Me and my sister. But behind us you can see the lovely wine bottle border. The valance came with the house too. I'm a little horrified I am posting a pic of myself without makeup on.
Now without further delay. The new paint
This is the same wall as above with the baskets. The color is not true in this picture. It looks a little too gray. The baskets got moved to the closet peeking out on the right.
This is more true to the color.
Now a funny story. My mom bought me a very large black hutch for Christmas. I envisioned it to be a bright red. I already had red paint that I had bought and then didn't use. So one night I started painting the hutch. It was a nightmare. The paint wouldn't stick to the hutch. It soaked in and looked horrible. So I decided to look around the house and see what I had. Which turned out to be left over chalk board paint. I wasn't happy about going back to black. But, the red wasn't working so I gave it a try. You know what happens when you paint something with chalk board paint? People just can't help but draw on it.
I still have a long way to go before this room is where I want it to be. you can kinda see I have a oven on the wall. I haven't decided if I like it or if I want a free standing stove/oven combo. I know I want to tile the backs plash. The back of the hutch needs painted. It had really ugly fake birch wall paper. Trust me it was gross. This room has three doors, one to the coat closet one that is the front door and one behind the oven that I keep my trash can in. All of those need to be painted. I'm also thinking about the cabinets. I kinda want them painted but haven't completely made up my mind yet. That little bit of brown you see is where the washer is. Its a little alcove and then the hallway starts. For some reason the hall is painted the same color as the living room. It makes no sense since the hall is off the kitchen. I will need to have more paint mixed to finish that. I don't have a name of the paint because it was color matched to the cow print.
I still have a ton of work to do, but this is where I am at so far. I think it is a massive improvement. It doesn't look like a dungeon anymore.