Friday, June 28, 2013

Bye Bye Blue

Six years ago, when we moved into this house, long before we even started our renovation, we had all of the walls painted.  For our bedroom I chose a bold blue, something beachy, with hints of green in it.

Originally I had picked a paint that was a much more mellow color, it was almost white with just a hint of blue/grey in it, but after seeing how well the bold color in our son's room turned out I changed my mind and went with this blue instead.  I had had a bold color in our bedroom in our last house which I loved, so I thought what the heck, it's only paint, and went for it.

After a few years I began to see this color all over the place and that's when my fond feelings for it faded.  I'm weird like that, and as soon as something becomes popular, well I tend to hate it and want to move on.  You know, kind of like when they play a really great song over, and over, and over on the radio...and that song you once loved just becomes annoying?

So, about 4 months ago I began the hunt for a new wall color...yeah, I have lived with a paint color I didn't like anymore for about 4 years and 4 months!  Just because I don't like it any longer doesn't mean I feel like changing it.  I used to not bat an eye at painting a whole room, but I did it for so many years, that now I just cringe at the thought of re-arranging furniture and clearing a room out to paint the walls.  I think a whole house renovation will do that to you, it sucks the remodeling/changing things up life right out of you!

But as much as I detest the idea of painting, I'm even more tired of staring at 3 different color paint swatches on my walls.  But I have finally settled on a color, and we even have the new paint, so there really are no more excuses I can use.

I thought I wanted a soft grey that had a lavender undertone, but once I put it on my walls, and even though this room gets a TON of light, it just looked muddy.  Instead, I ended up with a soft pale grey that looks almost white.  This from a girl who swore she would never want an all white room...well besides my kitchen.  Oh, and white walls are all the rage right forget what I said earlier about things being popular...blah, blah, blah.

But I think I'm going to like it.  It has enough grey to make it interesting, and it still looks nice against the bright white trim in there, so fingers crossed it will work.  But the blue won't all be gone from the room when it's finished because my ticking stripe duvet and new bolsters will make sure that the blue isn't really gone.

And in a separate act of craziness, Mr. Tide and I have decided to try and tackle our kitchen backsplash tile installation ourselves.  After having numerous installers come out and say it seemed too complicated, or wanting a fortune to do it, we've decided to just do it ourselves.  We've done tile work before, and after being so frustrated with not finding someone to do it I was actually looking at buying different, more simplistic tiles we could do ourselves.  But after pricing out new tiles that I would actually like, we thought what the heck...the worst that can happen is that we have to get all new tiles if we screw up, and we are thinking about doing that why not at least try!

I think this might actually drive me a little buggy before all is said and done!

To my Canadian readers, I wish you all a very lovely long weekend in celebration of Canada Day! :)


  1. Kat, installing tile is not rocket science ... you know this. Take your time with the layout so your accent tiles will land exactly where you want them, and your backsplash will certainly turn out as well as, or better, than if it had been done by a pro. I love my wet saw, which makes tile work SO much easier. Believe it or not, it's the cheap one that you can get at HD ... like, less than $100 cheap. Used this thing for countless tile jobs for myself and others, and it's still going great. If you need hand-holding or advice, give me a shout. On site assistance is also available. :)

  2. Kat-- you have great taste in ALL things artistic-- your new bedroom redo will be fabulous-- and the backsplash will be beautiful as well. I could never do a project like that with my honey-- we'd probably kill each other over it!!

    Seriously--thank you for your visit and sweet words-/ I'm SO unworthy to receive accolades on my photos-- you are the master of photography:)


  3. But, Kat, I love that blue color!!! It's so soothing! Can't wait to see what you end up with, though. BTW, I have that same blue and white ticking duvet cover :) Have fun with the tile install. Are you starting this weekend?
    x Loi
    PS - When are you gonna be on Instagram??

  4. I had to laugh when reading this as I remember the 20 different blues and 15 creams I considered before settling on Morning Fog for my bedroom ceiling...Heavy Cream for downstairs walls, and Queen Ann's Lace for all rooms upstairs....Now that I think about maybe I just liked the names? : D I still love these colors and I will forever have a blue ceiling in my bedroom no matter where I live..Three of my friends here immediately painted theirs blue after seeing mine..
    That was 15 years ago and still happy. Hope you love yours too.

  5. The color of the walls is an easy fix. It's doing it that is the challenge.:-) I hope you like what you have chosen. Good luck with the tiling project.

  6. Looking forward to seeing
    the finished results! I know
    what you mean about the
    whole color thing ~ once
    it's trendy, the bloom is off
    the rose for me, too. Although
    I do believe in decorating
    from the heart, so IF it still
    sang to you, who cares if it
    is trendy? But obviously, you
    were done with it long ago!

    Know you'll conquer the back
    splash with your usual verve
    and talent!

    Happy Weekend,
    xo Suzanne

  7. Hi Kat, I know it will be beautiful! With the pale gray you will have so many color options for accessorizing. Have a great week.

  8. Are you blogging again? Love this color by the way. Xox

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