This summer has been big for redecorating in our house, which is really weird, because we normally only do home improvement projects during the winter. I guess the near daily rain might be changing things up for us..

Although we hadn’t intended to work on the kitchen, Ayden had other plans – apparently, he was done with the neutral wall color, as well as the bubbling paint (due to the previous owners painting over this bad 70s wall paper) that his father and I had been ignoring for.. well.. years, and took matters in to his own hands. One poke at the bubble, one tear of a perfect strand of paint, and it was painting time for us. At the time, we wanted to hang him out the window by his toes were thinking of all the reasons we loved him, but now realize, of course, that he did us a favor by lighting a proverbial, and much needed, fire under our butts. It also helps that we are so happy with the results!

After many, many hours of removing wallpaper and repairing walls, and a bad iPhone picture of before, we were ready to paint.

We initially planned to go neutral again, but something came over me in the paint aisle at Home Depot and it was screaming “Don’t be such a pansy! Go bold!”. Normally, I try to ignore that voice, because it always leads me to trouble, but in this case, I listened. I went bold. It doesn’t get much bolder than bright red!

We chose “Silk Lining” from the Martha Stewart Living collection, with Glidden Duo Paint  from Home Depot in an eggshell finish. Here it is, mid-painting, with a view in to our den, which was littered with objects to keep Ayden busy – excuse the mess. That is the room we were actually working on when Ayden pulled the paint strip, but given that we were about to have company over for our Camp-in party, we had to shift gears quickly. As for the toys, I’d love to say it doesn’t normally look like this, but that would be a. Big. Fat. Lie.

It was around this time that we started talking about moving some furniture around. When Shay and I got married, we merged two houses. Shay’s house had 9-foot ceilings and an open concept, resulting in much of our furniture being of a size that would fill a house with 9-foot ceilings and an open concept, which our current house does not have.

In the above pictures, you will see a monster of a dining hutch. As much as we loved it, it was blocking the doorway in the den, and making the space feel much more cramped than it already was. However, by the same token, it provided storage, as well as an area for decorative accents that we frequently changed out with the season, as you can see here in a shot from a Halloween past. We didn’t want to lose that.

So. We decided to just lose the top of the hutch, and add a grouping of shelves.

This gives us the best of both worlds – We can keep the storage, and add the decorative elements, in a smaller footprint. In addition, we gain serving space for parties, which is a huge win, because our annual Halloween party is quickly approaching. And, the biggest win – we gained space for walking! No more tucking the elbows in while walking by, and hitting the old funny bone on a weekly basis.

The bottom shelf originally was white and had lived in the girls’ room when they shared – we painted it black using my go-to Behr Premium from Home Depot in Black Suede. The other shelf, I picked up at Goodwill ages ago for $5.99, with no idea of what I would use it for. It’s been sitting ever since. Who knew I was psychic?  Here is what it ended up looking like, with a few fun accents that may or may not be staying around, and a new chalkboard pantry door to add a bit of drama – because we need more of that around here.. Huge difference, no?

Next step – styling those shelves! Stay tuned!


  1. Kathy Moreland on July 19, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Looks great! Love the shelves, and the red walls are gorgeous!

  2. Sistergirl on July 22, 2013 at 5:34 am

    Hoppin by, Great job!

  3. Lolah on July 28, 2013 at 8:58 am

    Absolutely stunning! Thiss the colour I want to do my living room (lounge) but need to get help to paint it first as I'm a wheelchair user. But those pics of yours are making me itch to start!!

  4. Yvonne Urra-Bazain on August 1, 2013 at 3:23 am

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