Monday, November 12, 2012

Contractor-grade is my four-letter word

Spin class on Friday was a success! ... Well, aside from the fact that Bree, thee worst spin instructor eeveer was teeaching and her idea of get-you-pumped music is Taylor Swift and Ke$ha. I remember now why I avoid her classes. I had to take it a little slower than normal because I was struggling to breathe, but a made it the full hour! 

As for the running on Saturday, I had a change of plans. I received a check I wasn't expecting late last week for $32, which, as it turns out, is exactly how much a gallon of paint costs. The luck! Since the nastiness left by the previous owner of my house on the master bathroom walls was seriously grossing me out, I decided to start there. I'd decided a while ago I wanted to paint it dark purple.

My inspiration:
No, I'm not kidding.

My final choice:
I've never seen grapes this dark.

I spent the better part of Saturday painting (with ELF on in the background, of course). I've decided my least favorite color in the world is the contractor-grade off-white color they paint walls that sucks up everything, including the previous owner's nastiness and the first coat of paint you try to cover it up with. Also? The big, contractor-grade sheet mirrors in bathrooms are my NEMESIS! I can't seem to find online how much the mirror the size of the one that was in my master bathroom weighs, but the fact that I didn't break it or cut off my toes removing it from the wall, is a miracle. Holy mother of HEAVY! In hindsight, I probably should have asked a big, strong man to help me but patience isn't exactly my strong suit.

Without further ado, my new bathroom:

Doesn't look quite impressive enough? How about now?

I decided a room of this color needed some big, gaudy gold accents. I'm pretty much in love with the mirror and the picture frame, both of which I got on ridiculous sales, thanks to Michael's and HomeGoods. I always find myself walking around HomeGoods thinking, "I have no idea what this is, but I think I need it." And, in case you missed my previous post about that dog print, you can find it here.

Pippi was extremely unimpressed with my renovation, but, as usual, found herself at home protecting the living room from intruders.

I also did something that will, hopefully, make our lives a little less crazy and bark-y.
And, like that, I've become the old lady of the neighborhood.

One more thing I need to share, because it's kind of a big deal in my world—after 30 years, I may have finally figured out a way to make my hair stay wavy. Accidentally go to bed with wet hair up in a messy bun.
We'll see how long it lasts.

I spent the rest of my weekend cleaning the house. Pippi still tries to attack the vacuum. Any advice on how to get this to stop, FOR THE LOVE??


  1. Do you get a lot of door to door salesmen? I thought that was passe.

    There is a special primer you can use if the walls have builder grade paint and it helps the paint not just get sucked up by the wall. I watch HGTV so I know things.

    1. I had THREE people come to my door begging for me to vote before the election. You know, because all the propaganda in my mailbox wasn't enough.

  2. Holy purple! Now your bathroom matches your living room (and your blog!). It definitely looks better than gross crap on the walls. I had to use the primer Kara's talking about when I did our wood paneling. Otherwise, I would have had to put like 10 coats of paint on the walls.

  3. I love the purple! and it goes great with that dog print, perfect place for it. The wavy hair looks pretty hope it lasts!

  4. Your bathroom is majorly cute! I have salmon tiling to contend with and truth be told, I just want my house to look cute and up-to-date, but manual labor gives me a rash. :)

    1. See, if I was smart, I would have waited for help with the manual labor part. The fact that my back isn't broken right now is a miracle.

  5. Wow, I'm impressed that you were able to remove the mirror all alone! I watch Elf every year while I wrap Christmas gifts - it's my tradition with myself.

  6. I can't believe you moved that mirror! :hail: Love the bathroom. The gaudy frames totally work with the rich color.

    I love Elf!! I asked Patrick if I could watch it, but he said it was too early. When are Christmas movies appropriate??

  7. Nice! I'm very impressed with your painting skillz.

    My sympathies about the Taylor Swift music.

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