I have spent the last two days, (when I had a free moment) painting the hall and one of the living room walls. This is what it looked like before.
When we moved, in the house was so dirty and the paint in every room was fairly awful. I took time to pick out the dark gray we painted the other part of the living room (Dutch Boy’s family tree) and then threw this butter cream yellow we picked up for $5 in the mis-mixed paint section at Home Depot. I think I would have considered most any color, other than the peach that it had been, a huge improvement.
The thought of painting this wall was the motivation that got me through painting the trim and doors in the living room and hallway. I ended up choosing Bher’s Sliver Drop. I wanted a shade of gray, and Dave’s request was to keep that end of the house light.
The color looks different depending on the light. It kind of looks white in this picture but notice the fire alarm or the celling are true white. The hall is painted the same color and it looks undoubtedly gray.
I am totally loving my new chair rail. It adds character to the tiny space.
What do you guys think? Have any of you knocked off any painting projects?
Like most of you I have been enjoying getting ready for Christmas. Here is a peek at some of the decorations at my house.
Here is our little Christmas tree.
I made these stars out of sticks and hung them everywhere.
I have been thinking about this section that we read on day one,
It takes the whole Bible to tell this Story. And at the center of the Story, there is a baby. Every Story in the Bible whispers his name. He is like the missing piece in a puzzle- the piece that makes all the other pieces fit together, and suddenly you can see a beautiful picture. And this is no ordinary baby. This is the Child upon whom everything would depend.
Sally Lloyd-Jones, The Jesus Storybook Bible
This morning I took the boys to see Santa at the historical museum in our town. Number two wasn’t sure about sitting on his lap but told him what he wanted for Christmas.
Baby Guy LOVED Santa’s beard. I had to untangle both hands before picking him up. I didn’t want to be the parent of the kid that de-bearded Santa.
The candy canes were the highlight.
We were handed this when we walked in.
Painting the moldings and baseboards has been the most dreaded project on my list for quite sometime now. I kept telling myself that I couldn’t begin another project until this one was crossed off the list. It is funny, now that I am started isn’t so bad. I think the my biggest hurdle to starting this project was that I knew there wouldn’t be a drastic change. I am painting white on top of (dirty) white… boring!
This is the finished window. I wish it was more of a dramatic after pic.
While I was priming and waiting for coats to dry I ended up priming and painting the front door and most of the moulding in the hall. Here is the front door.
In this picture you can see where some of the trim had been painted but the door hadn’t been. Yuck!
Notice what else I am working on in the hall: a chair railing.
I have big plans for that little hall. I just need to finish the trim first. What is your most dreaded project on the to-do list?
Here are the results of our photo shoot. We had a really great time with the Pines and are so happy with the photographs.
All photos in this post were taken by Pines Photography.
We were trying to figure out a family picture for our Christmas card. So before the rain came we walked to the park to snap a few.
I was disappointed because some of my good shots ended up being pretty blurry.
After all of that, we heard that our friends (who are photographers) were offering a special on some family photos, so I packed up my tripod and we embarked on our first official family photo session.
We bought a new (to us) couch this past month and my pillows were looking sad in comparison. So they received a little makeover.
This is what part of the living room looked like before the new couch. Notice the sad pillow on the chair.
Here is a picture of the new couch and chair (check out the before and after of the chair here).
The new look and it is even motivating me to do some updating to the rest of the space.