When my parents bought their waterfront condo in Oregon, it was fully furnished. Awesome, right? Free stuff!
Yeah, except that most of the decorating was done in a style that isn’t my mom’s at all.
She’d like a nautical beachy cottage look like this…
But the whole condo was decorated in an Asian theme like this:
Maybe not quite that bad but almost.
So while I was visiting last week we sold a bunch of things on Craigslist to one couple who wanted all the Chinese furniture pieces and décor that we had.
And then we got down to work trying to update and lighten up the entryway.
This is the before shot walking into the condo:
There were these two green shelves that we painted off white and distressed with sand paper.
My mom painted the main wall a slightly darker color so it’d be an accent wall. Ooh la la, aren’t we interior decorators with our accent wall?!
While she painted the wall, I painted the baseboards white which took 17,000 coats of paint.
My mom finally purchased the Pottery Barn bench and shelf she’d been wanting for forever and a day. She had ripped a picture out of the catalog and saved it for a long time until I convinced her to bite the bullet and buy it.
I have a talent for making my mom spend her money.
A couple days later a bunch of boxes arrived and the process of putting it together started scared us. We were like two blondes in a circular room trying to find our way out. We took more parts apart and at one point almost built a teepee.
I also painted the closet doors that are right next to the entryway. They definitely need another coat of paint, but it already lightens and brightens up the room a lot.
I talked to my mom this morning and she was painting the doors with a 3rd coat and also repainting the walls and ceiling. They’re going to be the same color but hopefully fresher and cleaner looking with a new coat of paint.
We hung a shell mirror (my hus found it at HomeGoods) by the door so we can stare at ourselves coming and going! perfect.
Multiple construction prayers and Hail Marys later, we got the bench and shelf put together:
We ordered rattan baskets to go in each cubby hole, but they haven’t arrived quite yet. My mom would also like to get a few cute pillows to throw on there.
And we put in a new light from Home Depot (the very first picture in this post shows the beauty that was previously there.)
The inspiration picture from Pottery Barn:
It’s getting there and I feel like we made some good progress in a few days. Go ahead and call me Candice Olson. <—I love all of her designs on her show, every single one.
Eventually my mom would like to have hardwood floors put in instead of the carpet that’s in there now.
And I’m working on convincing her to buy this bed set that’s she been wanting for a long time:
You spend 1/3 of your life in bed so why not have the one you want?
Are you an HGTV’er or find it totally boring? Which shows do you like?
I like House Hunters International, Divine Design and Love it or List it.