The Perfect Greige

Mustard yellow turned Perfect Greige. Our first room we regretted painting. Well mostly me but to be fair this was the first room we painted after moving in, and before I had developed my sense of style for the house. It was too beige and yellow! So excited to see it go once we found the new color, “Perfect Greige”. jgjg

The joy in buying an old home is they didn’t have overhead lighting so besides painting, Tim Installed a ceiling fan. We recycled the light/fan combo from the kitchen and it works.

Our couch was one of our largest purchases right after college which anyone can tell you how much fun couch shopping is…we finally found one for the right price and style. A brown high back mini sectional with an extended chaise and matching ottoman. While we like it, we definitely wouldn’t buy it again. I still have no idea what to do with the ottoman since we have a coffee table.

Our coffee table was a fun recycle too! We simply put on our existing legs from the original coffee table. Coffee table – removed the top added 2 by 4’s, painted legs white took the oval top off

The problem with our couch is the arms come up too high to be able to place an end table right next to it. It’s on Tim’s list of projects to build a custom one. In the mean time, Tim bought a console table for behind the couch and it’s perfect! It even has electrical which is perfect for charging up.

Couch table – love this, X legs, wood stained top with white legs

I had a mini celebration when we finally were able to replace the old carpet that ran through our dining and living rooms. I initially wanted to do carpet because I couldn’t find the right color that matched our existing floor in the hallway and kitchen. I finally did and I was so relieved! Only because our new dog was struggling with potty training. We selected ________ in the ____ finish and ran it through both the living and dining rooms. Menards is truly a blessing and if you don’t have it where you live that’s such a shame!

PILLOWS! I don’t believe you can have ever have enough pillows. It’s an easy accessory for any room but especially the living room. I also love blankets so when Tim built a blanket ladder it was perfect to hang my favorite ones up. 

I love the texture of a jute rug and it’s neutral, so when we decide to get a new couch it will still accent that piece well. This was my first experience trying to buy area rugs and it was quite the experience. I’m normally not indecisive when it comes to our house and decorating. I can usually make a snap decision and we’ll run with it (usually). I really didn’t want to pick the wrong one, so we actually bought a few and ended up returning them! I finally went for the jute rug from IKEA and I love it! 

We value our TV so having a grand TV stand was important to us. This is Tim’s best work creating this piece. Insert how you made it. 

We love technology so this past Christmas we went digital! Our curved Samsung ____. One of the best tech purchases we have made to date is our Google home. It’s the perfect smart assistant and our Phillips Hue smart lightbulbs are pretty fun too.

Welcome to Our Nest

The dining room is my favorite room in the house. From the furniture to the textiles, I love it all. It’s the first room that welcomes you into our home. You’re greeted by our 9  foot ceilings and 6 foot tall bay windows.

We painted the walls, “Diversion” in a satin sheen by Pittsburgh Paints. A darker greige and it sets the tone for the rest of the house. All the furniture is handmade minus our dining room chairs and that’s what makes this room so special.

Our walls are decked with L-O-V-E quite literally as Tim crafted his first piece for the house; a love shelf. It has just the right amount of shelves for knick knacks and picture frames. You’ll also find our picture frame turned chicken wire photo collage. Simple but easy when you have spray paint laying around. We never buy accessories we know we can make ourselves. I’ll window shop for ideas but Pinterest is where I find the most inspiration.

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The dining room in her full glory

Tim built our dining room table with 2 x 10’s and existing legs from a table we got from his parents. We painted the legs white and stained the wood in Dark Walnut 2716 by Minwax. I finally found upholstered head of table chairs from IKEA and the white wood chairs are from a local furniture store. Our chandelier is such a showstopper and lights up the room perfectly.

He also built the barn wood box centerpiece which we’ll decorate according to season. This is an effortless and subtle piece to interchange. The same goes for my two rustic milk jugs in the room. These were great Iowa flea market finds!

Our table runner currently pictured is in my favorite pattern and inspired my hunt for the right rug. I stumbled upon this while looking at Hobby Lobby online. I do switch this out to other striped burlap runners in red, navy and green. 

Decked with love

The rug I got from Nordstrom, Dash & Albert ‘Awning’ stripe rug and it’s my favorite thing we own. Besides the “Our Nest” pillow from Primitives by Kathy on Amazon. These really were the finishing touches.   

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We found an old door stored in a collapsed barn and turned it into a door tree that I use to store winter gear and hang our jackets. This fills the need for a mudroom and the table acts as our catch all (unfortunately) even though we have a pallet mail organizer that Tim built! The welcome sign above the door came from our pallet welcoming guests to our wedding reception. We also put together a leash holder for our dogs that spells out l-o-v-e in thread letters (green and yellow for the Green Bay Packers).  

Doggy Gear HQ

This room had quite the makeover from adding overhead lighting (there was none when we first purchased the house) to getting real dining room chairs instead of outdoor metal chairs!

Low quality photo before we worked our magic!
Halfway there before we got it to where it is now. 

The Gray, Yellow Room

More paneling!?! How was this ever in style? 

This room is the outcast in the house. It’s a bedroom but for us to use it as such didn’t make sense, so we turned it into our hang out space.

Yellow paneling…need I say more!

We had the brilliant idea initially to loft the room, remove the ocean wave ceiling and expose the brick behind the paneling. Sounded good in theory until we realized there was a gap in between the flooring and wall. The direction of the flooring wouldn’t work to fill the gap, without installing new flooring, so the paneling stayed.

Besides paneling itself being ugly, painting it is much worse. What was worse than painting was caulking the holes, gaps and trim. It only took 5 tubes! We were happy to see the yellow finally go! We opted for “Ironed Gray”, in a satin sheen by Refresh Dutch Boy. Ceiling paint helped the ceiling turn from yellow to white. It’s amazing how paint can turn a space around!

Pre-completion but almost done!

The seating is Rise by Allsteel which ultimately inspired the gray colors. Once again, perks of having access to office furniture member sales. The downside to this playful seating arrangement is these are meant for commercial sized hallways and not a residential house built in the 1800s. We had to take out the back window to get them in the room! (I wish I was kidding…)

We installed a simple light fixture that hugged the ceiling since it is so low. The previous light hung about 5 feet from the ground.

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I can honestly say I let Tim have free range in picking out the accessories and textiles for this room. It’s a casual space so we, cough he, kept it eclectic.


This was a quick flip and a fun space hang with the family. 

Finished ‘Gray’ Room

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Be Our Guest

Our guest room and office is awkward and long with a closet smack dab in the middle.  

We thought everything was cosmetic with this space, only needing new carpet and paint. The one dilemma being about 3/4 of the walls were covered in paneling. At first glance, I agreed to keep it. Thinking a fresh coat of paint would bring it back to life.

Deep down I hate paneling! If I had my way we would have removed it but given the house history, we never know what’s lurking underneath.

During the renovation process. Good bye to the 70s carpet!

Insert plug to finally get shiplap! I convinced Tim to put DIY shiplap planks over the paneling and the results were well worth it.

Tim bought 11 4’x8’x1/4″ plywood sheets. He ripped them down to 5 7/8″ x 8′ “planks” with a table saw. This gave us eight 8′ planks per sheet. He then nailed the planks to the wall, making sure he hit the studs to keep everything solid. To space the planks Tim used pieces of laminate flooring as spacers.


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When it came time to paint the shiplap this was the first time Tim used a paint sprayer. It was definitely quicker but it went through 3 gallons of paint! We did a plain white satin by Dutch Boy. 

Mid-spraying of the shiplap

We bought the same carpet as in the master bedroom from Menards, Irreplaceable Ice Cappuccino. The wall paint is our new favorite, “Perfect Greige”, in eggshell, by HGTV Sherwin Williams Showroom paint line from Lowes.  (This is the color we used when we repainted the living room you’ll see.)

Walls are panted, trim and ceiling in the process of drying
After the carpet was installed and everything was finally painted

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The gray metal bed frame is KOPARDAL by IKEA. The metal frame adds the perfect farmhouse charm. The duvet cover is NYPONROS while the white cushion covers are URSULA by IKEA too. All other pillows are recycled from other parts of the house and bought from T.J. Maxx. The red curtains are LENDA by IKEA.

This is when we discovered IKEA is awesome if you couldn’t tell. They have all styles and you just can’t beat the experience while trying the finishing touch for any room.


The perks of working at an office furniture manufacturing corporation are of course office furniture! Our desk is 10500 Series by HON along with a HON basyx chair. The cubby nooks are the EKET SERIES by IKEA. We thought that was a fun way to tie in storage and add a pop of color on the white shiplap.

We plan on adding pallet cabinet doors above the closet to make the space complete. As well as simple pallet nightstands. It seems nothing is ever finished around here because you can always take away and add to any room.


It’s a simple room but one of our more dramatic before and afters.

I love the simple bed frame and the window is one of my favorite touches
In home office with a few touches of our favorite things




The Snowball Effect

Our first ‘real’ project was our master bedroom. Up until this point we had only painted the living and dining rooms, no major renovations.

We thought it only needed some plaster patching, fresh coat of paint and carpet to come later on. Boy was Tim wrong…

We started by trying to pull up the carpet to see if a brilliant wood floor hid beneath. Well… the base board came off with the carpet, the plaster walls came off with the base board, and all of a sudden our couple day paint job turned into a room renovation.

We kept peeling back the layers until we were left with this:


Stripped to the bare bones only to find the floor was in horrible shape with a slope. The original wood floors were too far gone, thousands (yes, thousands!) of nail holes, water damage, splintering, and an old exterior wall still protruding through the floor (insert the hole you see above with the wall removed).

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Before the design, we had to fix the gaping hole, patch and paint the walls, install the barn wood trim, install the carpet, and bring the electrical up to code.

My curtains inspired the feel for the room. I found these Tommy Hilfiger curtains with red and blue stripes. Shout out to T.J. Maxx for being one of my favorite spots for home decor.


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We featured a red accent wall,”Gum Ball” and the remaining walls in a light neutral, “Cool Concrete” from Pittsburgh Paints at Menards. With our barn wood trim, recovered from a local barn, we were looking for a greige carpet to tie it all together. We ended up finding the perfect sized remnant at an additional 20% off the price!

We up-cycled the window above our bed and Tim built custom nightstands from pallet wood. Our bed itself is from Ashley Furniture and the duvet cover is from IKEA.

Lessons learned: don’t buy cheaper colored paint. Splurge and get the good stuff, it took over 5 coats of the red to cover a white wall.

Our first room tackled and we still love it!

And so it begins
Lambeau supervising while the trim removal process started.
Patching the plaster
Carpet and trim installed!
Finished result!

On the Avenue

901; our first home for over 2 and a half years. From learning how to patch plaster to fixing the sloping floors, we’ll never forget our time spent here.

3 Bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, Kitchen, Living and Dining rooms, have kept us busy with projects since move-in day. Built in 1890, the second oldest in the neighborhood, we tackled room by room never knowing what surprises we’d find!

Each project and room have brought their own unique challenges but the results are worth it.


Join us as we tell our journey in making our house a home.

– The Fosters –