Thursday, January 20, 2011

Don't Faint, it's Time for Paint!!

We did it! We painted! It only took us the weekend, and that was with birthday parties, church, and getting some chairs in the middle of it all. We didn't get off to an early start like we planned on. We started actually rolling and cutting around 10:30. One amazing thing about my husband is he is an excellent cutter...meaning we didn't have to tape! If paint nicked the trim we'd quickly clean it up and if we missed a spot, I went through with white paint and touched up some spots. I rolled everything but the super high spots. And I got a little out of control and have some spots on the ceiling I need to touch up..oops!

We only had to do one coat...yes you read that right, ONE COAT!! We ended up getting the good stuff, primer and paint in one...that stuff is wonderful! I will admit that we had to do a quick roll over on a few spots but hey that's a lot better than having to do two coats! That saved us SO much time! The colors look amazing. We love that the grays are just slightly different. The darker gray isn't screaming "Look at me! I'm way darker than my friend over there!" And the blue/teal color is amazing too. We decided to continue on with it into the laundry room. It was a great idea until we were running out of paint. Thankfully I had our sample can, I used that back behind the washer and dryer so you can't tell if it's different. We have some plans to organize that room and I can't wait for that day!

This isn't the best picture of the different grays but it does show you that they are close in color!

Now about the scary parts. Who knew there would be scary parts to painting! But there was. We have high ceilings. And to get to those areas, we had to put the ladder in some unsafe spots. At one point, I was under the ladder holding it and Auntie B was on the other side holding it and spotting Tim. Auntie B came over to keep the wild boys out of our way. Thanks B!! Tim was very happy we only did one was I.

We are so happy we are done, and that it isn't beige anymore! When we think about painting the other rooms, we know it's going to be like a cake walk since we did the biggest area of the house. I guess I should mention, we also painted our railings. It was all white except the top part. It was wood and we weren't fond of it. So it's all white and beautiful now! I finished my no sew curtains too! Just real quick I'll tell you what I did. I found the fabric at JoAnn's. It's has yellow, gray, and that blue/teal color. We had to have it pretty high up on the wall since the fire place is right there, so we ended up getting about 5 yards (the whole roll). I cut them the length we wanted and then cut it down the center. The curtains didn't need to be too thick so I got lucky there. I wasn't going to hem the length of the curtain, but after seeing how bad the fraying was and my awesome cut job..I went back to JoAnn's for more hem tape. All together I think it took me less than an hour to make. We got the curtain rod and ring/clips at Target in black. They look great!!

Lastly I'll leave you with ideas and upcoming projects! As we were painting we kept throwing out different ideas and finally narrowed down how we are going to decorate these rooms. The wall to the right of the fire place ( which isn't pictured, sorry) is very bare. It only has a lonely buffet. We decided we are going to put white floating shelves all over that wall. There will probably be 5 to 7 of them and fun different things all over them. Old books, mason jars, pictures, candle sticks, my owls and maybe some more creatures to keep them company. And I found some amazing chairs on craigslist that need some paint and new fabric. They may be going to an upholster :( Hopefully in the next few weeks, we will have a lot of this done! I'm hoping to find a small cupboard for the corner in the dining room. So we can put all the colored glass we got and other little different things in there. We also decided we will be painting our kitchen cabinets white. They are this odd, off white, beige color that looks alright with the paint colors, but we think white would look A LOT better. The hardware on their now was spray painted and the more we use them the more they chip. So we're getting black hardware but we have a fun twist involved with'll have to wait to see that! Also the top cabinets by the sink will have glass doors and we will put matching plates and what not in there. We are working on a cool light for above the sink..that will come very soon! And sometime soon we will be getting a new sink, faucet, counter tops, and back splash. Maybe Late spring or summer that will happen!


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