Things are starting to look up around the farmhouse!
We came upon some more major adversity- in the form of a mysterious substance that was seeping through the "Quiet Moments" paint in the dining room. But after a fierce bleach-and-water scrubbing, followed by a layer of tinted Zinsser shellac-based primer, things were significantly improved! More interesting: The lady at the paint store tinted the primer a little too enthusiastically and it was actually a good deal darker than it should have been-- but John and I loved it! So we decided to make a bold move (okay-- not that bold) and painted the dining room one shade darker than we'd originally planned.
YES. I HAVE BROKEN OUT OF MY QUIET MOMENT CYCLE.
I am now officially exploring the world of Benjamin Moore's "Beach Glass". Wild woman. You can see the dining room shown above, but I'm not sure that it really captures the depth and beauty of the new color. I'll try to take more photos tomorrow when the sunlight is in full effect.
I'm TOTALLY thrilled!
However, I wasn't ready to TOTALLY throw off the "Quiet Moments" paint (particularly since I'd already purchased two gallons of the stuff!) so I've changed my overall plan and here's where we stand as of this moment:
Dining Room: "Beach Glass"
Living Room: "Quiet Moments"
Kitchen: Seriously considering the possibility of "Artichoke Heart". Is that nuts???
You can see the photos of the living room above and below-- now in "Quiet Moments". Next step: I just have to figure out what I'm going to do with the gallons of "Old Prairie" paint that I previously planned to use in the living room. Maybe somewhere upstairs?
We also started in on the wiggy temporary bathroom renovation. The bathroom, if you remember correctly, was essentially the grossest place on earth. The previous owners of our house didn't really go whole-hog when they built the bathroom. And by "not going whole-hog", what I mean is that they chose to use cardboard to close up the space above the bath tub instead of dry wall. Yes. Cardboard. Like from a box that they cut up to fit above the tub. There is a handle hole on one of the pieces. That is how much just used a random piece of cardboard. TAH-KEY!!!