Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sayonara swirls!

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Well, it was time for them to go. I put the wainscoting on our family room walls a few years ago. Three years exactly really – the Bub was asleep in his bouncy seat while I installed all of them.  :) After being on bed rest for so long I was itchin’ for a project! I think he was less than two months old when I decided to attack this one.

I love stencils, I’m not gonna lie. You can see how I’ve used them on these posts. I think many times they can be the perfect finishing touch to a room or project. When I did these squares, I felt like they still need something. So for the past three years that something has been the swirl stencil I painted inside. (It is a large Stencil Ease stencil from Hob Lob.)

I only used my loverly iridescent glaze that I love love love LOVE. Love. This American Tradition stuff has lasted me years and I’m not even half way through it:

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I thought the swirls would be a little more subtle because the glaze was all I used. I was surprised they actually showed up so well.

With the mini family room redo came a desire for simplifying the space, and that meant it was time to say goodbye to the swirls. I loved you swirls…I did. But last weekend I had to banish you. I am loving the simplicity of just the molding:

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This little update cost zippo cause I used the paint from the basement staircase. It was the same Sisal color from Ralph Lauren, just darkened about 20 percent. Now the insides are just a teeny bit darker, which I love:

010Remember if you find a color you love, but it’s too light or dark, you can have it adjusted by percentages to get the tone you want. I love this – it’s an easy way to change up a color.

While I was at it, I added another wainscoting box to the space under the window, which I’ve been meaning to do foreva. Seriously, since the day I did these three years ago, foreva:

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I’m not sure why I didn’t do it then. I think I ran out of molding? But this project was also fareeee because I took this molding off of our bay windows in the kitchen. I’m using a different type of molding to finish off the casing around all our windows in the house, so I popped those right off.

I was on a roll peeps! Remember when I complained about our bright white surround sound speakers back on this post? Well, one of you commented that you simply used a foam roller with just a scosh of paint (yes, I just said “scosh”) on them, and it worked like a charm:

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Whoohoo! I didn’t even take them off the wall. Double whoo! I can’t tell you how much I LOVE not having these glaring at me every day. It’s the little things for me, really.

Finally, the hall table in this room was a purchase at a furniture outlet years ago and it was a steal! It was a steal because it swayed and wobbled like the dickens. (Yes, I just said “dickens.”)

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I figured there had to be a way to tighten it up, so I took everything off, turned the whole thing over and adjusted all the screws. Voila! It’s perfect now. It only took me six years to fix.  ;)

Simple changes and they didn’t cost me a cent! The room is really coming together! One more project to complete and I’ll be finished. I think. I hope to show you the new Goodwill coffee table tomorrow –- it’s pretty much done. I think. Gah.

So what do you think -- do you miss the swirls? Or do you like the simple look? That’s the beauty of paint – it’s so easy to change up!!

Oh yeah – the carpet is almost all off the stairs!! The landing is still covered with nasty carpet but that will be the last part I attempt. I hope to start painting the risers tomorrow and then I will decide if I want to sand the heck out of the treads so I can stain them. Right now painting is looking real good, but I need a night off and then I’ll decide. :)

I sincerely, desperately hope that I will never see another staple for as long as I live. Ever.

46 comments:

  1. Love the speaker color change. Sometimes those little changes make the biggest difference. :)

    ~ Sarah

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  2. Definitely DO NOT miss the swirls. They had seen their better days. AND, guess what? I say dickens all the time.

    Di
    The Blue Ridge Gal

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  3. Amazing!! I loved the swirls but I must say I really like the way it looks now. :)

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  4. Ahh! I had no idea you could paint the speaker boxes - so the holes didn't clog up?? I'm getting out my extra paint tomorrow to do mine if you super-duper-promise it won't clog the holes??!

    And I love the change - swirls-begone!

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  5. you are awesome. you are gettin' rid of stuff that is cooler that my current decor. hee hee!

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  6. Love the new look, my motto is "simplify" so it works for me! As for the staples, we removed wall to wall carpet in three areas of my parents home, I SO agree. There must have been a bazillion of them around the perimeter. Looking forward to the staircase reveal.
    ~judi ;)

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  7. I *love* the new, clean look without the swirls! That paint color is beautiful!

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  8. I like the "new" just-a-touch darker paint - it looks great!

    Thanks for the tip on the speakers. We just finished our basement & I came down one day to find DH installing those exact speakers in our walls (he had pre-wired and was so proud of himself - I didn't have the heart to complain). Now I'll "fix" them!

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  9. Hi Sarah, I agree the swirls had to go! Love the way it looks now. You inspired me, I just completed a room at my home, and I love the way it changed my room. Thanks!
    Michelle

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  10. Looks wonderful! Great tip about the roller - will have to keep that for future reference :)

    XOXO
    Jen

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  11. I've been following your blog a few months now and just have to tell you your my fave. Down to earth, real, posting like you are chatting to your BFF. You have great ideas and explain them in a way I COMPLETELY understand. Oh, but you've started me on a molding obsession. My builder's basic house is SCREAMING for molding, and you've inspired me to start!(I may even buy myself a miter saw!) Thank you for all the great tips, keep them coming!

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  12. Wow, this is amazing..like always..!
    I`m doing a giveaway on my blog, so if you like chocolate and fabric...

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  13. I love that you painted over the swirls ... simplicity wins, showcasing your beautiful molding even more. The speaker looks "mooch" better, and I love your table (the green vases add such a fun touch). Good luck on those stairs, girl ... you're inspiring me to tackle some projects myself. -Becca

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  14. LOVE the simplified look...it's fantastic! You have some serious skillz, lady!

    Hope you're having a great week.
    ~Amanda

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  15. Love paiting the speaker! The swirls were pretty, but had served their purpose. Great job on everything!

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  16. Love the simplicity of the plain centres .... and the touch darker shade. It's the little things that make huge differences. Enjoy.

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  17. Love the "new" looks, very fresh! I am amazed at how you get it all done! I have a 4 & 6yr old & only have 2 kid-free hours a week (yes, that is with Kindy & Pre-K factored in). I can't seem to get things done around them & our weird schedule!

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  18. I liked the swirls, but I like the plain painted look even better. The tiny bit darker color is just wonderful. I noticed your drapes and your bottom fabric is exactly the same fabric that I used for my living room drapes. I did the opposite and used a contrasting fabric at the top. Love that fabric though. It is just wonderful. Hugs, Marty

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  19. Gosh i love that paint color! Very nice look...simple, classic and i am a fan.

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  20. The wainscoating looks so elegant now just plain. I really like it, can't wait to see the finished look!

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  21. I like it better without the swirls. I am hating staples right now too! I am trying to recover my first chair. Someone had the best staple gun ever when they put this chair together. I can barely get a screwdriver und the little copper staples with long posts. It is putting blisters on my hands. Can't wait to see your finished room.

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  22. I definitely prefer the non-swirly. I love glazes, too, but that one just looks better without it.

    The speaker boxes are great. Just cannot use too much paint. That's all, folks. :-)

    I don't know how you do it, either. Of course, I've got 5 9 and under, home all day (we homeschool). So anything I get done beyong chaos control, well, that's a great day :-) .

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  23. I liked the swirls, but I think the new slightly deeper paint in the center looks really great.
    BTW, since I know how you hate cords- here's a link to a recent post of mine about a super simple charging station:
    http://bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful.blogspot.com/2010/01/simple-wall-mounted-charging-station.html
    Have a great weekend!

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  24. no more staples...until you decide to change up your chair cushions again ;-)

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  25. It looks great! I like simple, simple is good! I love the idea of painting the speakers.

    ~ Tracy

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  26. I love the simplicity of the "no swirls" version. It is calming.

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  27. looks great...love the darker tone...I'm trying to paint our molding as we speak and its a big pain!!

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  28. Looks great! I'm dying to see the steps reveal!!!

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  29. I really like the simple look! And that's a great tip about lightening and darkening paint.

    Come on, Sarah, you do not hope never to see another staple. You just hope not to see another staple that someone else has applied and that you have to remove. Don't tell me you don't want to see staples that you're installing yourself!!

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  30. i really like the non-swirly look better :)

    it's funny how there are things you meant to do around the house, but then life happens and you find yourself years later finally finishing it! I'm glad I'm not the only one. :)

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  31. I'm not much of a stencil/swirly person so I like it better without. I did like your swirlies though because they were so subtle. Everything is coming together very nicely. I can't wait to see your staircase reveal.

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  32. I just love what you did to your room. Removing the stencils gave a whole new look to the room. Good Job!!

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  33. I definitely don't miss the swirls--the picture molding looks great on its own!

    Great job! :-)

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  34. I think that this post is the first time I realized that the swirls were just a glaze and not paint!

    I tend to be more simplistic myself, so even though the idea of swirls (glazed or not) isn't repulsive to me, I really like the look of the solid squares.

    This glaze stuff intrigues me so! If you find yourself looking for inspiration for a post, I'd love to know what other projects you've used your glaze on!

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  35. I love the simplicty without the swirls, but I also loved the swirls. haha

    Ok I have a confusing question. On your window (not the molding) but like your window seal (is that what it's called?). The white part just under your window.. did you put that in yourself? Or is it actually part of the window?

    I had a dream the other night, and I was in my house. All the windows had that on them in my dream. Buttttt my windows dont have that in real life. Well since my dream, I NEED those on my windows.

    Thank you for always answering my questions!

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  36. Love the changes and I love the low cost even more!

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  37. I love that you said dickens... it is an underappreciated great old word. :)

    Like the new clean look, nice job!

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  38. I LOVE the wall change. I am all about simplicity, and I love how the tad-bit-darker paint gives it a little depth. Oh, and the speaker, GREAT TIP! Thanks for passing it on.

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  39. I likes the swirls, and have admired them in your photos for sometime... which is why I am surprized how much I like it now. It looks so nice. I can't wait to see the stairs.

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  40. I think it all looks fantastic. And great job on the speakers. Really nice.

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  41. I'm begging you to try sanding the treads first before you paint, nice stained treads look so NICE it will be worth the effort. Or go to Lowes buy new treads stain and install;) But I don;t want you kicking yourself for painting before trying to stain which you really want to do. No regrets!

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  42. Love the new look, the smidge darker paint looks fab! I cannot wait to see the stairs, slightly jealous that I live in a one story ;)

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  43. I couldn't believe how many staples they use to hold down stair carpet. They are really hard to pull out also.

    I painted the old hardwood in our sunroom last oct and repainted it again this oct and it needs repainted again already. Its a floor paint latex from Home Depot - Baers. Wears like ....

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  44. I think it looks better without the swirls. More classic. And wow - I LOVE that console table. I'm trying to convince my husband to build me one.

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