making a house a home IV

Bathroom/Laundry Room, before

Bathroom/Laundry Room, before

Bathroom/Laundry Room, before

Bathroom/Laundry Room, before

This is the main bathroom of our rental home.  I was given permission from our landlord to repaint–which was awesome because this room was not amazing.

It isn’t that the olive green was a bad color, but with no windows for natural light, the dark color makes the whole room look darker than it needs to.  The wallpaper border was ugly—I mean, I suppose it fantastic, if you super-love fly fishing (but I feel like that is a pretty niche market).  Even if I didn’t hate the border, it was peeling, and torn away in several places, which mean it needed to be replaced.

I know taking wallpaper down can be a pain.  However, this process was tedious.  It came off in two layers, the one with the patter, and the one with the adhesive.  However, most of it came off in very tiny bits over the course of eight hours.  Eight hours.  One full day of work spent picking this hideous wallpaper border off walls with my fingernails.  Using anything else, was too harsh and dug though the paper, paint, and into the plaster of the walls.

I chose a light teal to repaint the walls.  At first, the color was a little overwhelming–I think, simply because it made the room much brighter.  However, now that I am used to the color, I am really happy with the change.

Repainted bathroom 1

Repainted bathroom 1

Repainted Bathroom 2

Repainted Bathroom 2

Repainted bathroom 3

Repainted bathroom 3

making a house a home III

The guest room in our rental house.

The guest room in our rental house.

Guest room from the opposite angle, by the window.

Guest room from the opposite angle, by the window.

We chose this room to be the guest room.  Logistically, it is spacious enough, however, for two adults over six feet tall, the sharply sloping ceiling makes this room inconvenient for any use on a regular basis.  If you get to stay in our home for free, you can deal with the stupid ceiling–sorry.

What bothered me most about this room, wasn’t the ceiling’s angle; that was part of the house already in existence that I had no control over.  What I did have control over though (thanks to my nice landlords) was the awful color of the ceiling.  I like brown.  I do-just not for the ceiling.  The overhead lighting is adjacent to the window, and thus, most of the light doesn’t dissipate ideally throughout the space.  Of course, the dark color not only absorbed the light, but also gave the room a daunting-cave-like-atmosphere–and really, what is more inviting than dark-cave-room?

I used the remaining paint from the bathroom to repaint the ceiling.  It was simple, but the difference was certainly noticeable.

Our guest room, decorated with freshly painted ceiling.

Our guest room, decorated with freshly painted ceiling.

Finished guest room--

Finished guest room–