The Weekend

The best thing I can say about this week is that it’s finally over.  I’ve fulfilled my obligations to the rest of the world, and today is all mine.  What do you like to do when you are given the gift of a free day?  I like nothing better than being able to spend the day working on my house, which almost always guarantees painting of some kind.


This is the hallway leading up to the top floor of my house.  It’s looked like this since 2 weeks after I moved in…3 years ago.  I won’t even start on that story.  For the past month, I have been fixing and painting doors and trim; the previous owners were stuck in the 70s and had a soft spot for “almond” colored everything.  I find this to be one of the most unrewarding and time consuming reno jobs known to womankind, but its gotta be done. White white white. My go to white is Chantilly Lace 2120-70 Benjamin Moore, its crisp but not cold.

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When all the trim is done, I get to do walls, which is one of the most rewarding and satisfying reno jobs. I love nothing more than changing the color of a room in a day, even it if is a neutral to neutral (which it will be in this case).  I love that first swipe with the roller, knowing that whatever ugliness lies beneath will be gone in a matter of minutes.  Dorky, I know, but it gives me a thrill.  I sometimes wish I loved color more; it would be great to paint bright yellow walls or something, but that’s not likely to happen any time soon.  Sherwin Williams Amazing Gray it is.  I’ve already painted the foyer and connecting hallways this color and it is , well, amazing.


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So the carrot at the end of all this millwork is that I will be able to paint walls.  Then, the best part of all, re-styling the rooms.  I have piles of treasures from our Ontario trip last year, numerous trips to HomeSense and other bits and pieces that haven’t yet found their perfect spot in my house.  I have a closet, well two actually, filled with beautiful vases, china, glassware, picture frames, and pillows.  Some days I’m so disheartened that its taken me this long to finish this place .  Every once in awhile I just open the door and sigh.  “Someday…” I tell it, and it waits there patiently for me, not judging.  Such is the lament of the self-employed.


So for those of you who think I live in  a perfectly styled home, here is a peek behind the curtain into the current state of my dining room and den. Yes, feel free to laugh.


Happy weekend, whatever that means to you.

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