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J & A Kitchen/Family Room:: Painting The Great Wall

Oh, I knew it would be a chore.  I knew there would be lots of dust, sore muscles, long hours, cramped hands…

But I thought I would get it done in one day.  I didn’t.  Not even close.

Well, okay…maybe it’s about halfway done. I started by sanding it, using my sander on the large middle sections, and then manually sanding the rest because my sander wouldn’t fit in the narrow strips between the large paneled sections. Then I followed up with deglosser on the whole wall, and then primer. Hopefully I can get the primer finished today, and move on to the fun part…the paint!!

Oh, it was a long day, and it was hard work, but soooo worth it when I arrived at home, walked in the door, and saw a roll of fabric waiting for me.  Twenty-seven yards of gorgeous damask fabric.  

Yes, I must hurry and get that wall (and the other walls) painted, because I’m in the mood to make some draperies!!

The paint samples on the fabric are the lower kitchen cabinet color (light gray–Behr Elephant Skin)(top cabinets will be creamy white), wall color (light blue-green–Martha Stewart Rainwater), and the two colors I’ll use on the dresser and other accents (dark gray–Behr Intellectual, dark blue-green–Martha Stewart Arrowroot).

I bought the fabric from Fabric.com.  It was less than $7 per yard, but before I purchased it, I searched online for a coupon and found one for 20% off my order.  On top of that, they offer free shipping on orders over $35.  So, I got all of this fabric…all 27 yards of beautiful damask…for $150.  Yes, you read that right…

27 yards of fabric for $150!!!! 

Can you believe it?!  I have a feeling that I’ll be doing quite a bit more business with fabric.com.

Do you have any resources for great, inexpensive decorator fabrics?  If so, pass ’em along to me, please!!

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26 Comments

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    Dianne
    February 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    I can't wait to see this project done…it is going to look so pretty…so get off the computer and get working..heheee

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    February 16, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    lol…I'm trying, Dianne. I'm quite sore this morning, so I'm moving a bit slow. 😀

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    Ashley W.
    February 16, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Seeing all of the colors with the fabric, it's really starting to come together in my head. I love it!
    What are your plans for the brick wall next to the wood paneled wall?

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    CHamallie
    February 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    I am an aspiring decorator and you really inspire me..you're awesome. Your work is amazing.

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    Ellen
    February 16, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    When we save up enough money to redo our kitchen, will you do it in Elephant skin, creamy white and Rainwater? It's sooooooo pretty!

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    February 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Ashley, the brick is the fireplace, and it will be painted. I had originally planned on painting it a creamy white, but I'm having second thoughts. We talked about doing a really light gray. I think I like that idea better.

    Ellen, of course I will!! 🙂

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    livvie365
    February 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    I love curtains and need to make some for our country home…. thanks for the fabric.com tip, heading there now 🙂

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    Fiona
    February 16, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Love fabric.com. I ordered 30 yards of fabric from them for draperies last fall. I got the lining material from them also. I think they give you 37 inches per yard. One thing though, my fabric came in more than one piece, even though it was rolled onto a single bolt. Just something to look out for–before you start cutting!

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    Suzanne
    February 16, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    That fabric is gorgeous. My friend has something similar as her blog background!

    You are amazing. I hate sanding. But sometimes, it just needs to be done!

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    Stephanie
    February 16, 2011 at 3:58 pm

    How funny, I used that fabric in my pantry as wallpaper with starch. I love it!

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    Chicago Web Designer
    February 16, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Can't wait to see how that paneled wall turns out. Just completed a de-yucking of a paneled room myself. What was a quite disgusting basement room is now a light airy basement penthouse.
    http://www.indigoimage.com/wpblog/2011/02/a-teenage-chicago-penthouse-in-my-basement

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    Julie
    February 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    Love that fabric. Will you maybe show how you make your curtains?

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    Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating
    February 16, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Julie, I'll be doing a tutorial on the draperies. And coming up this afternoon on the DIY Basics post is how to figure fabric yardage for draperies when using patterned fabric. So you can go ahead and figure your yardage and get your fabric ordered so it'll be ready and waiting when I do the drapery tutorial. 🙂

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    Cammee
    February 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    After searching for months to find the perfect fabric for my shower curtain, i came across Tonic Living (tonicliving.com). I went with Sweet William Teal. They have excellent customer service and I have heard their custom work can't be beat in price or quality.

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    Sarah
    February 16, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful fabric. I can't wait to see what you do with the room.
    And, Fabric.com is fantastic! Every time I've searched I've found coupon codes. I do have to admit that at first I made the mistake of not paying attention the the ruler at the bottom of the fabric image when ordering patterns. I thought I was getting a small or at least mediumish sized print, but it was ginormous! In my defense it's hard to see unless you are in the enlarge image view. So that's my tip 😉

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    The O's
    February 16, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I am IN LOVE with the color scheme. I never used to be a blues/grey type girl but I'm really starting to fall for it! We are getting ready to (hopefully) purchase a fixer-upper type house and I'm brainstorming all sorts of ideas for pain colors and decor, etc. I'm really loving this one!!

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    Jungle Girl
    February 17, 2011 at 11:26 am

    This is going to be fantastic. The fabric is gorgeous and this is my ultimate most favourite colour palette, so I know I'm going to love it to death. 🙂

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    Kim-A Creative Spirit
    February 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    An amazing price for all that fabric and I can't wait to see the draperies done. Man i need your energy as I have 3 rooms I need to paint in my own home but some walls are 16 foot high. OUCH. I am tired of seeing my sample splashes on the wall after SEVERAL months.

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    Anonymous
    February 18, 2011 at 4:56 am

    Have you seen the Rustoleum cabinet/countertop transformation kits? I'm thinking about trying one of the colors for my cabinets – they look really cool! Here is the link:

    http://cabinets.rustoleumtransformations.com/colors.php

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    Anonymous
    February 23, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Just ran across your site today and have been enjoying all the things you do. Am so glad to see I am not the only one with projects "unfinished" from here to there. Looking forward to seeing this one for sure!
    Just happen to google and ran across you. I am not sure how to select profile.
    sab

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    Tammylee
    February 27, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    can't wait to see the finished product. i love all your paint swatches shown on the fabric.

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    Tammylee
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    can't wait to see the finished product. i love all your paint swatches shown on the fabric.

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    Jungle Girl
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    This is going to be fantastic. The fabric is gorgeous and this is my ultimate most favourite colour palette, so I know I'm going to love it to death. 🙂

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    Chicago Web Designer
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    Can't wait to see how that paneled wall turns out. Just completed a de-yucking of a paneled room myself. What was a quite disgusting basement room is now a light airy basement penthouse.
    http://www.indigoimage.com/wpblog/2011/02/a-teenage-chicago-penthouse-in-my-basement

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    Suzanne
    April 10, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    That fabric is gorgeous. My friend has something similar as her blog background!

    You are amazing. I hate sanding. But sometimes, it just needs to be done!

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    deb
    February 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    well, thanks again. the fabric i am about to order is from fabric.com but now i will
    search for a coupon.

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