Mar 7, 2011
Living Small - Update #1
I am currently drowning in paint and it feels like we are just moving in! All the stuff has been pushed out of the living room into the bedroom, then vice versa - we could barely walk in here this past weekend. Things are moving a little more slowly than I would like, but I do have other things to tend to, like children...
Oh, paint is expensive! This isn't even all I will need.
5 gal "Ultra Pure White" satin: $115
2 gal "Sterling" satin paint+primer in one: $32 each
misc supplies: $17
Total this week: $196
Luckily, I don't need to tape off when I cut in (yeah, I'm that good LOL) so that saves a bunch of money. I did make a big wasteful mistake, however. I planned on painting the entire house Ultra Pure White to open up the space and have 2 accent walls in the pale gray. After painting the entire living room white I then painted the accent wall and fell so completely in love with the way it showed off the white trim that I had to repaint the whole thing! I'm still doing all the ceilings in white to raise them visually, so all is not lost, I will still need the 5 gal, I just hadn't planned on buying it all at one time. I found I just couldn't go without color - even though my version of color isn't really a color at all - my favorite color is gray and any shade of it ranging from pale to a stormy blue-gray. The blue is out though, I really needed BRIGHT!
Below: "before" colors: I liked them, but needed brighter
In the photo above, the Nordic blue on the walls really looks light to begin with, and I thought so for years, until I put the Sterling Gray up - below you can tell the difference on the ceiling! It really gives the impression that the ceiling is further above you than it is (our ceilings are 9 ft).
below, the living room is finished, but not re-assembled yet
I'm not sure who, but either Marley or Sprocket threw their ball into the paint! They thought paintball was the next new sport, I guess.
The bedroom was painted too, but everything is still in massive disarray. I spackled & patched every single nail hole everywhere and now I hesitate to commit to new placement of artwork and photgraphs, I think I'll wait until I get a huge "whole house pile" of wall decor, then redistribute it into different places and throw things out that I don't absolutely love anymore. That's the best way to stick to budget I've found, just not buy anything decor-wise until you've had the chance to try out the old stuff in new places!
So... I'm a couple steps closer to finding my sewing nook, just like this gal... okay, maybe I don't resemble her all that much.
Remember, that's what started all this nonsense, I need a place to channel my inner domestic diva!