Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hallway and Bedroom Makeover

We took advantage of the vacation time between Christmas and New Year to finally paint our hallway and give our bedroom a makeover.  Both areas still had the original paint from when we bought the house: the bedroom was orangy/mustard kind of shade, and the hallway was an off white. All the rooms had a flat finish, which was impossible to keep clean, and the and window frames were a bright white.

The new hallway is now painted in a shade called "spiced vinegar", which is from the natural color palette  by Olympic paints.  Pretty neutral, but welcoming.  The trim in the hallway is a warm, off-white shade that matches the trim in the rest of the house.  We chose a semi-gloss finish and are really happy with the end result.

Our bedroom was the biggest improvement.  We used a green shade, called "Sweet Annie" (namesake  of the herb),  for the walls.  All the moldings and window frames are painted in "Toasted Almond".    (We had already used the "Toasted Almond" for the walls in the master bathroom a few years ago).   Both of those colors are also from Olympic paints - from their traditional color palette.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Dried Apples

We made absolutely delicious dried apples in our dehydrator today - and it was the easiest thing to do.  We used the apple peeler to peel and slice the apples - this way the slices were of a very consistent thickness.  We placed the slices on the trays and sprinkled them - lightly -  with a sugar/cinnamon mixture.  It took about four hours until they were dried...and delicious.  We ate half of them this evening already.  What a treat!!