Day Nine (of Twenty-Eight)

What She Wore: Brown, ribbed sweater with a keyhole neckline that has a little tortoise shell necklace at the top; flared blue jean skirt; knee-high brown leather boots. Mama got to leave the house and wear big-people clothes!

Well, the Hub and I did a marathon session working on our front room. It’s supposed to be a formal dining room, but we’ve decided to use it as a library/study. Most of our entertaining is the mill-about/buffet-style dining, and people never just sit around the table. For that reason, we decided that for now we’ll do without the formal dining room. The rest of the house is going to be a disaster until we get that room at least partially straight–a domino effect, if you will. Things in that room have been on hold for a couple of reasons. One, I painted it a shade of green that started to make me feel like I was living in a mint. Two, I decided to rid the ceiling of popcorn. I just finished the ceiling the other day, so it was time to tackle the room in earnest. Up above is what the room looked like when we toured the house before buying it. Here is a picture of the scraped ceiling and so-called “nipple light” (I am going to get so many hits from people googling nipple).

So, we went to Lowe’s, painted the ceiling, went to Lowe’s, finished painting the ceiling, opened a new light fixture, sent an ugly e-mail to the light fixture people, found the piece we were certain was missing, hung the light fixture, painted most of the room, and began painting the edges. I also started putting books in the bookcase because I’ve got boxes of books piling up all over the house.

Here’s the light fixture we installed (by we I mean that I found that “missing” piece). The Hub found a formula on the Internet that tells you how big a fixture a room needs. We were amazed at how massive this thing was when it arrived in the mail. It hangs low too. So low, that people over six feet tall probably shouldn’t come over. We’re not sure if we’re just going to put a piece of furniture under it, or if we’re going to try to figure out some way to raise it. Our entire family is short, so it’s not a huge deal, but you never know when one of the Hornets is going to come over (kidding).

We’re not bothering to tape anything off because we’re either painting or replacing the moldings. This makes things easier in some ways, and more difficult in others. My husband rocks at trimming without tape–alas, I suck. He’ll have to finish that part of the job because I spend more time wiping up big globs of paint than actually doing anything with a brush. As you can see, we still have a million things to do in there, but we made major progress this weekend.

During all the hullabaloo a parade passed right in front of our house–it’s a neat little town we live in.

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  1. Nadine Hightower says:

    I love the new light!! More modern.

    I wouldn’t worry about being googled for nipples…I get more googles for feet! Go figure!

    And what does google know any way…Hoodie is word! Burpy is a mother term. we all know it. Google smoogle!

    I probably won’t be by for a bit…off on a trip.

    Mardi Gras your butt off! I will be hula dancin’ mine off!!


  2. That is one awesome light! The tall people in your lives will just have to be a lil more careful.

    And I agree with Nadine, Hoodie is totally a word!

  3. love the new light…

    *~* :o) if you do not have a smile today… :o) I will give you one of mine… :o) *~*

  4. Small Town Girl says:

    I like the new light fixture. If it were me, I probably wouldn’t notice it that it hangs too low. I’m short and so is my whole family, so until a tall person comes over and knocks their head on it I wouldn’t pay any attention!

  5. tonimcclung says:

    I think it’s so cute that Charlie’s on strike–the boy knows what he likes and doesn’t like for sure! The room is looking nice–I absolutely love the new light fixture, too bad it hangs so low. We have a “nipple light” in our closet where we’re sticking the baby; I soooo want to change it out before he gets here. Have you found any sneaky way to drug your child? Mia still refuses to take medicine, and I could write a book by now, but I’m always looking for new ideas…

  6. Sounds like a very busy weekend!!! I like the new light, looks so much better!

  7. WOW it looks great! In one way I’m kind of glad I can’t paint in this house, on the other hand I’m a little jealous of you getting to do colors.

    By the way I meant late June, did I say July?

  8. Hi KM,

    Charlie looks happy with his Dad to me.
    Your house is looking good. It is fun to decorate a “new to you” place with furniture I’ve always had, but then I’m a decorator at heart.


  9. I wish I was in New Orleans this year for Mardi Gras! One day I will be back there… I had so much fun when I did go!

    Your house is coming along and looks great! I love the new light!

    Big thumbs up on little Charlie for taking his medicine like a champ. Just think when he gets to be Baylee’s age (almost 3) he will take his medicine without fussing! I still think that’s why Baylee takes her medicine so well. Because it started with the caffeine before she even left the NICU!

    Hugs – Tiffany

  10. Leucantha` says:

    I like the blue walls, I love seeing how other people use colors in ways I would never think of. I love all the dark wood too.

    My boys both gave up pacifiers around 6 months and I had started them on cups around 4 months from some book I read. They seemed to take to it well. Babies are funny little creatures aren’t they. I hope it works out soon so you don’t have to worry that is nooo fun.

  11. Kudos to you for making such progress…trust me I understand the whole “domino effect” you are referring to.
    LOVE that bookcase…wish I had one just like it…being the book hoarder that I am, I have many books and no place to put them now. We had built-ins in our last house, but none here. Needing some bookcases real bad, but no MONEY right now to purchase. Spent in on bedding, I reckon. 😉