I’m almost done getting all that wretched wallpaper off the walls. The girls were a huge help the other day – they got to work peeling the top layer off (which, of course, is the fun part), wetting down the remaining paper and then taking turns using the putty knife to scrape it off:
This is what the walls look like now (I’ll go out during Finn’s nap and finish off the edges with a razor blade):
But now we kind of have a problem. And by “we” I mean “I” and by “problem” I mean “personal issue with choosing decor.” As in, I’m terrible at it (for a more in-depth look at such a problem, I fully relate to this article by Anne at Modern Mrs. Darcy). I don’t know why this should be, because apparently all the other women on my mom’s side of the family have an amazing knack for interior decorating. I somehow missed the boat. Darn genetics.
At any rate, I have sort of limited options because we got an amazing deal on some interior paint in a pretty light off-white shade. And when you get 10 gallons of paint in an acceptable shade for $40 that’s what you go with. So that choice has been made for me. Which is kind of a relief, to be honest.
Same with the floors. We got almost 700 feet of laminate flooring for $250 on Craigslist and even though it’s not my favoritest in the whole wide world – that’s where we are. It KIND of looks like this (my husband and I weren’t able to find the actual kind online even with the original packaging):
But the trim I would like to change. I’m not a fan of light wood, a la what’s on the walls now, plus it clashes with the flooring. I’d kind of like to be daring and go with a bright, punchy color. But then I start thinking that it’ll be TOO much and we won’t have time to change it. And I freak out a little inside.
I kind of like the idea of like a turquoise and red/salmon-ish theme… liiike… this (our paint color is much lighter and more beige-y):
But then I’m like “that person is using those colors for a CIRCUS theme. I don’t want my home to look like a CIRCUS.” Plus, there is a lot of wood trim. I would like to just pick one color and then use another color as an accent color with the furniture (throw pillows, curtains, etc.)
Also, it should be noted that there are other considerations to take into account, like the fact that I can’t paint any of the lower cabinets because they are these thin, almost balsa-wood-like things that slide and any paint would just get scraped off the bottom and so would have to be stained.
So, my question for YOU is: do you have any suggestions? Palettes? Ideas? Pinterest boards I should go scour?? Leave them in the comments and I’ll love you forever.
Help a sister out here, friends! The sooner the better, too, because we would like to get the bus out to the land by the end of the week because once it’s out there we have a lot more work to do to get it ready!