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Its porch painting day! Aren’t you excited?

1 Jun

Ok, I know I haven’t been on here forever but we are going to move past that because its time to paint! Yes, again. This time I’m taking it outside to my front porch. Now, lately I’ve been bitching up a storm about my house….its not in the neighborhood I want, too many things to fix, blah blah blah. I’ve decided to put my big girl panties on, suck it up and make some improvements. 

First up: the front porch! The front of my house has bothered me for as long as I can remember. Does that mean I’ve done anything about it? No. No it does not. But that changes today. It not only needs a new coat of paint, but a new color. The color on the steps and porch now is kind of a hunter green and although that color is ok, I’m so sick of it. It is also the color of every exterior door we have as well as the color of the back deck.

The two colors I’ve been seriously debating for the porch and steps are a dark brick red or a charcoal gray. If I did the charcoal gray, I would paint the door red. It would be nicer if the door faced the street instead of being off to the side, but oh well. I was all set with the red, but then realized that there is a lot of brick around the steps and the brick red with the reddish brick is throwing me off. So I guess dark gray it is! The siding is tan so pretty much anything goes. I’m planning on adding some flowers and signs to make up for the lack of color.

I know what you are going to say….before and after pics! Yes, you know I will post them. I almost included a before pic with this post but I’m kind of too lazy right now to go snap a pic. 

I’ll be back with pictures…I promise!

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From blonde to red…..

20 Oct

I get bored….and not the “I don’t’ have anything to do” bored, but a restless and stuck in a rut bored. It usually happens around Sept – Oct when the summer is over and fall hits. Don’t get me wrong – fall is my favorite season, but it usually means I’m ready for a change. Sometimes I paint a room, or buy new clothes but more often than not I change my hair color. This is often met with a great big sigh from my husband. Not because he doesn’t like the new hair, but because he knows that I’m never really happy with what I end up with and then there are hours of recoloring, desperately washing with dish soap and maybe a few tears….mostly mine.  This time I was determined to avoid this. 

I decided to just go for it this time and go completely red. I thought about reddish with highlights but since I’m doing it myself I wanted to keep it simple. Well, as simple as dying blonde hair red can be. I went to Sally Beauty with some pictures and asked one of the girls that worked there for help. She looked with me and helped me pick out a color and developer, gave me some advice and then I went on my way. I came home, followed the directions and after a little while the color looked almost exactly the way I wanted it. When the time was up, I rinsed it out and dried it. I was VERY disappointed! It was the lightest strawberry blonde, but not in a good way. It had a pinkish tinge with lots of blonde still in it. I could have just lived with it until it came out or dyed blonde, but I was determined to have red.

I was thinking of going back to Sally’s but honestly I haven’t had great luck there the last couple times so I took my chances at the store. There weren’t very many choices for the red I was trying to achieve but I saw one that really caught my eye – Feria Deep Copper. Its hard to describe the exact color but its very drastic!  I put the color on and within a minute or two I knew it was going to be red!! When it was time, I washed it out and dried it and I believe my exact words were “holy shit!”  I was joking last night about looking like Ronald McDonald….ok its not THAT bright, but still.

It is taking me some time to get used to not being blonde. While the color isn’t where I want it to be right now, it definitely is a change! I washed it this morning and it faded a bit. I’m going to try to find a good shampoo for red hair and see how the color settles in the next week or two. I have a feeling I’m going to have to put another color on (closer to the color I had in mind) in the next couple of weeks. 

Ok enough chatter, here are the pictures:

The first is the before, the second is right after I dyed it and the third is this morning after I washed it. It also looks different depending on the lighting. I’m trying to find more of a gingery copper than a red if that makes any sense.

 

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Some cranberries, some paint, and a lot of cursing.

3 Dec

It took me a couple days but I finally finished the popcorn & cranberry garland for the tree. I have to say that I really love it and I guess it was worth bleeding fingers and hand cramps. I put it on the tree and it was exactly what was missing. It lasted exactly two days before the stupid dog decided that she would eat the popcorn off the strand and leave the cranberries….how nice of her. At least it was only half a strand and I can fix it, but its such a pain in the ass! I guess its my fault for making the tree edible.

Garland & finished tree:

With this project being done, I decided to move on to other ventures. I’ve been wanting to paint the kids rooms forever and I figured now would be a good time. Usually painting isn’t that big of a deal for me since I’ve got it down to a science, but I was a little worried about these rooms. Joey wanted red for his room and Mariah asked for a deep plum. Besides black, I can’t think of two more difficult colors to paint, but I wanted them to get the colors they liked so red & purple it is. Plus there really is nothing more blah to me than unpainted, eggshell colored walls…..the kids definitely inherited their love of color from me.

I started in Joey’s room first and was prepared to have to put on at least 4 coats of paint…..I painted my living room a dark red a few years ago and it was a nightmare! But I only ended up needing two coats and used only one can….bonus! I decided to skip the tape this time since it doesn’t really help me and I’m so glad I did….I used an angled brush and it looks so much better! The room is really really bright…..like, can’t close your eyes ever bright ,but it looks awesome! I still need to put his posters in frames and hang them up but I’m mostly done.

I decided to paint Mariah’s room this weekend too….I figured I was already covered in paint, why not add some more. Plus, it was long overdue….she’s turning 15 this month,and she outgrew her room years ago! After Joey’s room went so well I wasn’t worried about Mariah’s at all. For some reason, her room ended up being harder to cover. It was the same kind of paint, but maybe it was because its darker. Not sure, but thankfully I only needed one can with hers too and it is done! I love the color! This is what always happens….I paint a room, love the color and then want to paint all the rooms that color. There is something wrong with me for sure!

I have some before pictures and some “in process” pictures….I probably won’t have the actual afters until I get the rooms all organized and put together and who knows when that will be!

This is Joey’s room:

Mariah’s room: I painted the window panes and doors a nice bright white but I’m too lazy to go back up and take another picture.