Unpacking, Painting and Getting it Right

It’s been awhile since I posted about the house and how things are coming along.  I’ve had to work more, and my unpacking fairies have lain around on the job a bit too much.

The bathroom that Lindsey was painting earlier, I repainted.  At certain times of the day the light would hit the walls just right and the room started to look peach colored.  I like peach, it’s a pretty color, but it’s not me.  So, I repainted my bathroom Peanut Butter – that’s the color name for the paint.  It looks like a warm gold in that room and I like it better. 

I’m designing my room differently this time around.  Why? Because my life has had so many changes these last few years that I want variety, I want versatile, I want to be able to adjust things without having to reinvent them each time.  I’m getting off subject, I will share more on that when I finally get the room done. 

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This is my bathroom, mostly red and warm brownish-gold.  It has a very comforting and relaxing feel and I love that.  I found an interesting sconce to put on the wall – saying Live, Laugh, Love that it very pretty when the candles are lit.

I have a castle that you can burn incense cones in too.  It’s quiet nice when lit, it sends incense up through the little windows and helps create a nice place to escape with a hot bath after a hard day. 

I also installed a shower thingy! Ha, yes, that is my technical term.  The shower head that was in the bathroom was atrocious and plain, so it had to be replaced.   There are a few more things I want to do to the bathroom, but there are so many other projects I need to finish, that I will have to get back to the final touches in a bit.  Eventually I will paint a border of some kind around the top of the bathroom, I just haven’t decided exactly what that will look like yet. 

Cherry Coley (c)

Bleary Eyed and Droopy Tailed

Some perky person told me I should be bright eyed and bushy-tailed today.  Thursday night I stayed up until 1 a.m. again getting furniture ready to move Friday, taking apart beds and putting everything in one room so it will go fairly quickly.  I don’t feel bright eyed today.  Friday, like today I am a bit  bleary eyed and droopy tailed because some of that furniture is heavy. Heck, even the dog is tired!

 The move is actually, sort of, kind of, going smooth.  We don’t actually have to be out of the house we were in until the 31st of March, but I wanted to get out a few days early so we could go back and mop, steam the floors and carpet.  I like to leave things as neat as when we moved in at least, though the paint job is better than when we moved in.  That house was an experience in painting.  One bedroom was half pink and half blue.  One bathroom was swirly turquoise, and the kitchen was half turquoise and half green.  It was a paint nightmare and we had to get lots of primer to cover the blue and pink room because that paint just did not want to be covered up.  We worked with it and finally got it to look okay.  We didn’t paint that whole house like we are the one we are moving in to now.  We knew going in there that we might have to move after just a year so we left the hall way and living room white. 

 I can’t wait to be in the new neighborhood, the square block has a big incline, loop then comes back down to our street.  I will be doing laps every day as soon as I get home.  I can’t wait to get back into running!  I love exercising, but I am an outdoor person.  I love walking and running, but don’t care for it on a treadmill.  In fact, I gave my treadmill to my brother years ago because I just didn’t use it. 

 I might wear little Comet out trotting up and down the blocks, maybe I should get a doggy backpack for when he gets tired.  He’s a little trooper, but he is short and those little legs can only go so fast.  He is a funny little tyke and I know he will make new friends in the neighborhood, but he’s going to miss his squirrel friend that likes to taunt him in the backyard now, leaping from tree to tree while Comet runs around in circles on the ground barking up into the air.  One thing about dogs, they are always happy to see you, even if you just left seconds ago, they forgive easily and love freely.  Cats are another matter completely, a cat can hold a grudge and give you a look that needs no wordy explanation if they are mad at you; with a cat forgiveness is earned. 

Cherry Coley ©

A New Appreciation for Home Improvement Stores

One thing I can say for certain is that I have a new appreciation for the home improvement stores.  I swear I should buy stock in The Home Depot as many times as I’ve been there in the last few days.  We are still painting the house and bringing out the warmth. 

Picking out new paint and finding just the right colors has proven a bit challenging at times.  The way the house sits on the lot, the sun comes in the back window part of the day and the front windows the other part.  What this means is that the house is almost an optical illusion at times making the colors seem completely different according to how the light hits the walls.  It’s been an interesting concept to work with.

The aisles of paint can be really intimidating at the store.  I gave up trying to figure it out and went to the experts.  You just take them the colors you want and specify flat, semi-gloss, eggshell, or satin finish and they mix it up for you.  I like “Joe” in the paint section best, the man is a master at mixing paint.  If you get the wrong tint, and it can be fixed, then Joe can fix it and make it the color you want by calculating (by hand) the mixture of paint colors to tell the computer to add. 

The kitchen is done, until we get the refrigerator at least.

The hall, two of the bedrooms and the laundry room are done as well.  I love to paint, it’s one of my favorite things to do, but I confess to being ready for this part to be done.  Now we just have to finish the living room, and my bedroom, then do spot checks (for white or missed spots) paint the woodwork and we will be through!  Whew!

Oh, and note to self, don’t go in The Home Depot, hold up a screw and say, “I need a screw, but a long one.”  To his credit, the gentleman that helped me did not burst out laughing even after I’d realized what I said and turned three shades of red.  I suppose he’s heard that sort of thing before being in that department. 

Cherry Coley ©

Painting and More Painting

Since we plan on staying in this house for a long time we decided to go with warm and inviting colors.

For some reason, maybe because of all the grey colors, it felt like no one has lived here for a very long time. 

It’s been fun picking out colors and working together to make the house come alive. 

What a wonderful experience for all of us to work through.  I’ve really enjoyed spending the time with the kids and talking about all kinds of subjects and learning about their different tastes.  Soon we have to do the heavy work of moving, but right now we still have more painting to do.

In the midst of this we are also still running back and forth a bit to help with sorting my parent’s estate.  So time is a bit of a challenge, as always.  Still, it’s so good to work with family and friends to see things start to come together. 

Cherry Coley (c)