Monday, January 28, 2013

Paper Lantern & Watercress paint for the guest bedroom

The guest bedroom is one of my favorite rooms in the desert house.  For a second bedroom, it's quite spacious and I also really like the furniture in this room that came with the house.  It's not my tasty per se, as I prefer a more contemporary style, but for now it's perfect.

The wall color was a gray/green.  I found this extremely dull and wanted to brighten up this cheery room. Of course, you can't really tell how dull the green paint is in the photo's below.  You'll just have to trust me that it needed to be updated.

Guest Bedroom - Real Estate Photo (pre new paint)

Guest Bedroom - Real Estate Photo (pre new paint)

We selected two different color paints for this room: 

1. Paper Lantern by Sherwin Williams.  If you look this color up on line it's totally wrong.  The color is a soft yellow, but the paint swatches online look peach.

2. Watercress by Dunn Edwards.  Again, if you look this color up online it shows a gray green where it's really a green/yellow.

In the photo below, the accent wall behind the bed is painted with the Watercress and the rest of the room is painted in Paper Lantern.  You can see the Paper Lantern color on the over hang wall above the sliding door.

Watercress accent wall behind the bed

Paper Lantern rest of the bedroom walls.

I really love the Paper Lantern wall paint.  Even though I selected a beige color paint for the master bedroom, after seeing the Paper Lantern in the guest bedroom, I knew the color was also perfect for the master bedroom.

View from bedroom door into the bathroom
What is interesting about this angle is that I thought that the four flower pictures didn't 'pop' against the Paper Lantern wall, so we just painted this wall with the Watercress green.  It looks quite good due to architectural elements in the room.  Unfortunately, I don't have a photo of the newly painted green wall, so will have to update the blog once I get a photo.

Below you'll see two photo's of the guest bedroom bathroom painted with Paper Lantern.

Guess bedroom bathroom sink area

Guest bedroom toilet and shower

You can see that the guest bathroom needs upgrading as the peach tile is totally dated; however, I have to say that the bath room is in great condition.  There are no chipped or damaged tiles and the bath room is quite clean.

The only item remodeled in the guest bedroom was the closet.  We did both the master closet and the guest bedroom closet remodel at the same time.

Guest bed room remodeled closet

So the guest bedroom is done for now.  Will post the new Watercress wall next weekend.


Monday, January 21, 2013

Remodeling the man cave (office), Part I

What I love most about the desert house is that there is an office for my husband to work.  In this room there is also a private bathroom with a large shower. The sink is located between the bathroom and the office.  There is also a small closet.  This room is the perfect man cave.

After using the office for a year, my husband decided that the built in desk was too heavy for the room which also made the room dark. We both decided that the bright yellow paint was an eye sore and the large leather chair was taking up too much space.  As you may recall, we relocated the large leather chair to the master bedroom to create a reading area.

desert house office
Desert house office (real estate pic)

Although the built in desk looks pretty cool, once you're sitting at the desk you realize that there is no desk space because the book shelves sit right on the desk area.

In the picture below, you'll see that the whole desk and book shelves were removed and the room was painted with a blue/gray color called "Respite" by Sherwin Williams.

Desk and book shelves removed

The space is currently still blank.  We are trying to decide if we can re-purpose the old desk into something more modern or replace the built in desk with a free standing desk and an entertainment type center. 

The photo below is looking into the office from the dinning room.  Without the large leather chair in the corner, the space by the windows opens up and allows more light into the room.

Since the closet is quite small, my husband had to custom fit a modular closet that he purchased from Lowe's.

And no man cave is complete without the picture below hanging over the toilet.

The writing in the right corner says: "Men Only Bar with Latrine Front - 1904"
Aren't you happy that we live in a more civilized time.


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

How the cleaning of an old leather chair created a book nook

The desert house that my husband and I purchased was the only house that we looked at that came with the furniture and even though the furniture doesn't quite match our contemporary style, we thought it was a good turn key solution.  We wanted to use the house right away and didn't want the task of trying to fill a 2,600 sq foot home with furniture. 

In the master bedroom there is this odd cut out in the wall.  There's not much you can do with this space except put a large dresser in the area and that's exactly what the former owners did.  The master bedroom furniture is solid oak.  I thought about refinishing the furniture, but I hardly have the time to take on that type of project.

Master bedroom with oak furniture (Real estate picture)
My husband suggested that we dispose of the tall dresser (the gardener was happy to take the dresser for free) as it's not needed with the new master bedroom closet remodel.  I thought that was a great idea and decided to turn the space into a reading area.  We decided to move an over sized leather chair that was in the den/office to the corner in the master bedroom.  The chair was much too large for the den anyway and it fit perfectly into the corner.

One beat up, dirty old leather chair

Close-up of worn leather chair

As you can see from the photos, the chair is fairly worn, dry, and lifeless.  I wasn't sure how to clean leather so my husband suggested leather seat cleaner for car seats.  I thought, "Why not?"  So off we went to an auto parts store and picked up Meguiar's Rich Leather Cleaner and Conditioner.  I got a rag, sprayed cleaner on the rag and wiped down the chair.  It's best to actually spray the cleaner on a rag vs. directly on the leather as the cleaner will leave dark spots.  The picture below shows the amazing results.

Old leather chair after cleaning with Meguiar's Rich Leather cleaner

I now have a great little place to read.

Grab your Kindle Fire, this is a great place to read

Where is your favorite place to read?


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Master closet remodel

This is just a re-post from A Pear Shaped Gal blog.  I would like all my remodeling items to sit on this blog.  Keeps everything neat and tidy.

Posted on January 10th, 2012:

My husband and I have been working on the house that we own in Palm Desert, CA.  We bought the house last December 2011 and spent quite a bit of time at the house discussing a kitchen remodel, re-painting, and overall fixing things up.  The house was built in 1995 and hasn't been updated since, so the house is in need of a few upgrades.

The first upgrade that we decided to do was the master bedroom closet.  We went to various closet designers such as Closet World and found them quite expensive.  Then I went to The Container Store as they have the Elfa closet storage system.  I gave the Container Store closet designer the dimensions of the master walk in closet and he drew up the design. In the end, the materials were really expensive and adding on the labor made it grossly overpriced.

Next we talked to a cabinet maker in the Palm Desert area and gave him the Elfa design.  After discussing price and materials, we decided to give the contractor a try, gave him the keys to the house and off he went. When we returned to the house over the Thanksgiving weekend, the closet installation had begun, but wasn't finished.  My husband, who is a structural engineer and is very type "A" on details could see all the errors where I was "oh, this is going to look so nice".. lol.   My husband met with the contractor, went over a few details and by the time we went back to the house in December the closet remodel was still unfinished.  My husband ended up finishing the detail work and deducted the amount from the invoice.  Needless to say, we won't use this contractor to do future work such as a kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel, but we were glad that it was only a small job and the end result turned out great.

Here is a picture of the master bedroom walk in closet before the renovation:

master bedroom closet before
Master bedroom closet, before remodel (real estate photo)
And the finished walk in closet remodel:

remodel closet left
Remodeled closet left side.
 The angle of the photo is a bit crooked.  I don't have a wide angle lens for my camera and had to take the photos in two parts. The left side of the closet has a spot for longer hanging items such as coats and dresses behind the door.  There are also shelves for purses, four deep drawers, and a slanted shelf for shoes.  At the back of the closet is a built in dresser

remodel closet right side
Remodeled closet right side
 The right side of the closet has much of the same: four drawers, slanted shoe shelf, and four sections to hang clothing.

I love the closet remodel.  I think it came out great!  I'm now wondering if the rug doesn't really belong in this closet.  I am considering a zebra print rug.  What do you think?

Monday, January 14, 2013

A house in the desert

I decided to start a blog about our house in Indian Wells, CA.  My husband and I bought the house in December 2011 and we are starting to make a few changes to the interior.  The house was built in 1995 and is in need of a few upgrades.

This blog will document the changes that we'll make to the house.  Stay tuned!

desert house
Photo from December 2011.  We have since trimmed that crazy tree in the courtyard.