Monday, January 25, 2010


The Kitchen has been painted but it's still piled high with stuff from the family room. Or great room as some call it. That is why I have no photo's of the finished kitchen. Stuff EVERYWHERE! I can finally use the stove..but that's about it. The counters are still crowded with...stuff!
Some of the kitchen mess below. I'll try and get some more pictures tomorrow.

Below are two (as usual) rather bad pictures of the kitchen...

The color I chose is a sort of rose red. Laura Ashley's "Raspberry". Did you know there are hundreds of reds? I've never been so confused over color. The white trim is Moonlit Snow by Olympic. Yeah..and there are hundreds of whites too!! They are calling me by my first name at Lowe's. It's strange how the paint counter suddenly becomes deserted when I show up. Do you think I ask too many questions??

It was enough to drive me nuts and I still have more color to chose.

Can you see the color in these pictures? The light changes the color all the time. It is hard to get a good picture of the exact shade of gold it is. Yellow? ish? The name of the paint is Laura Ashley's "Haystack".

The next rooms to be painted are my office and library and the living room. Then the bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The problem bathroom with the pink tub and toilet and tiles from the 1950's, will be white. Every pink or green I tried next them looked terrible. I just finally threw up my hands and decided on white. Moonlit snow is just fine. I guess.

Can you see the color of the walls here?
See sweet son in law over there working? I had more questions about greens and pinks but maybe I best leave him alone. I don't think he wants to go to Lowes with me tomorrow. NO idea why...

Poor sweet son in law who is doing the painting is getting worn out, can you tell?
He finished the great room today. I don't think now is the time for questions either! Maybe tomorrow.

Every room is torn up as all the linens had to be removed from had to be removed.

NEVER again! (famous last words! :) But you know what has been so great about all of this? I am getting to know my son in law. I have known him since he was in the seventh grade, and yet not like now. We talk from room to room while he's been great! He is Alex's Dad. The one that just got married to Natalia in a previous post. Life can be so good....and so sad in other places. It's a strange world. And so life goes on. Another day of painting tomorrow.

It's the little things, isn't it?
Love and hugs,
p.s. I hope son in law still loves me when this painting thingy is over.


  1. It is so wonderful that you have help. The colors look good. I believe I could not have tackled the whole house at one time.

  2. Good for you! I am just trying to have my kitchen cupboards re done to make it easier for me and it's driving me nuts. I remember when I was getting renovation done, it would fill me with energy. What hapenned?

  3. That raspberry looks exactly like my daughter's living room walls; beautiful. I know what a mess it makes to get many rooms painted at once, but think of how lovely and fresh everything will be once it's over. And, you're finding your SIL is even more wonderful than you thought he was!

    Drop over and see what I did with my chaise and sofa.

  4. I am trying to find the courage to tackle painting my kitchen also. It is a big job and I am the only one that does the painting in the house! Glad you are getting help from your SIL....I'm sure he will still love you when it's all done!

  5. Oh dear I lost my comment halfway through so you may get this twice. I was mentioning the cottage book you shared and a bathroom on pg. 58. Blue 50's tile with pink toil wallpaper! I wanted to do it as we have the same light blue tile but it's the only bathroom and I knew the boys would not like it! You could do something similar with a pink or green toile for curtains etc. I just saw pink toile towels, shower curtain, and accessories at Target this week. My grandmother's house had the pink tub and tile too! Love your other color choices, they're very similar to mine!

  6. What a job! But how wonderful it will be, when it's done. :-)

    And I'm loving that Laura Ashley's "Raspberry"!

  7. He's gonna love you, Hon---how could he help it?

    I had a similar love affair with appliance stores last year---everything seemed to need replacing---so I know what you mean by the Lowe's bonding.

    Lovely colors!! I hope somewhere in there is a pale gray-green---my very favorite of all.

  8. The transformation is gonna be beautiful. You are one brave woman doin' the whole house at one time. This chick just bites off a room at a time, but I also never have any help. I'm just a little (LOT!!!) picky and rather do it myself. You are so blessed that you SIL is willing and able to do this for you.

    Have a great day beautiful gal!!!

  9. Oh but this is going to be marvelous!! I'm so excited for you!! Almost done...keep your head up!!

  10. You are far braver than I...painting all your rooms at once. I have a hard time dealing with one room that is a mess, say nothing about having the whole house in chaos! It is going to be nice to get it all done, though. I like that shade red you have chosen for the kitchen. Can't wait to see the rest of the house.

  11. Mona how exciting for you to have new paint. It's going to be so pretty! Show us soon! :)

  12. Oh Mona that red in the kitchen is so pretty! I love the end results of painting, but I have been through the plastic wrapped mess and I know exactly what you mean. It's hard to go through, but when it comes together, you will be so so so happy :) I can't wait to see it all!!


  13. What a huge undertaking! I love the kitchen color and can't wait to see the finished photos. Your home is lovely and I know you'll be happy when it's all put back together!

  14. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    This is going to look great! We did our kitchen over last year and I know what a mess it is, but so worth it in the end!

  15. You are doing so many rooms one right after the other, no wonder it seems a little overwhelming right now. But when it's done you will have such a beautiful fresh house! Yes, I'm sure SIL will still love you.

  16. Love that red!!! You picked great colors. I can't wait to see more pictures. It is going to be just fabulous!!! Give son-in-law an extra big hug. He looks like he can use one:)
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  17. Thank goodness for nice relatives who are willing to help! Holy Moly you are living in a mess right now! Keep telling yourself it will be well worth it when you are done. I think your raspberry paint sounds beautiful. Looking forward to the "after" pictures!

    Mona, I want you to know how much I appreciate it when you stop by my blog and leave a comment. I'm not always the best at getting around to everyone, but I do read and appreciate your comments...also the compliments about my silk flower arrangements and my draperies! ;) You are too sweet!

  18. i lived with renovations for year. i sometimes thought workmen were part of my family. now i can't stand to have anything done anymore. it is so disruptive! that son in law is a keeper!

  19. Oh you are going to love it all when you get everyhing put back. I love the colors you chose. Hang in there..

  20. Painting the whole house? WOW! It will be beautiful when it gets all done. I love the colors you picked out. Vibrant! Love it.
    My house seems to be all beige and green. I love it but some of the rooms need touch-up for sure. Nice to hear from you on my blog; thanks for the kind words. I'll take tea with 2 lumps of sugar, please..................

  21. O, my...I know what a mess you have right now but it is going to be so so pretty. I love the colors and I, too, would have chosen white for the pink bath. It will be so pretty...I can almost see it now.
    Hang in there and it will be finished before you know it.
    hugs, bj

  22. The entire house? Yikes-ola!!

    Whenever we have painted I take the opportunity to also de-crapify the closets since everything has to be dragged out of them to paint anyway. Why is it that our closets get so junkie?? I hate that.

    The Blue Ridge Gal

  23. Hi Mona,
    Looks like we have the same color schemes going...I love red and have three focal walls in that color...dining rm, living rm and computer rm. Love It! The gold...yellowish color is in my dining rm as well. I know everything is topsy turvy right now, but when it's all will be totally worth it...added bonus, you have bonded with your son-in-law. Good luck and I hope you share pictures of the finished rooms. Can't wait. Anyway...just wanted to stop by and say Hi and to thank you for stopping by and for your comment. I do hope you come and visit again soon. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Smiles,
    ♥Ana~A Petite Cottage

  24. I think it all looks great! Really like the red in the kitchen, but I´m a sweed and we love red so :-)

    Since I´m a painter I do know how many sorts there are of every color!! I can also tell you that there also is many, many different glossines differences too :-) :-) :-)

    Have a great day now!


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