Twelve years ago when my husband and I bought our house, the thing we loved about it is it looks like a cute little cottage on the outside, but inside it is a loft. When you walk through the front door, you can see the whole house- the living area, dining area, kitchen, and an open stair case that leads to a second floor loft that looks over the first floor. It's a two-story house but the rooms are not really closed off. We have very little wall space because there are not real rooms except for 2 small bedrooms but they are weird. Even the bed rooms are not real rooms with full walls. There are a lot of angles and shapes and corners. When we moved in, the bottom floor area was painted yellow and the upper loft area was painted red, which I thought I would love. It turns out I that I hated it. Actually, I didn't hate it the first year or two. I started hating it about ten years ago and the hatred just grew and grew. Over the years we made many changes to the house but the red walls never got touched. The more the rest of the house changed, the more I hated the red walls.
When we were remodeling our kitchen during Mold Drama 2011, I knew there was no way we could redo the kitchen and still have walls from 1999 that I could see while I ate my cereal. When I was testing paint colors for the kitchen, I also tested them on the loft walls (there have been 8 squares of gray painted on the red walls for 6 months). I chose a color one shade darker than the kitchen. So, when I bought the paint for the kitchen, I bought a gallon for the loft, and I waited for a free day. I did not dare announce my plan to the world because when I announce a plan, the Plan Wrecking Fairy visits.
Karen and I had hair appointments yesterday that our stylist had to cancel at the last minute so Karen and I rescheduled to meet during the week. My husband had gone to visit his cousins and I suddenly had a free day. Oh My Buddha! Say it ain't so! I was alone with a gallon of paint and it was like Berlin in 1989. The walls I hated were about to come to an end.
Our loft area is now a lovely shade of not at all prison-like gray with just the right amount of blue and just the right amount of purple (Olympic Hi-Ho Silver. Dumb name for a good color). It's the perfect backdrop to display some of my husband's urban photography, our collection of favorite books, and to hang out watching movies. Or to nap on the couch instead of working. Now I just need to dye the curtains and choose a good accent color for accessories. I will post pictures when the room is closer to complete.
I am so happy to be current. Being stuck in the 90's was so painful.
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