So I bought a huge comfy chair (that could easily fit two people) and the ottoman (that you could lie flat on for a nap, it's huge) at Salvation Army. It was a great brand and I got the chair/ottoman set (nearly new) fifty percent off the Salvation Army price. We loaded it onto and into Old Red and brought it home.
That was last summer.
For about six months I was stuck deciding on a color. Then, over winter break, I decided on blue.
But I couldn't choose a blue. None of them looked right. And I bought probably six different samples:
|This is not even all the blues. More blue crimes were committed after this photo.|
And then Mel walked in the room. In case you have forgotten, Mel looks like this:
|I swear, she poses. This is her thoughtful pose.|
So I found one sample, just as a trysies.
After two coats, however, I was good. I will need to do some light touch-ups in some extra-textured areas, but other than that, all is golden.
I am also happy because the cats love coming in and sitting in the window and watching/scaring the pigeons. Now that the room is finished, they can actually do that again. Plus, we rigged little doggy gates so the cats can have free range upstairs but the dogs can't. Which is good.
|What can I ruin in this empty room? The blinds, meow.|
I can tell you, however, that I already have spent numerous evenings sitting in my cozy chair with a cat or dog, covering myself with a handmade quilt from a dear friend (Sara!) and read. Oh, how I love it.
Oh, and for the rest of the colors, I'm thinking of more creams, tans, whites, and browns. Like Mel in Siberia. I might switch out some accent colors seasonally. Not like Mel.
What's still to come in the studio?
- shelving (I already know what shelving I am getting. For free. Under the cover of darkness. Shh...)
- Art (Already have it all. Just waiting for the shelving so I know where the art will go.)
- Bookshelves. Oh, I love the bookshelves. They need to be sanded, primed, and painted. We got them from Borders when they went out of business.
- A rug (already have it, taking it to the laundromat to clean it in one of their large washers).
Anyone else doing any painting? Anyone else take their inspiration from their cat?
P.S. This weekend Jeremiah and I volunteered for Odyssey of the Mind. It was a really fun time and it was great to see students challenging themselves and getting excited about doing it. I didn't see Jeremiah all day, but afterward he said he had a great time and would judge again next year. You don't have to be in education to assist/judge/coach, so check it out! Or get your child involved! Next year, because you've missed this year. So sad for you.