Sometimes I think too much. Other times I am impulsive. If I average it all out it appears as though I take a reasonable amount of time to make most decisions.
It took me over a year to finally decide on what kind of kitchen island I wanted and then build it.
On the other end of the spectrum… last week I decided I wanted to paint my master bedroom gray, with creamy off-white board and batten. I bought paint on Friday and started painting on Saturday. (I would have started Friday night but it was after 1130pm by the time I got home. I was trying to be smart and get some rest before tackling the project.)
I probably should have taken advantage of the gorgeous weather and mowed my lawn… but no. I painted.
(Once I finally decide on anything, be it 1 year or less than a week in the making– I want to do it now.)
I decided on Valspar’s Metropolis… it’s a blueish gray. Sometimes it looks more blue than gray, sometimes even purple depending on the light.
I went into Lowe’s planning on getting Vintage Gray but made the mistake of looking at other samples first. I’m glad I went with Metropolis… later that night I found the paint my mom used in their guest room–Vintage Gray. Figures. No wonder I liked it–I helped her choose it!
I painted Saturday morning and into the afternoon, finishing most of the gray areas with about 2 coats, give or take in some areas depending on how well (or not) I covered it the first time. I painted most of the off-white areas below and including the chair rail and baseboards on Sunday and Monday after work with more finishing touches on Tuesday.
(In my haste I taped onto the newly painted gray walls before it had enough time to set properly so the paint came off in some areas when I took off the tape after painting the chair rail. Live and learn I suppose.)
There are still a few places I want to paint off-white… like my closet doors, the window and door frames, etc. But I am calling it “done”– for now! I haven’t shown many photos of my bedroom so far, mostly because I haven’t done much in there until now. So here are the “before” shots (light beige above the chair rail and a tan-ish below) followed by the corresponding “after” shots…
I kind of wish it was a bit more gray and less blue, but it is growing on me and I don’t regret my impulsive decision to paint! I feel like it is more me now than it was before.
A few other take-home notes…
- Painting baseboards is a pain. Thankfully mine are flat (nothing fancy to them) and I was able to use 2″ painters tape directly on my carpet, nudging it under the baseboards with a thin piece of cardboard (actually–my paint chip from Lowe’s). I wasn’t sure if it would work or not–but to my pleasant surprise, it did! No paint on the carpet! (Other than the time I splashed a bit getting paint on my roller… oops.)
- Steady hands and steady eyes allow for skipping steps. Kinda. I didn’t tape while I painted above the chair rail. I probably should have, but I managed to keep most of the paint where it was supposed to be. The only time I goofed was when I wasn’t paying attention to where my roller or brush was going… hitting the ceiling or trim. It’s not too noticeable…
- Dogs with bushy tails and kitties that like to dip their little paws into everything are not good painting company. And they don’t appreciate being locked out of rooms.
- The creamy color is Behr’s Off-White… left over from when I painted my living room and kitchen (for the trim) and I also used it on my kitchen island!
- I painted over my fuse box. It’s not the prettiest thing ever but at least now it doesn’t stick out quite as obviously as it did before.
Now that it’s painted I really want to add boards for my fake board and batten, add some art, refinish my dresser and night stand, maybe build a new (and larger) bed… oh, and build my built-in bookcases and window seat/bench.