It’s a little bit of a tragedy that neither Luke nor I are handy-people. I think we have a good vision of how we’d like our house to look (on the inside, that is)…but no skills to make it happen.


We do what we can do, with *okay* results, and the rest of it…we bribe our handy friends to help us with! 😉

So, let’s start with the BEFORES!

Our home has all light maple trim…Except the master suite, which had a darker wood trim.

(The following three pictures are from when we were considering buying the house…so none of the “stuff” in the photos is actually ours!)




And here I am on move-in day (with a church friend), setting up our bed…


You can see in the pictures that the walls were an off-white, with one navy blue accent wall. You can’t really tell, but the walls in the bathroom were a fairly neutral yellow color.

We decided to paint all the trim Ultra Pure White and all the walls a custom grey.

We weren’t sure if we’d go with light or dark grey.


Dark grey won out, and the project began!

Washing all of the walls and trim…
Two coats of primer and three coats of Ultra Pure White on the trim…
One coat of primer over the navy wall…
Two coats of grey over all the walls and tray ceiling…


Love note in the paint from my sweet hubby

Love note in the paint from my sweet hubby

Disarray during the makeover process

Disarray during the makeover process

Once the bedroom was painted, we moved into the bathroom / walk-in closet.


Luke (aka Mr. Awesome) took down all of the shelving in our closet to make the painting possible.



And then he had to reassemble the shelving.



In the middle of the painting, we also started our Queen Bed Project, as part of the makeover. I found plans for a queen bed and nightstands, bought the wood, and my oh-so-handy brother-in-law Karl helped Luke build them.


More to come on that later!

Next up was beadboard! I wanted it on an accent wall, behind our bed. This is where our handy friends, the Perrons, come in!




All the while, I was working on finishing touches – curtains, canvases, etc – to make the final decor really what I wanted it to be….


Now tell me – if you could do a makeover on any area of your home, where would it be, and what would you do?

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3!