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    I feel obligated to get this. I could work in our room... Am I crazy for considering this? Also, it's $35. Adorable cow and calf. Cute as a button, because that's her name. Another weekend, another window. Bigger, better, and brighter!

Goodness Gray-cious

My quest to repaint the entry, living, and dining rooms took a lot longer than I expected.  First painting the new crown and waiting for it to thoroughly dry.  Next, a last coat on the tongue and groove wall.


Followed up with a first coat of paint on the walls.  Then tackling the ceiling where my shoulder and neck started cramping.  I ran out of wall paint and went back to get a third gallon, but we had issues matching the color, so the walls are slightly different from my original color.  But, now these dingy peach walls:


Are no more.  Totally worth the days of plowing through.  Instead we’ve got fresh light gray walls to bounce the light around.  Make no mistake, the room is still one thousand miles from done, but much improved.


And hey, we’ve got a solid color.  No more patched sheet rock or paint swatches.


Unfortunately, I can’t say they’ll stay that way forever.  The too tall French door will become a standard window and the bay window a sliding door.  After replacing the windows, we’ll update the window trim to match the rest of the house.  If I nail down my stair railing plan soon enough, we might be able to replace it soon, too.  Say it with me, no more orange stained oak!


For now, I’m just happy to have baseboard (and the entertainment center toe kick!) and blank walls.


This was unfinished far, far too long.


Whenever I paint, I pull out every nail, patch it, and then start anew.  Which is why I have only a few frames on the walls.  Still deciding on the rest.


Even so, I’m not desperate to slap things up in an attempt to hide something ugly on the walls.


And that’s the power of paint.  Or love, as Huey Lewis might say.  Sweet, sweet victory.  Even if I will have to do it all over again after windows.

Gimme a Giveaway: Easy, Tiger

Allow me to introduce you to a fun little shop Easy, Tiger.

The shop is stocked with funny cards, shirts, and art prints.  This Best at Life print will get here soon, and I’m so excited for it.


How about a humurous Blah Blah Blah print?


Stock up on fun cards like Keep it Down card:


Or the Wishbone card:


Maybe you want a cute shirt like the Gray Script Font Shirt:


Whichever item/s you prefer, one lucky winner will get to choose some favorites.

The Goods: A $50 gift certificate good for or toward anything in the Easy, Tiger shop.  

To Enter:  Leave a comment, which can (but doesn’t have to) include our Just for Fun question.

Just for Fun: If you were to have a personal catch phrase, what would it be?  I’ve been catching up on How I Met Your Mother, and Barney’s Legen wait for it, dary is fun.  So is Whoa Easy, Tiger.

For additional entries:

1.  Like Our Humble Abode on Facebook, and comment again for two total entries.

Contest Closes: Thursday, April 24th.

Number of Winners: Just one, chosen by Random.org.

Ships: Anywhere in the US.

Other Info: We will select the winners using random.org and announce on Friday, April 25th.

Hung Up on Horns

I’ve still got one coat of paint to finish the ceiling, but the rest of the entry, living, and dining room painting is done.  It’s amazing how much lighter and brighter everything looks.  Especially the entry.  Boy has it come a long way over the last month or so.  We started with this beige box of ugliness:


And now we’ve got a modernized, slightly rustic, light space.


Peachy beige walls looked sad and dingy, especially against my vintage Longhorns.


To create a light backdrop with warm texture (not the heavy knock down), Ben hung tongue and groove pine planks.


Installing simple crown moulding throughout the room for a crisp edge helped finish off the top of the accent wall.


And giving it three good coats of white paint to finish it off for a neutral backdrop.


Along with the freshly painted light gray walls, the room feels clean and fresh.


Not only does the tongue and groove cover the giant wall of knock down, it also acts as a huge stud wall.  Planks nailed into studs every 16 inches are completely secure, and the boards can easily hold the weight of art.



Don’t the horns and light fixture contrast nicely now?


Once our new windows come in, hopefully next week, we’ll replace the door and window.


Usually a fully white wall feels sterile and cold to me, but the knots and grooves keep it interesting.


I’ve never had an accent wall, but I have to say I love it.  Seeing the horns and light against it just makes me giddy.  My parents will be here soon, and I’m excited for my mom to see her horns proudly displayed.

The Ole Switcharoo

Unfortunately I’m still not finished painting the entry, living and dining rooms like I had hoped.  However, I did get a first coat on the ceiling and walls.  We hauled the big furniture out so I didn’t have to work around it.


While the sectional was out, I fully realized how much the big beast closed off the room.  Though I still have another coat to put on the ceiling, we moved the sofa, chairs, and coffee table to the living room.


When we replace the sectional, I want a normal sofa and two chairs.  It’s amazing how much bigger, brighter, and more open the living room feels now.  Walking completely around the couch is possible when it wasn’t before.


Seeing the open railing, and those coming in the door, is a great perk, too.  And having easy access to end tables?  It’s so convenient.


Cozy upholstered chairs would be nice along with a long, rectangular coffee table.


After nearly two years of living here with the same furniture arrangement, this feels so fresh and inviting.  And gives us an idea of what we want as replacement stuff.


For now, the sectional awaits its fate in the family room.  Where it awkwardly fills the space.


Though there’s still enough walking space to get to the back door, it’s much more cut off than the previous layout.


Most strange is the focal point it has to face.  The wall and entry.


The behemoth is 10 feet wide by 7 feet long, so it won’t fit in the 14 foot wide family room any other way.


Another annoying thing about this?  If centered on the rug, it’s close to the fireplace when lit.


Finally moving things around has made us even more sure we want to replace the sectional with a standard sofa and chairs.  Now to agree on the perfect couch, which is more difficult for us than it should be.  Ben wants leather, I want something with removable, flippable seat cushions.  Typically those two don’t go together, so a compromise must be made.

Giveaway Winners and Etsy Favs: March

Last Friday of March and first order of business.  Jessica, you’re the winner of the Britt Bass giveaway.

And Beth, you’ll get to design your custom Duffle Coat from S & S Babee.  Congrats, ladies!

Himmeli Diamond Pendant Light from Panselinos

Whiskey Me Away print by Perrodin Supply Company

Wooden Hexagon Trivet at Things Like Diamonds

Small Vintage Ceramic Letters from Shaving Kit Supplies

Metallic Gold Star Pillow at Earth Lab

Decorative Match Boxes by Bello Pop

The Tetons Mountain Range Pillow from Three Bad Seeds

Saving for my Van Gogh print at Alfamarama

Objectify Magazine Rack from Objectify Homeware

Abstract Watercolor Painting at So Very Happy Art

Falling Roses Abstract Art Print by Parima Creative Studio

Misty Oil Painting from Painting Well.

So many pretty paintings, and all profits are donated to cancer research charities!  After reading that, I bought two.  I’m excited to get this beauty in the mail.

Welp, I’m going to get back to my living room painting.  Have a great weekend, all!


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