It's finally done! Well as done as it's going to be for now. In absolute honesty, I need to still paint the trim work both top and bottom but oh well. That's going to wait until I'm feeling calm and relaxed and that is not today. But otherwise...It's done! Yes, at long last the family room is completely repainted! Woohoo!
It's not a colour I had originally considered. And it doesn't go with the area rug at all. And that is because blue is not a colour we have ever painted anything. We usually choose warmer colours, golds, greens, reds so naturally when we chose furniture and accessories that is what we gravitate toward. But it's plenty warm in Florida already at least outdoors and I guess we needed to cool off, at least visually.
And as you can see, I have one, exactly one, painting hung up at this point. BUT the important part is that the painting is finished. What a relief.
I like the colour. It's light but it's cool, as in temperature cool, which the room needed. There are 14 windows in this room which means lots of lovely light but when it's hot out that's also a lot of heat which is why there are the shades. These particular shades we selected because they let in light but cut down on the heat. Very nice. When it's a cooler part of the year or a rainy/cloudy day I put the shades up otherwise, they stay down.
We started this project a few weeks before the big hurricane. I dutifully took out all the nails, sanded all the rough spots, spackled and sanded again, cleaned everything multiple times and taped it all off. Then we went about selecting a colour. Tim actually chose this colour and I think he did a good job. Again, it wasn't what I expected but I like it. Kind of sea blue or maybe sky blue or maybe robin's egg blue. Whatever blue it is, it makes me smile. And then we started painting. For all that it is a good sized room, with all those windows there didn't seem to be all that much wall space so we, foolishly, thought this would be a quick job. Not. Going around all the door ways and windows to say nothing of the window seat slowed me way way way down. And of course, moving furniture around and around as we do different parts of the room is a good workout.
But things were moving along and then, half way through the 2nd to last wall, we ran out of paint. Ratz. Before we could get back to the paint store, Irma came to visit and that put a hold on EVERYTHING! It took awhile to get through the post hurricane mess and back to whatever passes for normal in our lives and then a little more time passed while we rested up and then finally back to the paintstore and then back to moving furniture, taking down the blinds and hauling in equipment and supplies.
And now it's done. The painters tape is off, the ladder and paintpots and brushes and rags are gone, the furniture is back where it belongs and I am basking in the lovely peaceful blue of the family room. Everytime I walk into the room now I smile. It's really and truly done. Yes! We Rock!
And at some point, I will probably get the artwork off the floor where it's leaning up against the wall, hidden behind other furniture and onto various and sundry walls. And at some other point, I may even haul out a ladder and all of the tape and brushes and get my wits about me to paint the trim. Or maybe not. Right this minute it is not high on my list of gotta-do's.
I know that there are other room that needs to be painted. Tim's awful, two-toned purple office comes immediately to mind (it came that way people, not our idea) but I am not going to tackle another painting project anytime soon. At least not during hurricane season because it's obvious that painting lures in big bad hurricanes. Don't you see the correlation? That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Two other angles in the room if you care to see:
Yup, this is me. Some people said, "Sam, you should write a Blog". "Well, there's a thought", I thought to myself. And so here it is.