Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mission Repaint Dining Room: Accomplished

I must say that I am infinitely proud of myself for my newest house project. Ok, so it really only involved a very simple paint job, but our dining room now looks 1,000 times better. Goodbye putrid mauve circa 1991; hello gorgeous Patina Blue (Valspar Signature color with the primer already in it - fabulous!).

I’m gonna take my self-aggrandizement a step further. Huzbo and I finished the whole project in two and a half hours. And yes, I actually convinced him to sacrifice part of his weekend for another home improvement project. I’ve got mad persuasive skills. Snap!

Ugly, horrid before:

Gorgeous, calming after:

Now, while the room obviously is not completed, I think it's still a hell of a lot better than it was before. I'm on the lookout for some larger scale artwork (on the cheaps) and a fabulous mid-century modern buffet piece or china display. Holla if you hear of any.

You must be thinking to yourself, “Wow, Ragan, this must have been the absolute highlight of your weekend.” Well, adoring masses, you’d be wrong. The only thing that could top such an accomplishment: Food.

You know you’re old when you consider a perfect weekend eating and home improvement projects…


  1. Suggestion: search local artists. There are some reasonably priced local artworks around any 'booming metropolis' or even some backwoods ole town. You'll be supporting your local economy and (most of the time) buying unique artworks, though some are probably prints. I don't know what all is there, but I know some of the people from Art Amiss, which is a Fayetteville thing. http://www.artamiss.org/

  2. One more thing about art...good materials get expensive real fast. If you're looking at paintings <2' x 3', look for ones on half-inch depth canvases and make sure there are no staples on the sides. If they bought the canvas pre-stretched, it's probably an Art Alternatives canvas, which is of pretty good quality up to that size. Bigger than that, and they will warp after some time. Anything bigger than 2' x 3' should be on at least 1" deep stretcher bars. That jacks the price up, though since you can't get a big 1" deep canvas for less than $50, even at a local art supply store. The good news is that unless you soak it, they are a lot more stable over time.

    As a rule, avoid canvas boards (i.e. canvas glued onto something) or masonite, which off-gases formaldehyde and is not considered archival/permanent.

  3. I hope I don't sound too pushy. :-/