You guys, I found even MORE random stuff in my new house today. Yes, it's a little bit irritating. Garden clogs? Notepads? The ugly soap dispenser and toothbrush holder in the bathroom? On the other hand, that shed full of garden tools is kind of awesome, not to mention the tools to change light bulbs in the high ceilings. Also, when I was thinking, "Gee, I wish I had some tape to tape up these paint chips!" I remembered that they left tape in the bedroom closet! Win! So I am neutral on the subject, I suppose. Not a huge deal. What was SORT of funny was my interpretation of all the little half-apologetic explanatory notes taped to things like an old vacuum cleaner and stuff in the garage. The former owners were a retired Japanese couple, and there's just something in the way they wrote (and the kinds of things they left) that smacks immediately of Asian Parent-ness. I cautiously mentioned this to Phillip and was relieved when he totally agreed. "It sounds like my DAD."
ANYWAY. I spent over an hour in the living room this morning, staring at paint chips and hating all of them. I snatched what I thought was MORE than enough samples of Light Bluish Gray from both Lowes AND Home Depot, but no. They were all terrible. Perhaps I sent out a panicky tweet and text messaged a few of my more designerly-inclined friends. And then I decided on yellow. YELLOW WOULD BE BETTER.
Then later I was telling all of this to Phillip who said, "Oh.... yellow... hmm..." which, OF COURSE, put me into a whole new Paint Tailspin. And I wasn't ENTIRELY fond of yellow walls and brown carpet, and then what color would I eventually paint the dining room and WOE WOE PAINTY WOE. So I went back to my Light Blue Gray paint chips, only this time I focused on the darker end of the paint chip instead of the lighter end. Things began to look up!
See, I think my original color idea was TOO pale. The living room has such high ceilings and giant windows with white trim and all of that light blue gray was looking icy and harsh. But the darker blue grays, the ones that actually looked like more of a color, seemed to work better. A better contrast with the trim and light, but not so dark that we'd have to call it The Blue Room or, worse, The Typical Seattle Winter Sky Room. I wasn't planning on having a Color in the living room, but I'm going back to the paint chip aisles tomorrow with a Color in mind. I THINK this will work. Especially if I buy a few samples.
(P.S. I like Color, just in smaller doses. I would like to paint my bedroom a darker blue, I think, and maybe something a little flashier for the dining room. ORANGE! Or not. But maybe. I COULD.)
Aiding me in my neuroses is Joe, our contractor. Joe, in a Freak Coincidence, was in Phillip's CONFIRMATION CLASS when they were teenagers. He was randomly recommended to us by our real estate agent, so BIZARRO LAND! Anyway, we met him tonight for the Fireplace Demo Powwow and he was TOTALLY cool about the Paint Timeline. I still have another day and a half or so to decide. WHEW. Also! We are totally going ahead with the ripping outage of the fireplace. It's not that I think it's very ugly, though I don't think it's very attractive either, it's just a waste of space! AND I WANT SPACE. Therefore! Burly men with saws (I asked about sledgehammers, they said sledgehammers were "too slow") will be at my house at 7:30 at the morning to start the dirty work. BE STILL MY HEART!
As for the Carpet Dilemma, we ultimately decided to Do Nothing. As in, we will get some sort of filler carpet or padding to fill the hole, then throw an area rug over the whole thing. I think if I get a really huge area rug, or two of the same, it'll look fine. I'm just not capable of picking out carpet at this point in time (or paying for it!) and it feels like something we can easily fix later on, when we have a better idea of what we want. Also, Joe told us he knows someone who is getting rid of a giant Restoration Hardware $1500 rug for freeeee. Possibilitieeeeeees!
This is all very weird to me, having firmly placed myself in the Remodeling Is Not For Me, No, Thank You camp. But it turns out we can hire other people to do it for us, and it's a relatively small job, and we will never be able to afford to remodel the kitchen after this ANYWAY, so no worries there. (And I don't even mind my 80s kitchen. Have I told you that nearly half the cabinets contain sliding drawers and shelves? SWOON!)
I'm sorry, I know you all must be SO SICK of the housey talk. But I'm sorry, I still have at LEAST another week left of Paint and Fireplace Demo and Moving Angst, and then we'll be moving on to the Where Do I Put My Furniture, Oh Wait, Obvs I Need To Buy All NEW Furniture part of the story. So perhaps you should just unsubscribe now.
OH WAIT. I did forget to tell you that I managed to post to Parenting over the weekend AND NOT ABOUT THE HOUSE! I'm trying to decide if we should find out if we're having a boy or girl. I AM WAFFLING.
Okay, night night. Time to raid the Easter baskets.