Friday, October 15, 2010

Before And After

I am fascinated by, borderline OBSESSED by, shows that deal with before and after. Fix-it makeovers, surgical makeovers, weight loss shows, dance makeovers (you know, they start crappy/average and get better and better), home decor makeovers, even to some extent clothing make-overs (although I secretly suspect most of them go back to t-shirts and sweats as soon as the cameras go off). I seriously can't get enough of the makeover shows. Something about seeing things before and then seeing things after, in a new and improved version, is extremely appealing to my inner psyche. I can't say why, I only know that at least 50-75% of the shows I tape have to do with some kind of before and after. The rest are crime documentaries. Seeing someone get pinned for bloody carnage also appeals to my inner psyche. I probably shouldn't look too deeply at my psyche. It might be troubling.

Anyhow, it kind of explains why I love painting rooms so much. A little paint slapped on can make such a huge difference in the feel of a room, it can even create a total metamorphosis in some rooms. I painted every room of my old house but one. I never could come up with a good idea for that room. I've pained at least half of the rooms in the last three houses my sister has owned. I have even painted a good portion of my in-laws' house.

So here, at my new house, I was both glad and somewhat disappointed to discover they'd used mostly paint colors I actually liked. But one room has bothered me since we moved in. The family bath. My towels for this room were milk chocolate brown, the accessories a dark oil-rubbed bronze. And the wall color? Pale, cold yellow. Not even a rich buttery yellow. Just a very pale, lemony beige. It did NOT go well with my bathroom decor. So here is the before and after...




AND...





Ahhh. So satisfying!

12 comments:

Jen said...

Looks great Arianne. I like to paint rooms too, its a nice stress reliever for me. Though all the rooms in our house are still the exact color they were when we moved in. Andre isn't much for color on the walls. :(

Kristina P. said...

That is the perfect shade of nice, soothing blue.

just call me jo said...

I'm like you. I love the clean up, make over, etc. When they clean up hoarders' houses I'm delighted. Your bath is great. One of mine is the same color with a light, light green accent wall. You have such good taste and a fine psyche.

Mrs. Organic said...

It's gorgeous! I love how it goes with the brown. It might be just the color for my girls' room (email me the deets?).

L. said...

What a startling change! From gloom to glam! I think I would like a nice cozy rug on the floor, though. Stepping out of a shower on to a hardwood floor?

Koreena said...

Great color! I love it.

Mia said...

Gorgeous! Love the color combos. I haven't panted a single room in my house. Partially because I want to paint every-single-surface in the entire house, and the enormity of the project is overwhelming. One of these days we will bite off a room and get started.

Sara said...

Looks Awesome!

Nicki said...

I love that color!! I want to see more!

bel said...

What a satisfying change. I love that color with the brown too. We've been trying to decide what to do with our master bath for 13 years now. Hmm...

alex dumas said...

I'd much rather use the facilities in the second picture. Much more inviting!

Christie said...

Looks great. That wouldn't, by chance, be a restoration hardware color, would it?