Happy 4th of July!

Trivia for today – Which three presidents died on the 4th of July?

Other than playing American history related trivia at Mellow Mushroom during dinner, today was very un-4th of July-ish. Instead, day three of house projects included painting, painting, and shockingly more painting.

The morning started out alright. I continued working on painting the wood trim in the second bedroom.

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Problems arose when I popped into my bedroom to check out the progress.  

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The lime green-grellow color that I picked out was much more in-yer-face than I anticipated and I nearly had a meltdown over my color choices.

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I wasn’t sure WHAT I was going to do with the rest of that paint, since after seeing in on one wall of my bedroom I nearly had a panic attack. I scratched the original plans of putting the lime on two bedroom walls and ended up adding in a teal blue wall.

The problem with that was the colors still didn’t tie together and the room was feeling a bit bi-polar. Not to mention, I’m not sure my existing bedding will work with the color scheme.

Anyway, my mom’s brilliant solution to the bi-polar walls was to add boxes of the blue onto the lime wall. It actually turned out really neat and I think I like the room colors now. I won’t be adding any more big splashes of lime to the house. Even after painting samples on the walls, I some how screwed up in my paint color choices, but I’ve decided I’m going to own the lime wall in my bedroom.

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In the other bedroom, my dad worked on priming and painting the closet doors and the rest of the trim. Hopefully tomorrow we’ll get to paint the walls the tan + peach colors.

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Then after my color meltdown, I tackled the hallway and the stairs. I haven’t quite figured out what other color I’m adding to the upstairs hall, but the teal will start at the front door and lead the eye up to my bedroom.

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The final adventure of the day was yet another trip to Lowe’s (take a shot!) where I considered some of my flooring options. I decided that the guy at Flooring America, our first and only stop thus far, was clearly working on commission and I didn’t trust him. At Lowe’s we found a very knowledgeable guy named Wes, who spent loads of time explaining all the different carpet, laminate, and vinyl options to us and I didn’t feel like he was trying to make a sale.

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Right now, I’m leaning towards this Frieze carpet for upstairs and quite possibly downstairs.

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My original plan was to install laminate wood flooring in the downstairs: living room, dining area, kitchen, half bath, laundry room, entry way.

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But that is either going to cost a lot to have installed or will cost a lot of time/effort if we were to install it ourselves, and I’m running out of time.

The more that I think about it, I’m not as opposed to carpet downstairs as I originally was. If I go with laminate, then I’ll have to get an area rug anyway, so maybe carpet will be the best and quickest way to go. More decisions to make!

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Funny story – As we were driving home from Mellow Mushroom, we passed a store called “Vinyl Fever” and my mom says, “Hey look, there’s another place to check out… they might have some good options!” It turns out she thought Vinyl Fever was a flooring store, but in reality, it’s a record/music store.

So which three presidents died on the 4th of July?

Trivia answer – Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, and John Adams.
Bonus – Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe both died on July 4th of the same year!

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