Girls Write Out
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

I've been yearning to do something new to the house ever since my girls have painted their houses. Kara and Donna both have painted the walls BROWN. Who would have thought it would look so good? I always thought if you were painting walls, they needed to be a COLOR, not a drab shade of brown, but by golly, brown is a rich, warm color on the walls. It feels elegant and homey at the same time.

So I got to thinking about how we're never satisified with the house. We're always wanting to do something new. Or is it just me? LOL I talked Dave into redoing my kitchen. I was sick of the white tile with grout that doesn't stay white. Which brings up another subject. If you're thinking about tiing your countops, DON'T. It's a nice look but it's bear to live with. Ever try rolling out pie dough or noodles on tile? And the cleaning of the grout is a bear. It's yet one another of those things I thought I'd like but learned that living with it isn't so fun.

So that was one thing I want changed that hasn't been done all that long. And like I said, seeing the girls' walls made me wish we'd opted for paint on the walls instead of wallpaper. At the time it seemed a good idea. It's a Victorian house after all and should have wallpaper. But I'm tired of it. And the upstairs bathroom shower needs redone. And why didn't we put a master bath in that big closet area instead of a walk in closet? That would have more sales appeal.

And what was I thinking when I refinished these floors? I should have just left them natural and polyurethaned them in their light state. All these errors.

You ever feel like that? Or are you perfectly happy with everything you've done to your house?
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:08 AM  
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At 9:31 AM, Blogger Cara Putman said...

I'm the same way. The list of projects never shrinks. We mark something off and I think of something new to add to the list. Eric doesn't really care, but to me it's a reflection of who I am.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Jaime said...

Oh, it's sooo funny you bring this up! I just finished painting my computer room at home (prepping for writing over the winter ;). It turned into the biggest most emotional ordeal!! LOL Looking back it is a sitcom moment. My husband walking through every 30 min. "you missed a spot. Don't forget the trim. Did you paint the ceiling? That needs a second coat." The sad thing all his comments were 100% correct if you wanted to do the job right but I was sooo tired of painting after 3 nights that I wanted to graphiti the walls and be done with it!!

Anyway, the walls are a pretty light caramel with vanilla trim. It looks pretty and cozy and all ready for winter. But just remember, the finished product is fun but the getting there ... not so much!! :)

PS - I painted my kitchen chocolate brown a few years ago and LOVE IT!! Your daughters have good taste! ;)

At 11:04 AM, Blogger Two Sisters said...

I try to be happy with my house. There is nothing wrong with it, but I admit that sometimes I find myself impatient about little things we need to change, but haven't had any time for. When will we have time? I'm assuming when our kids are grown and painting their own houses. :)


At 11:39 AM, Blogger Crystal Laine Miller said...

I love decorating and love everything I've done to this house.

My walls are copper haze, Setter Brown, caffe beige and Northwest Pine. I did a rag-wash with copper haze and an oat color--looks antique. I re-did my kitchen entirely (ripped it all out.) I live in a woods near the river (with a creek in my woods) and while I love the setting and we put new siding up that gives our two-story ranch a cottage-feel, I dislike the house itself.The floor plan is "not right." We just did our sunroom that is essentially an enclosed porch overlooking the woods/ravine.(Needs furniture.)

We have 2 more years here with our youngest (school) and then we are contemplating what we will do. I am in love with this turn of the century farmhouse that sits in the middle of cornfields, and am dying to do something with it.(It has a studio in the barn...)

But all that to say that I love brown and taupes, and coppers and beiges on the walls. (with white trim!)But I have never been in love with this house--just the setting.

I absolutely adored my last house. Sigh. It was perfect and I was changing decor and was half-way finished when we moved.

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

Oh do I know that, Colleen! My dh insisted on white walls when we moved in here - 12 years ago.

My bedroom finally got painted about 4 years ago and I love it. It's a brownish-gold with sand in the paint, so it's textured. (You do have to be careful about throwing your arm over your head at night. Before I got the headboard, I bloodied my knuckles on it. However, if your fingernail is torn, it makes a good emory board :o) I papered 1 wall with a wide stripe of gold (same color as the paint) and narrow stripes around that of dark green and burgandy. I still love it.

But we bought paint on sale about 2 months ago to do the great room. It's still sitting in the mud room, waiting to be used. Sigh.

We have great ideas, but lack the energy to start the redecorating. LOL Maybe this winter when it's rainy (praying for rain here in Atlanta) and cold out, we'll get the urge to do it.

At 12:31 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I get bored with things, and I'll tell you, when we built our "perfect" house, I couldn't stand it, there was nothing to do to it. Maybe that's why I bought this house. I'll never be finished. : )

At 12:37 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I've had a new house too but even then there was always something different I wanted done. LOL I think we painted three times in fifteen years.

At 12:38 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Your computer room sounds great, Jaime!

Love your new picture, Crystal!

At 12:45 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

I don't think mine will ever be finished either. I LOVE brown walls and was just getting ready to change my living room when other things came up in life. Now that I'm ready to face the projects again, I learn that my hubby loves the current color in the living room (blue - going w/a French Country theme). So I got light brown furniture instead and love it. My adjoining dining room is a dark plum with golden/brown curtains and ties in really nice.

I had wallpaper, loved it at first, then hated it. My bathroom has wallpaper that I can't wait to tear down, and a tile surround (gasp!)... love the look, but hate the grout!

I'd say, "go for it! change up those walls.... just as long as you doesn't distract/keep you from writing!" :)

At 12:50 PM, Blogger celestemc said...

Oh yeah, and for me, darker shades seem to be soothing on those migraine days - though when feeling good, I love a light, bright room.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Winter Peck said...

We're actually in the middle of repainting our twin boys bedroom. Daisy yellow for boys, wasn't working. It's a nice bright blue.

Next project is our bedroom. Thinking browns in that one too. Course, what do you do with light pink carpet?

At 1:22 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Actually pink and brown go well together! You could do some bedding in a deeper shade of burgundy that goes with the pink.

At 2:31 PM, Blogger Deena said...

**sigh** No, I'm not satisfied, but since we rent, we can't get on Extreme Home THAT would satisfy me...

"Bus driver, MOVE. THAT. BUS.---cause your wheel is on my book!"

At 3:29 PM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

I can't decorate. Don't have the will or time or money. I like things simple yet elegant.

The walls are white with a drop of red in the paint so there's a pinkish hue in the room during certain times of day.

Pictures are hung tastefully, but not too many of them. We have tile and carpet.

I wouldn't mind some colored paint on the walls, but we have a great room and once the painting starts, it will have to go around the house.

The only thing I'd like redone is my kitchen and office, maybe the master bath.

But we bought this house because it was move-in ready.

Do you think Nate from the Oprah Show would visit. Then, I might consider redecorating.

It's a warm cozy house, so I'm happy.

But, C, you are so creative. And have a ton of energy. Go for it!! Send pictures.

Love, Rachel

At 7:10 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I regret asking the dh to tile the kitchen and bathroom floors. We figured out last week that I put him on that task March 2005 . . .and it's STILL not completed! {sigh} and probably won't be as he doesn't like the tile he picked to go in there. I'm thinking stained concrete at this point!

I love the color in my scrapbook room (former dining room) .. .it's a light sage-y green -- called Restful. tehehe . ..gave the paint guy a good laugh after I had to wait behind a woman who bought 30 gallons of paint! My 2 little gallons, and I waited over 30 minutes for it.


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