Sunday, April 15, 2012

Changing it up.... Again....

Remember this post about my dining room and how I wasn't sure how hubs and I felt about the dining room redo I designed on a whim under pressure?

As we do, hubs and I decided on a Thursday night that we would change the color. He hated it. I liked it but wasn't in love with it. He headed to Lowe's and picked up the paint I chose for the room and another paint that he wanted for under the chair rail.  We both decided white for the chair rail and crown molding.

The journey to changing the room began at 10 pm on Thursday. We got the first coat of paint on by 11 (including the cut in work). I was surprised. We waited a while then put the second coat of paint on the bottom. Interestingly enough, we didn't need a second coat on the top - only places where hubs had missed in painting. He truly detests painting. I don't mind it. I hate rolling paint, but love doing the trim work. Weird, I know. Most like rolling and hate trim/cut in work.

We finally crawled into bed around 1 am after cleaning everything up. We did not remove tape until the morning. I normally do not let the paint dry 100% before removing the tape (90% seems best to me as it prevents peeling and tape painted to areas). We still had the chair rail and the crown molding to paint.
At this point, the colors looked like country blue and cream. It reminded me of the country decor from the early 90s late 80s. I was ready to start hitting up the thrift store for a goose/duck.

Remember ducks like this???  Image via

It's important to know that I had just painted these a beautiful teal on Monday. Here it was Thursday/early Friday morning and I was going to have to repaint it. UGH! Now, yes, I do like trim work but I HATE climbing a ladder.

Our ceilings are about 10-11 feet tall- guesstimating. I couldn't just stand on a chair to paint the crown molding. A chair is as high as I like to climb. Nope... I had to get out the old rickety wooden ladder my parents handed down to us 12 years ago (no lie this thing has such a sway to it you at times feel like your balancing yourself upon the Leaning Tower of Pisa).  I climbed this thing probably 18 million times between Monday and Friday with painting the crown molding.

I woke up Friday early with my son anxiously waiting to go to the play date at the park. I had an insurance adjuster coming out to look at the roof after a bad storm that knocked over our metal basketball hood (that was in cement none-the-less) in the afternoon and book club at my house at 7:30 that night. To say it was a busy day is an understatment.

Hubs was off so he started on the chair rail while I was at the park with the lil one. I was gone 2 hours and somehow only 1 coat of primer and 1 of paint was applied to the chair rail... nothing to the molding. hmm....

When I got home, we had lunch then the adjuster arrived. Hubs worked with him while I cared for lil man and started painting the 2nd coat on the chair rail and first coat of primer on the molding.

Up and down, up and down, up and down I went pushing the ladder and painting while lil man begged for more this or that. Finally, I put him down for a nap- now momma can work! I finally finished painting everything at 6 pm. I still had treats to make for book club. Hubs ran to the store for me to pick up what I needed. I changed quickly and made dinner. I threw together some goodies. Everyone would forgive me after all once they heard what they day was like. Besides, they don't really care as it's about being together and having adult conversation.

I pulled out a spread of goodies and the guests arrived. Life was good. We all enjoyed ourselves and I love my new dining room. Love it. Thank goodness for the white chair rail and molding that takes away the country decor look.

Tell me what you think...

The kiddo wanted to pose for a picture.
Isn't that the cutest face? totally off topic, I know, but sometimes that's how I roll.

The curtains still kinda work.

Now with the light off to reduce glare. I need to change out the globes so the light bulbs aren't sticking out.

Pic was hiding in the basement. Found at Goodwill for $7. It works for the time being.

No way was I giving up the sunburst mirror. The door isn't supposed to be the focal point in this, but oh well.

Stuff on the wall. Lace jar, garage sale vase and cute owls that were a gift.

The C is not finished. I'm thinking of Zentangling it or wrapping it in twine or yarn. We'll get a pic in the frame soon.

Don't know what the circle is in the pic but whatever. Still nothing on this wall, but there will possibly be shelves or some cool bright white dishes in random arrangement.

Lil man got a hold of the camera to give you a toddler's eye view of the room. Love that kid!
I really love it. I liked my fun color, but this will be so much easier to change decor with and looks much cleaner.

Ever had to repaint something within a week of completing it because it didn't work for you? It's quite the venture, but works out in the end if you are happy with it.

Guess I can cross redo the dining room from the 2012 home goals & goals! :)


  1. Cheri, this is a beautiful room! You should be very proud of your work!

    1. Thank you, Donna. We are very proud. I'm still working on a few pieces for in the room, but those will take time and I'm okay with that because I need a break right now!