Monday, February 9, 2015

Three years



It took me over three years to decide on a paint color for my bedroom.


 I have no idea why.

I've never had that problem before this house. In fact, I can usually walk into a room and know exactly what I want, but for whatever reason this room, more than any other, stumped me.

Maybe because it was yet another room painted brown?


Ugh.... what was with those people?


I thought about painting it white for awhile and then I vacillated between different shades of green and yellow. In fact, I painted one wall yellow, but I hated it, because it was just too bright and oddly enough made the room seem darker. 

That yellow wall stayed that way for a long time.

You can see it in this picture from when I started painting the room about a week ago:



Then I bought two cans of green, but I just couldn't commit to it.

I wanted my bedroom to be bright and cheerful, since it's a downstairs room (think basement) without a lot of light and I realized I just needed to find the 'right' yellow.

Did you know that yellow is one of the hardest colors to get right?

Trust me, it is.

One day, while shopping for something else at the hardware store, I found it.

THE yellow.

Finally, after all that time, I was able to commit to a color and I started painting it as soon as I could.

Here it is at the halfway point:


Now, it's finally finished and painted Whisper Yellow by Behr :)


Now for the tour......

This is one of my grandpa's childhood dressers:











My mom needlepointed this pillow for me, when I was a kid.


My great grandparent's cedar trunk:


The view I wake up to in the morning:





The other one of my grandpa's dressers:





An antique bed that my mom picked up years ago:











This is the matching side table to the dressers, a 1930s alarm clock, and my favorite flowers:





This side table is actually a chamber pot holder:


No, I don't use it!

I'm not THAT crazy.

Original 1930s lighting:





Looking towards the 'vanity room', you can see the pink and yellow go pretty well together :)


Gloria, here's that screen you asked about ;)


And that's it!

I have to admit, it was worth the wait, but I'm thrilled it's finally done :)

xo
rue


P.S.
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73 comments:

  1. Love that bed! You are SO lucky to have so many antiques handed down to you. And the yellow is lovely. To me yellow is sunshine.
    Brenda

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    1. I am really thankful for everything that was handed down to me. I'm always amazed at how much was saved, but then again, I know my pack rat tendencies must come from somewhere ;)

      xo

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  2. You're right--that is THE perfect yellow for your room! It's so cheerful, and what a wonderful background for all those beautiful antiques!

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  3. Well, let me start by saying that each piece of furniture is absolutely gorgeous - what treasures!

    Our house was Benjamin Moore Provence (a buttery yellow) throughout, but I am slowly moving from yellow to white. I love the soft yellow, but my husband's paintings don't pop on the yellow walls. Since our home is also his gallery, we need to showcase the art.

    I know what you mean about the right yellow. When we bought our first home, I chose a bright yellow for our bedroom. Well, it looked like the light was on in the middle of the day- way too strong.

    Your bedroom looks lovely - enjoy!

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    1. Thank you, Carol!

      I completely understand your need to have the paintings pop. I would do the same if it was needed :)

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  4. Hi Rue and your choice of wall color looks wonderful! I do love yellow and agree with you that you need the right shade. Your furnishings are just beautiful and you've taken such great care of them too! I found a cedar trunk very similar to yours for my daughter when she was in high school and she still has it. Just love your sweet home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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    1. Thank you, Shelia :)

      There's a story about that trunk that I'll share someday ;)

      xo

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  5. Love it. The bed, the color, all the furniture. Just perfect.

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  6. I know what you mean about yellow, because my mother used it all the time. I love the yellow you chose, because it is the perfect complement with your antique furniture. It looks fresh. My master is a bamboo green.

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    1. Thank you, Su :)

      Bamboo green sounds pretty!

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  7. I absolutely adore the color your chose - it looks so pretty with your antique furniture!

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  8. Rue,Rue,Rue..girl I love your home it is so you honey..What a blessed old soul in a young body you are..Yes I seen that wonderful screen..always one of my favorite things you had..I'm so enjoying seeing your home and having you back where you belong in blogland..don't ever leave us again..all we need now is your wonderful music..Hugs and love my dear young friend..gloria

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    1. I don't plan on leaving LOL Thank you Gloria, my sweet friend <3

      I'm not so sure about the music.... but we'll see.

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  9. Dear Rue ~ Your bedroom is oh so lovely, filled with wonderful family and other antiques. The room looks very nice done in yellow. Enjoy!

    FlowerLady

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  10. Your bedroom is beautiful! Yes, yellow can be tricky. My last bedroom was yellow and it took three tries to get just the right yellow. Yep, I painted it three times in one week! This time I went with a soft blue. You have some lovely pieces of furniture and I love that mirror over your bed!

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    1. I did the same thing with my kitchen walls in white. What a nightmare! I feel your pain.

      xo

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  11. I love what you did with the bedroom and I just adore your furniture. I can't wait til we are able to replace ours. I want to go to sec ond hand stores and find the pieces this time.

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    1. Thank you, Betty!

      Try the restore. They have some great things :)

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  12. It is the perfect yellow! Your furniture looks so great with the color as a background. It was worth the wait.

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  13. It is a lovely colour and well worth waiting for!!! Your bedroom is beautiful. xx

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  14. Well Gorgeous, you had me at Yellow.

    ;-)

    LOVE your bedroom. It is so you. And I am so happy for you.

    Keep on living the sunshine Rue. You are where you are meant to be.

    Love you,
    Kim

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    1. I kinda figured I would ;)

      I believe I am where I'm meant to be too.

      Love you, Kim <3

      xoxo

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  15. How lucky for you to have so many treasures handed down from generations before you. Your bedroom is beautiful, Rue!

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    1. Yes, I am very lucky, Sue. I treasure every one of them :)

      Thank you!

      xo

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  16. The right shade of paint is the key! Your bedroom looks very nice particularly with all your beautiful antiques. Love that bed! Yellow is a favorite of mine as well. My house is open concept and yellow is the main. Chose this color 6 years ago and I'm still happy with it which is always a good sign.
    Jeannette

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    1. I would say that if you're still happy with it after 6 years, then it's definitely a keeper ;)

      Thank you, Jen!

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  17. I adore your bedroom! It's beautiful, quaint, and so personal with all of the family pieces. I have always loved your decorating style. -Fred :)

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  18. Wow, wow! An amazing before and after. I adore the new color. I agree that yellows are so hard. (I remember a long ago bedroom that I painted yellow. The chip looked great, but in person, it hurt my eyes; the paint should have been called School Bus on Steroids. Yikes.) You found the perfect shade of yellow. It's soft, elegant, cheery--and a wonderful backdrop for your antiques. The bed and chests are to die for, so many details to savor, and with a tender family history.

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    1. Thank you, Michael :)

      School bus on steroids?? That's hilarious! I think the one I picked before this must be related to it lol

      xo

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  19. Your bedroom is gorgeous. The shade of yellow you chose is perfect for that room. Just soft and light enough. Your inherited furniture is just lovely, too. Oohing and aahing over the details on the side rails of that bed! Oh, what is this vanity room that you speak of? I clicked on the link, but it didn't work.

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    1. Oops! I fixed it :)

      Thank you, Melanie :)

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  20. I love a soft yellow, too. Your room looks very nice.

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  21. Nice color! Love the mirror above your bed!

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  22. You're right. Yellow isn't easy to get right. You certainly nailed it, though. I love it with the white trim. I'm totally crushing on your bed and those fabulous dressers and the end tables. Oh yeah, and that screen and everything else in the room. You have some wonderful furniture and accessories!

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  23. Rue, your current house is just wonderful. I thought the last one was too. :)

    I agree that yellow paint is the hardest to choose. At our last house, my kitchen ended up a mustard color and that wasn't on purpose.

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    1. Thank you, Stacey! It took me a minute to figure out it was you LOL Everyone's blog has changed so much and it's been a long time.

      Good to hear from you :)

      xo

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  24. Hi Rue, your new room color is gorgeous. Yes, yellow is a hard color to get right and you found the right one perfectly. How pretty it is with your gorgeous furniture. Love your dressers and night stands. It all looks simply beautiful. Now you can enjoy your work and the long wait. It was well worth it to find the right shade of yellow.
    Hugs, CM

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    1. Thank you so much, Celestina :)

      xo

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  25. Your bedroom is lovely, Rue. Your grandpa's dressers are so special, as well as the cedar trunk. And that pillow your mom made for you, what a treasure. Whisper Yellow, so pretty.

    ~Sheri

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    1. Thank you, Sheri :)

      Thank pillow is sooooooo 70s, but I love it ;)

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  26. I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who takes years to make some decorating decisions! It was worth waiting for, because it looks beautiful! You are surrounded by such lovely, meaningful pieces, and your view is stunning!

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    1. Thank you, Amy! I'm glad I'm not alone either ;)

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  27. "What was with those people?" Ha! My out loud laugh for the day, thank you...we would get along so well! When we painted our living room, the first yellow looked yellow highlighter. It was awful. I agree, yellow is tough, but yours looks great. It's super charming and provides the perfect backdrop for all of your gorgeous antiques. Enjoy the space!

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    1. I think we would get along too! Yellow highlighter?... yikes!

      Thank you :)

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  28. Would you like to help me pick out a yellow for the outside of my house? Not crazy about the shade it is now and it will need painting soon. I want to keep it yellow, just not the same yellow.

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  29. WOW, you have the most amazing family heirloom pieces, rue- looks BEAUTIFUL!!

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  30. This IS a really nice whisper yellow color! Very lovely. I love your antique furniture, especially since they are family heirlooms.with memories attached to them.In fact I remember that trunk's story that you told years ago!

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    1. They all mean so much to me. Thank you, Pat :)

      I can't believe you remember that story! I think I might tell it again someday ;)

      xo

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  31. Gorgeous antique furniture !!! Each one is a treasure.

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  32. Some things are definitely worth waiting for...like this pretty, pastel-y yellow! Your bedroom is gorgeous, Rue!!

    Poppy

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  33. Love the furniture and the bed is to swoooooon for

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  34. Rue, your rooms are all so…well, just right, is what I keep thinking. Nothing that needs to be taken away.

    I sure could have used your advice 10 years ago when I made the decision to paint my kitchen and adjoining family room Benjamin Moore's Yellow Raincoat. It looked so cheerful on a gray day but I have been unhappy with it for a long time but I'm feeling choosing paint color anxiety. I'm waiting for paint color assurance, hoping it will come.

    I think you'll be happy with your bedroom for a long time.

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    1. Dewena, you are so sweet.... thank you.

      The only two colors I can guarantee are the ones I chose for my kitchen cabinets and my bedroom, but it's such a personal choice. Yellow raincoat is a cute name. I always make sure I like the name before I paint anything. I'm odd that way lol

      xo

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  35. I love all the furniture. I would love having some of those pieces myself.

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  36. For some reason, I'm having analysis paralysis about my bedroom paint color too. Right now, it's vomit green, and it will probably stay that way for a long time. So many other things on the to do list. I thought about a pale yellow, and it's still a possibility, but I go back and forth. We had a khaki color below our chair rail and a pale yellow above it in our previous home in the bedroom and I loved it. Your particular shade of yellow highlights your beautiful antiques so nicely I honestly don't think you could have made a better choice.

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  37. Rue, I'm planning to paint my bedroom the same yellow my kitchen has been for decades. But I've been keeping my eye out for other yellows in case that doesn't work. The kitchen is on the northeast corner of the house, and the bedroom on the southwest corner, so ... How would you describe your yellow? Warm, cool, etc?

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