Since the new year began, Ive been working pretty hard at renovating and redesigning the top floor of fixer upper #2. As many of you know, my family owns two fixer uppers in Pennsylvania. Fixer upper #2 is considerably smaller than fixer upper #1, and is in better condition, so the majority of the work has been cosmetic. The top floor consists of two bedrooms, a long hallway, and a bathroom. For a house that’s over 1oo years old, fixer upper #2 is in pretty good condition. We had to repair some slight water damage by replacing the drywall in the ceiling of the top floor, but as I said, it’s been a mostly cosmetic job. Instead of extensive renovation projects, we’ve had the opportunity to focus on refreshing the color scheme.
I don’t have to go in to how much I love the power of paint. I’m pretty sure I’m always yapping to you about that! But seriously, a fresh coat of paint can rejuvenate a space for a reasonably low price in practically no time. I’ve been painting my butt off every weekend or any day that I have a moment. When we bought the house, the previous owners had painted every square inch of the place with the most drab and depressing beige that I’ve ever seen. Usually I am a fan of beige, but this particular hue was reminiscent of puke… and it was everywhere! Gross! So we opted for brighter, more lively colors.
The hallway is Behr Urban Gray. It has a soft purple hue. I wanted something neutral, but not boring.
The first bedroom at the top of the stairs is to the left. I painted the walls in Behr Simply Blue. I love the way the color from the hallway flows into this bedroom, but they are still very distinct. The walls in older house can be super wonky, and there is a really strange, very rounded slope that starts 2/3 of the way up the walls. This made it virtually impossible for me to frame out the windows with moulding because it simply would not sit flush against the wall. Instead, I painted a white, faux trim around all the windows on this floor. It looks amazing (seriously) even in person. I already had white paint so it was free! Way cheaper than a custom moulding job, eh?
The second bedroom is located at the end of the hallway and is painted in Glidden Buttered Sweet Corn. Wait. That’s not entirely true. I don’t really like to work with Glidden paint. It tends to run on the watery side and it takes several coats to get full coverage. I was in love with the color though, so I asked if it was possible to match the color in a Behr paint. Lo and behold, it’s all computerized, so I was able to get the same color from Behr.
I’m still working on the bathroom, so I’ll do another post on that when it’s done. As for the bedrooms, I’ll spend some more time on the decorative finishing touches, and update you on that soon. I have a million projects going on in these houses and I couldn’t be happier with the progress I’m making. I hope you all are having an amazing start to your year! I’m sticking to my resolutions and I’m so excited to see all of the wonderful projects you all are working on!