My, oh my, where has the time gone! It looks like July 3 was our last post, so we have been gone for more than a month! That has to be some kind of record. Well, as the dinosaurs clearly state, we are definitely back in action on the blogosphere. We’ve been here and there, doing this and that, so we are going to give an update on what’s been going on on our end.
One of the biggest distractions upon moving in was the paint color that was applied to the entirety of the interior walls. It was a brown, a sad brown and not the most inspiring of choices, especially a twenty-something married couple looking to spice things up! Here’s a reminder if you need reminding of what the paint color used to be in the common area:
We wanted to go with something lighter, so we initially went with a paint-and-primer-in-one from Olympic, Thin Ice!
Fortunately our good friends Kenn and Jenn from Houston were in town that weekend, and Kenn offered to lend a hand in putting the paint to the wall. We also borrowed a 6-foot step ladder from Austin, so thank you, Austin (don’t worry, we will return it)! Izzie was definitely a little hesitant when we did a test spot, but for good reason: it was a looking a little blue! We chose to keep painting and did as much as we could until the weekend ended. When the work week started up again, we resumed painting and finished what we set out to paint: the living room, office area, and hallways. So then it was decision time. Since we were going to have to put a second coat on anyways (since one coat wasn’t enough to cover up that darker brown color), we had the option of refining our color choice if need be. Well…it need be. This was a slightly different method than selecting the kitchen color, but we were in mutual agreement that with this current paint color, we really were…(wait for it) on thin ice.
So we went back to Lowe’s and decided to go with a different color that 1.) was slightly darker and 2.) had less blue in it and more of a gray tone. We’re happy to report that after application, we are quite pleased with the outcome of this color and will not be flirting with a third coat! HA
For now we have Lala’s very colorful painting on the mantle right now, as we still have to unpack our elusive peacock painting that we bought on our anniversary cruise. It’s bigger so it’ll fit the space quite nicely. We were planning on painting the mantle a nice bright white, but we have changed directions and want to keep the black as it is. We’d like to add some gloss to it though, since the walls are a softer satin finish (as opposed to a semi-gloss, which was way too shiny). And also the tile isn’t very attractive and will be replaced with a nice mosaic tile down the road.
We had to take down the blinds on the two windows in the front of the office area and the two windows that lead to the backyard, and had a bit of a revelation in doing so. We decided not to put them back up. For security reasons we don’t feel comfortable not having anything there, so we tacked up a bed sheet to hide our cache of techno-paraphernalia. This weekend we will be in Houston and plan on stopping by Ikea and picking up some nice sheer curtains to put up. Couple that with some solar screens and there is no looking in! But this will have to do for this week.
We also managed to score a nice iron patio table and four chairs from Craigslist for under $100. It was a really worn black color, so we bought some Rustoleum spray paint (Hammered black) and refreshed it. You can’t really tell in this shot, but it turned out well. We will get some seat cushions, but that’s lower priority for now.
And finally, we were experiencing some less than stellar pressure from our shower head (did you think of that Seinfeld episode? I did.) so we decided to channel the skies and the clouds from above and bring a rain shower right into our master bath.
We used the existing elbow hardware so all we had to do was whip out the elbow grease and attach the new one. Presto change-o! We were bathing in delight.
Well, that’s it for tonight. We are definitely not professional bloggers, but will make a more vigilant effort to maintain the consistency of our posts. Bear with us and…