The Story of a Mom, a Wife a Small-Business-Owner-Hopeful (Happy Baby Designs) and a Craft Lover, trying to be present (not just exist) in my life with my children, my husband and myself. Follow along with me as I chronicle my crafting and business endeavors, my true life and some mommy moments along the way .

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Paint, Goodwill and a Broken Toe

Part I - Paint

Yesterday at 6:30a I said goodbye to my husband and 2 children as they headed off for the airport. This is the first time my husband has traveled alone with the children and the first time I've stayed behind. I said my "goodbyes" and "I love you's" and by 6:35a my sister and I were moving furniture and getting ready for my big living room/dining room/guest room/craft room makeover.

By midday, the room went from dark and red...

To bright and primed...

It already looks 100% better! I can't tell you how happy I was to see the last of that red paint disappear.

Part II - Goodwill

To reward ourselves for our productivity, we ran a few errands and checked out a new thrift store, a Goodwill I hadn't been to and a Habitat for Humanity ReStore (which I was so excited to discover!). I picked up a few treasures...

I scored this awesome $5 table at Goodwill! I'm not sure where I will put it, but it's just calling out for a fun coat of paint.

I picked up this $.69 frame at the thrift store. I think I'm going to use it to display one of my Great Grandma's brooches like I saw Barbara over at Hodge Podge do. The fabric is actually a pillow case, but I love the bright colors and pattern and I think it would make a really cute apron!

Part III - A Broken Toe

After running our errands and eating a quick bite of lunch, we got back to work on the room makeover. With the priming done, we started putting some color on the walls. It's hard to tell in the pictures, but it's sort of a blue/green color and I LOVE it! It looks so beautiful and fresh and bright (can you tell how much I hated that red paint?).

Around 10p we were finishing up the first coat of paint when my sister stubbed her right, pinky toe and broke it. :( So we had to cancel our pedicures for this morning and plans for the rest of the week have been put on hold (antique shopping, flea market, rearranging furniture). But this much is for sure - somehow, by the end of the week, I WILL have that room done! And at the very least, my sister will be there to keep me company while I do it! Stay tuned...

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  1. oh it looks awesome already! what color is it if you don't mind my asking? it is sooo soft and pretty and looks fab with the lamps!
    my husband and kiddos leave next friday, and like you i have plans!!! can't wait for uninterrupted projects and being abe to jet off when i feel like it! enjoy your time and i look forward to seeing the room all done!

  2. One time I broke my toe and never even realized it till a couple months later. So tell your sister to suck it up and help you!

    Just kidding, you're probably a better sister than me. And the room looks so much brighter and sunnier already!

  3. The room looks great- I ditto Cassie's question: what color is it?

  4. That looks great! So much brighter! Love that color.

  5. That's alot of work for one day - the room looks wonderful!

    *Come on over - I'm hosting my first giveaway!*

  6. Oh, that is a beautiful paint color...I am thinking red has seen it's better days! I bet you sisters toe will get better and there will be some thrifting in the near future!


  7. I broke the same toe this weekend, too! Small world!

    xo Erin

  8. For those of you that asked, the color is "Pacific Breeze" from Menard's. It was the color my SIL used in their home in MN so I asked her to send me the paint sample. We don't have a Menard's in our area so I just took the paint sample to Lowe's and had it color matched. I took a picture of the lid so if you want to color match it at your local paint store, send me an email and I'll send you the picture. Now we're off to start putting the room back together!

  9. I love the color! I want to do my master bedroom in a color like this. Dang, I don't have a master bedroom right now. Soon. I can't wait to see the final project!

  10. Hi! I found you on New Friend Friday! Your blog is very lovely. I love the changes you are making to your home! How fun and to be able to do it w/out kids running around and your sister there...WOW! That's great. Come visit me if you would like:

  11. Thanks for stopping by...I am your newest follower.

    Happy Friday :)

  12. Oh boy, well so the story did get the paint done!!~ It look fabulous, I have to say I am not a person for red walls, never have this color ROCKS! Great score on the table, I can't wait to see everything come together. Thanks for linking up. Enjoy the weekend!!~ Debbie

  13. WOW! The room looks great!! I hope your sister's toe is feeling a bit better....

  14. Apart from the broken toe, it sounds like things are going very well!! Can't wait to see the end result.

  15. Loving the new paint color! :)

  16. Looks great! Love the table! Happy 4th!

  17. WOW! That is remarkable! I love the transformation!! You can't even tell it was red before, that primer did it's job!! Your room looks so much more bigger and airy!! I love your lamps too, that goes very well with the light bluish/ green color!!!
    Your new table is gonna look so cool painted!! Can't wait to see that transformation!

  18. PS your bird wall art must look fantastic on this new color!!

  19. I love your new room!! =) So sad about your sister breaking her toe...maybe you could wheel chair her around.

    Following from FF! =)

  20. That color is beautiful. So soft and cozy. It really opened the rooms up. I hope your sister gets better soon.

  21. The color looks so much nicer. It's amazing how a lighter color can make a room look so much larger.


  22. Love the paint color that you've chosen! Broken toes stink! Hope you get lots done! Visiting from tatertots&jello :)

  23. That new color is really great! So sorry your sis broke her toe! Ouch!!

  24. Wow! Looks good. sorry about the toe. :)

    Happy 4th!

  25. Wow, good for you for changing out the red, it looks so fresh. Too bad about the injury :(, I hope all is well.

  26. OUCH! Hopefully, your sister's toe will feel better quickly.

    I like the new color. It will certainly brighten the room.

  27. Stopping by from the little stand! Isn't itgreat when you find such great deals and can see the great potential it has?! Can't wait to see what you do with it...follwoing along now!

    Stop by and check out my little giveaway!


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