DIY : Guest Bath Room - In Progress : Lighten Up, Why Don’t You?

March 13, 2012 07:12 by ehouston

That’s exactly what I have been attempting in the downstairs guest bathroom.  Then, after giving the walls one coat of the Oops paint that I found at Home Depot I was beginning to understand why the color was considered a mistake in the first place.  UGH!  There is nothing more frustrating to me than getting a paint color on the wall only to discover it is not what I really envisioned in the first place.  As you have read here before, I have been known to try several full coats before settling on a color.  Even with up-teen swatches painted all over the walls I am still really good at picking the wrong color.  I guess I need to jump on that Colortopia bandwagon that all the other bloggers are talking about.  One day…one day…when I’m not up to my eyelids in painting, that is.  ;o)

So, the color is up and my first worry, that it was to similar to the orangey trim color, is a thing of the past. 


At first I was getting an overwhelming orange poo-ish sort of vibe, but as the color dried and darkened it definitely took on more of a chocolate milk look.  It’s difficult to see a true color in any of these shots due to the bad lighting in the room.  Plus, I had The Mister take down the lights above the vanity so I could paint more easily and that has created all the brightness and comfort of a cave in there.  It’s amazing that I haven’t managed to get paint every where but on the walls during this paint job.


Next to the vanity, the color is definitely not to orange based- YEAH!  On the other hand, the color is much darker than I thought it would be. 


Don’t ask me why I thought it would appear lighter.  I am starting to think I might need to have my eyes checked.


In the middle of the first wall I almost stopped and went to the store to find a new shade.  But I decided to finish, give it time to dry and let The Mister see it before making any major decisions about changing the look…again.  Hey, it’s still a far cry from this…


…so I guess I should be happy with the changes so far.

On another note, we convened about the vanity color and it was decided to use gel stain and go dark.  My only concern now is that between and really dark vanity and the darker wall color we will end up right back where we started; a room without a view in a basement.  Since my pregnant body is not withstanding much physical activity this time around I am praying the color choices go over well with the hubs and I can wrap this project up over the next week.  Let’s face it, we can always paint the walls again another time if we never warm up to the color and it’s much better than the posh circus tent we had before.

Okay, on to nap time.  ahhhh…

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October Recap And A HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

October 31, 2011 07:24 by ehouston

I have been wanting to make these regular posts for a while now, but with only one under my belt so far about August, I figured October 2011 will officially mark the first opportunity to pull everything together.  In addition to a monthly recap I will be putting up a Project Page as an index for anyone interested in creating something they have seen here.  I hope you all enjoy my  attempts at website organization!

October 2011 in a nutshell:

I started this month out with a bit of environmentally sound inspiration after discovering GreenCraft magazine at my local Joann’s ETC. store.  While I have yet to create any specific item I spied in the pages, I definitely saw this as a jumping off point for my holiday gift giving.  I always try to add some handmade gifts from the heart and this year I hope to incorporate more recycled, or rediscovered, items as I like to call them.  Usually I reserve such things for smaller holidays, but not this year.  Get ready family!  I hope I don’t disappoint.  Open-mouthed smile

In honor of thinking “green”, I also tried out a local annual clothing consignment sale and managed to unload a few items during a big closet purge


While I did not make a monetary killing, I did pay for my consignor fee and all the purchases I ended up making for myself.  So, I broke completely even and learned that the sales are very hit or miss, but not to give up after just one shot.  My plan of attack for this coming spring will be to put in some of what I consigned this past month, plus a whole bunch of warmer weather items.  Maybe by this time next year I will have really whittled the pile down.  By the way, I only suggest this approach to someone that has a lot of closet space and no immediate need for cash or more storage.  Well, I guess I always have an immediate need for more cash!  But you get what I am saying.

We had tons of family fun this past month attending fall festivals, parades, a pumpkin patch and a trunk or treat.  You would think the Little Guy is all worn out and done at this point, but instead I just managed to create an activity monster.  It’s hard not to jump on the fall fun bandwagon when so many of these events are free, but I now understand those moms that talk about setting the bar low so things can only go up.  Genius, simply genius!

I talked a bit about my need to get off the carbs and professed my love of all things bakery related


Bacon Donuts

They say that admitting your problem is the first step, but the truth be known, I have been gorging myself on homemade artesian and other fruit breads ever since.  I know, I know, pathetic!  For those of you that love carbs too, I will be sharing that artesian bread recipe this next month!  Tease!  YEP!

I also lamented the discovery of my Nashville, TN Dream home finally going on the market.  This news still gives me a sick stomach and lump in the ol’ throat.

3120 Hunters Hill Rd, Nashville, TN 37214

Dream Home For Sale (picture courtesy of Elite, Nashville, TN)

I have spent many a day-dreaming moment placing our furniture in the rooms and redecorating the space to suite our needs.  The patio would be FABULOUS if I could just get my hands on it and all our friends would love to come to our parties by the pool!  Speaking of yard work, the last of the holly bushes was finally planted a couple of weekends ago and that part of the fall spruce up is complete.  Hopefully I will manage to get out there and pull all the hoses and flower pots in before too many more freezing nights.  I can’t believe it was snowing just a state away over this past weekend!

It appears that most of this month was about decorating, or really more about rearranging our existing décor, and using what we have in new ways.  I managed to pull together some much needed side tables for our family room, and this next month I will show you all how I solved my table tray issue with diaper boxes.  Yeah, more uses for junk!


I also performed some decorating miracles (not really, but we are very happy with the changes!) in the formal living room by just moving things around.


And, softened the hollow sound of our upstairs hallway by hanging up some of my favorite quilts, but with a little twist.


Wow, I guess I accomplished more in October than I thought!  Here’s to the next month and the million item and growing “To-do” list!

Take care everyone and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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A Quick Hello!

July 21, 2009 12:42 by ehouston

Just had a moment to say Hi to everyone out there.  We have successfully moved into our new place in the Richmond, VA area.  Now I begin the monumental task of redecorating.  I say "monumental" because this home was last decorated in the early '90's and most of the rooms have a very traditional/colonial look and feel.  Of course, this is the complete opposite of my personal decorating style so I just do not really know where to begin.  I am a very good "Make-Do" kind of person and I am pretty crafty at making things "work".  Now I am faced with being the designer of this space and I realize the process looks much easier on TV.  Frankly, I am a little scared and I am not sure where to begin.  Since we are on the count down to parenthood, the Mister and I have decided to hold off on any major remodeling until early next year (the kitchen has to go!).  I am beginning to think that even the smaller stuff, like taking down wallpaper and painting may need to wait too since my added middle girth has made me tumbly.  No that's not a real word, but that's how I feel...weeble-wobble...but when I tumble I do fall down!  Maybe it's better to look for some inspiration first over the next several months so I will be able to formulate a good plan of action.  In the mean time I think I will take a look back at the last home we revamped to consider what I liked and what did not work.

Have any of you ever been stumped by a design dilemma in your home?  How did you power through it?  Where did you go for inspiration?

Kitsch Krafts

PS.  I have also spent an inordinate amount of time with the Style Network, HGTV, TLC, DIY, etc playing in the background while I unpack.  On one of the shows this morning the designer was trying to redesign for a client in a different country.  She remarked at one point that it's tough to find the design elements you are looking for when you don't know the foreign city's best resources.  I think I may be experiencing a little of that right now too.  I have looked through Habitat for Humanity Restore, a very large Goodwill, an even bigger Salvation Army and several home furnishing consignment shops, but none have bowled me over.  I'm hoping it's just a case of new home-owner's anxiety about what to actually bring home.  I think later this week I will start the branch-out to some of the really cool high-end design shops.  Never hurts to look right?

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