As well as planning a vacation trip I am also planning DIY time around the home. There are some projects I want to tackle just because it's "time". When I first painted this dining room wall I had already tried 3 different colours and projects before I settled on this warm red (Behr Fox Fire which is no longer made). It just made me happy and to be honest, it still does. But I'm ready for something new. This colour has been up for 10 years and I think that's long enough to love and enjoy a colour. Then again...it might end up staying. I'm not sure I'll be able to just "wash it away'.
The main floor is a large "L" and the front of the house is all windows which face north. I had settled on Benjamin Moore's "Dijon" (Dijon 193). It's a warm gold yellow and looks wonderful in both daylight and night light. More than the red I am very tired of the yellow. I've been feeling for months now that I want something more neutral so that I can incorporate other colours into the rooms.
I'm leaning towards Benjamin Moore's Bennington Gray as my neutral...a neutral with some colour (more like a cafe au lait) according to Curbly.com, whose author also says that Bennington Gray responds well to warm colours...as in the colour on the dining room wall. I had been contemplating a darker brown for the dining room wall and adding some wainscotting to the bottom of the wall, painted in a lighter contrasting colour. Decisions, decisions. For now I will begin with the other walls in the Bennington Gray and make all other decisions from that point.
(image from curbly.com)
The painting I will do myself...I thoroughly enjoy the process of stirring the paint, applying the paint and watching the transformation take place. As well, I find painting to be relaxing, calming and therapeutic.
After the painting or during the painting, will come the bathroom renovation. This house was built in 1962 and this is the original bathroom. In all it's "gory glory". It seems that as soon as we made the decision to have the bathroom completely redone, the room decided it had had enough and decided to fall apart. Tiles falling and giving way. It's been a treat! Knowing that it won't be this way much longer fills me with joy.
No decisions have been made as to design, colour or textures but that's coming. I've been scouting around on pinterest and on other design sites. I've been buying magazines and borrowing materials from the library and putting together what I would like the ideal bathroom to be. This work will be done by those who know what they are doing...plumbers, electricians, builders...this isn't one I have any desire to tackle on my own. I'll even let them do the painting once I have chosen a colour scheme. One benefit to joining the gym is that while this shower is out of commission for the weeks the renovation will take I do have the use of the shower at the gym. Even more reason to be motivated to get to the gym.
It most definitely will NOT have counter tops that look like this below...1960 called and it wants the entire bathroom back. Even if it's in pieces, it will go with my blessing.
I would also like to take a moment to thank each of you who left a comment with your thoughts about blogging and blogging etiquette. I love putting a question out to you and having the feedback of your thoughts. This was obviously a topic that many of you had very definite feelings about and I appreciate how each of you respond to the blogs you read and how you approach what you do with your own blogs.