Although our farmhouse was built in 1830, it underwent an extensive renovation in the 1970s. A family room addition was added at that time (on the right in this photo from last fall) and some of the the fixtures and trims in the house were "updated". Replacing and neutralizing the 70's "improvements" has been a long term project for DH and I over the past nine years, both inside and out.
One project we debated for a long time (DH was opposed; I said, "Let's go for it") was painting the beams on the family room ceiling in the "70's" part of the house. These before and after photos of a similar outdated family room in the September 2011 issue of Country Living magazine (p. 99) broke the tie.
Here is the magazine family room "after":
And here's a close-up of the Country Living room "before"...sadly, a lot like mine.
So... I painted beams all last week...at night...up on an old ladder...during my first week back at school! Call me crazy but I knew it was "now (while I was inspired) or never". Those 40 year old beams soaked up a full roll of blue painters' tape, two coats of Bin and two coats of finish paint (Sherwin Williams "Brown Sugar") before the job was finally done.
Here's the result...Bye, Bye 70's...Hello 2011!
The room is much brighter and the ceiling feels higher now. I am so happy with the results that I've started some new "Goodbye 70's" projects this week. Hope you'll stop by for Part 2!
From "Groovy" to "Pottery Barn", I remain, your faithful late night blogger and obsessive decorator,
This post is linked to:
Power of Paint Party at Domestically Speaking
Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Creek Cottage
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home
Farmhouse Friday at Laurie Anna's Vintage Home
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff & Nonsense
Saturday Nite Special at Funky Junk Interiors