Friday night I started painting our back room, which is attached to the kitchen and connects to the garage. It's a large space and has been way under used since we moved in 3 years ago. It's not an easy room to work with because because it has 3 entrys and we use it for both living and storage space. Right now my glass table and chairs compete with the kids' riding toys and gear. But I think we can make a successful go at creating a multi-purpose room that is functional as well as attractive - something this room is definitely not right now!
Anyway, plans for the room: paint, paint, paint. Trim, windows, doors - white; paneling- yes, more paneling!- Navajo white by b. moore, which is actually more of an off-white; floor (gulp) something in the blue/gray family. There is a picture in the most recent issue of Cottage Living that features a white walled/blue floor cottage in Maine and that's giving me ideas. After I'm done with the room I will then paint the glass table and chairs and the baker's rack white. When I'm done with the painting those, I would like to add into the space 2 white wicker chairs and a wicker table that belonged to my grandmother. I'll look for some new seat cushions and an outdoor 8x10 or so sisal rug.
The trick to all of this, of course, is time! I mentioned before that my husband travels, and also that my boys are very young. We'll see how long it will take me to get there, hopefully it won't be too bad. But you can see why I like posting those 'after' shots...it motivates me to keep going and working on all of my 'to do' rooms.