Installing Bead Board in our Powder Room

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Finally, we’re doing something fun at the new house!

The first project we undertook at the Russian Space Station was the tiny powder room under our staircase. Remember that little room?

Before:

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powder roomApparently we have a thing for making over powder rooms.

This time, we’re taking a cue from the master bathroom at the RSS and installing bead board! We wanted this room to have some charm to it. Our personal house tastes skew toward the Craftsman vibe, but our house is a mix of builder-grade finishes and places that the previous owner has already reno’d (like the kitchen). We want to update smart, using our limited budget where we’re going to get the most value—and not just demo something because we can. The powder room is the most-used bathroom by guests and the only bathroom downstairs. It’s a small room, which means it won’t cost us an arm and a leg if we keep things reasonable.

So that’s our plan. We’re going to keep the sink, which will save us a chunk of change right off the bat, but nix the mirror, which B wasn’t crazy about and I was on the fence over. We went back and forth on the mirror, but ultimately it’ll need to come down for the bead board, which means we might as well take the opportunity to get one we like.

powder3We’re keeping the light fixture but swapping out the globes (maybe) and spray painting it oil-rubbed bronze to match the new faucet we’ve got. We’re leaving the floors because they’re perfectly fine, and the toilet as well. So all in all, we’re predominantly messing with the walls.

After putting bead board up in our old master bathroom, we feel kind of like bead board pros. B already has the baseboards off, which wasn’t fun because the previous owner glued them onto the walls and below the hardwoods. #WHY?! But with a lot of elbow grease and a few curse words, B got them out. Now he’s got about half of the new base boards in place (we use notched base boards to make installing the bead board easier). We’ll do a longer post about the bead board install as soon as we’re done.

And just because no renovation, no matter how small, is complete without a surprise or two, I leave you with this nugget to ponder: Turns out, the top of the sink you see in the above photo is not attached to anything. If there wasn’t a plethora (and I do mean PLETHORA) of caulk holding it in place, the whole thing would’ve toppled over ages ago.

Thank God for caulk.

The Day Our Bradford Pear Tree Split in Half

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When we bought this house (we really need to name the poor girl already), a friend of mine said, “Yeah, your yard is full of Bradford Pear trees. Those things split like crazy when they get old.” Both B and his dad had said the same thing many times. But they came with the house. So we took them.

And then one day in late August of this year, we got a tiny little rainstorm. So tiny none of the rain hit our neighborhood, just a little rambling wind. Like a sigh. And one of our Bradford Pear trees decided to commemorate our one-year anniversary of living in this house by splitting itself in two for no reason at all.

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B happened to be outside on the porch when it happened. We took these photos right after it happened (on my cell phone). As you can see, the skies are not crazy-looking. The tree leaves aren’t even waving. There was no reason to cut yourself in two, Tree.bradford pear tree split

Thus began the long process of cleaning up the branches. The above shot was taken after we’d cleaned up a good two-thirds of the branches (Scout helped).

We cut them into smaller portions that we could handle and dragged them to the front yard for pickup.

Now we’re left with the exposed trunk to deal with. Do we cover it with something? We’ve heard everything from products you can buy to simply painting over it (weird to anyone else?). Will the rest of the tree die?

But while we’re on the subject of the backyard, let me update you on the playground set we thought we had successfully found a new home for via CraigsList.

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The aforementioned deal fell through. Every time someone came over to look at it, they said, “Oh! This is way bigger than I thought it would be. I don’t think I can take this home after all.”

Then we discovered that it was infested with wasps, carpenter bees, and Black Widows. That’s right. All three. So we chopped that bad boy down.

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In stages, granted. It’s huge.

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As of yesterday, the only thing left to dispose of is the slide. Honestly, we hated cutting it up. We really wanted to see it find a new home where it could be enjoyed. It’s an expensive playset, and would’ve made some kids very happy. But once we discovered all the bugs in the wood, we realized that we couldn’t in good conscious ask someone to bring it into their home. (Also, can you imagine how horrible it would’ve been to discover this while they worked to break it into moveable sections? As it was, B was lucky, with only one wasp sting while disassembling everything.)bradford pear tree splitSo now we have a rather large patch of sand and dirt to deal with. B called the home improvement big box stores in our area, only to learn that sod is seasonal. So I think we’re going to have to either find a local place that has some or put down seed.

So the yard has been surprisingly consuming the last few weeks. Who would’ve thought? Now every time I see the remaining three Bradford Pear trees we have (including the massive one in our front yard), I can’t help but picture what might happen when they join their comrade and split apart. Please, trees, avoid the house, will you?

 

The Easiest Pasta Dish Ever

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Look at this! Two posts in less than 24 hours! Somebody had some rare free time, huh? ;) So here you go, a recipe so fast, so easy, you can get it prepped and on the table in 20 minutes. With all that time you saved, you might even be able to write up two blog posts. Amazing!

thestoryofuspasta1The key is this: Get the freshest tomatoes and basil possible. For this, I went outside and picked some basil (complete with a bug that I later squashed). The tomatoes came from a friend’s garden. Because there are very few ingredients, the quality makes a big difference.

Oh, and this makes exactly 2 servings. FYI.

So first things first.

1. Put a large pot of salted water on and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, chop 2 medium-size tomatoes. They don’t have to be tiny pieces. Go for 1/2-inch or so. They’re going to become soft and cook down, so there’s no need for perfection. Mince 1 large garlic clove. Coarsely chop a nice handful of fresh basil leaves. (I’d estimate I used about 6 to 8 basil leaves, if we’re being picky.)

2. When the water is boiling, add 2 serving’s worth of spaghetti noodles (or your favorite pasta; I’m in love with DeCecco brand). When the pasta has 5 minutes left, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a medium skillet. Add the garlic, and sauté just until it’s fragrant. (Don’t let the garlic burn!) Add the tomatoes, and let simmer on medium-low heat during the last minute of the pasta’s cooking time.

3. Reserve about 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking water, and drain the noodles. Add the pasta water to the tomatoes, and let simmer 1 to 2 minutes (it’ll start to thicken from the pasta starches). Add the pasta, and toss. Sprinkle with basil, a generous helping of feta cheese, and kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste.

4. Done!

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So really, this can be prepped and ready in about the time it takes to boil the water and cook the noodles. And if you use incredibly fresh produce, everything will shine. Slice up some crusty bread, and enjoy.

Fixing the Foyer Ceiling Drywall. Finally.

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It all began with what we thought was a remnant of the old owner’s teenager’s sloppiness in the upstairs shower. Poor kid. We blamed it all on her, and turns out, she was innocent.

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The real problem with our foyer ceiling turned out to be a faulty washer in the parts for the tub faucet. A slow trickle of water dripped through the wall onto the bulkhead in the foyer, until the drywall was soaked to the core and collapsed. Thus began our saga with our home warranty company.

I know people have talked about how awesome their home warranty company is. We won’t be one of them. Not because they didn’t treat us with respect over this mess (because they did), but because when it was all said and done, even the fact that we have the Mac Daddy of home warranties (the highest plan they offer) could not help us get our ceiling fixed. Here’s what happened.

leak4After the plumber was finished repairing the tub faucet (all of 30 minutes, max) and we’d paid his service fee, we called the home warranty company and asked for them to send someone to repair the drywall damage. They said of course, gave us the name of a guy on their approved list who was expecting our call, and everything seemed easy. We called the guy, set up an appointment, and twiddled our thumbs while we stared at our ceiling until the day he was supposed to come fix it. (Also: The drywall guy asked me to describe the approximate size of the hole so that he could be sure to bring the right size drywall board, which I did, crossing my fingers that I was right because I wasn’t even at home when we spoke and was going off memory.)

The day of the appointment, I got a call from him. He needed to reschedule. Something had happened (I can’t remember what at this point). Sure, I told him. Things happen. We get it. And we rescheduled.

Attempt number two to get the guy to come out to the house ended in a wasted half-vacation day from work and a no-show, no-call appointment fail.

I called him. And called him. And called him. No answer. No return calls. Nothing.

So I called the home warranty company back. This was in April of this year. The hole happened last October. Have I mentioned yet how slow all of this was happening? I told the warranty company that the drywall contact they’d given me wouldn’t answer my calls or show up at the house to repair it, and could they please give me another approved drywall company to use for the repair work. They put me on hold for a very…very…very long time. Finally someone came on the phone and explained to me that the drywall guy had in fact submitted his receipt for the completed repair work two months prior. They’d already paid him. Had he not fixed the hole? Uh, no. I even offered to send them dated photographs to prove that the ceiling was in fact, at that very moment, still rockin’ a massive hole. They were very nice, very apologetic, and then informed me that my warranty plan did not cover the cost of drywall repair and therefore they couldn’t send an alternate company out to fix it.

SAY WHAT?

First: Then why did you pay the first guy to repair drywall that isn’t covered under our plan?
Second: We have the most expansive plan you sell (thank you, previous home owners). Why the heck does it not cover drywall repair? WHY? TELL ME WHY.

So they offered to compromise and mail us a $100 check. At that point, I was ready to throw my phone through the wall, but that would only damage yet another spot in the drywall, so I abstained. Barely. I accepted the offer of the check and prayed nothing else in the house ever broke that belonged to the fine print of the home warranty that I had actually read but apparently didn’t retain any knowledge of regarding drywall repairs.

And then we waited for the check to arrive. And waited. And waited. And two weeks ago, after nine months, we fixed the freaking ceiling ourselves. Without our home warranty’s assistance, and without the check.

Could we have done this back in October 2013? Sure. But we had the big-time home warranty, this was a sizable hole to repair, and drywall repair can be messy work. So we wanted to take advantage of the services that we thought were available to us. To actually have help repairing something in our home and for once not have to do the work ourselves. Then we crashed. And. Burrrnnnnnneeedddd. And not the Ashton Kutcher That 70’s Show kind of burn, which is exactly what the drywall guy did to our home warranty company. He charged them, didn’t show up, and scampered away with a check in his pocket.

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(That’s for you, BL. Enjoy.)

So now back to the story. Enter B, who two weeks ago begrudgingly pulled out his drywall tools and got to work. He was meticulously clean (thank you, B!) and triple-checked all the measurements before cutting, and after a little bit, we went from this:

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Hooray! No more hole in the ceiling! Honestly, after so much time with a hole there, we both stood back and realized it actually felt weird to not have a hole in the ceiling. Next, B did a bunch of plaster work, building up each layer until it was flush with the existing wall. Then he sanded it smooth (hint: dampening the sanding sponge made a big difference in keeping the dust down), and primed it.

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At that point it was looking like a legitimate ceiling again. And for someone who isn’t trained in drywall repair and has only done it one other time, I was incredibly impressed with how smooth he got it to turn out. He went slow and steady, letting it dry fully between each batch, and didn’t mess with the plaster too much once he got it on. He found that the more he messed with things, the less smooth they became.

After letting the primer dry, it was time to paint! Thankfully the previous owners left a little of the foyer paint (a custom color, so unfortunately we can’t tell you the name) in the storage room, and we had just enough to go over this patch.

So after all that work (and time), I now present: the repaired bulkhead ceiling!

foyerfix8 Hip hip hooray! Hip hip hooray!

foyerfix6And because after all of this, I simply can’t help myself, this is how I now feel toward the drywall guy who didn’t show and the home warranty company who didn’t help or mail us a check as promised.

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I’m not even sure it makes sense, but somehow, it’s pretty perfect.

Repainting the Living Room

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When we moved in, the living room was green. Not a bad green. A touch of gray, not too dark. It worked with our throw pillows and rug. We couldn’t complain. So we lived with it, even though deep down, neither of us were wild about it.

livingroom1We’ve got nothing against green. We used it in the hall bathroom at the Russian Space Station. Over time though, it became too much for us. Green in the throw pillows, green in the rug (not shown in these previous pictures), green on the walls…Too.Much.Green.livingroom4To top it off, though my pictures make it look light and airy, it really wasn’t. The front of the house gets about 15% direct sunlight over the course of the day, which keeps it cool, but means that the flat-finish paint job didn’t reflect any light. The room was dark, and kind of dreary.livingroom3 livingroom2Over the past six months, we’ve put paint sample after paint sample on the wall, trying to figure out what direction we wanted to go. (Tip: We hid the samples behind pictures so that we could cover them up when guests came over.) We looked at them at different times of day, and debated. After living here since October, we finally decided on Benjamin Moore’s Parachute Silk (which we also used in the Russian Space Station’s master bedroom) and an accent wall (WOHOO!) of Benjamin Moore’s Stillwater.

livingroom-after8The regular painting process ensued. No, it is not fun to dismantle your living room when you collect books. Why can’t we collect things that don’t weight a lot instead? (Like dollar bills. Just saying.)livingroom-after6Here’s an in-progress shot of Parachute Silk going up. B rolled while I cut in. We changed the paint finish to eggshell so that the room would reflect the little light that it got, and we could tell the difference immediately. It made a huge difference!livingroom-after7Don’t mind the hole in our bulkhead ceiling still. We’ll get to that saga later. There has been much teeth-nashing and cursing involved. Short story: We’re fixing it ourselves. livingroom-after9We shoved carefully arranged all of our bookshelves and furniture in the dining room while we painted. Fitting all that stuff in there was B’s doing. Engineer brain at work.

We used Behr’s Paint and Prime in One. We did two coats of Parachute Silk and only one of the Stillwater on the accent wall. The difference is phenomenal. The room is incredibly brighter and airier.  livingroom-after3 The navy accent wall is something I’ve wanted ever since the town home, but we could never decide on an appropriate wall, so we didn’t do it. One of the houses we looked at while house-hunting, and loved but didn’t buy, had a navy accent wall with the fireplace, and we adored it. We nicknamed that house Beverly Hills (and sang the Weezer song every time we went to see it, which was around four times because we really loved it and wanted to buy it, but the layout and backyard didn’t work for us). So now we have a touch of Beverly Hills here in the new house (which has yet to be named). livingroom-after5I’m telling you, guys. The amount I love this wall cannot be explained. I want to hug it. I want to move my bookshelves somewhere else so that they won’t cover it up and I can stare at it for days instead of going to work.

(Above shot: with the blinds closed. Below shot: with the blinds open.)livingroom-after1I mean, look at it. Would you put bookshelves in front of such a beautifully painted wall? Yes? Well, we did too.

The two smaller bookshelves (via Target) moved to this wall and a newish bookshelf (via World Market) moved next to the TV (a few pics up).

livingroom-after10Scout thinks I need therapy.livingroom-after4Right now the only other blue touches in the room are in the bird throw pillow on the side chair and in the wave picture on the wall next to the TV, but we plan to add more when we find new throw pillows. Our old ones have hit their lifespan limit for dog drool. And they’re dry clean only, which was a mistake. Live and learn.

And buy new throw pillows.

Progress on the Porch

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Let there be screen!

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We finally finished painting and rescreening our back porch. Screening was the easiest and fastest part of the whole process. It took us three coats of paint to cover the wood sufficiently. We color-matched our existing trim to Benjamin Moore’s Nature’s Essentials and got exterior Behr Paint and Prime in One. It took us so long because of the weather. We wanted to paint with enough days to be sure it wouldn’t be soaking wet after 24 hours, so the forecast combined with traveling and work extended this project a few weeks longer than we’d planned.

Here’s a before shot to give you a comparison:

porch2And after:

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The new screen is nice and clean, which really increases the visibility in the photo. We didn’t bother to paint the door in its entirety. For one reason, we would have had to remove the hardware to do so, and the door is badly bowed at the top. We’re going to replace it soon, and didn’t want to waste paint on a door destined for the recycle bin.porchdoor

We still have to paint and nail in the exterior flashing, which covers up the areas where the screen is stapled into the wood, so today is mainly interior shots. Hopefully soon to come: a round of Behr’s DeckOver on the porch floor. porch3

When we first began hanging the screen, we did it the way the previous owners had, in two pieces per section. When we did the first section and stood back to make sure it looked okay, I suggested we do the rows in their entirely. Light bulb! That’s what we did the rest of the way, and it made it a lot faster.porch4 Our method was to start at the top, staple across, and then work our way down. We used an electric staple gun without any complaints. It worked well for us. The flashing will cover the overlap and staples, and will be painted to match the wood.

Here’s a shot of the space between the bushes and the porch (below). When we moved in, the appraiser told us that the bushes had grown too close to the porch. There was a buildup of dirt against the wood, which is an invitation for termites. So we had to cut back the bushes (6 inches) and then dig out all the extra dirt. Not fun. This was also the hardest area in which to attach the screen, because I had to shuffle in between the porch and the bushes, and once the screen was on, there wasn’t anything to hold on to.

porch5 We’ll be back with exterior shots once the flashing is on. Now to go stalk outdoor furniture sales. Who’s ready for a cookout?

The Sun Room Gets an Update

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If at any point I ever say to you, “Oh yeah, that’ll just take a few hours, no problem!” and I’m referring to painting an exterior porch where you also need to tear off old screening and prime the wood before painting, you have my permission to promptly tell me I’m full of it.

B didn’t do that, and now that’s the very mess we’re in.

But that’s a story for another day. Today, you’re getting what I happen to have (finally) taken pictures of, which is the sun room. Until recently the sun room (one of the rooms we bought the house for, we loved it so much), was pretty empty.

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We did eventually move our outdoor furniture inside so that there was a place to sit, but it wasn’t much.kitchen-after3 kitchen-after2 kitchen-after1Soon after we moved in, we spotted a couch with a chaise at World Market and loved it. That said, we didn’t want to chock over $700 for it. So we waited. And saved. And horded gift cards like we do. Finally, we were able to pair some coupons, savings, and a great sale to get both the couch and a jute rug for only $30 out of pocket. Huzzah! Patience is king.

So here’s what the room looks like now. Some of the color is off in the photos, but the first photo is the most accurate. (The couch is a charcoal color.)

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It’s a smidge crowded between the couch and the bookshelf, but we’re not quite sure where that bookshelf is going to “live” permanently, so right now it’s staying there. The problem is relocating my growing collection of cookbooks…to where? B has suggested getting some white glass-front Ikea bookshelves for that spot, which would brighten it up and be functional. (There is enough room to remove a book from the back shelves; it looks closer than it is.)sunroom1 sunroom3

The outdoor furniture will eventually go back outside. We plan to add a coffee table (maybe round) and a big chair (maybe white) to finish the space off. Right now the plan is for Scout’s crate to stay in the back corner where it is in the photos. It works well there, convenience wise, and having it on tile is a bonus. Other items this rooms still needs: Two matching light fixtures, working blinds (half are broken. Actually, half the blinds in the entire house are broken. We counted), and maybe window treatments.sunroom4This impromptu gallery wall is a collection of items that we’ve given each other and received from friends. We have a few more to add to complete it.

Other than getting some furniture in place, we’ve been working on the porch and yard.

yard1We Craig’sListed the playset (free if you’ll come get it) without expecting much reaction. Boy, were we wrong! I had to remove the listing after an hour or two because my inbox was flooded. Fifty emails later, a family of two is going to give her a good home, leaving us with the other half of our yard freed up…and some dirt in need of grass.

Our Bradford Pear trees put on a beautiful show for about a week before shedding all their petals into the yard.

yard petalsAnd the trees we adopted on National Arbor Day started to sprout some leaves!

yard2The front yard gave us some surprise gifts too.

front yard tulipAnd yet, there is plenty more for us to do in the yard. To say we have very little grass in front and back would be an understatement. What green we have is entirely weed. We have no grass. And a much stricter neighborhood covenant about keeping your yard pretty. So, we’ll be working hard on that this season.

Maybe now that we’re a bit more settled in we can get back to posting more. Here’s a look at some of the projects we have planned (and will, pinky promise, post about):

  1. Un-screening, painting (in progress), and rescreening the back porch
  2. Painting the living room
  3. Renovating the powder room (wainscotting and a cool hand-painted pattern on the walls!)
  4. Painting the laundry room something fun
  5. Refinishing the floor in the screened-in porch (probably with Behr’s DeckOver again)
  6. Ripping up the unstable back patio stones, releveling the ground, laying a weed barrier, and relaying the patio stones
  7. Lights! New lights! (Please, for the love of God, let us get some new lights.)
  8. Hardwoods! (Now I’m just dreaming.)
  9. A pool! (Dream big!)

Until next time!

Painting the F.R.O.G.

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Man, do we ever owe you guys an update. I promise life has kept us busy, but I’m snagging a free moment to give you an update on the studio space over the garage (otherwise known as a FROG: furnished room over garage).

Here’s the before:

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I wish that I had been able to photograph the blue wall color more accurately. When I tell you it was bold, I really mean it. This lighting makes it appear much softer than it was.office3 office2 office1These photos were taken right after we moved in and were in the midst of unpacking things. The two shelves on the wall (above) were left by the previous owner, so we just threw some stuff up on them to keep it off the floor.

In progress shots:

studio-during1 studio-during2 studio-during6accent-wall6accent-wall11And here is where the room is now, after two coats of primer and two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Edgecomb Gray color-matched to Behr’s paint and prime in one in the eggshell finish.

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This room is predominantly used for my printing studio, which is what the table on the right is (which B built for me, back in the day). The brown end table you see is the station where I package orders, so thus all the stacks of stuff.studioafter3This little table belonged to B’s grandparents and now sits in a dormer window. I use the beautiful light the dormer has to photograph the cards I print. The orchid is a new addition, a gift from a friend for the new job I’m starting next week. I’m hoping this spot will work for it—and that I don’t kill it. The doors to the storage areas under the dormers need to be painted white, or maybe Edgecomb Gray to match the wall…studioafter4This was our big project: the accent wall. We used a stencil from Royal Design Studio, and though I love how it turned out, it was a lot of work! I think our slanted walls and window made it a big challenge. That being said, it’s the first wall you see when you come up the stairs and look at this room, so it has great impact for not a lot of financial investment (imagine the cost of a pretty wallpaper to cover this entire wall!).

And if you’re curious, that’s the press that I make my cards on. It’s from 1884 and entirely hand-run! She may be small, but she’s a workhorse, still chugging along after 129 years.studioafter5 studioafter6 studioafter7This is the view from the hall, so you can see the impact of the gallery wall. We owe you a post on the accent wall, so stay tuned!

Painting the Master Ceiling

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The master ceiling is blue/green no more! I say “blue/green” because I call it green and B calls it blue. You be the judge. Either way, it’s white now.

Before:

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B found some primer in the garage and went to work one night. He rolled two coats of primer before painting a coat of Behr’s white ceiling paint.

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Other updates: a new bed, which was an early Christmas gift from B’s parents combined with a 25% off sale and a great coupon. It’s taller than our old bed, not because of the bed but because of the mattresses. Mattress shopping was a big learning curve. We ended up having to swap out the box spring we bought for a low-profile box spring so that I could get into the bed without having to climb. Every person we talked to said the same thing: “Well, they make mattresses taller than they used to.” Noted.master6

Because of various factors, our end tables don’t match right now. And I didn’t really stage these photos (not that I stage any photos), as evidenced by the fact that I now see how crooked my lamp shade is and that B has some random white poles next to his end table. Honestly, if I can take photos without tripping over the cat and the dog and any time of day before midnight, it’s a win.

The pillows were made by B’s mom, and used to be in our old kitchen’s sitting area. Because that furniture is now on the screened-in porch, we found these pillows a new home. We didn’t want them to get covered in pollen and dirt outside, and the fabric isn’t outdoor fabric. (It’s Braemore Gorgeous Pearl.) They actually ended up matching our quilt perfectly, so we lucked out. They’re the same fabric that she used to make the curtains too (below), so we have inadvertently ended up looking rather put together. master5

As you can see, the walls still have the texture on them. A reader commented a few days ago with a lot of great info for us regarding these walls. She suggested that they might be Venetian plaster, an expensive finish. This prompted me to do some research. Though I don’t think we have Venetian plaster, which looks like this…

venetian-plaster-walls-with-lots-of-texture(Image via Mackenzie Collier Interiors)

…I do think we have a sand texture.

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Apparently some paints can come with sand texture added to them. Our walls don’t appear to have a very heavy coat of it. I have only done some cursory research regarding removing the texture, but even with that little reading, I’m not sure we’re going to bother trying to remove it.master3The color isn’t bad and coordinated with our things, so though we wouldn’t have chosen the texture to begin with, I think it’s here to stay. In the meantime, we need to try to figure out how to patch the spots on the wall that are damaged from things like the old curtain rods and nail holes…

Painting the Kitchen Area

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I’ve often read (mainly on blogs) that a house doesn’t really feel like your home until you put your stamp on it. For us, that mainly manifests in one way: painting. Before we moved in, we knew a few things about painting this home:

1. The orange in the powder room had to go. – Done!

before-after-powder2. The brown in the sitting area had to go. This would mean, more than likely, repainting the entire kitchen and adjoining hallway into the dining room so that the flow from room to room was seamless.

kitchen53. The teal rooms had to be repainted.

office4before7But after that, we were less sure. The guest bedroom blue doesn’t bother us; the living room isn’t what color we want it to be, but it also isn’t offensive or a rush job. The dining room is staying the gray that it is. After looking at paint samples in the three to-be-painted rooms (kitchen, teal bathroom, teal rec room), we settled on a paint for the kitchen, but not the other rooms. Thus, the decision to paint the kitchen came about.

Here’s where we started.

kitchen4 kitchen2 kitchen6We have an entirely new kitchen on our hands now.

kitchen-after2It took two gallons of Behr Premium Ultra Paint and Prime in One in “Wild Honey” and the better part of two days to paint all of this. What’s interesting is how the color shifts from the sitting area to the kitchen during the course of the day. Sometimes it appears creamier and yellower than other times, when it’s pale and soft. kitchen-after1It’s pretty amazing how much bigger this room feels now.

kitchen-after3Though B isn’t big on the chair rail, we decided to keep it for ease. It needs to be repainted pretty badly, but one thing at time. kitchen-after4 kitchen-after5See what I mean about the color changing with the light? I prefer when it takes on this tone instead of the more yellow tone, but that’s a personal thing. I’m yellow prejudice. I admit it. B helps break me out of my gray-pale blue shell. kitchen-after6And now, on to the rec room, which I’m really excited about! Here’s a (big) hint:

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