This summer I decided to paint our dining room. Which is always a joy to my husband – you know, when I get a project in mind and start texting him from the paint store or Home Depot. “Hey, you okay with gray? Not a blue-ish gray, but a nice calm gray? okayi’mgettingitbye.”
The room was a khaki and dark brick red painted room – leftover from the days of the paint trend of…you guessed it….khaki and dark brick red painted rooms. The room is used as a formal dining room only a handful of times each year, but mainly is used as our homeschooling room/slash/my “office”. I kept foolishly trying to treat it like a dining room – and realized how dumb that was.
So here’s my first Kelli’s Rule of Decorating:
*Ask yourself, “Self? What is this room used for?”
– Make a list if you must. Write down everything that room would be used for in the course of a year. Write down what storage is needed to properly contain the items used in that room. THEN make the decision of how you’re going to decorate it. For instance, since I kept treating it as a dining room, I had plates on the wall, plates stored in a small cabinet and schoolbooks alllllll over the floor because we had no storage area for them- even though we were using it as a schoolroom and office. Not bright. In fact, dumb.
Ikea bookshelf storage is now in place, yes, it looks like a ton of books on a bookshelf – but because I have a ton of books in the front room as well, it’s fine. It doesn’t bother me a bit. It might bother other people, but um, here’s Kelli’s Second Rule of Decorating:
*Remember who’s paying the mortgage!
-I frankly could not care less what other people think about how I decorate my house. It’s my house. You may visit anytime, of course. Welcome! But it’s my house. And my tastes rule. Why are you decorating for other people?? Take ownership!
My Chalkboard Wall & I Meet And Live Happily Ever After*
*until i want something different
There’s a small dividing wall in our dining room that I really really wanted to use chalkboard paint on. So I did it! And I love it! Just a couple tips:
We bought the chalkboard paint at Home Depot.
The first layer will look horrible and you will doubt.
Terrible! Horrible! No good paint job! Don’t quit! Never give up! Never surrender!
Do not doubt, Friend. Keep going. Second coat can be applied a few hours later.
I had to touch up with a third coat. Then let it sit to dry for three days (directions will be on the can). After the third day, take a piece of chalk and rub it all over the wall to “condition it” or something. You can wipe this off with a dry cloth, but you cannot wipe it off with a wet cloth until a week later. After that, you’re good to go! We love it. Although there’s a thermostat and a light switch plate in the wall, it doesn’t really bother me and the kids are liking getting to pick a quote for the week.
Daughter and I try out our new wall with amazingly deep quotes.
Quotes in French always win…
But her drawing beats all. Even a French quote.