Sunday, March 16, 2014

Boxed In

The house is full of boxes. Empty boxes. It should be full of full boxes, but I have been over at the other house painting.

The twins helped me pick out the color for the library. (It was going to be the schoolroom, but doesn't library sound better? Besides, I don't think the piano is going down that hall, so we're going to have to have most of the bookcases in there.) We took a curtain to the hardware store to match. I kept being timid and picking the lighter versions, but they insisted on the more intense. I wanted something warm and honey-colored and so finally I just went with them.

Then I started putting it up on the walls. Against the existing ice blue. It didn't looked honey-colored. It looked orange. (This, by the way, is why I don't bother buying a sample and painting it on the walls. I *still* can't be sure what it will feel like.) I was terrified, but I painted grimly on. I finally got to the rolling part, in which the ducklings gleefully participated (only later did I reflect on just how many tiny spatters I would be scraping off the laminate flooring, but then, they probably weren't any messier than I would have been solo). And behold! When it covered the wall entirely, it was honey-colored and all was well.

Although with that color and the name library, I'm thinking the room really needs a walnut table and some wing-backed leather chairs. But I have a feeling that I'll have to settle for a folding table and chairs for a good long while.

Then I did DOB's new alcove, for which he chose chocolate brown and light gray. It's a bit gloomy, but the brown really is tasty looking. Especially on the trim, which looks pretty much exactly like a very long chocolate bar.

Anyway, it's all mostly done now. At least the part that might be covered up by furniture. Flooring is going down and new wider doors are going in (and I'm sure I won't get *those* painted, but then, they'll never have furniture in the way of painting them).

And now I've really, really got to finish packing. According to the plan, we'll be in the new house by this time next week. I don't see how it will all happen. But it needs to happen.


GrandmaR said...

I relate to your color choosing trauma. I picked the 'perfect color' to blend with the tile in a bathroom, envisioning a complimentary blue ragged-on texture. With the color sample lying on the tile, all agreed that my choice matched well. On the wall the color was dark gray, almost black. Yuk! It didn't even blend. Not wanting to spend money on even less likely colors, I began to mix the 'perfect color' with what paint I already had. After practicing on cardboard, I was able to rag onto the wall two combinations for a happy result, but it was a lot of work. I am glad that you were able to quickly achieve your desire and move on!

Wendy said...

Lots of work, but it sounds like it's moving along well. Prayers that the rest goes smoothly!

Anonymous said...

One day you'll look back on all this and laugh! Or not. But you will look back on it, anyway.

-- SJ

Queen of Carrots said...

SJ--I'm laughing now. :-P

Catie said...

Library does sound better. ;o) Hopefully your move goes well!