Hard Core Decor, Painting of the Month

Painting of the Month: April and May 2011

Do you want the good news or the bad news first?

*flips coin*

Hmmm…bad news first then.

The bad news?


There is no painting of the month for April or May.

The good news?

I repainted the living and dining room of my home including the ceilings and walls.  I’ve included a picture of the remodeling project to whet your curiosity about my mad house-painting skillz.


Picture of Dining Room
Dining Room Before

This is before the new paint color, but after the new light fixture was installed.  Nightcrawler is also not yet back in his usual place on top of the light fixture to guard the house.


Picture of TV Shelf
Ekby in Action

Picture showing New Trim Color and Floor
New Trim Color and Flooring
Picture of Pantry Door and Wall
Pantry Door and Wall Color
Dining Room Picture
Dining Room
My husband and I are both fond of bold, bright colors for our walls.  Our master bedroom is kelly green (the kind you see on a pool table), the hallway a purple I mixed myself from oops paints, and the guest bathroom Tiffany-blue (or the closest I could find to the trademarked color).

While discussing colors hubby says, “Let’s go with something neutral.”  I’m a little surprised, but I agree and head off to the Orange Store to peruse samples.  After hemming and hawing over the neutrals I pick out a brown/taupe and head back home.  I also already own a few gallons of just slightly cream oops paint that may work out.

While my hubby is in another room, I paint on squares of the samples in our kitchen and living room.   Unusual behavior for sure, I normally just pick a color and slap it on, but I think, “Hey, I’m progressing.  I am becoming a Deck-o-raitor, a true artiste!”

Hubby comes out from the bedroom, stands still for a moment then states emphatically, “I hate brown.”

OH.  MY.

What’s even funnier?  A few hours later he declares that the brown is growing on him.

That’s great, Mr. Let’s-Do-A-Neutral, ’cause I’ve already decided I’m proceeding with the taupe rather than the cream.

I do love the new color, even if it IS a neutral.

Hard Core Decor

Disaster Area

I now know what it feels like to live in a small studio apartment in New York.  My master bedroom has become my office, library, dining room, bedroom, and TV room all rolled into one.  On the one hand, it’s made me appreciate all the SPACE in the rest of the house that much more, but on the other hand, it’s been kind of fun and challenging to see exactly HOW much stuff can be crammed into the bedroom.

Apartment Crammed with Stuff
More! More! More!

I came home a couple of days ago to discover the house a veritable disaster area with the dog penned up in the master bedroom.  Since his life was in danger I decided to take him to the grandparents house for his own safety.  My handyman had come over and started the process of busting out the tile in the kitchen, dining room, living room, hallway and back bedroom.  The house looked like someone had a white powder party – minus all the fun that might entail – and forgot to clean up before the cops got there.

In the end, I know it will be worth the slight inconvenience to be rid of the disgusting, haphazardly laid tiles and instead welcome beautiful Brazilian Koa laminate to our home.

Ever played Twister?

Stortroopers playing twister

Hubby and I are getting pretty good at it while we occupy the same 200 square feet.

*spins the arrow*

Right hand blue

*spins the arrow*

Left foot yellow

*falls down in an exhausted tangle*