Monday, May 27, 2013

Painting Stairway Entrance Wall - Finally

Everyone has those projects that they hold off on doing and my stairway entrance wall is one of of those projects.  My condo is located on the "2nd floor" no one lives below me, my condo is above a bunch of garages.  In order to get into my condo you have to walk up two flights (but not full flights of stairs).  The first set of stairs has 9 or 10 steps and the 2nd half has the same amount.  In between the two sets of stairs is a landing and walls that lead up to the vaulted ceiling.  Here's a view of the wall that I'm looking to paint:

This is a view looking down from the top of the stairs down to the landing and the wall that I'm looking to paint (the big white wall).  The picture doesn't really show it but, this is a two story wall.  Let me see if I can dig up a better picture....

You can see the wall in this pic.  Yes there are 2 white walls, but the wall on the left that is half painted and the other half is white, is not something I can paint myself.  I don't have a ladder that can accommodate stairs nor one that can accommodate stairs and a 2 story wall at the same time.  I want to paint the wall on the right hand side. It's the wall that's behind the horrible ceiling light, this is also on my list of things to replace!!  So if anyone wants it, it's yours.  Anyways you can see that this is a very tall wall.  You can also see from the two above pics that khaki, tan or whatever you want to call it color, is the color of my stairway entrance and the same color up stairs in my living room.  I should look up the color and let you know the exact name.  What I can tell you is that it it's the Behr primer and paint in one Premium Plus Ultra line.  The best invention ever!!!  The other main color is blue, but in shades that range from light blue to medium blue with a few pops of cobalt blue.  What I'd like to do is paint that wall an accent color of one of the various blues that I have in my living room.  I think that will add a little bit more character to the my open space living area.

The problem was I couldn't decide which color I wanted to paint.  One thing I love is that most of the major paint companies is that you can order or buy samples of their paint in the major home improvement stores.  So I just purchased 10 - 8oz sample colors of various shades of blue of the Behr Premium Plus Ultra paint.  So as soon I receive the color samples I'll paint a bunch of different swatches on the wall and figure out what color is the best one to paint the entire wall, then I'm off to Home Depot to purchase a gallon of paint.  I've been thinking about possibly using the same color and paint the kitchen the same color.  I'll keep you posted as to the color and what I decided to do with the kitchen.  Too much khaki and tan in one place isn't doing it for me anymore.  Till my next post...

Thursday, May 9, 2013

I'm Back!!!!!!!!!

It's been a long time since my last post, but I think I'm finally ready to get back into updating my blog and to get started on my long list of things that I want to do to my condo.

Most of you will know, but some of you won't, I lost my mother to cancer on June 20, 2012.  Before she passed, my dad and I spent as much time as possible with my mom taking care of her and just cherishing the time that we had left with each other before she passed away.  It's almost been a year and I'm starting to feel like it's time to get back to things that I'm passionate about.  I know this would make my mom so happy to know that I'm back working on my blog and that I'm going to starting working on projects and decorating my condo again.

Since it's been a while since I've worked on my condo, I'm feeling a little A.D.D. about the whole thing.  There are so many great ideas and thoughts running through my head that I don't know where to begin.  Let me tell you... with all of the my idea folders that I've created from the many magazines that I collect, the digital folder full pictures that I've saved from the internet and my Pinterest account ( I don't know where to begin.

After some internal deliberations I decided that I should start with purchasing a new bed.  My current bed situation is sad, just a plain old bed frame with box springs and a mattress.  I originally intended on creating my own headboard with fabric and a ton of batting.  The problem was, I just couldn't find the right fabric with the right pattern or the right shade of gray.  So I decided to put that idea on the back burner.  Then one day after work I was looking through the latest sales on Joss & Main ( and I came across the Limoges bed in the perfect shade of gray and decided that I had to have it.

Here it is....

 The next step is to order box springs and a mattress that actually fit this bed.  As much as I love(d) the West Elm duvet cover and pillow shams, I'm pretty much over this set and I'm ready for something else.    So continue to come back and check out my blog, I promise that I will have more post very, very, very soon.  In fact wait till you see the decorating that I've done in the living room.  If you look at my Home Tour page, the rooms are pretty bare and lack decorations.  I've been working on that and have so much to share with you.