September Birchbox

Birchbox, you have redeemed yourselves from the catastrophe that was August's box.  And although this month's box isn't as epic as July's, I am pleased with each and every sample this go round.  I am a little miffed that it took two weeks from the ship date to the delivery of my box, though.  Nothing should take that long to ship within the USA.  I was really beginning to doubt my samples would make it to me in time to review before month's end!

The theme for this month is Fall, which seems very appropriate given the imminent change of the seasons.  Fall is my favorite time of year, and living in Houston, I definitely welcome the change of season.  I get so tired of the heat!  Apparently, the change of season signifies a change in most women's beauty routines.  Being a super low maintenance girl leaves me with virtually nothing to change.  As much as I want/like to, I almost never wear makeup, and although I should, I have virtually no skin care routine.  I don't moisturize, and I only use a washcloth and water to clean my face.  I'm lucky to have good skin, I realize this, and I know I should do at least something to prevent slow down any signs of aging (especially with a baby due soon!).  These samples definitely have me motivated to do a little more for myself.

  • Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator:  I really liked this face scrub.  Apparently, the enzymes break down dead skin cells, and the microderm crystals minimize the appearance of fine lines and blemishes.  Either way, I really, really liked the texture of the mocroderm crystals.  They were much finer than what I'm used to in other exfoliating scrubs and felt gentler on my skin, but seemed to do a better job at leaving me with soft skin and without any rawness or redness.  I'm not sure if my skin was actually brighter after using it, but I certainly felt fresh faced.  I may even buy this.
  • Jouer Matte Moisture Tint:  Apparently this product is considered a CC Cream, (AKA a color control cream - an all in one base/moisturizer/skin corrector/sunscreen), which is this season's BB Cream, (AKA beauty balm cream - an all in one base/moisturizer/skin corrector/sunscreen).  What's the difference? As far as I can tell, CC Creams offer heavier coverage than BB Creams.  Again, I don't have a beauty routine that needs to change seasons, but I know enough that in the Spring and Summer, makeup, especially base, is generally applied much lighter than in the Fall and Winter.  Hence the CC cream in the Fall samples.  I love the idea of an all-in-one skin treatment/foundation/sunscreen.  It's rare for me to use base unless I'm doing stage makeup, so I'm guessing a BB is more up my alley than a CC, but again, it's Fall, and most ladies want a slightly heaver coverage.  Birchbox sent me the color Linen.  It's the second lightest shade offered.  I generally choose the lightest shade of anything since I'm so fair skinned, but this really seemed to match my skin color really nicely.  I loved the way it blended from a liquid/cream consistency to a very velvety powdery finish.  I didn't find the coverage to be too heavy, either.  I do wish it offered better than SPF 15; anything less than 85 doesn't seem to do anything for me.  I'd love to have this product in my makeup case, but the price is way too steep for someone who rarely wears makeup.  I wish the sample size were larger; I know it's just a sample, but it was so small I felt a little cheated.

  • Birchbox and Color Club Custom Collection Nail Polish:  There are 4 colors in this custom collection from Color Club, and I'm so happy I got my favorite one in this month's box!  I got Tweet Me, an almost eye searing neon grellow.  To me, it's much more of a Summer color, but apparently neons are still in for Fall.  Usually at this time of year I'm wearing deep reds, burnt oranges, and smokey grays.  I haven't painted my nails since getting pregnant (morning sickness pretty much kept me from doing anything my first trimester, we started renovating our new house in my second trimester, and now that I'm in my third trimester I find it hard to reach my toes and I can't paint my fingers and leave my toes out), so I may or may not use this before the baby gets here, but at least I can add it to my stash and use it later.  Win!
  • LA FRESH Eco Beauty Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover Individual Packets:  I haven't used this yet--see above--I haven't done my nails since getting pregnant, so it'll probably be a while before I update this review once I actually use this.  I am a little skeptical about the individual pads being able to remove polish from all 10 nails, but I really like that the company is cruelty free and uses natural ingredients.  When I do polish, I polish often, and, again, the price point will probably keep my from purchasing this in the future.  I go through remover pretty quickly.
  • Mighty Leaf Tea Tea Pouches - My favorite sample in this month's box.  I'm a daily tea drinker and always have a variety of teas on hand at home.  When I first opened my box I though I only got one tea bag, but as it turns out I got three!  Nice surprise!  I received Vanilla Bean Black Tea, Green Tea Tropical, and Citrus Chamomile.  These teas all taste great, and are perfect for different times of day.  The amount of caffeine is listed on the outside of each packet, along with optimum brew time so you can easily pick the right tea for the occasion and you can always end up with a delicious cup of goodness.  This is also something I might buy when my current supplies start to run low.

  • kate space new york Twirl perfume:  This perfume is definitely more sophisticated than last month's.  It's slightly heavier and more suited for Fall, but it's not a scent I see myself wearing.  It smells nice, but the description online says it's fruity and floral, and I just don't get that at all from this blend.  I don't dislike it; it's just not for me.
  • Madewell $25 Gift Card (off $75 or more):  This was a nice extra in the box, but not something I would use for several reasons:  a)  I'm hugely pregnant and there's no sense in buying clothes right now, b)  the clothes sold here aren't really my style, although they are cute, and c)  I never, ever pay that much for any apparel, ever, even with a coupon.  Yikes!
I am so relieved that this box was better than last month's.  There were things I would actually consider buying from this month, even at the exorbitant prices for high end products.  I do wish it hadn't literally taken 14 days for my box to arrive.  They ship on the 10th of the month, and mine didn't arrive until the 24th, leaving me less than a week to try to use everything before month's end.  Hopefully October's box will arrive sooner!  I am definitely looking forward to it.  Fingers crossed that it's a winner, too!

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Exterior House Painting - Sneak Peak

Our contractor, Shane, started painting the exterior of the garage apartment on Friday, and I'm so excited I just had to share a couple of sneak peak pictures with everyone.  With so much going on at the house, it's difficult to keep everything updated and still work a full time job.  I'm weeks behind on all of my updates, but I just had to post this ASAP!  Someday I'll write a post about how we decided on the color(s), but for now, these pics will just have to speak for themselves.


Totaled, But Not Totally

my damage
Three weeks ago, I got in a wreck.  The good news is that it wasn't my fault, I wasn't hurt, and Baby Reyna is fine.  The bad news is that the insurance company decided to total out my 4Runner, which is exactly what I was hoping wasn't going to happen.  But there's a silver lining to this little story.

The person who t-boned me was driving a company car on company time.  The company they work for is a transportation company, and apparently the company has such a large fleet of vehicles that they handle all insurance claims in house instead of using an outside company.  As it turns out, this is a very good thing for me.  Instead of having a claims adjuster come out and look at the damage to my vehicle, they wanted me to get two estimates and then they would decide if they would fix my vehicle or total it out.

their damage
While my 4Runner was at one place getting an estimate, the company liaison called me and told me, based on the pictures I sent in, that they were declaring my 4Runner a total loss.  Grrrrrrr.  I was getting my boxing gloves on, prepared to fight, when they then went on and explained that since they weren't a traditional insurance company that a total loss was handled differently than usual.  Instead of them cutting me a check and taking my vehicle, they simply cut me a check.  I got to keep my vehicle and there would be no salvage title issued.  I could use the money to buy a new vehicle or repair mine or whatever else I wanted to do with the settlement.  Okay, I thought, I can work with this.  I asked for 24 hours to decide if I wanted to accept their offer.

I got the estimate back on repairing the 4Runner, and it was almost the exact amount of the settlement check.  It included fixing the back axle, the running board, the door, and the fender.  Awesome!  All I wanted was to make my 4Runner drive-able again anyway.  We got another estimate for just fixing the axle and it came to half of the settlement check.  I decided to accept their offer.

A few days later, my check came in the mail, and we got the back axle fixed, got two new tires, and got an alignment.  All that came up to half the settlement amount.  Of course, my running board and fender still need to be repaired.  I decided I don't want the door fixed.  I kind of like the character that small dent adds to the 4Runner.  The rest of the money will go to getting Den's Miata fixed.  We'll get the running board and fender taken care of eventually.  So we're really coming out ahead.  My 4Runner is drive-able and we finally have the money to fix the Miata.  Win-win!  Making lemonade out of lemons!!!

almost like new; and I even washed my 4Runner!


Painting the Dining Room and Living Room: A Photo Timeline Two-For

As part of my continuing effort to bring the blog up to speed on all our home projects, I present to you a photo timeline two-for:  the dining room and living room.  I'm combining these two rooms into one post for a few reasons.  I want to get caught up with all our projects sooner rather than later (wouldn't it be nice to read about a project a couple of days after it's done instead of a couple of weeks or even months?), both the dining room and the living room are the only two rooms in the place that already have a chair rail installed and, therefore, are getting similar paint treatments; paint color above the chair rail, and decorative treatment below the chair rail, both room's paint jobs are similarly inspired with a base coat of flat paint and a stencil treatment of high gloss paint in the same color, and last but not least I didn't take a lot of pictures of the painting process in these rooms.

The second room I painted in the house was the dining room.  A while back, Dennis and I put a bid in on a house that we were sure we were going to close on.  We were so certain we were going to get that house that we started planning what colors to paint that place and how we wanted to decorate.  Obviously we didn't end up with that property.  But I liked our idea for that other dining room so much that I decided it would work just as well in this house.  The original inspiration started with a picture on Pinterest.

from Pinterest, originally from Sawdust and Embryos

I absolutely love the look of high gloss paint on top of flat paint.  I've been seeing that combo a lot on some of the nail polish blogs I read and I've even done a few of my own manicures in that style, so it's a natural leap to painting other things using the same technique.  As for the color, I'm surprised at myself for going with a similar teal blue as in this inspiration picture.  Red is my favorite color, and I normally don't go for anything even bordering on the blue spectrum, but there's something about this shade that I just love.  I was also swayed by John and Sherry of Young House Love's use of an awesome teal in their guest bedroom.  In fact, after comparing several shades of teal at Home Depot, we ended up going with the exact shade as John and Sherry, Plumage by Martha Stewart.  I guess great minds think alike!  We had it color matched to Behr Interior Eggshell Enamel No VOC paint (can't have any fumes around Baby Reyna).  And for the ceiling, we had our HD color match a gallon of ceiling paint to Aged Parchment.  It's a really nice warm white.  Again, I was disappointed with the coverage of both paint colors.  I used almost the entire gallon of ceiling paint, leaving me with just enough for any touch-ups, and although I was only painting above the chair rail, I used almost the entire gallon of wall paint.  I only had to apply one coat of wall paint, so I certainly shouldn't have gone through the whole gallon.  At least it covered in one coat, unlike the master bedroom.

Aged Parchment ceiling paint (the darker color)
cutting in
cutting in
getting close

Okay, done isn't exactly a true statement for the dining room.  I'm done painting the ceiling, and done painting the base color above the chair rail, but I still have to paint the high gloss design and all the trim, along with figuring out what treatment I want to do below the chair rail.  I can do all of that after we've moved.  Instead of painting swirls in high gloss (like in the inspiration pic), we're going to do palm fronds.  We're going with a tiki theme for the dining room, and we think giant palm fronds are just the thing to set the tiki tone in here.  I'm pretty sure I want to use bamboo somehow below the chair rail, but I've got plenty of time to decide what's actually going to be installed.  The original beige isn't too horrible now that there's some color in the room, so it'll have to do for now.  It's a work in progress, just like everything else in the place!

On to the living room.  As you know, Mom came to the rescue a few weeks ago and helped me get most of the living room painted.  Dennis and I also came across the inspiration for our living room color scheme on Pinterest.

from Pinterest, originally from aka design

The deep charcoal walls above the chair rail and crisp white below looks so classy yet edgy.  One look at this picture, and we were sold on the combo.  We never thought we'd have a black living room, and are in fact calling the color charcoal to make ourselves feel better.  Who are we kidding?  That's totally black.  We picked Deep Space and had it color matched to Behr Premium Plus flat paint (also no VOC).  After having such bad luck with the coverage of the paint in the master bedroom and in the dining room, we decided to go with the top of the line paint and primer for the living room, hoping we'd end up with better coverage.  I bought two gallons (even though mathematically one gallon should be enough to cover all the walls above the chair rail) so I wouldn't inevitably have to make a last minute run back to HD to get another gallon.  Dennis picked the best color for the ceilings, Silver Moon.  I also made sure to buy 2 gallons of ceiling paint since I'd already had such bad luck with ceiling coverage, too.  We also decided to do an accent wall so the living room wouldn't seem too dark with all that black charcoal color on the walls.  For that wall we picked Tin by Martha Stewart.  It lives up to its name; it's metallic silver and it's going on the wall with the fireplace.

cutting in

Mom likes to cut in and I like to roll, so when she visited, she did all the cutting in.  In the picture above I've already rolled the ceilings.  I was so excited to not have to do any cutting in that I went straight for the roller and forgot to get pics!  Oops.  When I painted the ceilings in here, less than one gallon of paint covered the entire ceiling, and the living room is twice as big as the master bedroom or the dining room, and both of those ceilings took almost an entire gallon of paint.  I have no idea why the paint covered so much better in here than in the other rooms.  The only thing I can figure is that I was using a better quality of paint roller.  Either way, I was frustrated that I bought way more paint than I actually needed.  If I hadn't bought two gallons, I know it wouldn't have covered as well and I would've needed to go back for more.  Murphy's Law, I guess.  I know I can always use the same color for the ceilings in another room since I love this color so much.

cutting in

You can't tell in these pictures, but the cut in and the first coat of this paint looked navy rather than charcoal. I was definitely getting worried that even a second coat of paint wouldn't diminish the dark blue sheen of this paint and that I'd have to pick a new color and paint the whole room again.  I am not a fan of blue!  Luckily, once I got the second coat of paint on, the walls went from a navy to a nice deep black charcoal.  Again, I was surprised at the coverage of this paint.  I only used one gallon for two coats of paint.  I was relieved/disappointed that I got such good coverage.  Again, I think it was the better quality paint rollers that allowed to paint to go farther.  Unfortunately, I can't return the extra gallon of paint, and I'm not sure where I could use it.  I guess it's good to have some extra on hand in case of a stenciling disaster!

second coat, done!
second coat, done!

I also managed to get the accent wall done that same day.  I'm really glad we decided to go for a silver wall. I think it really sets off the room.  We want to paint the fireplace a deep dramatic color, but we can't quite figure out which deep dramatic color.  The fireplace is brick, so we don't want to go with something too brick red and have it look like we tried to paint the bricks a brick like color.  Our couch and love seat are a burgundy purple and will sit on the other side of the room, so we're thinking of pulling a color from them to create a more well rounded color balance in the room.  Or we may go crazy and do something else completely off the wall.  The nice thing about paint is if you don't like it, it's easy to change.

the same stencil will continue along this wall

I also need to paint the entryway.  When Mom was helping, Dennis and I still hadn't decided if we were going to go with a third accent color for the entry or if we were going to use either the silver or the black charcoal.  After we got done with the silver accent wall and all the other walls, we all realized a third accent color would be too crazy, so we're going to continue the black charcoal along the entryway walls.  I did talk Dennis into letting me paint the entry ceiling a crazy fuchsia (I can't seem to find the paint color name).

I only needed a little paint for the ceiling


still needs painting

Below the chair rail, we want to install beadboard or wainscotting of some sort and paint it a high gloss white to really contrast with the dark walls.  It won't be as convenient to install that after we move, but I'm really ready to get started on getting settled in this house.  For now, black charcoal and tan walls will just have to do.  Neither the dining room nor the living room is 100% finished, but they are both at a point of being done enough for me to start thinking about moving furniture in.  Yay!

How You Like Me Now? Baby Reyna's First Concert

Last night, Dennis and I took Baby Reyna to their first concert!  We went to see The Heavy, one of my favorite bands, at Fitzgerald's.  It was a totally last minute decision (probably one of our last last minute decisions for the next 15 years or so); I found out they were in town while driving in to work and I bought tickets as soon as I could.

The Silent Comedy opened, and I had no idea what to expect.  I'm not hip enough to know who this band is, and honestly, I don't really care about opening bands anymore; I'm just there for the headliner.  I know opening acts are a really great way to get to know up and coming bands, but it can be such a hit or miss.  Some openers make it big, but most usually don't.  But man, oh man, am I glad we made it for this opening act!  These guys were great (and well dressed--men, start dressing like it's 1860 and grow out those mustaches; you'll all look amazing)!  I'm terrible at describing what a band sounds like or what genre of music they play, so here's a video of a live performance they did back in July of 2011.  Also worth mentioning is one of their songs is being used as the theme song for the History Channel's new show The Men Who Built America, and if I'm not mistaken, they also had a song used as the theme for Hatfields & McCoys, too.  Enjoy!

After The Silent Comedy got the crowd going, The Heavy brought the house down!!!  For those of you who don't know who The Heavy are, you've definitely most likely heard some of there music here or maybe even here.  Either way, this band is amazing and pumps out the most epic movie soundtrackesque music.  I can't listen to them without storyboarding.  When they took to the stage the crowd went wild, and it was a good thing I was sitting in the balcony instead of down on the floor.  The band's energy totally filled up the venue and their set was indescribably awesome!  I'm so glad we decided to go, and I think Baby Reyna liked it, too.  At least they were kicking and squirming the whole show, so I'll just choose to interpret that as headbangin.  Here's a video of one of my favorite songs by The Heavy.  Enjoy!!!


Kitchen Floor Demo - A Photo Timeline

As part of our 203K loan we have to redo the kitchen floors in the downstairs kitchen.  When we bought the place, the kitchen had ugly white broken ceramic tiles.  Yuck.  We could've lived with them, but the inspector thought they'd be a hazard if the broken pieces got loose and potentially cut someone.  No bueno. So out they'd go.

you can't really tell in this pic, but half or more of these tiles are cracked

Dennis and I assumed with our small budget we'd have to replace the old ugly broken ceramic tiles with new ugly unbroken ceramic tiles.  Not a big deal, as our sensibilities aren't that sensitive, but a little bit of a bummer to think we had to choose something we both ultimately wouldn't really like.  You gotta do what you gotta do, right?

Well, lucky for us, we happened upon a flooring sale at Home Depot.  We were there to buy paint (imagine that!), and decided to take a stroll through the flooring department.  We looked at some ceramics and some industrial vinyl figuring that's what we could afford, when we rounded a corner and saw this.

Brazilian Cherry laminate wood flooring for only $0.87/sq ft, regularly $2.68/sq ft!  It was being discontinued, and the store had just enough for our kitchen plus a little extra in case we needed to patch the floor at a later date.  Sold, to the lowest bidder!!!  We loaded up the truck and patted ourselves on the backs for such a great find.

Then people started telling us to be careful about putting in laminate flooring in a kitchen where it could possible get wet.  My Aunt Margo told me, " won't burn, tear, it's like kryptonite, but water melts the dang stuff."  My friend Lisa said, "[I] have discovered that if a small amount of liquid sits in it for a while (on the joints), it swells up."  I relayed this info to Dennis and we both figured we'd chance it anyway.  After all, we'd already bought the stuff, and didn't need it anywhere else in the house.  We also figured we'd research ways to better protect the laminate from water, like waxing the floors or sealing them somehow.

But before we could start installing the new floors, those old ones had to come out.  But before those old floors could come out, the appliances and bottom cabinets had to come out.  Cue Dennis, his BFF Roger, and our friend/contractor Shane.  The fridge went into the butler's office, the washer and dryer went into the dining room, the water heater and stove went curbside, the dishwasher went under the stairs, and the bottom cabinets went into the master bedroom.  We also knew the stove wasn't going to be going back into the same spot, so the cabinet above the former stove location was removed.

Now, finally, for the fun stuff; demolition!!!  I took care of a few tiles, then handed the reigns over to Dennis. Roger must've had some inner aggression that needed to come out because he was hammering out tiles like they were his enemy!  Dennis got bit by a shard of ceramic tile, but other than that, there weren't any casualties (except for all those ugly tiles!!!).

For some strange reason, under all those ugly tiles was an unnecessary layer of cement board.  Obviously that had to come out, too.  Shane and Dennis took care of ripping out the cement board, and finally, we were down to the subfloor layer!

the floors are looking better already

I never thought subfloors could be so beautiful

By this time, I was so excited to have all those tiles dead and gone, I was raring to start laying down those laminate floors.  Of course, all I had done all day was hammer out a handful of tiles for the camera, then stand back and document the rest of the process.  I did do a lot of sweeping, too.  Let's not forget that!  But the guys had been working their butts off and wanted to save putting down the floors for another day.  I really don't blame them.  They put in a hard afternoon's demo, and after all, this isn't HGTV.


That's what my morning sounded like yesterday when, while heading over to the new house to do some painting, a distracted driver failed to check traffic and t-boned me, spinning me almost 180*, just missing oncoming traffic, and nearly into the roadside ditch.  Joy.

I'm okay and Baby Reyna is okay except for being a little shaken up and achy today.  My 4Runner will unfortunately probably be totaled, which really sucks because insurance companies never want to give fair compensation to adequately replace the totaled one with a comparable year/make/model.  The most important thing is there weren't any injuries and it wasn't my fault.  I hope I don't have a fight on my hands in order to fairly replace my ride.  I'll fight if I have to, though.

The real kicker is that we just put over $5,000 into my 4Runner so I could keep it up and running for the next 5+ years (at least).  Rebuilt engine, new transmission, new A/C, new starter, and I really, really, really don't want this car totaled out.  I love this car.  And if they do total it, well, comparable vehicles in Houston are selling for about $5,000, so that's what I'll fight for.

To add insult to injury, I didn't get any painting done yesterday.  Grrrrrrr.

Painting the Master Bedroom: A Photo Timeline

I started painting our new house the day after we closed.  I got a little obsessed with painting and then hit the wall, only to have my mom save me.  During this time, I had grand plans to update this here blog with all my progress as it happened, but I was so obsessed with painting that I made no time to write.  I've spent almost two months painting and instead of trying to go back and write posts as if each project were only a few days ago instead of 6 weeks or more ago, I'll do a couple of photo timeline posts to bring these projects up to date, and then we'll take it from there.

The master bedroom is the first room I painted.  Dennis and I never did anything to our old master bedroom and I really want to have a nice bedroom for a change.  Over the years, we've bought some stuff for the bedroom, a new bed and mattress,  a wardrobe, new bedside lamps, but we've never painted or really decorated at all.

We found this picture at Ikea and it has become the inspiration for the new bedroom.  Well, we already had the Malm queen size bed in birch, and were leaning towards doing a tropical island retreat style bedroom so this picture really seemed to fit in with our vision so we ran with it.

Dennis works a funny schedule and often has to sleep during the day, so we also want to make sure the master bedroom is very dark and cave like so he can sleep better when the sun is up (I promise he's not a vampire).  Using this picture as inspiration, we picked Sherwin-Williams Ripe Olive as the wall color.  We had it color matched to Home Depot's Behr Interior Eggshell Enamel No-VOC paint (I don't want to be anywhere near any harmful fumes while in the family way).  It's a really deep grey/green that we think will really help Den sleep by making the room dark and cozy.  Plus the color picks up the deep grey/green of the tree's foliage.  I also like the way the rope color almost matches the light birch color of our bed, keeping things from getting too dark and heavy.

Pigger and Butt-Naked help with color choices

For the ceiling, we picked a very, very light foggy grey called Coastal Fog.  Home Depot had to color match this color to ceiling paint, as ceiling paint apparently has very limited color options.  The HD we go to has a great paint department and suggested just getting flat paint, but I wanted the thicker, less drippy ceiling paint, so they gladly color matched for me.

Before I started painting, I had to remove a really hideous plastic folding room divider thing from in between the master bedroom and nursery.  As always, Pigger and Butt-Naked were there to help me.

Those beautiful hardwood floors needed protecting so plastic drop cloths had to go down.  I bought one giant roll of 8'4" x 200' of plastic sheeting that I rolled out, cut to size, and taped down to the floors for protection.  I'm a messy painter.  A very messy painter.

When I paint, I start with the ceiling, then do the walls, then, last but not least, the trim and doors.  And finally, I go back and do any touch ups to make sure things look as good as possible.  Then I give myself a high-five and do a happy dance.  Unfortunately, there aren't any pictures of that.

cutting in the ceiling; I curse whoever put texture on the ceiling and walls.
all cut in
halfway there
I wasn't very happy with the ceiling paint.  One gallon should've been more than enough to cover the ceiling in both the master bedroom and the nursery (we wanted to use the same color in both spaces to have some consistency between the two rooms), but I barely had enough to cover the master bedroom ceiling and had to go back to the store and buy more for the nursery.  I don't know if it was the paint, or the roller, or what, but I ended up using almost an entire gallon in each room. 

After I got the ceiling done, Dennis helped me cut in and roll the walls.  The paint we bought has primer in it, so we didn't bother priming, even though the color was so dark.  I was not pleased with this paint at all, either, and it had nothing to do with not priming the walls first.  As we were cutting in, we noticed the paint wasn't covering very well and unless we put it on super thick it was streaky and very uneven.  It's never good to put paint on super thick because it can drip and it's nearly impossible to keep the coverage even.


Rolling the paint wasn't much better, either.  It didn't bother me that we were going to obviously need a second coat of paint; I was expecting to put two coats on, but what I didn't expect was to not have enough paint to cove the walls even once.  One gallon of paint for a room this size should've easily covered two coats.  Especially with 3 windows, 3 doors, and a 5 foot opening in one wall reducing the total wall space.  Paint fail.

Unhappily, I went back to the store later in the week for another gallon, finished the wall that wasn't done, and put on a second coat.  The second coat covered all the splotchy uneven places at least.

The next thing I painted were the windows.  None of the windows in our house are original 1928 windows.  The new windows fit in the sills differently than the original windows and instead of the usual built out sills and trim, they are all deep set windows.  We decided instead of painting around the windows in the same color as the walls, they would stand out and look better in a contrasting color.  We didn't want to get all crazy with too many different colors in the room, so we went with the ceiling color.

Painting the windows didn't make a big difference, but we like the way it draws the ceiling color into the rest of the room, and it got rid of the last of the beige in the room.  The last thing I did was paint the trim and the doors, and declared this room done!  High five and happy dance!!

Stay tuned for the next installment of painting photo timelines, coming soon!!
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