Friday, February 19, 2010


Clearly, I have issues.

Graham goes on intersession break in a few weeks, and last weekend after a stop at Lowe's, I couldn't resist. I've been desperate to paint our bedroom since before we moved in, and I couldn't take it anymore. I picked up a number of little paint cards and taped them to the wall. Why? Because I kind of know what color I want to see on the bedroom walls, but I'm a visual person, so it's better for me to see it on the walls.

When we were in Jacksonville last August for Brian & Robyn's wedding, I fell in love with the paint in the bathroom of the hair salon. The woman who did all our hair runs a studio out of her home, and she has a special entrance and bathroom for all her clients. I needed to wash my hands after eating, and I went into the bathroom and the paint color was a gorgeous blue-gray that I couldn't stop staring at. (Again, I have issues.)

Once we started packing and talking about moving, I kept that paint color in mind. It's been driving me bonkers looking at the neon green walls everyday, and I'm really looking forward to painting and finally putting our stamp on the house. I really want to be able to paint and hang pictures on the walls. I think it's a little dumb to hang pictures and then have to take them down because we have to paint.

Part of me is really looking forward to the painting in a few weeks, because I'll finally feel like I'm sleeping in my bedroom, not some old lady's room. The other part of me is wishing I'd pitched enough of a fit in December to at least have ripped out the carpet in our bedroom and the dining room, because that's going to suck a hell of a lot. Had I thrown a fit and gotten my way (or just done it on my own -- I had a sneaking suspicion that if I did it on my own, there was nothing that could be done about it once it was already done, right?) at least the carpets would be ripped up and we wouldn't have to move furniture around.

Oh well. What's done is done, and what's not done is not done. I'm still really looking forward to painting.

After taping the paint samples to the wall and seeing them in the photos, I've ruled out a few colors already. Graham hasn't really said one way or the other about paint. I keep asking, "Are you cool with this?" and he says he is, so I hope that holds true once the paint is up and on the walls! After more than 2 months of ugly green and old lady curtains, I'm not going to prime and paint again. I'm going to focus my attention elsewhere....on everything else that needs to get painted!


  1. How exciting! If you plan on ripping the carpets out anyway, don't bother with a drop cloth and rip them out after you paint. And go for a darker blue. We went for a blue-gray color in our bedroom and it's too light and looks kind of like a baby boy's room (I'm working on accessories to fix it because I'm too lazy to re-paint). Have fun!

  2. I would narrow it down and then buy a couple paint samples to try on the wall. Sometimes they don't look the same once they're up and in the light. And I know exactly how you feel about the painting helping to make it feel like YOUR HOME : )


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