Current state of the living room:
current state of the Dearest, looking at the living room:
Poor guy....he has been super patient with me in the QUEST FOR THE PERFECT PAINT COLOR...
believe it or not, I might have found it!
At first it looked too dark and 'putty-like' when I painted the swatch on the wall, but it's been a couple of days and now it's growing on me. The color changes a bit with sunlight to a softer gray-brown, and at night it lightens to a warm gray.
The Dearest has given his approval, too, so the maybe I can stop buying sample jars of color. They are multiplying in my garage like rabbits. I thought I only had five or so but yesterday I opened a cabinet and a whole bunch of them were hiding in there. Yikes!
Current view of the living room:
I was hoping to go with a completely different color scheme downstairs but it's just not working. None of the blues are playing nice with our sofas, so it's back to the yellows and taupes.
Deep Cowslip 4. You can actually see the paint chip on the wall under the mirror..it's a little darker and more saturated than what we currently have (the color here on my screen is more peach-y than the actual color chip).
So I'm off to buy another paint sample....
In my DIY zeal, I've decided to repaint the entire downstairs of our house.!!!
Yeah, that's about the same look that the Dearest gave me when I told him of my plans. But, being the Dearest, he willingly promised his help with the cutting in (my LEAST favorite part of painting) and furniture moving.
However this was before I started doing crazy stuff like this:
Poor Dearest...he does NOT like half-completed projects and his eye starts twitching every time he walks by this wall. Not to mention I think he's heartily sick of me asking him about which color he likes!
Currently, we have a yellow/tan color on the walls, but I think if I'm going to repaint, we need to go a whole new direction. The big hurdle is our sofas- as you can see, they are brown leather and they're not going away any time soon so whatever color I pick needs to complement the brown. (I would sooooo love to have white slipcovered sofas because they are easier to decorate around but these leather ones are 10 years old and still look brand new so they stay)
Even though I LOVE LOVE LOVE strong colors (see the deep red wall in the photo? It's the wall that goes up our staircase...), I think I want to paint the walls a more neutral grey/blue and use accessories to bring in color. With that in mind, I painted all these swatches....my favorite three are the numbered ones. #1 is Behr's "Light French Grey", #2 is Benjamin Moore's "Woodlawn Blue" but mixed in Behr paints, and #3 is Sherwin Williams "Reward". What do you all think? Vote below!
And just for fun, here is a peek at Mr. Mean Owl, who I found at a thrift store for $5.....I might have to try some metallic paint on him because he gives me the heebie jeebies as is.
ETA: someone asked me if we were keeping the red wall...at this point, probably not! I just painted it about two years ago but I think we will need to repaint to the same color we pick for the living area...or maybe a slightly darker/lighter shade of that color. Also, all of our trim is white, as are the doors and window blinds. Here's another photo of the living room so you can see we have pale tile floors, too. (that carpet will probably go, and ignore the snake cage on the left side of the frame, that's gonna be moved! LOL)
So I was hanging out with my new boyfriend, Craig, the other day and found this adorable vintage chair for only $10:
Aside from the fact that the cane seat was busted out, there was absolutely nothing wrong with it! I even got a whole complementary layer of dust, spiderwbes and a few dead daddy-longlegs for my $10. The seller said this chair has been in her family for many years- owned by her Granny, mom and then passed on to her. She guessed it was probably at least sixty years old.
Look at this amazingly detailed wood work on the back and top...
This morning I gave the chair a quick dusting (bye-bye mummified daddy-longlegs) and started pulling out the left over caning:
Check out my awesome work bench- I know Bob Vila would love to own one like this.
After 30 minutes of clipping and pulling and tugging, all the caning was gone and the chair was ready for a new seat. I went to the local Lowes and asked the guy in the wood section what type of plywood I should use: 1/2 inch or 1/4 inch. He looked me up and down and asked, "So are a lot of BIG people going to be sitting in this chair?"
I explained that the chair was vintage, so a bit smaller than modern chairs, and that it wouldn't be used for seating very much...he laughed and said the 1/4 inch plywood would be fine. Then we had a 20 minute conversation about how vintage furniture often seems much smaller than new stuff and how all our grannies must have been tiny little things....Can I just say that I *heart* my local Lowes people? They are always super helpful and willing to spend lots of time answering my crazy questions!
So the next step is to cut out and upholster the chair seat. Here is the combination that I'm thinking of- the paint will go on the chair frame and the fabric will go on the seat:
Yesterday I went to the local Goodwill to drop off some shoes that the small men had outgrown. The shoes were mostly too small but in great condition (you know how little kids wear their shoes for like a week and then BOOM! growth spurt!). Since I had to go into the store to drop off the bag, I decided to take a peek at the homegoods aisle.
Now, I have been and out of thrift stores ALOT and I NEVER find anything interesting. It seems like lots of other bloggers are always posting about their incredible finds- $2.99 for a great chair, or 50 cents for a whole set of dishes. I never manage to find stuff like that- either our thrift stores get super picked over or the stuff I pick up is overpriced, even for a thrift store.
But yesterday I managed to find this little brass beauty:
It's a brass trivet about 8 inches tall and as soon as I spotted it, I had to have it. Luckily it was only $5 (still a bit overpriced for a thrift store in my opinion!). I took it home and decided it needed a new coat of spray paint. The brass was quite tarnished and aside from the fact that I HATE polishing stuff, we don't have any brassy colors in our house. So grabbed a can of Krylon in "Ivy Green" and this is what my owl looked like after three coats of paint:
Isn't that MUCH better? And the little owl statue next to the trivet was found in the dollar bin at Tarjay. It was originally a brownish black color, but I like it a lot better with a couple of coats of "ivy leaf". These two owls are sitting on my mantle right now while I figure where to put them.