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I briefly mentioned it yesterday, but it bears repeating: there are fifteen different wall surfaces in this house that are turning from a medium tan to a light greige. Among these surfaces include:

  • the hallway to the kitchen (done)
  • the entryway nook (done)
  • the bow window in the living room (halfway complete)
  • the wall along the fireplace (not yet started)
  • the support wall separating the living room and staircase (not yet started)
  • the (obnoxiously tall) staircase walls (meh – maybe 25% done?)
  • one half-wall upstairs (not yet started)
  • the upstairs hallway that connects three bedrooms and the guest bath (not yet started)
  • cutting in 7 door frames, 4 windows, and 1 fireplace (halfway complete)

And when you consider that these walls are going from tan (snooze) to gray (yawn), it’s easy to get a little distracted with other projects. But, despite the odds, I’ve managed to make steady progress and find my way back to the paint can every few days. It’s probably the fact that because so much of my house is in mid-DIY status, I’ve crossed some kind of mental threshold for chaos and simply cannot walk past it without picking. up. the paintbrush.

Now that the entryway walls are officially DONE, I’m feeling a little more relaxed. And the first coat along the bow windows is helping, too. As you can see from these photos, the paint is a true “greige” – the color changes from beige to gray on the same wall all because of the light (the color is called Dove Wing by Benjamin Moore and color matched to Behr paint).

This little bench has moved with me from apartment to apartment since college. I’m not even sure how I came to possess it (I know it was in my house growing up, but how I came to use it as my nightstand, I can’t recall). When I bought a matching set of nightstands for the primary bedroom, I wasn’t sure what to do with this little guy, but I didn’t want to get rid of it. So I thought I’d give it a shot (however temporary) next to the front door. So far, it fits and it’s functional (and no worries about the dust; I placed the bench in the corner to take a few photos before the sun set and then cleaned). I have an idea of where it might find a permanent home, but that project is still a long way off. When the time comes, I’ll also try a little wood oil to see if I can bring out some of the color, too.

All in all, just making a little more progress each day. Tonight, I’ll be working on some DIY art, doing a little studying (yep, semester’s not over yet!), and editing a few pictures from a recent field trip that I can’t wait to share with you guys.

What have you been up to this week?

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  1. Im looking forward to seeing this art. I did a lot of painting last week too, along with ripping up some nasty green outdoor carpet (you know what I mean?) I wasn’t going to do that yet, but I was vacuuming sawdust out of it and just had enough of that awful plastic crap…so I started ripping. Haha I go a little carried away – you know how that is right?

    1. Yes, I do that all the time. Brushing my teeth, I’ll pick at wallpaper, or tear out the garden bed while I wait for my breakfast to heat up. Whatever helps push you along is a good thing!

  2. I’m doing the same thing! So much yellow in our house when we moved in…2 years ago. I’m slowly but surely painting it all Behr’s Dolphin Fin (light gray), though the stairwell has been taped off for well over a month. I’ll get there eventually!

  3. I can feel your pain. I’m painting our cabinets and the shelves on this wall don’t come out. So I’m cutting in the top, sides, back, and bottom THREE times per cabinet plus the outside of it.

    I’m about to lose my mind.

    I haven’t even started on the doors either. Oh gosh.