Live and Learn — WHEN?

I try to get even small discounts and bargains when I can. When I didn’t have enough of the conservatory wall color to finish the attached bathroom, I decided to use a slightly lighter and brighter shade of green.

"Seed" in the bathroom; "Tea Light" in the conservatory.

“Seed” in the bathroom; “Tea Light” in the conservatory.

Last week I bought a gallon of Valspar paint at my local Ace hardware for $27 I thought I could save a couple of dollars by buying it at Lowes.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

This is a fairly true rendition of the color in the conservatory.

I forgot to ask before the paint counter attendant mixed the paint “how much?”  Guess how much. $45 much. Such much. YIKES! When am I going to learn?

Lowes had to mix the "Eddie Bauer" color in the expensive paint; Ace didn't carry the "Eddie Bauer" line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Lowes had to mix the “Eddie Bauer” color in the expensive paint; Ace didn’t carry the “Eddie Bauer” line so could mix it in a less expensive base.

Today I’m going to use that newly purchased gallon of paint to cover both the walls and ceiling of the conservatory bathroom.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

Hoping the tile will look like this.

The shower walls and backsplash will be covered in Snow Frost glass subway tile so it shouldn’t look like a little green box.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

The conservatory bathroom has only the 24-inch round window, otherwise it is brightened by a recessed light in the shower and a wall fixture over the sink.

In contrast to the bright conservatory, the bathroom has only one small round window to supply natural light so the lighter color should both coordinate and brighten the room.

What lesson have you learned and then forgot at an inconvenient time?

I Waited and Now It’s Gone

Off and on I’ve been looking at the tile for the new bathrooms for over a year.

I like this white on white tile for the conservatory bathroom floor.

I like this white on white tile for the conservatory bathroom floor and at $5.99 per square foot the price is right.

In the conservatory bathroom I had decided on white-on-white dogbone basketweave ceramic tile.

I thought the white basketweave would look nice with the frosted glass tile I was planning for the shower walls and backsplash.

I thought the white basketweave would look nice with the frosted glass tile I was planning for the shower walls and backsplash.

I originally found it at the Tile Shop but when I went to purchase it they didn’t have enough in nearby stores or warehouse and I was told they were changing vendors and so, if I could, I should wait.

The conservatory was not ready for flooring two months ago but we're getting closer.

The conservatory was not ready for flooring two months ago but we’re getting closer.

At the time we weren’t quite ready so I just let it go.

This tile is the replacement: more expensive, slippery, and with little belly buttons at each intersection.

This tile is the replacement: more expensive, slippery, and with little belly buttons at each intersection.

Now I’m ready and the “replacement” is not the same.  It’s certainly not dogbone.

The new-style tile is on the right.  I also looked at straight basketweave white marble (on the left).

The new-style tile is on the right. I also looked at straight basketweave white marble (on the left).

The finish is now shiny instead of matte. And the tiny square tiles stick up like bubbles.

I might be able to get it at Home Depot where the price is $7.95 per piece and each piece is only a 10.5 inch square.  See how they get you?

I might be able to get it at Home Depot where the price is $7.95 per piece and each piece is only a 10.5 inch square. See how they get you?

And so the search resumes.

Is your favorite style discontinued?

The New and Make-Do Linen Closet

For the past umpteen years Charlie and I have been using this hutch his grandfather painted and glazed in the 2nd floor laundry room as a sort of towel and sheet storage closet.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

This painted hutch takes up a wall in the laundry room.

Now that we have a new space eked out for linen storage for the new bathroom we’re going to take the hutch apart and try to use just the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

We took the top off and repurposed the bottom.

This seems to be a theme with us as we also removed the top from my mother’s breakfront to create a kitchen island.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The 36-inch wide cabinet should fit into the new space.

The plan is to use the bottom part in the 37-inch niche as the bottom of the linen press.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

This cabinet will hang above the bottom of the hutch.

Then we’re going to hang the newly purchased glass-front cabinet above it.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

I have some of the pewter drawers pulls left over from the kitchen.

And I have some drawer pulls left over from the kitchen installation to upgrade the hardware.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed.  Maybe we'll just hang that piece on the wall.

The top is held on with two screws and easily removed. Maybe we’ll just hang that piece on the wall.

Charlie has given his OK to paint the piece.

Sparrow is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Sparrow (on the door) is a dark, warm grey verging on brown.

Now, the question is, what color. Maybe sparrow like the exterior doors.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall -- white might make sense in this space with no window.

A mock-up of the niche at the end of the hall — white might make sense in this space with no window.

Or something between Sparrow and Revere Pewter. Perhaps a custom color mixed in the atelier of Jo.

This hall used to look like this.

This hall used to look like this.

If this cabinet really doesn’t work out we’ll head back to the cabinet warehouse to try and locate a reasonably price new cabinet. But we like to use what we have if we can.

What color would you paint this piece?

Every Room Needs Red

Once upon a time my mother told be that every room needs some red in it.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

For instance, in the living room I have a couple of red leather frames.

And even though I’m a cool blue, green, grey girl I try to use this tip in every room.

Five doorways and six windows don't leave much actual wall space.

Five doorways and six windows don’t leave much actual wall space.

Most of the conservatory is doorways and windows with little wall space.

This 19" by 24" peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

This 19″ by 24″ peony print will brighten up the green walls of the conservatory.

But the newly painted green conservatory is getting its red in this peony print I’ve hung on the largest wall.

The wall color is "Tea Light," a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

The wall color is “Tea Light,” a pale green, which is not true to color in this photo.

I was afraid the green matte would clash with the green wall but in fact it enhances it.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

We usually keep the television parallel to the wall with the artwork.

It’s hung a little high so it can be seen over the television.

What must-have is in your décor repertoire?

Keeping On

With the conservatory painted I turned my attention into the attached bathroom.

The ladder is in front of the conservatory bathroom that needs to be painted, then tiled.

The ladder is in front of the conservatory bathroom that needs to be painted, then tiled.

I knew I didn’t have enough paint to finish but I could give it a good beginning.

Black plastic is hug at every opening in the master suite to keep the drywall sanding dust at bay.

Black plastic is hug at every opening in the master suite to keep the drywall sanding dust at bay.

In the mean time I had a little list for Charlie:

  • put new batteries in the smoke detectors,

    Smoke detector batteries should be changed annually, usually when we change to daylight saving time.  We're changing for the first time so we're a little ahead of schedule.

    Smoke detector batteries should be changed annually, usually when we change to daylight saving time. We’re changing for the first time so we’re a little ahead of schedule.

  • put the switch plates back on in the conservatory (after I paint them),

    The generic color switch plate will look better painted the wall color.

    The generic color switch plate will look better painted the wall color.

  • finish sanding and dusting the master suite walls,

    We can't hang this cabinet until the walls are sanded, wet-wipes, primes, and painted.

    We can’t hang this cabinet until the walls are sanded, wet-wiped, primed, and painted.

  • wipe down the bare drywall in the master suite — closet, bathroom, hall,
  • prime all bare drywall.

    More primer!

    More primer!

These chores are in his domain and skill set.  And I am grateful.

What project would you hand off to your significant other?

I Never Get My Whole List Completed

I’m not sure if I’m a pessimist or an optimist.  I always have more on the to-do list than I have time and energy for.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

The blue ceiling in the conservatory ties to the curtains in the kitchen.

I wanted to paint the conservatory and the attached bathroom this past weekend. The conservatory is finished but the bathroom has not been started yet.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore's "Tea Light" on the walls and Valspar's "Hydrangea" on the ceiling.

The conservatory is painted in Benjamin Moore’s “Tea Light” on the walls and Valspar’s “Hydrangea” on the ceiling.

I also wanted to get the conservatory furniture set up again.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

The view standing near the bathroom looking toward the French doors into the back yard.

Even after all the painting was finished every piece of furniture needed a major dusting.

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

The conservatory has a television and, hopefully, a sound system (in the future).

That included washing the windows which were covered with drywall dust.

I really don't know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

I really don’t know how Charlie can move furniture by himself.

Charlie wouldn’t let me help with the heavy furniture so he carried the hope chest and 2 love seats into the room by himself. Grrrr!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

All of this furniture has been stashed in the dining and living rooms. Chaos!

This room still needs flooring, doors, and trim, none of which will happen until the bathroom floor is tiled.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

A cute little corner bistro set with a dedicated pendant light.

I love that it is painted. And I still love the blue ceiling.

Are you a good estimator of time and resources?

Painting, Painting, During the Snowy Day

(The title is to the tune of “Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main.”)

I got up early yesterday and finished priming the corners of the conservatory and bathroom with a brush.

4 inches of snow predicted -- 8 inches actually on the ground

4 inches of snow predicted — 8 inches actually on the ground

Then, the snow fell, I painted two coats on the conservatory ceiling, both edging and rolling.

Uh-oh, it's pretty dark.

Uh-oh, it’s pretty dark.

The “Hydrangea” blue paint on the white primer looked very dark.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

Even wet I liked the blue ceiling.

But wet paint can be misleading so I finished the first coat, let it dry then painted another coat to fill in any holidays that remained from the first coat.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

Eventually the doorways will have double Shaker-style doors.

I love the finished blue ceiling so I was eager to see how the green walls would look with the blue.

The wall color is "Tea Light".

The wall color is “Tea Light”.

My shoulders, knees, and neck were aching but I needed to get one wall painted so I could assess the results.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

I think the loveseats will look nice in this blue and green room.

At first I wasn’t sure (and I won’t be totally sure until the furniture is moved back into the room) but I held up a pillow that matches the slipcovers on the loveseats and I think the paint and upholstery look good together.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This was my mock up of the conservatory with grey ceiling and Tea Light walls.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

This is the conservatory partially painted with Tea Light by Benjamin Moore.

Today we’ll finish the conservatory paint, then on to the conservatory bathroom.

What job makes you feel old?