Hello, all! It’s been a slow DIY week around the house, which is why it’s been a slow week on the blog. These soaring temperatures (up to 107 degrees on Monday and Tuesday, with the heat index up to 109 degrees) has really zapped my energy and motivation. But I still managed to get my piano almost finished. I should be able to get the last three parts painted today. I can’t wait to show you how it turned out next week! I think you’ll be surprised. 😉
Now that I’ve had a week to just focus on something fun, I think I’m about ready to jump into my entryway and dining room projects with both feet. I stuck my toe into the shallow end of the water with my buffet makeover, but now it’s time to dive into the deep end. It’s time to get serious and start getting things done.
Unfortunately, that means starting with the not-so-fun projects, like taping and mudding my ceiling, and repairing my walls.
Ugh. Words cannot adequately express how much I loathe taping and mudding drywall, but it must be done. And since I’m not willing to pay someone else to do it, that only leaves one option — I do it myself.
When it comes to projects I hate doing, I always try to motivate myself with some sort of reward, and that generally has to do with decorating since that’s my favorite part of the process. So I keep telling myself that I just need to get in there and take care of the ceiling, because as soon as I do that, I can hang my dining room chandelier. Remember my chandelier?
It’s been sitting in a box for months, just waiting to be installed. So finally getting to hang this chandelier in my dining room will be my reward for tackling the dreaded job of taping and mudding. That makes it just a tiny bit less awful.
Anyway, my dining room and entryway plan are pretty much in place, but I do keep going back and forth on what to do with the entryway wall. Remember the original four ideas I had? All of the stripe options are out because I decided to use stripes on my draperies. Anaglypta is out because when it came right down to it, I just didn’t like it enough to actually spend money on it. My favorite was the Schumacher Bird & Butterflies wallpaper, which I almost decided on, but then decided I actually like it too much to just put it on the upper part of the entryway wall. So as you know by now, I’ve decided to use that design on all of my music room walls.
So I’m back to the drawing board on the entryway wall. I’ve decided that whatever goes there, I do want it to be more on the subtle side, rather than something really eye-catching, like the black and white stripes would have been. And the more I think about it, the more I’m really leaning towards the recessed panels on the whole wall, not just the lower part like I did in the bathroom. So it would look more like the sections on either side of the fireplace in this picture, with the lower section coming up to about chair rail height, and the upper section going to the ceiling (you have to imagine it without the vaulted ceiling, of course)…
Here’s another example. That same concept was used on the walls of this dining room, but you can more easily see it on the left wall…
So that’s pretty much what I have my heart set on. It’s pretty, and will set that wall apart from the others, but won’t be so busy or eye-catching that it’ll be too much with the birds and trees on my music room walls.
But rather than have it all painted white, I’d like to do something different inside the recessed panels. I’ve been thinking that all of the walls in the dining room and entry will be painted white, but I’m reconsidering. Now I’m thinking it might be nice to use a very light/bright neutral color — something with just enough color so that it’s still light, but doesn’t look white, so that it offers some contrast from my white moulding and trim. And then on the entryway wall, I’ll use that wall color inside the recessed panels. Again, it’ll be very neutral and subtle, but just enough to so that it’s not just a big white wall. I’d still love to find a grasscloth that will work inside those recessed panels, but I’ve been to Sherwin Williams twice now, with all of my fabric and paint samples in tow, and looked through all of their grasscloth books, but I still can’t find anything that will work. I did find one at Lowe’s, but it was really expensive. I might just have to splurge on that, since I’ve had my heart set on using grasscloth somewhere in that room since the day we closed on our house.
I’m so looking forward to seeing these rooms come together. And if it looks anything like the image in my mind, I think I’ll be really happy with it. I was searching for something the other day on my blog, and came across the pictures of my first attempt in this room, back when I wanted to turn it into a living room.
It’s so strange to look at that room. It just isn’t me at all. It’s like I was decorating for someone else, but certainly not for myself. Once the new design is in place, it’ll be interesting to go back and see how it compares to this first attempt. I’m pretty sure it’ll be a night and day difference. The new design is certain to be much more me.