We had to paint the mint green living room and we used the very scientific method of dumping half a quart of deep tan paint my Mom found in her back porch into a bucket with a gallon of white paint and voila! close enough to the nice neutral-but-not-boring tan color we were shooting for. The color we ended up with is actually the EXACT color of a Wendy's original (chocolate) frosty. It makes me hungry.
Everything in my house is kinda jury-rigged or half done right now. The red curtains are hung but were too long so instead of cut them off and hem them, I pinned them. The blue curtains might not even be going in here (I'm going to try to get more red ones) but they are a stop gap measure. Tony bought me some curtain rods to hang them but I couldn't get the screws into the real-wood trim around the windows so I nailed the curtains to the wall. Sigh. The gap in the paint around the top of the room will be covered by white crown molding which hasn't been purchased yet.
Tony finished taking all the acoustic tiles off the ceiling to find that someone had PAINTED it charcoal gray. Hmm...maybe to cover up the fire? We'll get to that in a minute. We painted it bright white and it made the room look instantly better! Once we had the ceiling and walls painted we were able to tear up the nasty carpet. To find lovely hardwood floors underneath. That had 4,000 staples that had to be picked out with a small hammer, screw driver and pliers. Nothing like sliding around on your butt on the floor for 2 hrs in 20yrs worth of cat/dog pee dried into the pad, stuck to the floor.
The living room floor will have to be refinished which probably would have been more wise to do before we moved in but we just couldn't wait any longer to get into our own place and let my MIL back into hers. Under where we put our couch, under the nasty carpet, we discovered that once upon a time some original owner must have caught their Christmas tree on fire. There, in the floor, was a burn (in a couple little places deep enough that it will still be black even after we refinish it) that looks like the scene from Christmas vacation where they burned up the cat under the tree.
Probably it was a 5 or 6 legged Christmas tree stand but I like to think it was a cat.
The bathroom which was originally dark teal is now a nice white even though it still looks slightly mint with the lights off. We gave it 3 coats of white, including 1 of primer, and I ran out of patience with it so that's all it's getting.
Jeremiah's room you can see in the blog about his Curtains from Hell.
Hannah's room is a cute, cute light lavender with dark purple trim. We are using blue and green accents too just to shake things up. We got her furniture put in there but not any of her quilts or pictures hung up yet. It looks bare but I think because everything is just down low since she's a shorty.
We have done a TON of work in the last week since we moved in (and in the week before since we closed) but still lots of work left to do. The good news is, we have 30 yrs to do it!
The kids are really thrilled to be here (see?) and Tony says he loves it. I'm glad it's already starting to look and feel like home, even if it's still all a mess and boxes.
Jeremiah wanted to take a picture of me the other morning. He said for me to cheese really big, and then he cut my head off.