Monday, March 30, 2015

Removing Heavy Texture

When I removed the dark green country print wallpaper back in 98, I textured the walls before painting them. 

It was a mix of paint, mud and sand that was dabbed on with a rag. 
 I gave it little peaks.
I would have preferred to pay to have orange peel blown in but we just couldn't afford it. Old World was just coming into vogue and the textured walls were perfect for that look.
I always knew that someday heavy texture would be out and I would have to deal with these walls.  
Fortunately I didn't go overboard with big peaks or swirls. 

I started on a Saturday morning with a scraper and a hammer. 

Bill quickly fired me. 
There are times when I simply do not have the muscle power to get a job done.
It took several hours but we were able to get most of the peaks of texture knocked down. When I say "we" I mean for the most part "he". 
Bill said this was a lot of work. He tried the sander but it didn't do anything. 
The scrapper and hammer was the most effective. 

Now you might be thinking that we ruined a perfectly good paint job. 
We did. 

If you remember, I painted my kitchen in December right before Christmas. I loved it- during the day. 

At night I didn't like it. 
After the sun went down on the very first night I feared that I'd made a mistake. 
Surely I was seeing things. 
The cabinets and the wall color became a sickly very light yellow.
"No - our cabinets are white."
They didn't look white anymore. 
They didn't even look cream.  

I have this same white wall color all through the entry and stair well and I love it. I even love it at night.

I thought that maybe I was tired and seeing things.
I hated it at night and when it was cloudy. 
I tried to convince myself that it would be okay.
That I loved it during the day and that would be enough.

Do you know how much time a person spends in the kitchen at night?
As soon as we were done with dinner and cleaned up, I turned off the lights in the kitchen. 
I tried to ignore it.
I thought about getting new light fixtures that had whiter shades. 
Our light fixtures are only a few years old and I don't want to change them. 
I entertained the thought of repainting the cabinets. 
(Only for a minute.)
I knew deep down that re-painting the kitchen was the only answer. The  slightly off white cabinets would read whiter with a contrasting color on the walls.
It was the best way to go.
The easiest and least expensive.
But who wants to paint again after just painting? 
This room is hard to paint. There is a ton of hand painting around doors, windows, cabinets and shelves.  

I remembered a kitchen done by Nicole Curtis on the show Rehab Addict. I love that show.
It had to be the color of our next kitchen. 
She custom mixed the paint herself and I followed in her footsteps.  
I mixed Halcyon Green by Sherwin Williams with Glidden white. 
It was too blue so I added some green chalk paint. 
It still wasn't blue/green enough. A few drops of yellow acrylic artist's paint fixed it. This was very risky and for a minute I thought I'd ruined two gallons of white paint.
Bill kept saying it looked blue and it does but with a hint of green. 
It reminds me of the the color of an antique Ball jar.

 Vintage touches and pops of black look great with this color. 

Bill thought it was too baby blue but after all the walls were done but he said it had toned down. 

I didn't paint the nook where the desk is.

I love black with it.

When the sun went down the cabinets appeared white again.
What a relief! 
I have finally stopped fretting about it and looking at it. 

We are still in the market for stone counters. 
It has taken a while for Bill's bonus to come in and for us to find a countertop guy. 
Both have finally happened.
I'll let you know what transpires.
Have a great day.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

New Deck Cushions Or New Deck Furniture?

Do my long drawn out stories make you want to run from the room screaming?
I'm not sure why everything has to be a saga with me. 
Six years ago Bill and I bought the Melbourne Chat Set from Home Depot for our new deck. 
It is their Hampton Bay brand. 

I loved this set. It was a very light bluish beige with brown trim. 
It was perfect because I was really into blue and brown at the time.
By 2012, it was beyond worn out. 
That was a disappointment.
Three years is not a long time. 
The dog had fun ripping apart any cushion cover that had a hole. 

I used drop cloths to recover the existing foam cushions. 
The red and blue polka dot fabric from Walmart was fun and thrifty at only $5.00 for all of it.  

Bill bought green replacement cushions for his favorite chairs. I just ignored them.

The green wasn't going anywhere so it became the accent color for summer 2013.

Last year the colors were blue and white.

Here is the thing about the drop cloths. 
They were fabulous for the long, hot, dry summers. 
As soon as it started to rain, we got mildew spots. 

This was after the snow a few weeks ago.

The spots came out with an occasional washing and soaking but it appears the drought is finally lessening and I don't want to have to pull all the cushions off every time it rains. 
It was time to upgrade.
Last summer I shopped for deck cushions but June in Texas was too late to find anything.
Our cushions are extra deep so they were hard to find.
This year I was determined we would shop early.  
On Saturday (in the rain) we shopped at Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart and Target. 
Walmart had a seat cushion but no back cushions. 

This option would've required remaking the seat cushions into back cushions but to the tune of $309.00. 
That does include 2 decorative pillows. I just couldn't do it.
The reviews were terrible and I need more than just two decorative pillows.

I looked at Ballard Designs. 
$609.00 for four deep cushions with welting and two decorative pillows.
These cushions were the bottom and back in one piece but this didn't account for Bill's favorite garage sale chairs.
I liked a gray Sunbrella fabric.
To which Bill shouted,
 "You are so boring. Put some color on it!"

Light navy cushions from Lowes would have been $364.96 but they didn't have ottoman cushions.
 I would have to make those. 
If I am spending $364.96, I don't want to have to make anything! 
Home Depot didn't have a color or fabric I could live with.
"No thank you, Orange. 
I'll see you in October."

This was ridiculous. Replacing deck cushions should not be this hard.
We thought about just replacing the furniture but everything was at least $1000.00 and the quality was not as good as what we have now. In two years we would be in the same boat.
We paid way under $1000.00 for this set in 2009. 
I love the lines of our furniture. It is comfortable. 
In the end I decided that I would just recover the cushions but this time in all weather fabric. 

The fabric, extra heavy sewing machine needles and the thread came to about $140.00. 
Included in that is fabric for decorative throw pillows. 
I love the blue and white wide stripe and the ikat is just too fun. It was on sale for $11.99 a yard. 

So, what do you think?
Did I "put some color on it?"
How have you handled replacing deck cushions?
It should not be this hard or costly.
Here is a sneak peak. 

The reveal will be coming as soon as there is morning sun, no rain, no freezing temps and a couple of other projects are finished.
Have a great day.   


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