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"Mom, why do you keep putting paint on the walls?"


On Friday I gave you a sneak peek at some painting I had started, and today I'm here to share the finished product (that is also leading to another project).  It's funny, I didn't have this on my radar, but I saw this photo that The Nester posted for one of her 31 Days of Vignettes posts, and it must have buried itself in my subconscious.

But the striking gray backdrop to the pretty white accessories definitely caught my attention.  
Since I was in painting mode already, I pulled out my painting tape and some Urbane Bronze, and went to town.  You know I've had an Urbane Bronze obsession for awhile now, so it was only a matter of time before I added it somewhere.  It's such a great color - gray, but with just enough brown in there to work with some of the beige and brown tones that we have in our home.  

Plus, it works with the stone and grout on the fireplace.  Winning!  Pay no mind to the tile edge that is missing - it's on my to do list.

To refresh your memory, here is what the bookcases looked like before:

Not bad by any means - I'm just starting to itch for a change.

And then there is the very beginning - before any paint was on the bookcases - and they were just ... naked.

 These bookcases have gone through a lot of changes - 

But I'm really liking the way things are looking right now.  Once I got the paint up on the backs of the bookshelves, they felt more sophisticated.

But my daughter was kind enough to tell me, "Yeah, they look nice, but now they don't match the walls."  I think she may be right.

So, I re-accessorized and put things back together.

On the top shelf, I covered the books in scrapbook paper (again).  This time in gray and orange - love that color combination.  I think I still have some more editing to do to the shelves, but I'm happy to have things back in place again.

And I added the pretty pumpkin too.  I'm going to be sad to see fall come to an end, I love this look so much.

All of this is leading me in a new painting direction (and the reason why my kids ask me why I keep putting paint on the walls).  I've been putting swatches up on the kitchen walls for awhile, but now I'm starting to bleed over into the family room.  Things could get crazy here people.  The holidays are fast approaching, as is my cookie exchange.  That's when I do my best work. ;-)

Intellectual Gray?

Amazing Gray?  

Requisite Gray?  

Functional Gray?  

These are just a few that I'm contemplating.  They're great neutral grays, and again they work with the browns and beiges that we have in our home - both in flooring and in furnishings.  

Do you have any of these colors in your home?


Friday 5+1 (5 Things I Like + 1 Thing I Don't)

Happy Friday!!

I hope you've had a great week and are gearing up for a nice weekend.  After a rainy and gloomy week, the weekend is looking much more promising, which is good, since we're scheduled to have our family pictures taken.

Let's get going on this week's Friday 5+1!

Fall in the Midwest
On the note about beautiful weather, I swear, I don't remember the leaves being this beautiful in a long time.  It's one of the perks of living in the Midwest (although I really wish our winters were shorter. And warmer).  So I've been enjoying every bit of the fall foliage, and have taken it to a whole new geeked out level of taking photos of the gorgeous trees when I'm out and about.

Hearing from Readers
I can't tell you how much I love hearing from you and the projects that you tackle at home.  It seriously makes my day.  So you can imagine how thrilled I was to hear from Giulia in Italy, as she shared her paneled wall project that was inspired by the one I did in my daughter's room.  First, it's a great project, and second, Giulia is from Italy.  So cool.  Check out their project!

I love it!  Honestly, please send me a note if you have a project that you've taken on yourself.  I really do love seeing the transformations.

And then there are the smart comments that I receive on some of my posts that leave me thinking, "Duh, why didn't I think of that?"  Like this window panel I found at Bargains and Buyouts where a reader suggested using it as a long shower curtain.  

YES!  Why didn't I think of that?  Custom shower curtains are expensive and hard to find - what a brilliant idea.  Now I'm wishing I had picked it up.

Detached Garages
I know this is an odd one, but I've noticed that some homeowners are adding detached garages to their properties.  While we do have lots of garage space, it's amazing how quickly it gets filled up with a riding lawnmower, gardening supplies, table saws, snow blowers, etc...  Wouldn't it be lovely to have one of these?  (Apologies for my stalker quality photos)

And I love that there is an upstairs living area.  I imagine that to be a great office space or guest suite.  A girl can dream, right?

And, it's in keeping with the design of the home as well.  Even better.

Fox and Picasso Paintbrushes
I already told you about the Traditional Painter website that is one of my daily reads with great painted kitchen transformations.  They also have great product recommendations, like the dustless sanding system that I recently purchased and talked about here.  Well, I purchased some of their Fox and Picasso paintbrushes too and used one for the first time yesterday.  Holy cow, it's like the holy grail of paintbrushes.

These brushes hold paint like none I've ever used, without dripping!  Definitely worth the money and shipping (they're based in the UK, and not available in the US - yet).

What was I painting?  Here is a sneak peek of the wild hair I got yesterday.

Paint Transformations
Speaking of painting, I've gotten to work on the kitchen cabinets that I talked about here.  They're spraying up beautifully, and I'm putting my new Erecta-rack to good use!

The +1 Thing That I Don't Like - Grocery Stores that Sell Non-Groceries
We have a relatively new "Kroger Marketplace" that opened a couple years ago and had a furniture section, as well as a jeweler under its roof.  Because those are items that I buy when I go to the grocery.  "Let's see, I need milk, eggs, a sofa and a diamond ring.  I'll go to Kroger and knock it all off at once!"  Um, no.

The furniture department ended up being a flop (shocking), so now they're adding a (wait for it) clothing department.  I'm sure that will be a booming business.  I'm just wondering where people are going to try on the bras that they're offering...  In the meantime, they have rearranged everything in a store that I had just finally been able to navigate.

There you have it.  I hope you have a great weekend!