Beige. Beige. Beige.
Every single square inch of my house is beige.
Beige – n
1. drab, boring, plain, dull, lifeless, and downright depressing 2. the color of dirt, the desert, and men’s khakis 3. the opposite of a good belly laugh, turquoise, and fields of flowers
Mr. Beige wasn’t satisfied in merely overwhelming my walls in his drivel. He spread it out all over my floorboards, doors, and ceilings too. Seriously, every. square. inch.
Besides the monotonous ho hum yawn that beige has brought to my home, he’s nearly impossible to decorate with.
Contrary to popular opinion, beige does not go with anything. In fact, it’s a very disagreeable “color”, in my opinion.
Because all the doors and trim in my house are beige, I had to find a color that would compliment a beige trim. Easier said than done. (To whomever built my house: Thank you for your nonsensical overuse of beige. I love a good challenge. ) Not!
For a while I thought about painting all the trim and doors white… Um, no. There’s no way I can take on a project like that.
So, on to the paint store to find swatches that would somehow not only support but also grace Mr. Beige’s unwelcome presence.
After cocking my head this way and that, asking for others’ opinions, and aaaaagonizing over the decision, I chose two shades of pink for my daughter’s room.
For the background I used Sherwin Willimas 6310 Lotus Flower (right) and for the stenciled design on top I used Sherwin Williams 6309 Charming Pink (left).
These two shades of pink seemed to compliment Mr. Beige very nicely and there was just enough difference between the two shades to create a nice contrast without being too drastic. I was happy!!
Now, I only painted ONE wall of my daughter’s room pink. All three other walls are still beige. My original plan was to paint two opposite facing walls pink.
I did that.
Big boo boo.
It felt like the two walls were closing in on me. It felt like a prison. It was awful. So I repainted one of my pink walls back to beige. It’s all better now…
I got my stencil pattern from Jones Design Company. This ambitious lady not only designed her own stencil pattern but she had the patience to stencil her entire room! (If I could just have the amount of talent she must posses in one toenail, I would be content!)
This stenciling thing took me months and months and months.
I am that slow.
After printing out the template, I copied it onto a piece of thick cardboard and then traced the design onto the wall using a pencil.
Everything was going pretty well until I got down to the bottom of the wall.
Things started getting a little wonky.
I don’t remember how, but I fudged it all together and I think everyone is lying to me that they can’t see my mess ups.
Anyway, if I were going to do this again, which I am not, I would tape a little level to my stencil so that it doesn’t get all crazy at the bottom.
Now, I coaxed my mom into making the ruffled curtains for my daughter’s room. Aren’t they so frilly and girly?! I LOVE them and so does my daughter!
Thank you, Mom, for sewing these little beauties for me!
Heaven knows what sort of pure ugliness I would’ve created, had I attempted sewing these myself. The ruffles would no doubt be stuck to each other, crooked, lopsided, and have tears in them from all the seam ripping I’m accustomed to doing.
These curtains were made from sheets! They’re a much more affordable knock-off of the $80 Pottery Barn ruffled curtain panels. Ruffled Curtain Tutorial.
Looking for wall, décor I found these two perfect little treasures at Hobby Lobby, on clearance.
I love that they are light pink, very girly, and wouldn’t you know, Mr. Beige somehow made his way into them and I don’t even mind!
There are still a few touches that need to be made to my daughter’s room but for now, at least it’s not one unsearchable sea of beige.