BEFORE: Great Room

April 30, 2008 at 6:39 am 1 comment

The “BEFORE” picture…border already coming down on the right.

Internets, it’s midnight.  I am bone tired.  But, the caulking is ALMOST stripped out and reapplied on the doors and crown moulding (a pain in the patooshie), the chair rail is off, sanded, spackled, and sealed back over, the old navy “pants” have been primed and ready for prime coat #2, and tomorrow….more prep work

My hands are in a constant state of “ICK”.  SO dry.  At the end of this, I want a good manicure!

It’s the preparation that makes the good paint job.  There’s a lesson in there.  A deep one, the more prep work I have to do, the more I understand that we can’t see the full color until all the little steps and all the breaking down is done.  More, more, more, layer on layer of little holes and divets to fill, old nail holes to patch, old stuff to remove.  All to make room for the reveal of the new!  I can hardly wait!

The kids last week, removing the border…GREAT help!  (And my very dead plant, which has since gone to it’s eternal resting place).

This morning, chair rail down, and spackling ready to be sanded and primed…it HAS made the room look so much different to us.  With eight foot ceilings in this 30 yr old house…having more ceiling to floor visual is probably the better choice.

I rewarded myself tonight before I fnished with a coloroed wall around a window of the finished color.  I think I’m going to like it here in the great room. 

But, I’m not revealing the “AFTER” just yet!  Much to go before that!

Red said he felt “scared” in the room.  Amazing how change and disorder rocks the security of even a six year old boy.  Boy Wonder, however, LOVES the new color and hopes we stay with it, which is a great vote of confidence considering I really snapped at him tonight in my tired state.  He knows to brush me off when I’m in a state of tired.  Good boy.  Such a great nature.  Goldilocks keeps giving me decorating tips: “That color makes the room look bigger, I think.  No, I like this better…I don’t know, it’s just a soothing color.”  Cracks me UP.

Well, two Naproxen for this chick…though I can’t sleep well with a project mid-stream!  It runs against all that is in me!  I want to see PROGRESS!  I only got 6 hours sleep last night…NOT a number I like in terms of sleep.  Seven is much better.  I worked from 7:45 until 3 today, soccer practices and supper, and then 6:45-midnight.  Not a bad day’s work…I think I got more than a crew would have, and that makes me feel great!   (Yes, I’m considering keeping a running tab for my husband!)  😀


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  • 1. gchyayles  |  April 30, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Praise God for giving you the strength to get through such a long day! I can’t wait to see the after 🙂

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