True blue bedroom
Get ready for a bunch of decorating posts, all you (five) readers out there! I had some "use it or lose it" vacation at work so have been home since last Wednesday. Last week we decided to adopt a boy from Vietnam while waiting for our adoption of Sophie from China, which means we might have a baby as early as Christmas! Of course, this threw me into a deocrating spin, as friends with children have warned me: Do all your home improvement before the baby comes, because you won't do any once he gets here. But before we get to decorating the nursey, I've got some work to finish in the rest of the house.
So, first I painted our bedroom (See photo above). Those of you who have visited Chez Schlumpf-Butler may recall that our master bedroom was already blue. Yes, but this is an ever-so-slightly different shade of gray/blue/purple that perfectly matches our new Calvin Klein Bamboo Flowers linens.
It took five tries (of sample squares, not the whole job!) to find the perfect color (and only one of those, of course, came in the handy-dandy Benjamin Moore sample size) but we finally decided on Yukon Sky, #1439. So I've got a few extra quarts of various light blues, but maybe I'll be able to use them for something in the baby's room.
Also, the woman who previously owned this condo painted with the cheapest of flat paints, so there were tons of nicks, scuffs, etc. I use Benjamin Moore Eggshell for a nice, smooth, washable finish. But I'm not done yet: I couldn't remove the fabric shades on the windows and we're planning to replace them anyway (need something that blocks out more light--for us and for baby!) so I skipped that wall. You can see the color difference above (new color on left). It's not very accurate, as the old color is somewhat shaded.
So that was Day 2 of my decorating vacation. (Day 1 involved biking to the paint store, about a mile or so away to buy a sample quart). Painting Day 2 also included two bike trips to the store, since I could only carry one gallon at a time in my backpack. Don't worry: Mom and Dad ordered their new hybrid car last week. As soon as it arrives (6 weeks to 6 months) we're buying their old Toyota Camry. After 5 years of carlessness, we're going to join the land of the driving.