I can’t stop staring. I’m in love.
So we (read: Joel) were finally motivated enough to finish painting upstairs. I had finished all of the rooms except the master bedroom and bath over the summer, and we picked out colors, just never got around to purchasing the paint. Sidenote: why do people say that painting is the cheapest way to redecorate? That shit is actually hella expensive. And we only got Behr. Which I guess is like top shelf at Home Depot, but it’s no Sherwin Williams or Porter. Or hell, Benjamin Moore would probably cost as much as a mortgage payment to cover one room. Anyway, I digress.
Joelle had some Christmas vacation to burn up, so he did most of the work this time, but damn if we didn’t do a ton of work the past few days. The biggest task being having to repaint the trim, since the previous owners painted everything off-white, which made it look dirty and gross. If you ever want to paint your trim off-white, friends, please don’t do it. You’ll thank me later.
So all that’s left is a second coat on some trim in the hall and the trim in the two small bedrooms. Joel did the master while I was at work the other day and all the doors. I did the bathroom today and we both worked on the trim. I hate painting trim because it’s so tedious and even when you’re finished you have almost no work to show for it. Ugh. Trim. Seriously, don’t do it.
The biggest impact was in the bathroom. It feels like a completely different room. Win.
Now I just need some art or something. Yeah. That sounds right.
Tonight we finished the base coat of the dining room after I spent all day (or what felt like it) at Home Depot. We are doing horizontal stripes of white [Martha Stewart/Glidden’s Picket Fence], and grey [Glidden’s Smooth Stone]. I didn’t know that you could have any color made with any of the paint bases (Joel might have mentioned it in passing), regardless of brand. So like all the colors I picked were Glidden, but they could be made with Behr or even Sherwin Williams paint if I brought in the swatches. Not knowing this, I brought home three gallons of Glidden, which I don’t plan to do again. It took almost two gallons to cover our primed walls. Granted it was white, but still, our room is less than 200 square feet. Yikes. Plus I wanted to use one of those to paint the built ins! I think I will be inclined to pay the extra couple of bucks for a more premium paint when we move on to the next room. Lesson learned.
I’ve had one Pinterest (Follow Me!) quasi-total let down and another that was just alright this week. One pot pasta was bland. Literally zero flavor. And I even used chicken stock instead of vegetable stock. Plus fresh tomatoes and I added fresh mushrooms. I knew I should have been suspicious with that last comment straggling in at the end there. I had to cover it with fresh Parmesan and even that didn’t help too much. The second one, Holy Yum Chicken, was alright. It had flavor at least. Joel liked it more than I did I think. It was basically honey mustard chicken. Which is fine, but someone was all, “I’ve made this three times this week and its amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazzzzzzzzzzziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnggggggggggggggggggaaaaahhhhhhhhhh.” Yeah. I wouldn’t go that far. Chicken has a different texture when it’s basically boiled in sauce in the oven. I think I would grill it next time and just try to make the sauce somehow. Or maybe I’ll just cook exclusively from my new cookbook – MASTERING THE ART OF FRENCH COOKING. Boom. Be prepared for some epic fails or epically beautiful food posting.
Tomorrow I’m off to consult about painting our trim and hopefully we can slap up some stripes and take some after pictures! It’s not completely done, but paint is better than nothing. We’re moving right along.
Do you paint or do you hire someone else? What project is on your horizon that you’ve been itching to complete? Any Pinterest fails worth noting?
WHAT?! THREE POSTS IN THREE DAYS?! Get ahold of yourself people. We’re all going to survive.
Home revamp is in full swing. We stopped by Lowe’s and picked up some supplies to start priming – primer (duh), more tape, trays, rollers, drip cloth, bucket for ladder painting, etc. I was going to do all of this with mom but Joel wanted to at least get the priming under way. There are a lot of colors in this place, and several of them are very deep colors, mostly in shades of mucous (thanks Jen, it’s so true). Since what we want is lighter, we need to prime. We went with the Valspar drastic color change to get the best coverage. We figured that between the rooms we’re doing first, we would need about 869 square feet. Each gallon supposedly covered 400 square feet. We used one gallon in the dining room, and may need more touch ups, so either the walls in that room are rather porous, the color is darker than we thought, or we bought cheap primer. Either way, we don’t have a 400 square foot dining room, I assure you.
We didn’t tape the trim because we are going to have to paint it. It’s like, light yellow, it’s not even off white. And that’s definitely not the look we’re going for. I took some before pictures so that we can do a full comparison when it’s all done, which will not be for weeks. Mom is a pro, literally she used to do interiors for cash money, so I look forward to having her guidance whenever she can take time out of her super busy life to help! She still has two young kids to run around after all.
We pretty much had to paint around the cat. Probably will have to do something about that when the actual painting commences. Apparently it made him extremely tired.
Are you an expert painter? What’s your favorite way to (relatively) cheaply freshen up a room?
If you’ve met me in person sometime in the past four to five years, odds are I have brought up my bookshelf. My bookshelf was a labor of love, brought to life by Joelllllle. It was a Christmas present a few years ago, and I’ve cherished it ever since. He designed it himself, and built it in his father’s woodshop. We’ve had issues with it fitting into our homes ever since. I have often referred to it as “the most ambitious bookshelf that ever was.” It’s way too tall, way too heavy, and ridiculously beautiful.
The current issue we were facing in the house was that the only room it comfortably fit in, already had two built in bookshelves. It was a bit of shelf overkill. And while I pined for it to live in another room (ANY other room), I would sooner tear out one of the built ins before getting rid of it. We found a temporary solution. It was moved into the entryway of the house, between the front door and the entrance to the dining room. It was directly in front of the front hall closet, but there was more than enough space to move along freely. The only issue with it in that position, was that I had nothing to put in it, since all of our books and movies are in the built ins. I try to not accumulate clutter (Joel will tell you otherwise), and I didn’t want to fill a massive, glorious bookshelf full of crap that I didn’t need or even really want. So then I had the idea to use it as a hutch/bar, even if it was unconventionally outside of the room that it would typically reside in.
Then Joel remembered that he built up the bottom of the bookshelf. VICTORY. At first he was going to pop off the bottom, cut it, and reattach it. But then he remembered he had a circular saw at his mom’s. So we began the long and laborious task of rotating the bookshelf around the different sides so we could tape, measure, and remeasure. We only needed to take off a couple of inches (damn tray ceilings), but the bookshelf is so heavy it felt like this process took hours. We also underestimated the amount of sawdust it would produce because of the fine blade, so that was fun to clean.
I want to take a second and let you all know how lucky I am that Joelario is so freaking handy. He can literally fix anything. Like, literally. And his dad has a woodshop so he can pretty much build anything, too. I was terrified of the saw. Good thing I didn’t have to use it. I probably would’ve cut an inch at a time and had the worst leveled shelf ever. But it turns out our floors are uneven, so maybe it wouldn’t have mattered that much. Either way, it got done, the shelf o’ love has been moved into the dining room, and now it will be filled with booze and glassware. Hooray!
So yeah, use some power tools, cut some shit up. It’s messy, but it will make you feel better. I think. I realized today why I’m not a DIY person, mostly because I don’t actually want to do anything. But now it’s done. And we’re also able to use the side scrap pieces to carry around and pick out additional chairs for our dining room table. We are the best. Seriously.
Any projects you’ve been wanting to get done around the house? Do you have an irrational fear of saws based on your 6th grade modern technology class? Just me? Okay.