Remember the contest I won . . . the one where I got some help redoing my bedroom. Well here’s the big reveal.
Ta-da!!! See that paint color? That’s Glidden’s Dolphin Grey. I thought it was going to be gray. Nope. It’s totally lavender.
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me give you a little recap. In July, some folks from Apartment Therapy and Glidden showed up to help me make over my bedroom. They brought a film crew to tape the whole process. And Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely played design guru. See the video here!
It ended up being a very long day. Especially when we realized that the second gallon of paint was WAY darker than the first. And then somebody had to run to Home Depot. But we also had a ton of fun. Nicole was really great, and I had a blast joking around with the video crew.
Below: Realizing that Dolphin Grey is actually pretty purple. Maybe it’s not exactly what I was going for, but I think it’s a definite improvement over the yellow.
Here are some more before and after shots.
Most of the redo involved painting and moving our old things around, but Nicole did have a small budget to purchase a few new items for the space.
The pillow and lamp we kept, but the “art” had to go. I tried to love it, but I really, really didn’t. In fact, I felt the opposite of love. And Soren wasn’t so keen on it either. I believe his first words were, “Holy sh&t!” quickly followed by “What the f%#@ is that?!”
So we gave it away to a very nice math teacher who really, really wanted it (he had the matching abacus).
We made a few other changes too. The dressers are back where they were. The yellow lamp migrated back into the living room (where it’s really needed). The art above the bed went back to the wall where it originally hung. And the throw pillow Nicole bought ended up in the living room (Soren takes a hard line on the number of pillows allowed on the bed).
So basically our room looks just like it did, only purple.
This isn’t Nicole’s fault. She had an impossible task — redecorating a room she’s never seen for two people she doesn’t know. She couldn’t have known that Soren sleeps on the right side of the bed and uses the tall dresser — his dresser — like a bedside table. She couldn’t have known that I tend to leave my dresser drawers hanging open, thus creating a safety hazard when she moved my dresser to his side of the bed. She couldn’t have known that we would hate the art. She couldn’t have known any of this because she doesn’t know us. Nicole did a great job making the room look fabulous. But we had to do a little redecorating of our own to make it work for us.
Stay tuned for the bedroom re-redo.
UPDATE: I have received a ton of feedback on this post, and I realize that I should have explicitly stated that I was happy with the redo. Yes, I hated the art. Yes, the color was more purple than I thought it would be. But, overall, I really like how the room turned out. The color has grown on me. And, yes, I moved a few things back to where they were, but that didn’t have anything to do with aesthetics. I also want to point out that this wasn’t a redesign where we started with a blank slate. In both the before and after you’re mostly seeing my own stuff. Is it the stuff I’d chose if I were starting from scratch. Maybe not. But who has that option?