Friday, June 27, 2014


This project is moving very slow.  I blame the beautiful summer weather.  Instead of painting I've been swimming with my kids.  Exactly as it should be.  That said the big boy's birthday is in 3 weeks and the walls are still a mess.  Time to get moving.

The room doesn't get a ton of natural light so I'm going for crisp white trim and a light neutral.  I was looking for a color reminiscent of a worn baseball (it is a sports room after all) and picked up a sample of Muslin from Benjamin Moore.  It was listed on the warmer section of their neutrals brochure but then also shown later, paired with the same cooler colors I have around my house.

The middle color below is muslin.  When I got it up on the wall it looked very yellow to me.  I couldn't decided if that was just b/c it was next to a very muddy taupe.  I also put up some another old sample I had (bottom) and some leftover Revere Pewter from Benjamin Moore.

See what I mean about it being yellow?  But then try to square off just that color and not look at the colors next to it and maybe it is ok?

I'm having painters block.  What would you choose?

Friday, June 6, 2014

Matthew's Sports Room

Brady's birthday room was such a big hit that our oldest has now requested a new room for this birthday late next month.  We've never done anything more than paint and plop a bed in there so it is long overdue.

Matthew is hands down the most energetic human being I've ever met.  The only thing that really settles him down is sports.  Watching sports, watching news coverage about sports, talking about sports, playing get the picture.  The direction of his room was obvious.

Like the prior two boys' rooms I don't like rooms to be too juvenile or too themey so I focused on incorporating the sports in non-permanent ways (accessories, removable decals) and invested more in furniture pieces that can grow with him.

Here's where I'm currently headed:
Matthew's Sports Room

Matthew's Sports Room by mlinds featuring a wire basket

My favorite part about this project is that it involves very little construction.  We added in the recessed lighting, crown molding and baseboard heater a month or so ago so now it is just paint and accessories!