Local Ideas

12 Feb

This week I was really excited to see a fellow Rochestarian featured as a House Tour on Apartment Therapy  (a secret dream of mine). Emily Winters also has her own blog called Merrypad  where you can see that she has done a lot of really great things at her place, but the thing that really stood out to me was the two tone walls that she painted in her living room which you can see here via the Apartment Therapy House Tour:


Taking a cue from Emily and her walls I decided to try this out in my own place. The only thing I wanted to do a bit differently was to add a molding ledge at the point where the colors would change at a plate rail height. The room is small so it only took four 8 foot lengths and they only cost about 5 dollars each. I had a much easier time mitering these corners than I had with the crown molding in the bathroom, in case you were wondering. Once I had the pieces cut I stained them with a mixture of Gunstock and Chestnut wood stain at a four two one ratio respectively  in order match the exiting trim. I knew I wanted to keep the original color (BM Nantucket Fog) on the top in order to keep it tied in with the living room, so I chose a color only a few shades darker for the base (Behr Stormy Blue) . Once I nailed the trim up I then painted the bottom and this is what I have now.I took these pictures at night so they happen to be a little dark (Maybe  someday Apartment Therapy will make a return trip to the ROC and take some superstar shots of Ittybittybungalow). 

I can see that the plates need to be adjusted but I can make quick work of that



These pictures also need to be moved down a little bit but that’s not a big deal.


Here is the before picture:


Thanks Emily for the local inspiration!

16 Responses to “Local Ideas”

  1. Reuben February 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM #

    Looks great. Such a good idea to add the moulding. Looks just like an old picture rail!

  2. emily February 12, 2012 at 8:29 PM #

    Looks awesome! Love the color. How’d you decide on the height of the color break? I had no rhyme or reason to mine… I kind of just marked a line the same height as I am tall and worked from that πŸ™‚

    I didn’t notice this until after my tour was featured (or I probably would have pushed for one myself), but it seems as though you can submit your own tours to them if you want!


    • ittybittybungalow February 12, 2012 at 9:34 PM #

      Thank you! I did just about the same thing you did and stood near the wall and placed the line just above my head.

      I’m trying to get the place all set for Small But Cool. Since my house is only 800 square feet I can compete! I think the contest usally comes up in March, wish me luck!

      • emily February 13, 2012 at 11:33 AM #

        That’s awesome! GOOD LUCK!

  3. Stephanie February 12, 2012 at 9:00 PM #

    Love that! I’m dreaming of a navy blue dining room, but don’t think I’m brave enough. The 2 tone thing might be a better idea. Less severe. The white plates are a great contrast to the wall colors. Great job!

    • ittybittybungalow February 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM #

      I’ve heard people say not to paint a dinning room blue because it is supposed to make food less apealing. I don’t think its hurt my appetite though!

  4. sue February 13, 2012 at 8:34 AM #

    Everything you touch turns golden!

    Great job, Midas πŸ˜‰


  5. Bri@TheModernParsonage February 13, 2012 at 11:55 AM #

    Love it! I got to your blog via Merrypad πŸ™‚ Like I told her, I blog about our Midwest home, but I grew up in Utica – love to live vicariously through other upstaters!

    • Michele February 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM #

      !! I was born at St. Luke’s !!

  6. Michele February 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM #

    Love the aesthetic of your little place! Looking to go grey in my dining room. My little place is in Irondequoit, just north of the zoo. (2 BR cape)

    I really, really LOVE what you did with your bath. I am a huge fan of AT & you should definitely go for it & put it on House Tours :o)

    Keep it up! If you have local sources, if you could share, that would be awesome too!

  7. Karen Anne February 13, 2012 at 5:34 PM #

    That looks great. There was a molding running about a foot below the ceiling in the bedrooms in my California bungalow. I painted the walls up to the molding light yellow, and above the molding and the ceiling just a tad lighter. The floors were a medium brown stained Douglas fir.

    Is that a paint by numbers ship picture?

    • ittybittybungalow February 14, 2012 at 9:27 PM #

      Yes it is! A little too kitchy, huh? Its days are numbered.

      • Karen Anne February 16, 2012 at 4:51 AM #

        What? No πŸ™‚ I have one of those, done with my own tiny hands decades ago πŸ™‚


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