Monday, January 18, 2010

Mocha Latte

Mr. P. is painting the interior of our house. We've lived here for 18 years, and have never painted. We (traslates into he) painted the bedrooms when we moved. We painted our Foyer several years ago, and we painted our kitchen. But the main living area is just dirty white. Blech.

We have been experimenting with color. We had one disaster, and the rest is all okay. We've been shopping in the 'oops' paint sections of Lowe's and Wal Mart. We call it 'oops' paint, but it's just paint the people have purchased that they dont' like or that the store mistinted, or the people that ordered it had no clue what color was on that tiny little swatch that they took home. The oops paint is so much less expensive. And since we are on a budget, and since we needed something to be done with the paint, we decided to not be picky.

It started with an oatmeal color that we bought for $5.22 for a gallon. We painted our stairwell/entry area. It turned out pretty good. The paint really freshened up the area. Then he painted a couple of small walls in the basement. This took alot of paint because it is a paneled basement, and that dry paneling sucks up the paint. We found some olive green for $5 a can, too! We bought both gallons of it. What a mistake that was. It was a flat paint, and it looked like an olive colored chalkboard! It was bad. Luckily we'd only invested $10 in the paint. He used it as a primer on that dry paneling. We went out searching again, and found some deep rust colored paint. I was leery. After the green fiasco, I was worried about any color that was bright, dark or 'different'. It turned out really nice. The basement paneled walls took it well and it's quite pretty next to the tan we used on the first couple of walls down there.

We bought a 5 gallon bucket of 'oops' paint. It was probably bought by a contractor or homeowner, and they ended up not liking it. It's kind of a hot chocolate color. Mocha.......Latte....whatever. It's dark, but SO MUCH BETTER than the dirt that was up on the walls.....SO MUCH BETTER. So bit by bit....wall by wall.....he's been working on painting. Suddenly it looks like a house who's owners have a modicum of taste.

Decorating is not in my genes. I must have been distracted by something shiny when that was being handed out.

In other news, we are having ham 'n' beans for dinner. We had a Ham bone in the freezer, and some ham pieces frozen, so we've now made it into ham and beans. I'll make tex mex cornbread to eat with it. Yummy. YUMMY.

We are off work today, and it's a been a LAZY, nice 3 day weekend.

Toodles for now!!

1 comment:

MsDarkstar said...

That's one of the things I get sortve bummed about living in an apartment. You can't express yourself at all (no painting, no holes in the walls, no sticking stuff up on the walls) without worrying that you're going to lose your damage deposit.

The one thing I like about the current place, though... GRAY carpet. Takes much longer to show dirt!