and I’ve considered even just painting the fireplace totally white instead of keeping the Brick Anew faux finish. All of those things will add some light back into the room and add some visual interest than just a solid, long wall.
$60 Window and Door Trim!
This weekend I also went to Home Depot to pick up some window and door molding. It had been removed when we had the paneling removed when we moved it, and we had just never replaced it. It was about $60 for this window and the patio door. Yikes! I hate spending money on totally pointless but necessary materials!
We’ll Figure It Out…
I guess you’ll have to wait until the end of my 30-Day September makeover to see how the whole room comes together.
Heck, I’m curious how it will come out, too!! LOL
It’s been good to have that quality time with Kojo.
You can tell he worked really hard!
And since I was already recording at the time he offered to help, I put together this little video of he and I painting.
You’ll want to watch the whole thing because he specifically asked me to “record” it and put it on YouTube. HA! He’d be so proud. 🙂 It’s hilarious!!! 🙂
So I’d love your feedback!!
What would you do to jazz up these walls and give them more personality? Crown molding?? Chair railing??
And what do you think of my little helper, Kojo? 🙂
Thanks to Behr for providing paint for this project! 🙂 Kojo and I thank you!