We are in the countdown for school with less than a week before the hoodlums return and it's been busy around here! Also, I am starting to get ready for my shop re-opening, and I'll have more details for you on that soon, as well as details on the wait list for Christmas garlands. (I'm hoping to officially start taking your orders/names by mid-September.) I've got a few fun promotions, coupon deals, and giveaways coming soon as well, so stay tuned!
Those sheets became my very first DIY decor item. I made some super cute balloon valance curtains. And I realize I totally just dated myself by saying "balloon" and "valance" together, in the same sentence. I might also add, that they were navy blue, burgundy, and forest green, and if you just cringed alongside me, then you know exactly what year that was, and you also know exactly what my first newlywed decor looked like. Oh, the nineties. What a glorious time of higher waisted jeans, baggy sweaters and teased bangs. I miss the nineties. Sometimes. Normally only when I'm jeans shopping. Not really any other time though, now that I think about it. (I think that's a post for an entire other day.)
I'm a decor tweaker. I can't leave well enough alone. Our sweet office/guest room had been painted "Ivoire" (SW) over five years ago, when we originally converted that space to be our home school room. (Yes I did paint some stripes on one of the walls a bit later.) It was fine if you didn't look closely but let's just say homeschooling for three years, then moving furniture around adding a bed, hanging things up, un-hanging things, installing a wall, doing spot touch-ups in a color that matched but had the wrong sheen of paint finish, and living life in that room had created a repaint need. (I am purposefully ignoring the ceilings in our house that are desperate for a repaint.) I have a five gallon bucket of paint that we got for a song (under $5.00) in the mis-tinted section at our paint store. It had been tinted "fleur de sel" by Sherwin Williams, and we have used it for kids rooms, hallways, bathrooms, the laundry room, inside closets, etc. Let me just tell you, five gallons is a lot of paint.
I know, right? Stroke of FREE genius, right there people. Mark it down, cause it doesn't happen very often. I chose a darker shade of gray (Pottery Barn's "Morning Fog" via Sherwin Williams.) It had a blue-ish tinge to it but I figured that would be what I wanted and that room gets a ton of sunlight, and I wasn't thinking about how that might effect the hue. They happily tinted my gallon of paint and I painted the entire room with it.
It was blue, people.
A hideous, awful, glorified nineties-ish shade of blue, (no photos were taken) and it would probably have looked great (in a different room, or) if I still had all of my navy, burgundy and forest green decor. (I kid.) I loathed it immediately and that's only happened to me one other time because I am super decisive and very confident in any choice that I make. My five gallons of paint was still going strong though, so I chose another gray color, this one with brown undertones instead of blue, got another empty paint can, poured it off, brought it in and did the whole thing again. This time, (thankfully) the color was exactly what I wanted. ("Pavestone" by Sherwin Williams) It's a rich, calming gray.
We also had a fun Lowe's gift card from our sad dishwasher replacement earlier in the summer, (And yes I do miss my bead board covered dishwasher.) so I spray painted my turquoise lamp white and bought a fun new lamp shade at Lowe's, along with a pendant light kit. The old shade got converted into a drum shade for my living room, which I had been wanting to do for AGES. It was crazy simple.
(I think I love installing new lighting. If you want me to paint for you, forget it... but I can do your lighting, no problem. I may have even said to Adrain at one point, "Hey maybe I should take an electrician's class and get my license." He ignored me and went and flipped off the breaker. Ha!)
these ones from Anthro. Le sigh.
So there ya go. Decor tweaks. I can't help myself.
And now I shall never photograph this room ever again.
I just lied to you.
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