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Stephmo in Columbus is doing 28 things including…

redecorate my bedroom

38 cheers


Stephmo has written 4 entries about this goal

Reviewing this Goal for 2010:

This is still on the list – I need to finish painting (sad!) and get going on a lot of other stuff.

Believe it or not, the other day I was looking at Duvet covers. ;)

So I've bought the paint...

3 gallons worth. I went with the paint chip on the far left. I did get a semi-gloss, so it will be a bit lighter than the paint chip which is a matte. I went with the Olympia Latex 15 year washable semi-gloss paint.

Honestly, I don’t know when paint became as complicated as coffee orders, but that’s where we are now. I also picked up new roller heads, because that’s how I roll. (HA!)

If I weren’t making this sound exciting enough, I did find this cool tube of spackle designed to cover nail holes. It’s a tube with an angled applicator that basically encourages you to dispense just enough to cover the nail hole and the tip seems to be designed to wipe it smooth. We’ll see if it’s as spiffy as it looks.

But the BEST NEWS? We’re going to start with the curtain wall. And you know what that means? The death of the evil curtains! Yes, they’ve met their end. And, yes, they’re dusty as all heck in that trash can. That’s how little I cared for those window “treatments.” We have been looking over the walls and have decided to apply a primer coat first.

Paint Chips...

Well, this is what I’m looking at – in natural light. The ones against the trim are what I’m looking at (and the trim does need to still be painted as well, but that’s another story – it will still be white).

I’m leaning towards the one on the left – Sunset Fire- oooh! If you’re wondering about the angle, this is the sideways view of the left-hand side of the door. That’s the bathroom. It’s greenish (it’s an effect – I will not do that again as I’ve learned that touching every surface on a wall is actually not that fun).

I think I'm ready to pull the trigger on this one!

I have a hard time picking stuff to do, but some things have come to me and since we’ve done the master bath and the walk-in closet, it’s about time I get around to the master bedroom.

On the list:

1. Pick the paint color – I want a tumeric-y yellow. I hope it doesn’t sound terrible, but the bathroom is moss green – the closet is cedar lined and I really want something that’s warm and spicy. I have some beige and yellow accents in the bathroom so I think the yellow spice will work. (This, in a nutshell is why it takes me FOREVER to commit to paint.)

2. Rid myself of the horrible window treatments the old owners left. Really, it’s like Toucan Sam and Jimmy Buffet got together, designed some flowery window curtains, took one look at them and said, “these are disgusting, let’s put them in the clearance bin and never speak of them again.” And then the old owners of our house bought them on a sad day.

3. Bed is a nice cherry with black metal accents – quasi arts and crafts. Will go nicely with spicy theme. Replace horrible window treatments with black metal curtain rod and fabric to be named later.

4. Refinish the two dressers – cherry stain. Get new hardware. Black metal. This way, they match.

5. Nightstands – I have plans for simple ones. Easy wood project. To be completed after the bat house goal ONLY. Still torn on doing in cherry or black – leaning towards black simply because I think it will seem more homey.

6. The quilt – beautiful, but in desperate need of cleaning. Over 100 years old. Figure out the best way to do this. It hangs on the wall.

7. Art piece. The quilt has this old-fashioned pattern that’s supposed to resemble geese or something – not really in the theme. But it’s nifty and I don’t want to chuck it. Idea brews – Mark Rothko-esque painting. I have canvas. I have wood for framing. Make painting canvas. Rothko-style painting that will incorporate the brown, green and red with a golden pop stripe. I figure this will hang on another wall (since they’re largely empty) and make quilt make sense. (In my head.)

All plans subject to change…random thoughts about trim and possibly tackling new carpet also up for grabs.

Stephmo has gotten 38 cheers on this goal.


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