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You can image my delight a couple of years ago when the ‘ALL WHITE’ décor phase began. I needed that new style trend in my life … but with a house full of dirty boys, my husband thought I was crazy! He met me halfway with gray and off white paint paired with a cool dark stain over the existing cabinet finish. We also installed a dark wood look laminate floor covering.
The next year I opened my first photography studio in a building which hadn’t been used since the 90’s. There were brown heavily stained wood and tan walls everywhere (exactly the color of the easel shown in this photo.) I knew that would make for poor light quality so I excitedly painted everything in bright white.
I didn’t want to have to sand and prime everything so I googled DIY chalk paint and quickly educated myself enough to get by. I was delighted at how much time and money it saved me to have paint that would literally stick to everything!
I chose a modern but rustic glam décor scheme with a sleek white sofa, silver rug and furry white or silver pillows. This is a photo of my oldest son and his girlfriend taken there.
That studio was truly my happy place! I closed my portrait business this year in January, though, and have been a stay at home mom again. Oh how I miss my bright, inspiring and fresh office!
Everything we own at home has been really put through the ringer, so to speak. Our 8 year old beige and brown microfiber sofa is at this point, gross. The dark brown wood laminate cabinets still look okay but have never really well matched the cherry and black laminate wood flooring that we switched to. The beige and brown speckled laminate countertops still look the same as above: dingy and dull.
I’ve been daydreaming for months about having my home freshly painted and newly decorated but our slim budget has no room for extra expenses like new furniture and accents right now. That’s one reason my husband finally agreed to give me my way on ‘going white’ at home. It’s very cost effective! I guess it doesn’t hurt any that the modern white farmhouse look is officially the most popular style in 2017. He’s probably used to seeing it everywhere now and figures, “Why not?” Plus, having the white studio with so many kids around proved to him that it’s much easier to keep clean than one might expect.
So, I got busy perusing
the web Pinterest and Polyvore for all the best white rooms and farmhouse designs before I eventually decided to go with white walls and cabinetry, white and dark brown furniture, dark floors and touches of black, wood & gray / stone accents. You can visit my Modern Farmhouse Pinterest board to see some of the inspiring photos I’ve saved if you’d like.
The mood board I’ve created here illustrates my general goal.
I’m so over the moon for the wood and stone mixed with the other neutrals. I always seem to fall in love with décor trends just before they become popular so I’m betting that this style will be the next new rage in a year or so.
So now for the last few weeks I’ve been busy in my DIY mode (sporting the same ‘paint clothes’ over and over and walking around with white stripes in my hair.)
I haven’t had time to blog for all the work I’ve been doing. I’ve tried to take photos along the way to share but I honestly don’t have them uploaded from the camera yet. I’m a mess!
I’ve now officially painted both leather and microfiber surfaces, though, and have learned how to make my own tinted wax! That’s a new endeavor and I plan on sharing the recipe with you as well as the recipe I use to make my chalk paint. I’ll hopefully have my first set of cabinets finished this week, too, so I’m off once again to get back to work. Wish me luck!