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You’ll want it to look perfect, but it ain’t

We closed on the house on Friday afternoon and started painting on Saturday morning. Our plan was to paint two rooms — our bedroom and the office. As we started up the stairs that morning my husband said “I think if we have time, we should just go ahead and paint the living room.” “Yeah, totally” I agreed. How wonderfully naive we both were.

Turns out, painting? Lots of work. And lots of time. And by the time you get to the 2nd night of painting, you’re dizzy from paint fumes and pretty much willing to sell your firstborn just to have someone finish the whole thing for you. But, I’m getting ahead of myself.

My husband’s mother and stepdad (Eve and Keith) came up to help us paint. His stepdad has done a lot of painting and was able to tell us what we needed to buy at Home Depot. And we bought a LOT of stuff. You can see some of our supplies here (probably about a quarter of what we actually bought), including the wet vac my husband’s mom bought because she could no longer deal with the dust around the radiators:
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Once we got started, Keith schooled us on the basics: washing the walls, filling the cracks, sanding the dried crack filler, taping, cutting in, etc. Being that I was mostly imagining myself rolling away at the walls all day, this was quite an education. Finally, they let me at the walls and I was very pleased:
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It was during this initial rolling that Keith uttered the phrase that would get us through the rest of the weekend: “You’ll want it to look perfect, but it ain’t.” I think I repeated that to myself 20 times during the office painting alone.

An full 24 hours later and the bedroom was finally done. Well, except for the doors which we removed and will paint sometime next weekend.

Before:
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After:
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By the way, it’s kind of amazing that people just don’t bother removing the switch plates before painting, considering how easy it is. There was green paint all over those plates. Strange. Did I mention that there is a ceiling fan in every single room of the house? Including the bathroom? Yeah.

Next was the office. Eve and Keith left us alone for the office and who could blame them? Let’s face it, painting two rooms in one weekend is a bit like participating in some cruel experiment.

The office was a huge challenge. The walls were a mess and the ceiling was even worse. I think my husband spent 2 hours just filling cracks. There was also a wallpaper border at the top that was insanely difficult to remove. My triceps got the best workout ever while I was chipping away at that wallpaper. After all that, we did put primer on this room because of all the imperfections. Here’s the husband “cutting in”:
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Before:
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After:
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Here’s the blackboard wall that’s going in the office. This is with only one coat (it takes four hours to dry between coats) so you can still see the primer and the pink peaking through:
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There was just no way to finish this room. Not without jumping out the window anyway. So, we still have the trim to do, the doors, and another coat on the blackboard wall. But still, I’m pretty happy with the results in both rooms. Plus, I have a MUCH better idea of what goes into painting a room and will certainly never plan to do two rooms in one weekend ever again.

March 27, 2007 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Project 2: The Writing’s on the…

I’ve mentioned that we’re going to paint both the bedroom and my husband’s office before we actually move in. I think we’re set on the bedroom paint (although, what to do with the ceiling? white? a few shades lighter than the walls? Oh, the pressure!) and now I think we’re set on the office paints.

We’re going to go with shaker gray for 3 walls. (Pic taken from the Benjamin Moore Personal Color Viewer.)
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Then, on the 4th wall, we’re going to do an entire wall of chalkboard paint.
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The chalkboard wall was my idea and it took a little convincing. I mostly just thought it would be really cool. I’ll admit, I would have LOVED to have had a chalkboard wall when I was a kid. But, I also think it will come in useful for my husband because he’s always in there with his little notebooks writing down whatever the heck he needs to take notes on for his online gaming. Now he could just write it on the wall! Here’s hoping he actually enjoys doing that or else we’ll end up with me going in there and filling the walls with silly (and badly drawn) pictures, and writing “Kate is #1” all over the place.

March 13, 2007 at 7:12 am 2 comments

Real Accessories Have Curves

I love my furniture to be all clean lines and angles, but I love curves and rounded shapes in accessories. Here are two that I really love, both via Outblush.

I get so many magazines each month that I’m forever throwing out one or another as quickly as possible in order to keep from drowning in them. My husband, however, likes to keep his magazines around for a while (FOREVER if I’d let him.) I think this might be a nice addition to his future office. Just imagine it filled with PC Gamers and the occasional Men’s Health:

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Then, these. I love these! I’ve certainly never thought about buying a birdhouse, but I’d totally hang these all over my backyard. They’re adorable. They’re like the VW bugs of birdhouses!

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Seriously. Go look at all the different colors at the bottom of the page. Irresistible.

From that same site, though, I’m somewhat disturbed by the “Buff Humpty”. Creepy.

March 8, 2007 at 8:41 am Leave a comment

Bedroom Paint: Found?

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We went back to Janovic this weekend (this time we went to the one on 86th street — much better) and picked up 2 samples to try out — a blue for our bedroom and dark grey (Deep Space) for my husband’s future office (where he will do much in the way of online game playing, but very little “office” type work). The blue was the “Old Blue Jeans” that I’ve posted about before. It looks like this on the Benjamin Moore site:


As you will see, did NOT look like that on our wall.

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Old Blue Jeans was seriously dark. But, not as dark as the murky Deep Space. Now there’s a paint with a fitting name. We were thinking a dark grey would be good for his office since he’s planning on doing things like hanging a millennium falcon from the ceiling (Seriously. He has his own lightsaber — he means business.) So, I went back the next day and got some more samples: Rock Grey for the office, sheer romance for the bedroom and Misty Blue for the bedroom, as seen below:
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The Misty Blue is just a bit too close to white, but I think Sheer Romance is lovely (cheesy name notwithstanding) and it matches the color I liked in Domino almost perfectly. Unfortunately, the colors look a little off in these photos and the Misty Blue looks similar to the Sheer Romance. Sheer Romance is actually just a bit darker than Misty Blue and is not as light as it looks in the pic. I think we may have a decision on the bedroom, but the jury is still out on the office color. Thank goodness for the Benjamin Moore samples. I would have been so depressed if we’d bought the original choices and painted the rooms with them. Can you imagine an office of Deep Space? Like a cave. But, not the fabulous Armani kind.

February 26, 2007 at 2:14 pm 1 comment


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