Task one: Paint the front porch. I asked my older kids to help. They asked me how much I would pay them. I told them to get off their thrones and paint the effing porch (except I used the real word cause, good grief, my kids are so spoiled and the lack of gratitude is maddening). This also happened to be the same day Ena was accused of saying the "F" word to the neighbor kid. Turns out she thinks hell is the F word and she "just" gave him the finger. It also turns out that her older brother told her about giving someone the finger and she felt compelled to try it. That evening we all had a talk about how swearing was off limits to kids but sometimes acceptable for grownups (I had to cover my tracks), just like alcohol, cigarettes, and (now in Washington) Marijuana. These things need to be used with caution and self control, two things kids generally lack.
|We were done in no time, and actually had fun doing it.|
|The paint will look this nice for about a week.|
Task two: Paint living room. We've lived in this house for six years and the paint felt dated and dirty. I've been leaning towards pale blue for awhile and then I went to my neighbors graduation party. She has pale blue walls that left me breathless. I went to the paint store and saw the color "Breath of Fresh Air." It spoke to me.
|This already shows the new furniture arrangement but with the old paint colors. I was tired of the black.|
|Notice the art arrangement over the piano. And Happy Fathers Day Kyle! I love that Hermon, Wyatt, and Bentley are all making the same face.|
|The trial coat felt soothing, I decided to go for it.|
|New art arrangement|
|The school cabinet fit perfectly under the window and is out of the dinning room allowing me to turn the table.|
Task three: Paint the dinning room. These two rooms are connected by an archway so they need to coordinate. My dinning room ceiling is florescent yellow and I wasn't about to paint over it. I chose to cut "A Breath of Fresh Air" by four making it nearly white. Should this color be called "Gasping for Air?" Maybe.
|Original yellowish white walls|
|Day two mess|
|Viola! I like sparseness, it's good for breathing.|
|Feels much more open with the table turned|
The three days of work was invigoration. I really like my new arrangement. I've tried several times to put my couch facing the fire place but the big coffee table made it cramped. That table is now in the TV room and perfect for putting our feet up. Win, win.
|I love this cozy little TV room. And I love Levi's purple hair.|