Levi’s Room: The Continuing Story

I’m pretty sure I left off with: I was almost done painting… I lied.

Well really it was more of a hopeful truth that I was telling myself. But to no one’s surprise, but my own, the room took an awful lot of paint to cover that dreadful green. I am a chronic under-estimator of work and effort something will take, which leads me to be terribly ambitious and excited right out of the gate. It also leads to pretty quickly being annoyed at how long something takes or how annoying it is to do. But, luckily I seem to forget about the massive dose of reality that always comes part way through projects. It’s like having a baby, there is that terribly sucky part, the actual having of the baby, but then you get this beautiful creation and forget about all that other stuff. (Except that you really don’t forget completely, and doing house projects is pretty much nothing like having a baby, but I was trying to make the analogy work. Kids are > than finished spaces, except for when they ruin any nice thing you ever had, then it’s a bit of a toss up)

Back to painting. I decided I really wanted to do two different colors on the top and bottom of the wall and add in a chair rail to break up the two colors. I was originally thinking of doing some kind of board and batten on the bottom or maybe some type of picture moulding. Then I went down a rabbit trail of cool wall treatments. Here were a few of my favorites: 12, 3 (can’t find the actual link- just found on pinterest), 4

18 Ways to Make Wood Paneling Modern

Wall paneling in black | P | Matt Black Walls with Carrara Marble Desk - Joseph Dirand Farrow & Ball's 'Downpipe' is one of my favourite colours looks fabulous with bright colours and here with soft dusky tearose pinks.  Tiles designed by Ann Louise Roswald for the Cast Iron Bath Company

Of course they are mostly dark moody wall treatments and I was planning on painting the bottom half a warm white. I couldn’t quite figure out how to translate some of the whole wall looks into just a half wall. Ultimately I couldn’t decide what I wanted and since I wasn’t that committed to any of them, in addition to it seeming like a lot more work, we ended up just going with a chair rail.

pretty simple diy wainscotting using picture frame molding. already have these materials in the garage--would just need to measure and cut!We may still add some picture moulding down the road, like this one, but we wanted to get Levi’s room back together much quicker than our usual project timeline, so we landed on just the chair rail for now. I’m pretty sure that is the exact one we grabbed from Home Depot.

Funny thing about measurements. We usually have Brett do all the measuring. Something about accuracy…. But for whatever reason I measured how much chair rail we would need for the room and we cut the lengths at the store, plus a few spare inches here and there. When we were putting it up in the room and making the angle cuts, we were being so careful not to waste any and end up short on boards. Turns out I actually measured halfway decent, but didn’t do a great job marking inches versus feet. We thought we’d have only a few inches to spare, only to find ourselves on our last cut with a spare 7 feet. Whoops. At least we didn’t have to go back to buy more!

The bottom half of the wall we painted Alabaster, a warm white that we’ve used in both the laundry room and our master bathroom. It works really well in a space that doesn’t get lots of bright light. The big reason I went white for the bottom half of the room was because of all the dark wood furniture. I figured the white would brighten up the whole space and help the wood feel pretty and not just dark.

For the top half Levi and I agreed on a  pretty shade of blue/green: Benjamin Moore Newburg Green.

Here was the inspiration picture for the two colors. Ignore that it’s a bathroom, we don’t have any intention of tiling or adding a sink 😉

Boy Bathroom with Peacock Blue Wall Paint Color

I’ll say the color reads more of a navy in the space when it is dark out, but I like it all the same.

Here is the master plan for finishing out the space.


img_20181202_180933688.jpgI hope you weren’t expecting anything fancy. I’m not much for making things 3D (the chair likely won’t be suspended in air), but hopefully you get the gist. We are taking half the closet and making a little reading nook, right next to the bookcase I got from my mom. There was a crappy closet thing in there that had just about no function, so we will be building shelves similar to the ones we added in the laundry room on the left side of the closet.

Here are two of the other walls:


img_20181202_180947628.jpgI know you are sensing my art skills are out of your league. But trust me when I tell you, you need a pencil, paper and a non-existent art skill set.

The final wall not represented in the master plan has the bed against it and a window. I’m sorry if that is making it impossible to envision the room.

At this point we just have a few things to finish up and I’ll show you the finished space next!


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