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The Girls’ Rooms, Phase I

February 23rd, 2015 · No Comments


The girls turned into such stinkers adjusting to this final move that we did a marble jar to earn the thing they wanted most: decorated bedrooms. They earned marbles at the speed of light, similar to the speed at which we tore through the moving budget. Yep. We ran out of money just about the time they filled those jars. Way to go PARENTS. To heck with it; Christmas was right upon us when they were sure to be spoiled within an inch of their lives anyway. We hung lighting and decided the rooms could wait.


No Rufus, you CANNOT paint. NO. Stop looking at me like that! You have no thumbs, Ruf!

And wait they did. Sara’s mural was ordered in November, and is still on back order. Dad offered to paint the girls’ rooms and then proceeded to catch the flu of his life. That poor man slept for weeks. Kelly seemed more determined to NOT pick a color than she seemed to actually PICK a color. With competing house projects all around me, I began to imagine their rooms would be white forever.


My Nursing Flight/Boat Transport Scrubs. The stories these pants could tell (about being turned into painting pants 15 years ago).

But one day when I could wait no longer. With a commitment-free winter break before us, the girls and I drove to the hardware store in the -20 weather and BOUGHT SOME PAINT! You gotta start somewhere! We checked samples, found paintbrushes which fit little grips, and headed home with hope in our bones. I checked in with some friends who confirmed I was flat-out-of-my-mind to teach a 9 year old and a 7 year old how to paint. Turns out, kids are WAY better helpers than the kittens.


Sara’s End of Phase I (Paint Color is “Breath of Fresh Air” by Benjamin Moore)

6 rather painful days later (so much touch up by the Momma), they are both happily settled into what I’m calling “Phase I” of their rooms. Their quilts won’t match “Phase II”, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it. And if I have to drive across the country to the wallpaper manufacturer and beg, this mural will get off back order, and grace the long wall by Sara’s bed:


Photo courtesy of Woodson & Rummerfield’s House of Design, Los Angeles, CA

Sara chose a pastel-esque Asian-inspired peacock theme for her room, and accented it with a waterfall lighting fixture. I don’t think any of us are surprised.


Kelly’s Colors: Fruit Shake and Wickham Gray, both by Benjamin Moore

Kelly’s Phase I is just a shell, awaiting her “stuffed animal” theme to come to life. It’s difficult to describe the round, wool-covered floating shelves we’re making to cover her walls, so I’ll just have to beg your patience and ask you to stay tuned. In the meantime, I’m going to enjoy the peaceful austerity of the colors I finally forced Kelly to choose. Believe it or not, the gray walls were her idea, after months of insisting upon a pink ceiling. I like it much better than I thought I would. I played a very heavy hand in deciding “which” pink and “which” gray. She is in love with the results, so…whew. Who wants to spend days correcting trim work, only to have her daughter not want to curl up and read in this peaceful setting? Not me!

When will Phase II commence? WHO IS TO SAY?! Maybe after I finish their shower curtain, and finish Kelly’s latest quilt project, and finish the bookshelf Greg and I started 3 months ago, and strip the lamps I painted which crackled for no apparent reason, wait…there is that mirror I’m going to repair and paint…Godspeed, fellow Project-Pals. Godspeed.


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