Monday, January 23, 2012

Like Watching Paint Dry

Goodness y'all, but I lead an exciting life.  I don't know which of my latest nail-biting adventures to share with y'all first...painting the bedroom...or preparing my annual sales tax report.  Both are have-you-sitting-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, riveting tales to be sure, but a cliff hanger is always good for a Monday morning so whatdaya say we start with the Black Hole of Casita de Trash...the bedroom project with no end?
Let me start by saying I love paint chip cards.  They're right up there with wallpaper and fabric samples in my mind.  (Is that a "girly" thing or what?)  I've got those little strips of paper all over the house...clipped to my man basket, peeking outta drawers, tucked in every handbag I own.  Shoot...I once even made price tags outta 'em just to get rid of some 'cause I couldn't bear to throw 'em in the trash.

I also love paint...not painting per se...just the paint.  In the past, I changed paint colors almost as much as I changed my underwear.  I swear up and down...I think I've lost a good 10' in square footage with all the layers of paint I've added over the years.  Repaint every 10 years...pshaw...about every 3 around these parts!

What I don't like is picking out paint...normally.  This time was a breeze.  I knew what color I wanted and lucked out my first time outta the shoot when we went to get it....Glidden's Granite Gray.  In the words of Goldilocks...not too dark...not too blue...ju-u-u-st right!
I'll tell y'all a little secret about me...I am the messiest painter on the planet!  When I buy paint, I always get twice what I think I'll in a gallon for the walls...and one for me to wear.  I get paint everywhere...and I do mean everywhere.  When I take a bath after painting, I think to myself "Now how on this green earth did I get paint there?"

Another little secret about me...I don't do product endorsements.  I get asked, but I make it a rule to never mix business with pleasure.  I'll endorse yours 'cause I believe in you and your artistry, but never commercial ones...never.  Well guess what y'all?  Never say never...'cause rules were made to be broken and I'm breaking one of mine.

Believe you me...and I'm not getting paid to say this...Glidden's 2n1 paint three words...Fab U Lous!

I was going to be painting over dark chocolate brown walls and the idea of having to prime the walls first gave me the willys!  I make no bones about being's who I am and doing double work on a room I was already dreading just didn't seem like the carrot-on-a-stick incentive needed to get me shaking my tail feathers.  When I saw this paint...I thought why the heck not give it a try.  The only thing I stood to lose was a little money if it didn't work.  Law...but work it a rented mule!  No coverage on first application...easy clean-up...a procrastinator's dream paint!  I had bought only one gallon in case it didn't pan out, but guess what?  I still have almost a half a gallon left after painting a 10x12 room!

The best part?  Except for some Jackson Pollock squiggles on my left thumbnail...Trash is paint free!  That's right y'all...the only gray in my hair comes from raising kids...not from raising a paint roller!  Can I get a yee to the haw?

The room is taking shape and if my camera was working properly, I'd show y'all some money shots.  In the meantime, you'll just have to take my word for it.  I'm working my flat-as-a-flitter hiney off and it's gonna be Bee-U-ti-ful.  The fun part is almost about to commence!

Before I begin hanging curtains though...I'm off to see what else I can slap some Granite Gray on.

Here kitty, kitty, kitty!



Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ha ha ha, me too, MESSY painter, messy crafter, what's that Snoopy character's name, PigPen??!!

I am writing this one done as I'd like to repaint our master bathroom and wanted a light gray and this sounds like it's the ticket!!!!!

Now as to when I'll get around to it, who knows!!!


Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Hmmm, meant to type writing this one down, but done fits too, LOL

red.neck chic said...

Glidden makes me swoon. Of course, so does Cat Daddy.


LOVE Glidden, but I'm not a messy painter... I just don't paint. get started then i walk away. In the words of a famous fun-size mama... "SQUIRREL"!


;-D Chicky baby

time worn interiors said...

Oh girl! You went gray! Yeah! I'm loving gray these days! I can't wait to see your room!

I did sales taxes for KY, TX and MA! Yes three states! I hate it! But I got it done!


Pent-Up Photos said...

I was jumping up and down waiting to see the paint on the wall, but NO! How could you do that to us? Now my imagination is being required to work and you know how lazy I am!

Gather up those paint chips and make a big art project! I have seen some awesome paint chip art and I am stacking my cards up for this summer when Madisyn and I go crazy!


Theresa said...

Well yee to your haw!!! I can't wait to see your finished bedroom, I just know it will be beautiful!
Thanks for the heads up on the paint, I have a few projects that I have procrastinated on and like you, the idea of painting a room 2xs in one go in too much to bear. no really.
Have a great week!

Bristol said...

I love to take paint cards and fabric samples. I just painted my fireplace this weekend it was horrible!~

Debra @ Common Ground said...

You better hurry up so we can see this, Girlfriend!!! It sounds sooooo purdy!! xoxo

Dixie said...

I'm with you on the paint... I love it too... I have to admit, I'm not messy, but instead neat and tidy... a perfectionist... but I love those little samples that you can buy for a few bucks... cause I can never seem to figure out just which color I like best... every once in a while... I just mix all the samples of same color, different hue, together and see it that color will work... Not the best practice, but... effective none the less!

can't wait to see the reveal!

Olive Cooper said...

Your walls will match my new hair color! It's natural. I want pic's and I am a bossy nurse don't ya know.

Vintage Green said...

Can't wait to see......

Cheryl said...

Thanks for the info on that paint and here is a YEE to the HAW for you! Can't wait to see your miracle work.
Have fun,

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

I'll give you a YEE to your HAW!! Girl, I am also a MESSY painter! I have also been known to step down off the ladder into the paint tray....flipped that hummer straight up covering my leg, the wall and much of the that....was a sight!

Show me the money shots!! I know it is AWESOME!!

Lou Cinda

Carole said...

Nothing too exciting happening here either but I am about to paint. I love paint chips too and can't bring myself to throw them out. Like the idea of using them for price tags. Way to recycle.
Don't remind me....taxes!!! yick!

Thanks for always making me laugh! and for the Glidden tip


Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Good to know about the Glidden!
I was using Behr, but I might just make the switch.

See you Feb 18th? ( fingers crossed ) !!!

Kate said...

I love when you post like this I am laughing my bum off. Mr. Dior is the neatest painter I know but not me. So cute you are.

Sending you much love

susie said...

Isn't it so funny how paint really DOES get EVERYWHERE. And then if you have a little remnant left somewhere that you missed, your family & loved one are the last to tell you. I think I walked around with some stubborn white paint in my hair once for a month...thank God it just blended in with the gray!
Big Hugs,

A Cottage Muse said...

Just bought some of that paint too in white! I am getting ready for our white show and if it isn't nailed down it's getting a coat!!

Laura said...

Now I know what I did wrong!
I picked the wrong color gray.

Mine was wrong and blah.

It is making me Crazy!


Nancy's Notes said...

Okay, I'm sitting on the edge, waiting! Your posts always make me chuckle!

Rebecca said...

Oh this sounds wonderful! I should be painting but I am not that motivated these days. Can't wait to see the finished room, hope your camera is working.

LuLu Kellogg said...

I can't wait to see pics when you are finished!


Pam @ Frippery said...

Oh my gosh Debbie, you and I have the same taste in paint. ( not that we lick walls or anything) That colors looks exactly like the Slate color from Restoration Hardware that I chose for our master bedroom! The only reason I haven't started painting is making the trip back there to get paint. Hmmm Lowes is much closer, I think they carry Glidden don't they. I might just carry my little sample on over and see if it is a match! I always use Behr but have found that if I am matching a color they do not do a very good job of getting it right. Yeah I may be painting my room the same color! I know now why I LYthH! Well one of many reasons.