Living Room Painting

Our living room has been painted! It was actually painted a few weeks ago, but I thought I would wait to post pics on here until we had the new clock and art work up. The paint color we chose for the living room is called Nomadic Desert and you can get it at Sherwin Williams. The accent wall color is Brick Paver, also available at Sherwin Williams. The room feels so much more warm and cozy now compared to before when it was just painted white. Paint can sure do a lot for a room! Below you can see the before and after pics of our living room.

Living room before

Living room after

Here are the pics of the accent wall before and after.
Before tv wall

After tv wall

The red wall color you see in the photo above is more accurate to how it actually looks, since I took that in the daylight with no flash. The red doesn’t look quite right in the earlier photo where you can see the whole living room.

I first posted on here in October about doing the living room makeover. I would say it’s 85% complete at the moment. The final remaining piece is a new couch and new love seat, and possibly an accent chair. I will wait to get the new couch and love seat and see if there is space for a chair too. We plan to get the furniture in a dark brown color.


March 13, 2011 at 9:54 pm 4 comments

Living Room Makeover Progress

If you remember from my previous post, Jeff and I are working on a new color scheme for the living room.  We worked with an interior designer a few months ago, and now have been getting items on our own to add to the room. Here are the things we picked out.

For Christmas, my sister got us a nice dark red throw, which is shown here on our couch.  It is really warm and cozy!
red blanket

We got this nice lamp on sale at JCPenney.  I think it will really look good in front of the new curtains, which will be put up after the painting is done.
Speaking of painting, we still aren’t quite sure when it will be done.  Jeff talked with the company who did some painting for us in the past and they worked out a trade.  Jeff would create a website for them and we would get some rooms painted in exchange.  Unfortunately the process has been pretty slow.  The owner of the company is not very computer savvy and couldn’t figure out how to view the website proofs that Jeff emailed him.  Without much feedback, Jeff couldn’t go on creating the rest of the website so things were at a standstill.  At this point, I think Jeff and the owner of that company are planning to meet in person.  This way Jeff can explain the website design and get his feedback, and we can find out when we can get the living room painted.  I am very excited about it and hope it can be done soon!

Another new item we got to go with the living room color scheme is this rug from JCPenney.  We have it by the front door to put shoes on. (good thing to do so your carpet doesn’t get dirty and wet!)
This rug was a great find as it has all the colors in it that we’ll be using in the room. I was hoping to find a bigger size of this same rug, so we could put it under our dining room table. It was supposed to be available on the JCPenney website, but so far I have had no luck finding it. Stay tuned for the before and after living room photos, once the painting is done and new curtains hung!

January 17, 2011 at 1:32 pm 4 comments

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 19 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 47 posts.

The busiest day of the year was March 11th with 178 views. The most popular post that day was New Toilet.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for turquoise bathroom, stanley steemer, turquoise tile bathroom, glidden arctic stone, and bathroom color schemes.

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These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


New Toilet March 2010


Our turquoise bathroom: before and after January 2010


Waiting to hear back May 2009
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Bedroom Closet Remodel December 2009


About March 2009

Thanks for reading everyone! Here’s to a great 2011!

January 2, 2011 at 11:58 am 1 comment

Winter Ready

Our home is ready for winter now that we have had some recent maintenance and improvements done.

  1. Sprinkler system winterized. Last year a company charged us $120 to winterize our underground sprinkler system.  This year I was lucky to find Precision Irrigation who did it for half the price we paid last year!  I hope to use them every winter.  They were easy to work with.  I called them to say I wanted the work done and they said they would come in the next couple weeks, we did not have to be home when they came.  After they came and winterized our sprinkler system, they left us a bill and that was it!
  2. Insulation installed in basement. Our handyman John pointed out that we had no insulation in the basement.  Jeff and I did not even know this was a problem or something that we should do!  (He also recently pointed out there is no insulation in our walls, but that is a project for another time.)  John bought the proper insulation and put it in the basement ceiling.  It was a long process as the insulation had to be cut to fit in each area, and the drop ceiling panels in one half of the basement had to be removed to put the insulation in.  I am glad it is done and now the basement definitely feels warmer!
  3. New furnace installed! Our home now has a brand new 80% two stage furnace.  The old furnace was the original furnace put in the home, way back in 1962!  I still don’t know how it lasted that long, and I was really worried it was going to break right in the middle of winter.  This is why Jeff and I decided it would be best to replace our furnace before the start of winter.  The guys arrived to install it around 10:00am and were working until 5 or 6pm.  They even had to come back the following day to finish up a few odds and ends such as putting new mortar on the chimney.  If you need to get a new furnace, be prepared to take a day off work or find out if it can be installed over the weekend, because it takes all day to put in!  We got a good deal on our new furnace by asking for help from the realtor who sold us this home.  He used to work in the heating/cooling business so he has a lot of connections.  Tip for home owners out there: don’t be afraid to ask for help from people you know such as your realtor, handyman, etc.  They may be able to get you a better deal than you would get on your own!  Our new furnace is a lot smaller than the old one, and seems a little louder.  Check out the pic of the new one!
    new furnace

December 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm 7 comments

Living Room Updates

Jeff and I have recently been working with an interior designer for help with our living room.  When Denise, our interior designer, came over for our second meeting she brought in several bags.  (read about our first meeting in my previous post.)  Jeff and I couldn’t wait to see what was inside!  She had picked out two different sets of curtains.  Denise went over and put them up over the existing curtains, so we could get an idea of how they would look in the room.  One set was red with tan stripes, and the other set was red with different color circles.  We decided to go with the red curtains with circles as those looked nicer and we really liked them.  Denise also picked out a couple pillows, placemats, and some art for the walls.  After she showed us all of those items, she hung up some different paint swatches on the wall.  For the living room we are planning to paint the majority of the room a tan color, and then have a red accent wall.  It was easy for us to pick the tan shade, we went with “nomadic desert” from Sherwin Williams.  We narrowed the reds down to 3 and couldn’t decide from there.  Denise told us to just leave the three paint swatches on the wall and then we could see how the colors would look in a different light.  That would help us to make up our mind.  After having the reds up on the wall a couple days, we decided on “brick paver” from Sherwin Williams which is a red with some orange in it.  Here are some photos of the items that the interior designer picked out:



As you can see from all the items, our color scheme is going to be red, orange, brown and green.  Jeff likes to refer to it as an autumn color scheme.  I think the main colors we will use will be red and brown.


We are off to a great start on the living room updates!  I just had our handyman replace the old 2 prong outlets in the living room with new 3 prong grounded outlets, and since we have decided on the paint colors, we are ready to paint.   After that we will put up a new curtain rod that matches the one we put in the dining room, and hang the new curtains.  Then we can figure out where to hang the art and all the family photos.  One of the last steps will be getting our new couch and love seat, since we don’t have the money for that right now.  I wish the living room updates could be done quicker, but I know everything will look great when it’s done, so it will be worth the wait!

November 16, 2010 at 10:16 pm 1 comment

Help from an interior designer

Jeff and I have recently decided to hire an interior designer. The reason is because we need help with our living room! I think the furniture set up in the room is fine, but I could never figure out what colors to use. The walls are white and the carpet is tan, so it’s a blank slate.  Also the dining room connects with the living room, and it is painted green. I didn’t want to do all green in the living room too and I also didn’t want to do a green and blue combo since that’s what the bathroom is. Not figuring out a color scheme for the room has left it looking in need of some changes and color additions.  It really needs a unifying look.  We decided we are going to change all of the following:

  • curtains
  • curtain rod
  • paint color
  • clock
  • couches
  • rug for under the dining room table (currently do not have one)
  • decorations or art for the wall

I am excited to get going on improving the look of our living room!  Jeff and I met with Denise from Designs by Denise and we talked about what we planned to change in the room, what colors we like, etc.  She brought in a catalog of some rugs for us to show her examples of what we liked and didn’t like.  She also had about a million paint color swatches!  Denise decided that it would be best to start out by choosing the new curtains and then we could base the paint color and everything else off of that.  She told us she would be buying the curtains and then showing us what she found.  Having never worked with an interior designer before, I didn’t know what to expect.  I thought it was cool that she would be picking out something to look good in our space!  Of course she assured us if we did not like what she bought, she would simply return it.

Denise mentioned that the current set up in our living room was good and functional.  I like how we have all the furniture set up, so I’m glad to hear that she thinks so too!  I did ask her some questions about selecting new couches though and she suggested that we go with a neutral color because generally if people pick a bold color for a couch, they may get tired of it.  Plus then you have to base your whole color scheme around the couch (when it is a bold color) rather than other items in the room.  Jeff and I will probably end up buying a tan or brown couch when the time comes.  This is a current view of our living room/dining room:
living room

The day after our meeting, Denise emailed me to say she had already picked out some curtains!  Jeff and I are very excited to see what she got.  We are meeting with her this Tuesday the 26th, to see what she chose for our living room.  Stay tuned for more updates on how our living room transformation is going!

October 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm 2 comments

Painting Complete – Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous post, I would put up some before and after photos of painting that we had done in the kitchen. We had Mazco Contractors paint the second coat of “dusty leaf” green in the kitchen, as well as painting the ceiling white. The ceiling really needed to be done because the previous owners had gotten their paint color all over the edges of it, and it looked sloppy to me. Now that is all covered up and it looks great!

This BEFORE photo shows where we have the darker green painted. If you look closely you can see some of the darker green on the lighter colored wall. It came through a bit even though we put tape there! Also you can see the bad edges on the ceiling.



It’s a perfect neat edge now and looks a lot better.

In this next BEFORE photo, you can see what I mean about seeing the previous owner’s orange paint color all along the ceiling edge! Yuck!
Before - messy paint

AFTER – the lousy orange color is no longer seen!

The green color in the last two photos looks different. That is due to the first photo being taken at night with all the lights on and the second (after) photo taken in daylight. Lighting in a photo really makes a difference as you can see! Overall I am very happy that we got the professional painting done. I think we will hire Mazco Contractors in the future to paint our bedroom and living room!

August 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm 1 comment

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