I know that I missed posting a blog last week. I had done so well for a year, but sometimes you just drop the ball on things. In my defense, it had been a busy week of getting the house ready for summertime and getting a big chunk of my house’s to do list done. I get that “success and excuses don’t talk together”, but sometimes in life shit happens.
Side note…..well aware I missed last week too! Apparently when I’m not in school I’m totally incapable of keeping a schedule of any sort.
Let’s do the exterior of the house first shall we?! Summertime means it’s time to PLANT ALL THE THINGS! I mean, I didn’t plant all the things, but I did plant several things to sprinkle out and around the house.
When Menards has the damask pot of your dreams!
Find an obelisk to go with your new fancy pots so your beans will be happy little climbers!
On the planting list this year were:
- Cherry Tomato – Scout baby needs her tomato fix every day when I get home from work. I don’t use these for anything other than some outdoor snacking with my Lil. The fact that she doesn’t just pick them herself is surprising, but she just sits next to the plant doing her anxious prance-y feet waiting for you to hand them to her.
- Mini Sweet Bell Peppers – I’ve never grown this variety, but I assume they are good just for straight eating off the vine?! We shall see!
- Green and Yellow Beans – Cuz you know I’m going to need to can some more Dilly Beans!
- Wave Petunia – Easy to grow and I mean…..why not
- Kale – Confession time……I HAVEN’T PLANTED THE KALE!!! I couldn’t find a nice “bowl” shaped pot I liked, and I ran out of potting soil anyway. Plus, in a mad dash to stop the Limping Nugget from asserting her authority towards some dogs across the fence, I threw the hose down….and my kale seeds got wet. Are they still good to plant!?! Does anyone know!? Are my seeds just growing in their package!? SOMEONE HALP ME!!!!!!
I also finally fixed the gutters around my house. It was a pain in the butt….literally because I was sitting in landscaping rock….but it’s done and over with so hopefully the foundation of my lil townhome will stay nice, dry, and happy.
Now……on to the interior projects.
You’ll recall that I’ve basically wanted to repaint the master bedroom since I moved into the house. I did write a small preview blog with what I thought were my ideas, however some of that may have been a lie. I have yet to finish my garage, but I did paint my bedroom Blackberry….sorta. There is no chair rail, but I did end up buying the birdcage chandelier!
Well, to celebrate graduating with my Master’s, my Momma decided that she would buy me paint and trim to redo the bedroom. Now, let’s be real, that’s way too much money, and I shall be trying to not let her pay for everything. The thought and the gesture are amazing, I just feel bad. IDK if ya’ll are aware, but home improvement projects are not cheap! This is mostly the reason why I never started the project before. WHY MUST ADULTING COST SO MUCH….ALL…..THE….TIME…..!!!!!!
Momma and I decided to use the long weekend to finally get going with the project. She arrived Thursday night and we were pretty much totally unprepared. I only knew that I wanted to use the color Blackberry. The two shades of tan that I thought we had decided on for the trim and other walls basically ended up as variations of the “Townhouse Beige” that adorns every other wall in my house. Basically, Thursday night was spent staring at a small collection of generally not that wonderful paint chips and hoping they became wonderful…..they didn’t.
Friday morning I pulled up all the baseboards out of the bedroom so that we could apply liquid sandpaper to pull the shine off the surface and make the paint stick. I googled the internet to try and find a picture of what we used, but couldn’t. It was a super old container of something Dad had used, so it’s possible the it’s not made anymore. I thought something magical would happen to the woodwork, like it would get cloudy or bubbly, or something to let you know it was working…..nothing really changed. They looked cleaner….which make them shinier….which seemed a bit like not at all the point of the project.
So grateful for Bitch Faced Bestie’s Hubby coming and sharing his dry walling skills!!
Waiting for the magic to happen…….or in this case, nothing happened.
Here’s a picture of the back of the liquid sandpaper can….SO HELPFUL! Also picture, my excellent painter’s taping skillz and the tools required to remove baseboards.
A trip to Sherwin Williams later, and I had my three colors: Blackberry, Glamour, and Irish Cream. Yes I know, of course I would pick the color Glamour….it’s not my fault, it’s just want matched my curtain and bed skirt. In other glorious news…..NONE OF THEM LOOK ANYTHING LIKE TOWNHOME BEIGE! (Sherwin Williams actually makes a color called Townhouse Tan……it made me giggle a lot!)
Friday night I finished taping and we did manage to get a coat of Irish Cream onto the ceiling……it was looking pretty good, until the morning when the splotches showed up. So Saturday morning was another coat on the bedroom ceiling and one coat on the bathroom ceiling, because we totally forgot that the night before. I think on Saturday we also primed all the bedroom walls?! Frankly, it was a lot of days off work, and when I’m not at work I sort of never keep track of the day I’m on. But, in any case, before the serious painting could begin, everything had to be primed.
Primer…..makes everything look good. By good I of course mean like crap.
Saturday night we went to Menards to scope trim options. We of course left with no trim…..because that’s how we roll, but I did get a new chandelier for the living room. ONE MORE UGLY BOOB LIGHT GONE! “Boob lights” is just a better name for those stupid flush mount ceiling half orb light thinkers……I saw it on another DIY blog and it make me giggle!
“For the glamorous….oh the flossy, flossy!”–Fergie
I hung the new chandelier, finished some random odds and ends, and got some other new lights ready for installation while Momma worked on painting the trim. I’m not a great painter….honestly I’ve never really tried. But, Momma found cute little mini handled paint brushes she wanted to try at Home Depot, so she edged out all the trim we had left up…..so the doors (there are a lot of doors in my bedroom honestly) and the window. After that was all said and done, we started the first of two coats on the bedroom walls.
THE BIRDCAGE!! It was already darkish, but it had some speckles I didn’t like so it got sprayed down dark.
New vanity light….It was oil rubbed bronze. Sometimes, spray paint is all you need!
NEXT CAME THE GLAMOUR!
The colors I picked are oddly hard to capture in a good picture. Glamour is a warm pinky/plum/beigey neutral. Also, the Irish Cream isn’t that yellow in person, it’s just a nice off white cream.
The square of primer is where the Blackberry went in the bedroom.
Monday we got two coats of blackberry done in the bathroom, and three coats on the bedroom’s accent wall. It was slightly traumatic because it was definitely harder to get the dark color to look good. The first coat of Blackberry looked absolutely horrible…..like horrible pink primer. Maybe it was our technique, maybe we had the wrong kind of roller, maybe that’s just how dark paint is…..idk but it wasn’t super reassuring.
Sunday night, Monday night, and Tuesday night were mostly spent getting odds and ends done and the rooms put back together. Mom didn’t have to work until Wednesday, so she stayed Tuesday while I went to work so that we could do the last coat of Blackberry in the bathroom after work.
If you’re in need of custom curtains, you can try contacting Momma Mishappenings…..it’s always worked for me!
The bathroom is the most “finished” looking of either room. Partly that’s because we trimmed out the whole ceiling, so it just looks more finished then the bedroom currently does. The plan is to install crown molding at the ceiling so that it won’t matter that we didn’t paint all the way to the ceiling. If we decide that’s too much, it’s just paint and I can go back over the things we aren’t going to cover with molding. I’m liking my new little dark fancy bathroom. Like every bathroom I’m ever in in the future is probably going to need to be this color! I did however get some Blackberry on my toilet….I should maybe work on getting that scrubbed off….oopsy!
In case you’re wondering where Scout was during all of this, she was her regularly clingy self. Friday night I slept out on the couch, and I thought Scout might like a little Mommy and Me sleep over time. I was wrong, I woke up and she was sleeping on the drop cloth. Riddle me how or why laying on the drop cloth is better than the carpet?! She didn’t seem to care and spent most of the weekend being firmly committed to her new found love of drop clothes. Also, wedging herself into places she doesn’t really fit and being sorta generally under foot were additional favorite weekend activities.
There is still a lot of project to go:
- The accent wall needs stenciling, a huge frame, and accent lighting
- The window and doors all need additional trim to amp them up a bit
- The baseboards need to be beefed up….although this will probably be the easiest of all the projects. We can’t start it until we figure out how much we are expanding the door trims
- The bedroom needs crown molding
- I’d like to maybe build some sort of valance to go over the top of the curtain to cover up the raw edges. It used to be mounted flush to the ceiling so it didn’t matter, but my bedroom now as higher ceilings.
Of course it’s a huge to do list still, and projects might change or get dropped. Like I said, if we decide not to do things its just going to take some more time with a paint brush to finish off some of the areas we left unfinished but plan to cover with molding and trim. Beyond those projects, I still have an antique door to turn into an mirror and a bedside table that now desperately needs to be refinished.
Home ownership…..the never ending to do list!