Welp, it was totally weird not having our little girl in the house this weekend. Mya was vacationing at Nanapapa’s– the first time ever for two nights in a row! Her contentment made it super easy for my mind to relax and for Derek and me to get a lot accomplished in those 48 hours– like paint a wall bluuuuuuue!

(To create the time lapse, we used iMotion on our iPad mini.)

And even though Mya could’ve cared less that Derek and I weren’t around, we still made her facetime.


I was craving a change. So we rearranged some furniture and bought some paint. Inexpensive and had a huge spatial impact!




I oscillated between two colors (with the Sherwin Williams paint deck sitting on the mantel for a week), but finally landed on “Storm Cloud.” (The other color was slightly more grey– “Serious Gray” to be exact, but Derek said that name was lame, so we opted for the ominous cumulonimbus. It amazes me how we come to conclusions around here.)


So, we headed on over to Sherwin Williams. Since we wouldn’t need a whole gallon of paint, I was a bit sneaky sneaky: You can get a quart sample for around $7, so I bought two quarts. The difference between the gallon paint and the sample paint is that the sample paint is not warrantied. It is recycled paint base– it could be a very high performance paint or their least expensive option. But when I do buy gallons at Sherwin Williams, I choose their HGTV paint, which is their least expensive option (at around $35) and I’ve been really pleased with it, so I wasn’t worried about the quality of the sample paint on our walls. $14 sounded better than $35. But because the two quarts were in separate containers and I don’t know how it is mixed in the back-of-store, I covered my bases and mixed the two in one larger plastic container before slapping it on the wall. Bottom line: I used 1 2/3 (one and two-thirds) quarts of paint for ~125 sqft.


A canvas drop cloth is a must for me. I’ve tried plastic in the past, but it never stayed put and stuck to things. My go-to brush for edges and corners is the Wooster Shortcut. The short rubber handle is super ergonomic and comfy. (I had a many-times used one, but I decided to splurge– only $5.50 and totally worth it!– on a new one.) I like these reusable paint trays from Home Depot, but I somehow lost the two I had, so the fall-back were some already owned disposable ones for easy clean-up. And so far, my favorite roller cover is Shur-Line.

Enough paint talk. Now on to some serious space planning! We had been playing around with the idea of moving stuff around, but didn’t really think we could change much. Boy were we wrong! A few months ago, my parents’ friends were moving and needed to get rid of their sofa (now our curved brown leather one, which consists of two mirrored image curves.) It was such a steal-of-a-deal and our old black one had lost it’s comfort (which we sold in the garage sale), so we decided to go for it… even though we weren’t too sure how it was going to fit in our much smaller room than it’s previous home. I’m pretty sure this couch was meant to be in the middle of a room, but the constraints of our living room wouldn’t allow for that. It’s curve just didn’t have that sparkle against our flat wall, so since the furniture was in total disarray from the paint job, we played and found such a better fit than before. It’s still open, but has so much more depth and flow! Derek likes the optimum viewing angle on each couch. I like that you can still have great views of outside. And when Mya got back from Nanapapa’s she definitely noticed and approved of the change too. (Picture grinning Mya holding out one arm like Vanna White and nodding her head “yes”, as if introducing us to her new play area– because that’s exactly what she did.)



And while I was getting “jiggy painty wit it”, Derek was definitely keeping busy around the house too. He finished a slew of projects that we’ve been wanting to touch for awhile, so look forward to some posts about the following!:

Replacing attic access door in Mya’s closet
Installing two dimmer switches– one in office and one in guest bedroom
Repairing outdoor water faucet
Tidying-up mulch beds

He also did some other odd jobs like hang fire extinguishers (Mya’s getting too curious!), caulk some trim, and cooked up some delicious baked chicken strips (which I’m sure we’ll share soon). Not bad for a day’s work, I’d say! Although the house was in total construction zone while Mya was away, it’s now at least somewhat kid-proof again.

What were some of your weekend projects? Painted any walls lately? Paint makes everything harder better faster stronger. I hope someone got the title of this post– playing off the hit classic: Jim Carey’s “Liar Liar”:


(For a chuckle, you can see the whole scene here.)

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  • Reply
    September 15, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Your artwork above the mantle really pops with the color change! Is it artwork that you created, Ashley? I love it!

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      September 15, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      Thanks, Melissa! You are so sweet. Yes, I painted it a few years ago. Painting is my therapy. 😛

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    September 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

    Ashley, I love this!! Funny story…we just painted our living room storm cloud grey from Sherwin Williams as well!! It’s an awesome color and we love love love it!! I agree with Melissa that your artwork looks amazing with it and I love the yellow accent vase!! 🙂

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      September 19, 2014 at 6:59 PM

      So crazy that out of the whole paint deck, we picked the same color– We must have good taste! The yellow vase is from Gordman’s a few years back, but I’ve since seen them there in a variety of colors.

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        September 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM

        We most definitely have good taste! 😀 I’ll have to stop by again. I was just there and stocked up on some great frames. Now to select pictures for them…

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      September 19, 2014 at 7:02 PM

      Also! Just got an email alerting me that Sherwin Williams is having 40% off paints and stains this weekend… just in case you need to paint another room. 🙂

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        September 21, 2014 at 10:23 AM

        Ooo…I would love to keep painting, but we just did the whole first floor, so I should probably hold off. We are still decorating around those paint colors. 🙂 You know how it goes.

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    April 6, 2015 at 10:55 AM

    I love it! What’s the name of the lighter paint color used for the rest to the living room?

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      April 8, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Thank you, Rose! The beige color is Sherwin Williams “Macadamia” SW 6142. That color is painted throughout our house and was like that when we moved in.

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