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lady, get on that!

I have a bee in my bonnet. And this is a good thing.

There are a handful of projects that I’ve been meaning to tackle since before I even moved furniture into the house.


finishing the edges and trim in the kitchen…

touching up paint mistakes in the basement…

and turning the garage into a truly usable space.

It’s time for me to get on those projects, my friends — plus a few others. I can’t tell you why (yet! maybe ever.) but there’s a reason and it’s a good one. And even if “it” never comes to pass, it is providing me exactly the motivation I need to finish some long-standing items on the to-do list.

Will you help? Encourage me with your comments, texts, phone calls and stories of your own DIY mis-adventures!

*Project name lifted directly from John and Sherry over at YHL

a grecian sea in the living room

I watched Voyage of the Dawn Treader while I was painting. I blame that for the oh-so-brilliant title you just read.

And speaking of painting… guess what I’m done with now? Yep! No more painting for the foreseeable future.
Yes, Apples, I’m getting to the pictures. (Another slightly obscure reference, but Netflix won’t help you this time. Sorry.)
So. Two weekends ago, after the first coat:

Last weekend, after the second coat:

And this week, after Keith and Julia helped me re-hang the curtain rods:

The paint color is Grecian Sea, from Dutch Boy, although I used two coats of a paint/primer from Pittsburgh Paints. And I love love love it. Keeping my fingers crossed that it goes well with the sofa that is set to arrive in the next few days!

light jade and french blue

Ta-da! It’s done*!

Before I dish on the details, here’s a reminder of what the room looked like when I moved in:

And this is last summer, when I put up primer and sanded down the outlines of the polka dots:

Last weekend during painting:

I went with two shades from Glidden: Light Jade (on the window wall) and French Blue (on the other three walls). And I’m really happy with the way it turned out.
Most of the furniture and accessories in this room are from my mom. The bed was hers as a child, and she brought the rug back from India in the late 1970s. She gave me the nightstand on my 15th birthday, and the vintage ivory bedspread last summer. (I’ve had the floral bedspread and pillows since I was six, the curtains came with the house, and the lamp came from IKEA in college.) It is really nice to have at least one room in the house that didn’t need anything new 🙂

Confession: I put up the trim tape over a year ago, and even when I knew I wasn’t going to paint the room for a few months after priming it, I still never took it down. They say it shouldn’t be up more than a few days, or it won’t keep a seal against the paint. But… it was totally fine.

*Almost done, that is. I have a few things to hang on the walls, but I need to paint some of the frames first. And figure out some sort of closet solution, since this former nursery doesn’t have one of its own.

So, who wants to be the first guest to stay in the newly-finished room?

what shade of blue?

It’s a great question. I started painting the second guest bedroom (aka blue bedroom) this past weekend. What shades did I pick? Well, since it took me six months to buy the paint after deciding on colors, I figure I can keep the secret a few days longer.

In the meanwhile, enjoy these gratuitous pictures of my blooming bulbs. Aren’t they purty? And how about some Easter brunch action? Yeah, I know that’s what you’re all here for…

Thanks to my friend Lindsay for bringing the strawberry and cream scones, clotted cream and carrot muffins! Between those and my brother’s french toast (and, it’s true, my usual obsession with hash browns and sausage, which of course made an appearance) we had a lovely Easter brunch.
And then I painted some more. If all goes well, I’ll have a new before/after post for you in a few days!
Happy spring, dear friends. Isn’t this just a wonderful time of year?

the yellow room

Calling rooms by their colors always reminds me of my grandma. I don’t actually know if she does this, but I have it in my mind that she does.
Regardless, I think I’ll probably end up referring to the guest bedrooms by their colors. It’s just too cumbersome to say “mom and dad’s room” and “the other guest bedroom,” not to mention explaining which one is which. Much easier to say “the yellow room” and “the blue room.” Right? Right.
What I won’t be saying is “the lime green room.” Because that one, my friends, is no more. Along with getting rid of the polka dots last weekend, I tackled mom and dad’s room. {Background: my parents live on the West Coast but my younger brother and sister both go to school here – so, they plan to visit us often, which means I let them pick out a bedroom of their own to decorate and keep their stuff in.}
Mom sent the comforter a few weeks ago, and I picked up the sheets on sale at Target. The rug used to be in their bedroom back home, but I inherited it a few years ago when I officially moved to Minnesota. I picked the wall color based on the gold in the rug and the caramel color of the wood floor:



A gallon of Behr Ultra (primer + paint in one) was just enough for two coats. And it only took about five hours from start to finish! Definitely my quickest painting project to date.

goodbye, polka dots!

You were adorable for a nursery. But you had to go. The tiny guest bedroom just couldn’t handle your overwhelming power.

Plus, you distracted everyone’s attention from the farm door, which I think is the best part about the room. So, goodbye polka dots.

I’m not sure yet what will take your place. But it will be all one color, that I can assure you.

Anyone want to weigh in on these swatches? Should I go dark or light?

racing to the finish line

It’s now 34 hours before the movers arrive. Let’s not talk about how little I’ve packed, and instead celebrate two victories: the basement and my bedroom are finished! (At least to the point of being ready for furniture.)

A huge thank-you to my friend Jen, who helped me paint on Monday night (and kept me from banging my head against the wall whilst deciding what to do with the living room walls).

It’s a whole new meaning for the words “finished basement.”

baseboards on Monday

baseboards on Tuesday

doesn’t this room just scream “fill me with furniture?”

As much as I love painting (and I do, strangely enough) it’s actually kind of a tragedy that I’ve been stuck inside the last few days because the weather here has been gorgeous. And awesome for my little tomato seedlings, which finally get to hang out on the patio instead of my kitchen counter:

So, that makes three rooms down (and only four to go). Hooray!

– LG

weekend transformation #2

While dad and uncle Steve were upstairs working on the new floor, I spent most of the weekend in the basement. Having painted the first coat of yellow last weekend – and not loving it – I started over with a new shade: more lemongrass-y, less orange-y. And it was definitely worth it.

11:30 am Saturday – “Midday Sun” on the walls (aka macaroni and cheese in paint form)

4:00 pm Sunday – painting the brick wall

6:00 pm – after two coats of “Rice Wine”

lots of tiny footprints and paint drops: the reason I have to repaint the basement floor

9:00 pm – basement floor, after painting myself into the stairwell

There’s a little bit of work left in the basement, but it’s come a long way from this, wouldn’t you agree?

March 25th

weekend transformation #1

This was my room on Friday night…

… and this is it now!

A lot happened in between, and there are still a few things left to finish before moving day on Thursday. But thanks to the amazing work of my dad and uncle, there’s a new hardwood laminate floor in my bedroom! Here’s the play-by-play:

7:30 am Saturday – Ours for the day, courtesy of Home Depot

9:00 am – Getting rid of the yucky carpet

11:00 am – Taking out the carpet staples

Laying the floorboards

Adding new baseboard molding

10:30 pm — done for the day

me and dad

2:00 pm Sunday – goodbye, chocolate brown

4:00 pm – hello, sea anenome

Also gone: the draperies and the closet doors. But keep your eyes out for them to reappear, repurposed, elsewhere in the house this summer.

painting day

The kitchen is almost done! Put up the second coat of red today:

Just need to clean up the trim, and the kitchen will be ready to go.

We also got started on the basement…

Now I just need some really tall friends to help me finish the basement stairwell.

While we were painting, Newman tackled the lawnnmower.

And then the lawn.

My friends are the best.

– LG