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two-year anniversary: the house now

Two years into living in the little farmhouse, a lot has changed. You can see the whole transformation here… but for those of you who have been following the transformation all along, here is an up-to-date tour of the house, top to bottom!

Dining Room

Living Room


Yellow Bedroom

Blue Bedroom
Master Bedroom



Front Porch

light jade and french blue

Ta-da! It’s done*!

Before I dish on the details, here’s a reminder of what the room looked like when I moved in:

And this is last summer, when I put up primer and sanded down the outlines of the polka dots:

Last weekend during painting:

I went with two shades from Glidden: Light Jade (on the window wall) and French Blue (on the other three walls). And I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
Most of the furniture and accessories in this room are from my mom. The bed was hers as a child, and she brought the rug back from India in the late 1970s. She gave me the nightstand on my 15th birthday, and the vintage ivory bedspread last summer. (I’ve had the floral bedspread and pillows since I was six, the curtains came with the house, and the lamp came from IKEA in college.) It is really nice to have at least one room in the house that didn’t need anything new 🙂

Confession: I put up the trim tape over a year ago, and even when I knew I wasn’t going to paint the room for a few months after priming it, I still never took it down. They say it shouldn’t be up more than a few days, or it won’t keep a seal against the paint. But… it was totally fine.

*Almost done, that is. I have a few things to hang on the walls, but I need to paint some of the frames first. And figure out some sort of closet solution, since this former nursery doesn’t have one of its own.

So, who wants to be the first guest to stay in the newly-finished room?

90 degrees

No, it’s not 90 degrees in Minnesota, or in my house.

When my parents were here a few weeks ago, we rotated the bed in the third bedroom. Funny thing is, I’d planned to orient the bed that way originally, but the moving guys talked me into placing it against the wall with the window. Which was fine at first… but I like it much better this way.

The official before-and-after shots (including the progress we’ve made on painting the room):
What a difference 90 degrees makes, eh?

the yellow room

Calling rooms by their colors always reminds me of my grandma. I don’t actually know if she does this, but I have it in my mind that she does.
Regardless, I think I’ll probably end up referring to the guest bedrooms by their colors. It’s just too cumbersome to say “mom and dad’s room” and “the other guest bedroom,” not to mention explaining which one is which. Much easier to say “the yellow room” and “the blue room.” Right? Right.
What I won’t be saying is “the lime green room.” Because that one, my friends, is no more. Along with getting rid of the polka dots last weekend, I tackled mom and dad’s room. {Background: my parents live on the West Coast but my younger brother and sister both go to school here – so, they plan to visit us often, which means I let them pick out a bedroom of their own to decorate and keep their stuff in.}
Mom sent the comforter a few weeks ago, and I picked up the sheets on sale at Target. The rug used to be in their bedroom back home, but I inherited it a few years ago when I officially moved to Minnesota. I picked the wall color based on the gold in the rug and the caramel color of the wood floor:



A gallon of Behr Ultra (primer + paint in one) was just enough for two coats. And it only took about five hours from start to finish! Definitely my quickest painting project to date.

goodbye, polka dots!

You were adorable for a nursery. But you had to go. The tiny guest bedroom just couldn’t handle your overwhelming power.

Plus, you distracted everyone’s attention from the farm door, which I think is the best part about the room. So, goodbye polka dots.

I’m not sure yet what will take your place. But it will be all one color, that I can assure you.

Anyone want to weigh in on these swatches? Should I go dark or light?