Am I the only one who dreads painting rooms? It’s one thing getting out the paint brushes for a chair or box, but to take everything off the wall, put drop cloths on the floor, move furniture, etc., etc., not my favorite thing to do. I was quite proud of myself for not getting much paint on the floor, but when I got out the oil-based paint for the woodwork, drip, drip, plop. It dripped like crazy every where!! I spent almost as much time scrubbing paint off the floor as I did painting.
I painted my breakfast room, and the kitchen (I’ll show you later since I’m not done in there), and even with all of that hassle, I can honestly tell you, it was so worth it. Here’s a look at the before.
The curtains came down, and the Sherwin Williams Bungalow gold walls were painted Bittersweet Stem, the woodwork, formally Bungalow Gold, was painted a creamy white.
Then I purchased these lovely French tea towels, also from Joss and Main, and the best part is that they are actually made in France. This one hides our little secret.
But I suspect you already guessed what was behind it.
I also painted the wainscoting white; I’m amazed at how much bigger the room feels without the curtains, and with the white paint.
Okay, the honest truth is that I painted 7 rooms in that Bungalow Gold color, can you believe it? I never really liked the color except in the family room, where all of the natural light balanced all of the yellow. But why did I paint 7 rooms in my house this color? For the past few years I have been trying to get rid of this color. I’ve painted over the Bungalow Gold in my bathroom, and the kitchen and in the breakfast room. I still have the foyer, the upstairs hallway, the family room, and the laundry room left to paint. Hmmm, I will let you know how that goes, and if I do it myself or hire someone to do the rest of the painting.
Here are the views toward the window and toward the brick wall in the breakfast room.
Much calmer, don’t you think? I’m very pleased with the new look, but I am taking a break from painting now.
I have lots of linen fabric sitting in my office, just waiting to be sewn into slipcovers for all of my living room furniture, so that’s my next project. I like to split things up so I sew, then paint, sew then paint. It keeps me from getting too tired of either one.
But this week, I don’t have time for either. My kids start school next week, and I have to get some boring things done before I can start the slipcovers. My family apparently wants some edible food in the house, and I’ve got to get the tire to our mower fixed. Don’t they know I have a blog to run??
Here’s a list of the parties that I visit on a regular basis. I might have shared this link at any number of these.