7th House on the Left

I’ve been a fan of Rodney White prints (particularly this one) for what seems like forever. His work is so fun and being a fan of the modern/rustic vibe and having a special place in our hearts for all things vintage, it’s our cup of tea.

Rodney White / 7th House on the Left

Last week, I was shopping with a friend at Garden Ridge when down in the corner of the sea of gobs and gobs of wall art, there she was…

I noticed some damage here and there, which is why it was marked as 50% off, bringing the price down to $40. Ordinarily, I would pass it by and think “Aww, man. I wish it wasn’t damaged”. But for some reason, that day I was feeling a bit ambitious and was pretty confident I could fix the damage. So, I snatched it up and brought it home.

Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

Large 36″x36″ Rodney White art for $40? Yes, please. Now, time to tackle the damage…

Bringing Damaged Art Back to New / 7th House on the Left

You can’t really see it from a distance, but there are some pretty bad small tears and places where the art started lifting from the wooden frame. It was also pretty dirty from being stacked up in a warehouse-like store for who knows how long.

Sprucing up Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

To spruce it up and bring it back to new, started by cleaning it up with a soft cloth a a tiny bit of rubbing alcohol. Then I grabbed some red and green close-matching craft paints, matte Mod Podge and a some Q-Tips. The edges were easily fixed with a bit of Mod Podge. I ended up using my finger instead of a brush to get it in the creases evenly. I applied little dabs of paint here and there with a Q-tip them rubbed it in with my finger so it wouldn’t look too shiny or new. After about 15 minutes of doctoring it up, it was just like new again. Woot!

How to Repair Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

We hung the art in the laundry room over the green dresser (which we use for tool storage, extra light bulbs, batteries and all that jazz).

Key Tray & Dog Treat Container / 7th House on the Left

Since this is our “hub” for going in and out everyday, I wanted to keep the top of the dresser relatively empty to have room for stuff like mail that needs to go out, things that need to be returned, etc. So, all we have on the dresser is a small key tray, a faux Ikea plant (the best kind because I can’t kill it) and we moved the white ceramic bee container from the foyer to here – and yes, it is now holding dog treats for Bentley. He always gets his way.

How to Repair Damaged Clearance Art / 7th House on the Left

I guess it was a good thing I was feeling extra confident that day in the store because you really can’t see the places where I repaired the artwork unless you look reeeeeeealllly hard. It’s nice to have a piece of Rodney White in the house, plus the $40 price tag isn’t too shabby.

Pictures of Rodney White prints found here.

ONE GALLON LATER…

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The laundry room has been painted! We’re having an extremely foggy morning here in Richmond, so the photos are all full of shadows and whatnot, so bear with me! Or Behr with me… haha… Okay, no.

As I mentioned last week in this post, we’ve been feeling the need to change up the blue walls in the laundry room in order to get to where we want to be style-wise. It’s a pretty good-sized room (for a laundry room) and it’s where we come in and out of the house everyday. That being the case, we ditched Artesian Well by Martha Stewart (even though we liked the color, it wasn’t what we wanted for this room) and went with Anonymous by Behr. It’s definitely darker, but this room gets a lot of natural light, so things balance out nicely. The white trim and doors with the moody gray makes for a perfect combination of light and dark that makes us giddy. Well, me giddy. Greg’s feeling more “happily accomplished” ; )

Like I said, there’s very little sunlight today, but there was about 15 seconds of sun, so I snapped this quick photo of what it looks like in the sunlight. We love, love, love the new color! I’m not sure it translates this way in photos, but in person, it really doesn’t even look like the same house. It looks a lot more classy and “grown up”. That said, just because the paint color is grown up doesn’t mean we’re not going to add some fun quirky touches here and there in the future.

We also ended up painting the half bath the same color…

It’s so hard to get a good photo in such a small space! I love how the new wall color really brings out the veins in the countertop and makes the vanity really pop. We’re going to lighten things up with a white-framed mirror (I’ve had my eye on one at Ballard for months and I think it will look great in here), and we have some really colorful wall art waiting in the wings to go above the toilet.

We also did something a little spontaneous… On his way home from work on Friday, Greg stopped by Home Depot to pick up a gallon of paint for our weekend project. While he was standing in the paint section, he called me to make sure he was getting the right finish. While we were talking, I noticed a commercial on TV where the interior side of the exterior doors were painted black. I remember seeing it on Pinterest here and there and I suddenly thought, “Why not?!” I immediately asked Greg to add a quart of black paint to his list.

…and we love it. Greg picked out Behr’s Black Suede (in satin finish). It’s a great shade of black and doesn’t have any weird blue or red undertones. We’re even thinking about painting the door in the living room (next to the fire place) and maybe even the front door. But we’ll make that decision when we get around to decorating those areas of the house a little more.

We unknowingly ran out of painter’s tape on our last project, so when it came time to paint the door, I used paper tape to tape off the window, haha. I wouldn’t recommend using it on large projects (that would be a lot of paper tape!), but it works in a pinch on small projects.

And here’s a fun before and after photo…

Totally different, right?!

Fortunately, Greg is a master cutter-inner. Seriously–he can paint a straight line without painter’s tape like nobody’s business. So I left the cutting-in to him, did a little online Christmas shopping, and joined in when it was time to paint the walls.

A day or two of having the kitchen and laundry room out of sorts was well worth it in the end. Just for fun, let’s look at what the laundry room looked like back in the day. Here’s what it looked like when we closed on the house…

A few weeks later, we painted the walls…

About a year later, we replaced the tile with hardwood floors and widened the closet door for more optimal storage (best decision ever)…

And now, with the new paint color…

It’s come a long way, but we still have a ways to go until we can call it “done” – or “done done” as Greg says, haha. With the new paint color, my head is already swirling with ideas, and I can’t wait to get started decorating it after the holidays. It’s amazing how much inspiration can come with just one gallon of paint. Not bad for about $30 of paint!

At the end of Wednesday’s post, I talked about how I’ve been hankering to paint the laundry room. I’ve been struggling with what to do with this room and I finally came to the conclusion that the roadblock is the paint color. While I totally love the pleasant, calming effect of Martha’s Artisan Well, it’s just not working for this room and the particular style we’re working towards. It just looks a little… is juvenile the word I’m looking for? In this respect, I have no room to talk because I watch the Disney Channel, own coloring books and am currently listening to Justin Bieber’s Christmas album, haha. I don’t know what the right word is, but the bottom line is that it just isn’t jiving for us.

So, after 24 more hours to think about it, we’re officially going gray. I know, I know. Some of you are probably thinking, “Gray? Again?!”. Yep. Gray, again. A part of me pains to paint over the blue, but we’re planning on bringing in this shade of pool blue into the accents and accessories. In a way, I think that will bring out the blue even more, so when it’s all said and done, it’s a win win. I think I would be perfectly happy if every room in the house were gray. A nice gray pallet really gives you the opportunity to play with colors, textures and styles and well, we love it. It’s sophisticated, modern, warm and airy all at the same time.

With all of that said, we’re now on the quest for the perfect gray. As far as looking for the perfect shade of gray, I don’t think there is one due to the simple fact that it depends on the room. I’m not a color expert, but I do realize there isn’t any color that’s “just gray”. You’d think gray is in the middle of white and black and you go left to right depending on how dark you want your gray to be, right? Sadly, it’s a little more complicated than that. There are yellow grays, blue grays, green grays, neutral grays, so on and so on. Mainly, we like to stay away from the greens and blues and stick with the neutrals or sometimes the yellows (like our living room, which is Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone). For the laundry room, we want to keep things pretty neutral and out of any obvious “color spectrum grays”. Last night, we went to Home Depot to pick up a bunch of gray paint swatches and this is what we brought home…

Solid colors tend to vary from monitor to monitor, so they may look different on different computers. Going from left to right, starting on the top row, we have… French Gray and Granite Gray by Glidden then Cement Gray and Zinc by Martha Stewart. On the second row (all by Behr), the first swatch is Sparrow, Anonymous, Dark Granite, and Stealth Jet. Over to the other swatch, Gray Area, Dark Ash, Evening Hush, and lastly Beluga. After reading that last one, I couldn’t get “Baby Beluga” out of my head! Gotta love Full House…

At first glance, Greg and I both liked French Gray by Glidden (the first one on the first row). On the other hand, Anonymous looked more modern and less beige in direct sunlight. We taped the swatches on all of the walls of the laundry room to see them in different lighting and against the trim. After sleeping on it, we finally decided on…

Anonymous by Behr. We love the modern warmth of it and I think it will make wall art and the white trim really pop. Just to make sure we were on the right track, I searched the internet looking for photos of rooms using the same color. When I found this photo (from here) I knew it was the right color for us…

Painting isn’t typically on Greg’s favorite things list, but much to my surprise, he suggested that we go ahead and paint it this weekend. I guess I caught him on a good day, haha. Being that we’re super busy from now until Christmas, we probably won’t be able to make any decorating changes quite yet, but the room will at least be painted and ready to go. I’m so excited to have this road block out of the way and closer to a finished laundry room.

Before I go off and look for my paint sweats…

Greg and I wanted to let you guys in on our next Target Inner Circle activity – which will be coming at you right here on the blog in just a few weeks. Drumroll… Target has asked us to design a Christmas party! Do you guys know how much I LOVE Christmas parties?!?! They have armed us with a Target gift card and given us free reign on everything from the theme to the menu. In their words, “It is what you make it”. As you can tell from my utter excitement, I love, love, love entertaining so I was really stoked about this when they first shared the plan with us a few months ago. We had a lot of fun “themes” written down on our short list, but we finally decided to go with a “Baby It’s Cold Outside” brunch. This will be a fun, easy party for anyone to host during the winter months – which makes us even more excited to share it. Greg and I are ironing out the finial details but this entire process has been so much fun. That being said, over the next few weeks, I’ll be pinning some of my favorite Christmas party ideas as well as my party must-haves from Target. So if you don’t already follow me on Pinterest, click on over. Also, when we post about the party, we’ll also be throwing some Target love your way with another giveaway! Woo to the hoo!