Butt Hurt

You’ve all been sitting on pins and needles waiting to find out what paint color we settled on in this post, right?  Da-da-da-da! Dusky Blue aka the one on the left.

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We thought the other color, Heavenly Blue, was too baby-blue-in-your-face. We wanted something toned down, and relaxing.  When the paint dried it kind of took us by surprise because it was much brighter than we had anticipated.  It makes me feel pretty good about dodging the Heavenly Blue bullet because that would have been offensively bright. The cool part of it is that the nice blue makes the white trim and the dark wood doors POP.

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We bought the big 5 gallon bucket because we are painting the biggest areas of our house. I did not anticipate it being such a mess. Obviously we missed something.

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We still need to paint the stairwell and the upstairs hallway (scary tall ladders, ahoy!), but after that the next step is to organize and hang all of our pictures and art to make it feel like a homey home. I simply can’t wait. Maybe if I’m really lucky, I’ll have new floors by the summer. Oh, and about the title. If you are ever painting and need to use a stool or chair, alternate which leg you use to stand up on it. It’s a great gluteal workout, but I accidently only used the same leg again and again. Obviously I didn’t notice until the next day. No pain, no gain.

Are you working on any major changes in your home?

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Great Minds

…treat windows alike.  Last night on a last minute trip to the bookstore for my sister, I scooped up the long awaited Young House Love book. I thought I might get it for Christmas, but alas I had to buy it for myself.  #bigbaby

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I’ve been perusing it all morning and what did I see?  A tip to hang curtains just like I posted here!  Say what? I nearly died. It feels good to know that I did at least one thing right trying to update this crazy townhouse.

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I can’t wait to spend my (admittedly ample) free time at work reading it. You can expect some YHL inspired projects to come. Do you read Young House Love?

It’s a Date!

Here’s another installment of Katie-got-things-accomplished-this-Christmas! I have to admit that I’ve succumbed to the time-suck that is Pinterest. I had to work the days between Christmas and New Years and quite frankly there just wasn’t a lot for this old receptionist to do. So I just browsed Pinterest for a while. Then I saw something I liked and I wanted to pin it…so I joined. 6 boards later and I can’t stop. It doesn’t help that I just got a slow cooker and recipes are rampant on there, but I digress.

I pinned this calendar project.  It jumped out at me because I have been spending an inordinate amount of time looking at paint chips at Home Depot (convenient!).  I decided since the year was ending I would need a new calendar anyway so I got shopping.  I picked up the huge frame at Goodwill for $7 (you can still see the sticker in the upper left corner), hardware for about $4 and used some silver metallic spray paint I had on hand from another project so the total cost for this project for me was $13. 

I took what was already in the frame and just flipped it over.  You could cover it with paper or fabric too to change it up, but I was going for simple so I stuck with plain white.  I cut all my paint chips in half to make them closer to squares and spaced them out in an arrangement that looked pretty even.  I decided to go with a gradient, but my Pinterest mentor did hers with a coordinating color palette. I stuck the squares on with my glue gun and BAM! Calendar.

After having disassembled the frame, I took the wood out to the garage and spray painted it as evenly as possible. I let that cure during the glueing process.

Hanging it was another matter. The art that was originally in the frame hung portrait so all the hardware on it was going against me.  I picked up about $4 worth of hanging hardware from Home Depot (same trip I helped myself to the paint chips). I used painters tape as a template so I knew how far apart to nail the hooks. Pretty simple.

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So far, we all love it. I think it turned out pretty great especially since it was a little haphazardly planned. I like the dry erase aspect of it and it’s size. Hopefully it will help with my forgetfullness.

Busy Bee

I wasn’t doing a ton of posting over Christmas and New Years but that doesn’t mean I was lounging around eating cookies and letting my house turn into a disaster. Ok well it was a disaster, but I still accomplished something. I got my sew on. I haven’t done any real sewing for about 4 years to I was a little rusty but as soon as I saw this sweet fabric on Etsy from SewFreshFabrics, I knew I had to do something with it.

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I made these little throw pillow covers for the living room because I was starting to get the feeling that our house was losing it’s fun factor.  Solution: I made these to punch things up without blowing my budget.

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Cost Breakdown:

Fabric – $10 + shipping
Stuffing – Free. One has another throw pillow inside and one is a pillow that we weren’t using in my room cut to size.
Piping – $14 after a 40% off coupon at Joann’s (from their Android app).

Total: About $25

For two fresh, custom throw pillows, that’s not too shabby.  I wish my craftsmanship was a little better, but overall I’m happy with the result. We needed an update!

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Indecision

Hey guys, after taking a much needed yet hectic break for the holidays I’m back with a new post about the trials and tribulations of townhouse updating. I hope you all had a great few weeks, I know I did! I spent my new years day trying to figure this out:

I have been struggling to choose a paint color for my living room/stairwell/upstairs hallway for a while now. There are four different paint colors plastered on most of the walls in my living room that only force me to face my indecisiveness on a daily basis. I’m going for a light grayish blue. It’s the color you see on every wall in the show Best Friends Forever (canceled to my complete sadness). So the four colors I’ve brought home have run the gamut between cornflower to dusky blue and yet I’m not satisfied.

So I started polling all my guests and roommates to find out which would be the most pleasing to the eye. It resulted in a tie between Heavenly Blue and Dusky Blue. Check it.

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I think we have come to a decision FINALLY. Mostly because the man of the house has such strong opinions about it. This is extremely rare. I am hoping his confidence is right because I am practically paralyzed with fear that I’ll pick the wrong color. 

Do you have an easy time making color decisions? Dusky or Heavenly?