For Unit 1 Bathroom, I decided to take the existing medicine cabinet in Unit 2 (that’s our friend Carl singing while taking the picture)


For the past few weekends, I’ve been sanding off the awful gold paint and green blotches off the medicine cabinet with a wire brush and sandpaper.

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Actually, Caribbean Blue. Color by Behr.

from greenboard to carribbean blue

No more greenboard, and only 1 more coat of paint left. Then the fixtures go in. The toilet, pedestal sink, mirror/medicine cabinet, glass shelf, towel bars, shower curtain rod, and maybe, if I’m ambitious, the radiator. But I’m in no rush to put the radiator in during the summer.

I wear mostly black, white & blue jeans. The houses I’ve lived in were white inside (my parents didn’t like to color the walls). Despite my degree in design - yes, color theory was part of the curriculum - I have a hard time picking colors.

I’ve spent many hours looking over decorating books, magazines, paint chips and palettes. I’ve also admired friends’ bold color choices in their homes (Mexican Feather sounds lovely, and look at that lavendar ceiling!), and torturing my better half with endless color schemes on paper.

And what do I end up deciding? Cream colored walls and white trim. Almost in every room.

If I were a bit more self absorbed, I might seek help in color therapy. As it is, I wonder: What do my paint choices say about me? Afraid of commitment? Unwilling to express myself? Too conservative by nature? Then I just decided that white is a color choice. Most of the dog eared pages in catalogues, post-it note marked books in our collection feature white walls and trim.

I did decide on a light green for the guest bedroom and bathroom upstairs. featured a sexy deep blue-gray wall color from Ralph Lauren Paint. I’m thinking it would look amazing in our bedroom, with some crystal bedside lamps/sconces. In the meantime, I’ll be studying our paint palettes.

This month, we have quite a few guests. My parents just came for July Fourth weekend. Jona and Alix are dropping by this weekend and Tig’s parents are visiting next weekend. Elvis was planning on staying with us at the end of July (no, not that Elvis) while attending a conference in Boston. No one seems to mind the disasterous state of our home. We weren’t able to finish the guest room in time for my parents, but I’ve been hauling butt trying to get it ready for Jona and Alix.

I originally chose Prescott Green from Benjamin Moore, but had a case of buyer’s remorse right afterward. The local hardware store helped me by adding white pigment to the paint for free. After testing it, I still thought it was too dark, so I spent Monday afternoon mixing it with white paint to push it toward Hollingsworth Green. Below is a piece of drywall I tested on. Like I said, I’ve got issues with color.
test paint

Tig and I had already primed the room and painted the ceiling. July 4th was spent painting the walls green. I even painted the inside of the closet - it looks so good with the original wood trim (previous owners painted most trim white).

GR corner

Looking at the door.

GR door

Tig spent yesterday and today (Wed & Thurs) painting the trim Icing from Devine Paint. We should be ready for Jona when she arrives tomorrow afternoon! Sorry, no final picture has been taken yet.

ha ha.


Thanks for helping Jona.

We’ve fallen behind on our posts, so in effort to catch up, a recap is in order.

Tig primed the upstairs bathroom sometime last week, after grouting.
primed bathroom

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Painting is pretty straight forward. You tape edges, use a paint brush or roller, let it dry, and repeat. Two coats. Simple.

We actually took a free city sponsored painting class before we purchased our place. The best tip we learned from the professional is to make holes in the inner rim of the paint can. Why is this?

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We still have not moved into our bedroom.

Everytime we seem to be getting closer, we actually get further and further away.

It would have been nice to move in to the bedroom by early fall. The items we definitely needed to do was to fix the closet (which we finished a few weeks before Thanksgiving) and paint the room. If it was just that, we’d easily be moved in by now. However, a few problems came up.

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Lest we get too wordy, an illustration of why we’re insane…

preparing to strip paint

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[Insert evil laugh]
what is it?

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