Sandstone Cove

Do you remember my itch to paint?  I’ve finally scratched it.  Monday included priming and painting our newly installed crown.  Tuesday I edged the ceiling – Ben will roll it after we finish patching a few hairline cracks.  Yesterday I put two coats of Behr’s Sandstone Cove (color matched to Glidden) on the family room and hall walls.  Good news!  We love the color.


Rember the peach-y walls of yore?  Here’s a refresher.


It changes from beige to gray depending on the lighting.  And makes the white trim stand out.  With nail holes patched, we’re assessing our art.  Ben says I hang cluttered groups and would like to see simpler, larger pieces.  I’m thinking the 2 foot by 3 foot frame could look nice hanging on this wall.  Perhaps I’ll change out the art, but the boys like to find places on the map, so it might stay for them.


The hall gallery is gone, at least until I can figure out a way to simplify it.  For now, the Montana and Minnesota watercolors will hang just above the thermostat.

Painted-HallYesterday wasn’t all smiles at the new paint though.  After three days of painting, I had a problem and a frustration meltdown happened.  I completely blame this:


(Yes, I realize this is a first world problem and I’m a major brat)  Unfortunately, in at least 20 spots, my Frog tape peeled off the trim paint.  Wop wop.  Worst of all, I don’t know why that happened.  The tape wasn’t stuck on forever, the paint was dry, I peeled it off when the paint was still wet at an angle.  It doesn’t make sense.  I’ll have to sand the areas, touch up the semi gloss trim paint, then the satin wall paint.  Inevitably the touch up will be obvious thanks to a sheen difference.  Unless you have suggestions.  After my meltdown, Ben cheered me up by installing our new sconces from Lamps Plus.


Ahh, so pretty and simple.


Love a touch of satin nickel.


Even better, the low profile means fewer bumps and bruises for the adults in this house.


Overall, I’m thrilled with the brighter, sleek look.  And a warm, diffused light.  I give these sconces two enthusiastic thumbs up.  Check back tomorrow for a light-ning giveaway!

P.S.  Lamps Plus kindly sent us two sconces after we featured them.  We’re psyched to Lamps Plus wanted to team up with us.