Monday 19 January 2009

Righting a wrong

We have been decorating the snug/dining room. One end of the room is a small living room, which we use mainly in the winter, hence the name the snug and the other end is the dining room. Yes, I know we only did two years ago but unfortunately we painted it the wrong colour. The room was a bit dark so we tried to make the room as light as possible by painting the walls beige, which looked alright initially but by the time we had added predominantly beige curtains and a beige sofa, I decided that the overall effect was a bit insipid. The carpet is green and the curtains have some pink and green in them. My first thoughts were to injection some colour into the room by having the sofa re-covered in a pink fabric. I soon realised that this was a rather expensive solution to the problem and decided that a less expensive option would be to paint the walls pink. That would be easy, I thought. No need to worry about the ceiling or the woodwork. But I have still had to pack away all the glasses and china that we keep in the unit in the dining room together with all of the ornaments. Remove bits and pieces (clutter) which find their way into which ever room we are using at the time and take down the curtains plus the curtain pole. All of which took several hours last week. This weekend we have concentrated on the snug end of the room.

When I say we have been decorating I am using the royal 'we' as although the painting itself is a joint effort. My husband paints the walls with a roller and I paint the tops and bottoms of the walls plus the fiddly bits, which takes me about four times as long as it takes my husband. I seem to have drawn the short straw, as usual but at 5' 4" to his 6' 1" I am vertically challenged where using a paint roller is concerned. So really, I have been decorating. And whilst I was busy with a paint brush my husband occupied himself fixing draught excluders to the front and back doors in an attempt to keep out the pesky mice. The room has now been transformed to a delicate shade of pink (similar to the pink of the butterfly below) and I have spent this afternoon cleaning it up and putting things back. It does look better. The room now seems to have more character as we have left the chimney breast beige.

I have also chosen floor tiles for the conservatory and booked the tiler, and looked at floor tiles, units and counter tops for the utility room.

Now on a different note Moments from Suburbia has kindly given me this pretty award. Thank you Suburbia. Do visit her blog and leave a comment. This is the blurb that goes with it and needs to be posted alongside the award on your blog.

Blogs who receive this award are 'exceedingly charming' say it's authors. This award is a fine one because it focuses not on the glory and fanfare of blogging, but on the proximity to one another through this online world. 'This blog invests and believes in the proximity - nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement! Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers! Deliver this award to eight bloggers who must chose eight more and include this clever-written text into the body of their award.'

It is difficult to choose eight blogs to give the award to as I think that you all deserve it. So I am going to award it to the first eight that leave a comment. Hope that that is alright. Brain has become too tired and confused choosing tiles and counter tops!


Maggie May said...

I had a similar problem with my lounge (or front room) as we call it. Floor was beige, three piece was beige with a rose flower here & there and the curtains mostly beige with a green leaf & a pinky flower here & there. So the room was painted pink and looks very good (I think!) Hope yours does too.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

Sounds like a good decision CW. Neutral colours are all very well but sometimes we need to have a contrasting or warmer colour to help. Funnily enough, we are also about to change things around. No decorating as such, just a bit of re-zoning! I may do a post about it. A

Suburbia said...

I think I may be in the first 8 so discount me!! Your room sounds lovely now, I could picture it as you described. It's funny how I also do the fiddly bits around the edge. It is certainly a 'short straw' job!

Gilly said...

nd do count me out for the award, I do not feel I am "exceedingly charming"! More the down-to-earth, casual type, me!

Akelamalu said...

We had the same problem with out dining room - I hated it and insisted we re-do it immediately!

Your lounge sounds lovely now. said...

I love green and pink together. My lounge is green and pink and I never tire of it.

Gilly said...

Seem to have lost the first part of my comment down there! Anyway, your lounge sounds lovely, though my husband would have a fit if I suggested painting anything pink!!

cheshire wife said...

Maggie May & SJA - it is looking good but taking a bit of getting used to as I had got used to looking at beige even if there was too much of it.

Suburbia - a think that this 'short straw' job needs a woman's touch.

Akelamalu - I am glad that we waited to re-paint this room.

Deb - I have had a green and pink room ever since I hung a mortgage round my neck.

Gilly - I don't think that my husband cares or notices what colour things are painted.

Sandi McBride said...

In a way I envy you the redecorating project, I love to watch the HGTV shows on "redo" of homes...but I'm too tired to start in now, so please keep posting on your progress...witn film at 11?

French Fancy... said...

I was sure I left a comment on here t'other day. I must be going bonkers. Yes, too much of a bland palette is good in theory and always looks calm in the magazines, but in actuality is a bit dull. it sounds much better now- photos please.

Talking of which, in my second to last post I gave you a tag (I thought I'd mentioned it already - see, I am going mad - too much studying)

cheshire wife said...

Sandi - I thought that this was going to be easier than it was. We still have the other half or the room to do.

French Fancy -you are not going bonkers. You left a comment on the previous post earler in the week. I know about the tag, thank you. I have scheduled it for next week.

Gill - That British Woman said...

well done on receiving the award.

Decorating is always a pain to my mind, as I can visualize what I want it to look like but it never ever turns out that way? Maybe my brain is colour blind???

Gill in Canada