Wake up, grab coffee, and hit the beach.
Today started out the same way as yesterday. It was still overcast, but that made the Florida heat a bit more bearable.
I also put my new SwimSpot bathing suit to the test and I really like it. It’s a vintage/retro cut one-piece and I can remove the halter straps to make it strapless if I choose.
Although I did end up getting a bit too much sun. Must buy a new bottle of sunscreen for my body + face before I head back to the beach!
– House Stuff –
It looks like this weekend my dad, mom, and I are heading to the new house to get some painting done. I’m not entirely sure how this trip is going to work out or what we’re going to get finished, but painting is the primary objective of the trip.
I called the city yesterday and arranged for the utilities to be switched into my name on Friday.
Tip: A while back when I was looking at the prices of utilities I noticed that there is a $210 deposit required for setting up new utilities. I also noticed that if you have a letter from your previous utility company stating at least two years of good service, that the city will waive the fee. Before I left E’burg I got one of those letters and now I don’t have to pay any sort of deposit. Score!
I also checked in with U-Haul and after calling, e-mailing, and tweeting them, I found out that my stuff has been shipped and is on its way to Florida.
Now for the paint dilemma.
I went to Home Depot last night and my head is spinning. Picking out paint colors and a scheme for your entire house is a lot more difficult than it looks.
I have a strong aversion to white walls. It feels way to sterile and mind-numbing, which tends to make me want bright bold colors.
Flash back to my Tally old bedroom:
(I promise the room wasn’t quite this bright in real life)
Yes, I know the color is loud. Yes, I know the color is a bit obnoxious. I don’t see anything wrong with it. I still like the color choice.
But my parents cringe at the thought of me painting any wall of my house that color and I’m afraid they might have a bit of a point.
So where’s the middle ground between boring pastels and neutrals and a bold splash of color?
I’m open for any ideas or suggestions that may come my way, but this is what I’m thinking about doing, for the moment:
Using an off-white or tan for the main walls and then having an accent wall in each room. I’m loving the teal/green color combination, but I also really enjoy orangy-pinks, a la coral or salmon.
Here’s where some of my inspiration has come from (everything found via Pinterest):
The last picture above shows both a neutral, but not white, wall color and the curtain plan for all the downstairs windows/slide glass door and possibly upstairs windows.
Mom suggested adding some white wainscot paneling for underneath the counter/sink. I think that will do wonders to update the kitchen and be a great temporary fix, until I decide on renovating the kitchen further. It would also help an accent color “pop” if I paint the walls around the kitchen.
So what if the wall with these three windows, which is the front of the house, is my accent wall, painted either a teal or that greenish-yellow color? Then the primarily living room wall, with the sliding glass door on it, is the sandy neutral. Should I paint the kitchen area another accent color, since it’s a small space? What if I paint the wall leading up the staircase an accent color?
The only thing I know for certain is that all the current wood trim, doors, railings, etc, will be painted a crisp white.
The painting dilemma continues upstairs…
I can’t decide if I should use the same colors upstairs as downstairs or what colors I should add into the mix? Blah. So many decisions I think my head might explode.
HELP! Ideas? Suggestions? Thoughts? Someone want to make the decisions for me?