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I have about 5 brain cells actually firing these days. Here's why:
Meet my garage. This would be just before we moved my daughter into her new apartment. Did you know I have enough furniture to furnish not only my house, but a 2 bedroom apartment? Yes, I have a problem.
This bed and the matching dresser there in the back were previously in my 3rd daughter's bedroom. She took over the other daughter's room upstairs under the eaves, so the bed wouldn't fit. Sold the set to my sis-in-law, but first gave it this nice white coat of paint.
This would be a common sight in our garage. I was painting
Yeah, this one. The one sitting in the middle of my family room, for no apparent reason.
Oh wait. Now I remember why....we decided to make the dining room into an office/extra school area. Oh that's right, the dining room redo. That's what this post is about.
Ok, well we'd purchased a desk top for 5 bucks.....see what it is?
Then we picked up a few wood bookshelves, which hubby had to put together in the 3 square inches I gave him to work in the garage:
We bought 3 shelves, the last one hubs cut in half to support the
Here's another angle. The door desk top is still sitting on the file cabinet and some uber-stylish plastic milk crates. Again, we're professionals.
BTW, we're a 4 computer family. You know how some hubbies are mechanics, so there's always random car parts (and cars) all over the place? Well, hubs is a computer-chanic, so we have spare hard drives, monitors, and keyboards cobbled together. We even have other people's 'puters hanging around a lot so he can clean 'em up. He's a very nice man. You'd like him.
Back to the dining room....My DADD (decorating attention deficit disorder) can't just leave the walls the same color as they were, and I got night sweats thinking of unfinished wood furniture just sitting in my house, so out came the paint chips, and sample boards....
The bottom color is what's on my kitchen walls (Reflection by Devine Paints). I settled on the middle color for the upper walls above the chair rail. It's Canvas Natural by Ralph Lauren. See this color in action at The Old Painted Cottage. The white is the trim color all over my house....Woodlawn Lace by Valspar.
Really hard to see in this blurry picture, so consider this a tease.
After MUCH deliberation and about 38950328532 paint chips, I picked this color for the bookshelves:
Already sitting in my paint stash. Is Mistint your favorite color too? This is actually the color I used for my double rocker re-do.
It's a soft blue-gray. It looks just a hint darker than that Reflection color I used below my chair rail. I also used it for an antique desk and chair set that I haven't shown you yet. Don't hate.
Here we go....all wiped down with Liquid Sander....
Dipping into the goodness:
No going back......well, unless I change my mind. Which I never do. Ahem.
Here's another sneak peek of the first one against the upper wall...
Me likey. I'm still trying to decide how to finish the door desk top. Same blue-grey? White like the trim? Stained deep like the chairs I'll prolly use in here (extras from my kitchen table, you can see them in the pictures up thar a bit)? Hmmmmm. While I'm at it, here's some inspiration I'm working from. Just slightly yummy.