Who knew they had pet products? Not me but apparently they've had them forever. I guess if you don't have a pet you don't notice but now that I do, I did, especially this Baxter & Belle pillow. How crazy is it that I'm now recognizing designer dog labels and what's worse... a good deal on a designer dog label. At the pet store, this would have been at least fifty dollars more. It's 24" x 36" and at $29.98, I couldn't sew it for that price. I know. I calculated it out PLUS... where would I find that fabric? It's FABULOUS. In fact...
... I love it so much that it has sparked redecorating thoughts. Or perhaps I've been watching too much HGTV. After my trip to Oregon in September, we added the cooking channel to our cable package only I didn't like all those cook-offs - they weren't teaching me what I wanted to know or inspiring cooking - so we changed our choice to HGTV. That may have been a bad move. This channel is right up my alley. My son came home the other day and I was knitting and watching and he stopped, looked at me, and said this is all wrong. This apparently was me watching TV because I "never" watch TV. Guess I just needed the right channel. It's perfect while knitting.
SO.... HGTV plus the pillow inspiration had me thinking about shades of grey for the walls. I've been painting samples and pinning them to the walls to decide what I want. Right now, it's a blend between the lightest and the middle grey. One is too light; the other is too dark, and the middle seems like it might be just perfect. I'll get a sample of that today to see.
From the moment we moved into this home, I've been wanting to change the counter-top and back-splash tile only they were new and in good condition but definitely NOT my color.When I visited my friend Francine's new house a few months back, she had painted the multicolored tile in the kitchen a gloss white and not only did it look fabulous, it was standing up well even with the heat and steam from the stove. When I went into Benjamin Moore to inquire about the paint, Mandy told me that not only was it great on tile, it was fabulous on countertops too. We have two cutting boards in the same material as our counter so I painted one yesterday and I love the color, the feel, and the way the previous texture still shows up. If it looks more grey than black in your monitor, it's onyx, very black, the first paint I've used that dries darker.
The tiles and countertop will be primed first with a product called Aqua Lock and then painted with a water based oil enamel called Advance. Both are fabulous products. I'm a huge Benjamin Moore fan. I've never had a problem with their products and when I take the time to paint, I don't want to have a problem afterward.
Originally, I thought I wanted grey tile and then decided that was too much grey and that I'd really like to add turquoise and lime to the color scheme. Our home is open concept and right now the entrance and the feature wall in the living room are lime and I'd like to keep them that way. The dining room wall is turquoise which I wanted to change without totally eliminating the color since lime and turquoise go well together and both go well with grey. PERFECT. When I showed him these samples, Howard liked the turquoise with the lime stripe and so do I so that worked out great.
This was the view from my bedroom door this morning. I'm going to paint the island the same onyx black with a colorful counter-top, probably lime with a black edging. I'm not sure yet. I need to paint more samples and lay them out and see what I think first. Painting posterboard takes a bit more time but it saves a lot of frustration.
Doing the kitchen was somewhat spurred on by Christmas. When Howard and I discussed what we each wanted, I wanted something to enjoy all year round and suggested a new sink since the white porcelain one that came with the house drives me crazy. We decided something small under the tree to unwrap and a sink was a good idea so we're going shopping for one on Saturday - which led to the thought that if we're pulling out the sink, why not figure out if the counter-top is actually paintable - which led to sampling - and the countertop is paintable - and that's exciting. It opens up endless possibilities.
A new look for the kitchen is a fabulous Chrismas present. It'll be way more Myrna for not a lot of money and every morning when I wake up and come out of my room, I'll definitely enjoy the change. Along with the sink, we'll - finally - install the garburator I bought Howard back in September when I came home from Oregon. I know, who buys their husband a garburator as a gift, but he's been missing the one from our other house a lot and had mentioned it several times so while practical, it's also something he wants and will enjoy and having a garburator means a lot less trips to the garbage. YES YES
SO... there's no need to run an intervention. I am well aware that I'm shopping too much but I also know that I'm buying things I really like and mostly need when I find them on sale. I've returned items that didn't work out and I'm not bankrupting us at this point and several friends have let me know they are on alert. This is good. In the past when I've wanted to run away from whatever was going on, my drug of choice was to move so a few cans of paint and a designer dog bed are a come down and a relief to many. At this rate, by the time we finally know what's up with Howard's health, I may have all those chores around the house done
AND... Miss Chloe LOVES her new pillow.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - paint
When you're safe at home, you wish you were having an adventure; when you're having an adventure you wish you were safe at home.
- Thornton Wilder