May 31, 2009

apartment makeover

the first time my mom saw my current apartment - an apartment i absolutely adore, the nicest place i've lived since leaving their house to go to college, a spacious, airy, 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, my first place that looks like a home and not a rental - her first comment was "yeah, it's nice.... although MY GOD the walls really need a coat of paint."

(while this comment was technically true, i was a little crestfallen that i didn't get a bit more of a rave review before she noticed the crappy walls.)

since that day over a year ago, she has mentioned about 27352 times how any time i said the word, she and my dad would be MORE THAN HAPPY to come down for a weekend and help me paint, no seriously, just SAY THE WORD! HONEST! how about next weekend?

so this weekend, i finally took them up on the offer. they've done a lot of painting in over 35 years of marriage, so they brought allllll their supplies - including professional drop cloths on loan from some friends - and we got to work.

my dining room before, with the paint chips i was deciding between all week:

main living room area (plus my mom taping the baseboard!):

and after!!



i'm in love with it - and yes, i am aware i still need some furniture upgrades, blah blah whatever - but there's so much lovely crown molding in my place, not to mention the entire fireplace detail, that was being completely wasted with the flat white-on-white. i feel like i'm in a Real House, now. i've been sitting and gazing happily at my walls pretty much all day.

32 comments:

  1. It looks fanctastic!!!!

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  2. Your place looks great, but even before the paint it was blowing any place I've lived in out of the water... and when I showed my parents my current place (which I also felt was better than college housing) I also got the, "oh it's nice" line...

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  3. Oh it looks so good! I love it! You are so right -- the colors makes the molding pop and it's fantastic! :)

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  4. HappyTipsyGypsy1/6/09 1:18 AM

    It really does look fabulous! My first reaction - Oh my!

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  5. Very nice! Good choice on the paint colors. Those pics on your dining room wall really pop now. And, oooh, the fireplace and the crown molding!

    I keep thinking I should paint my bedroom. I've been thinking that for the past 2 years.

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  6. It looks so warm and cozy now! It's amazing the difference that paint can make!

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  7. It looks great!!! Nice job. You must be happy that you finally took them up on their offer!

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  8. Paint does make such a HUGE difference between looking like a rented apartment and looking like a home. Good job; it looks great!

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  9. Really gorgeous!

    Now my baby blue painted paneling looks tacky.

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  10. this is fantastic alice!!! excellent choice of color and accent pieces, looks great.

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  11. moms will never ever like where you live unless its 5minutes away from where they live and you own it...that has been my conclusion after having a very similar experience with my mom after moving into the nicest place I've lived in since leaving home

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  12. It looks great! My mom would never offer to help me paint (though she would totally criticize a lack of paint). Give your mom a big hug for that!

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  13. OK, I've been to your apartment and I never noticed any crappy paint job. But it does look fantastic now. Good job!

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  14. Wow. To have parents OFFER to help paint??? That is heaven.

    And seriously - it looks SO GOOD! What is the color you chose for your living room? I'm in the market for a GOOD yellow and would love to know what that one is.

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  15. Oh, that looks fabulous! Great work.

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  16. wow-- that looks awesome! it made a really big difference.

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  17. This is why you missed the slumber party??

    I cannot condone this.

    (Although it does look fab.)

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  18. That looks great! Do you think they'd come paint my place?

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  19. I'm always amazed at how different a space looks after it gets a nice coat of paint. You made some great choices there.

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  20. Wow, it looks great, like something you'd see in a magazine!

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  21. Wow fantastic - I'm jealous!

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  22. I do love a foyer. Mmmmm...columns.

    Delightful!!!

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  23. i LOVE it! it's hgtv quality, and i can't wait to see it in person!!!

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  24. Oooooo!! So pretty! I love it!

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  25. Love your makeover. The place looks so classy!
    The colors you picked really make your place feel warm and cozy.

    Nicely done Alice.


    Roger Sasoeur

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  26. Seeing the first photos, I was like, "Well, I don't see how paint can improve an already PERFECT apartment like THAT one!" Then I saw the paint and fainted from the awesomeness.

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  27. Love the apt Alice... beauuutiful!

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