Friday, September 27, 2013

At Last

I feel like if posts needed a soundtrack, Etta James would definitely be crooning to this one.  I realize that this is not nearly as dramatic to...well...anyone else, but I spend my days home with the boys, and I am so happy to no longer be looking at weirdly patched walls in the living/dining room.  We started the living room before we even moved in, so sometime in February is when we had our before...
....and then we took down the paneling and things got weird with the dried glue EVERYWHERE.
 So we scraped and scraped and cursed a little bit until we were down to bare plaster walls. At that point we were out of time so we moved in with the walls as they were.  A month or so later one of Matt's buddies came over and they patched up those weird little built ins.
Usually I love built-ins, but the off-center wonkyness of these was too much.  Plus we all know that little boys and glass doors do not mix.

And then we stalled out.  Call it a crazy summer, call it laziness, whatever - we just never got around to finishing it up.  Eventually it got to the point where people were starting to ask "So...what's happening with these walls?" which was kind of the kick in the pants that we needed, so we knocked that project out last weekend with the help of my mom and step-dad.  
And the boys...they were a HUGE help.  How else would we have gotten paint on Jacks head AND the window? 

It took me forever to decide on a paint color.  The dining room and living room are open to each other, so I didn't want anything too dark or too overwhelming.  Eventually I settled on "Gelato" by Valspar, and it is perfect.  It's a greyish putty color.  On the swatch in the store I thought it looked a little greenish, but in our home it is just what I was looking for, plus it looks good with the furnishings we already have!
Please ignore the unclothed child.  I tried and tried and tried, and this was as close as I could get.  Oy.  We still have a lot of plans for this room (adios brass ceiling fan) but MAN it has come a long way!

And turning to the dining area...
Aaand ignore the dog.  Moving on.  Again...lots of plans, but much better than it was!

Phew! That is one big fat check on our looong to-do list. 
*Oh, and no, we didn't get new furniture, we have actually had this set from when we first got married, and we felt that it fit better than the big grey sofa so we sold that one instead and brought this out of storage. 

** Also - did you notice how many people we have helping us in the pictures above?  Are our friends and family not awesome?  I am so grateful for their willingness to let me boss them around :)


  1. Family help is so amazing. My dad always randomly texts me on Friday nights and says, "See you tomorrow" and then he shows up with all kinds of tools and is ready to get his hands dirty.

    Love the wall color, by the way! So awesome that you let the boys help!

    1. Your dad sounds great!! That's so sweet of him!

  2. Wow! It looks awesome! I was so excited to see a new post from you! :)

    1. Thanks!! You guys should come see it in person soon!

  3. I love the color! You guys are so lucky to have an army of friends and family to help! It was all worth it... seriously the rooms look fantastic. :)


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