Monday, May 25, 2020

A little paint might fix that


Lately, I've been following an Instagram page called Indoorsystore. (Full disclosure: I've been watching their YouTube channel for about two years. It's called Knorp and South.) They've recently gone into the business of upcycling used furniture and reselling it. Some of the pieces Megan does are really quite beautiful (like the ones where she adds large floral decals), but some of them are just (IMHO) quiet unattractive. (See the picture at right). But then she sells pieces like that for big bucks, so what do I know?

I've got a project I've been wanting to do for some time. It's a dresser that belonged to my parents. They bought it in the early 1960s and it was part of a "blonde" bedroom set. (I have no idea what happened to the other pieces.) My brother had this dresser when he first got married and he stained it a dark brown. (Ick.) Now it's mine (and has been for many years) and that brown has got to go. But what color should I paint it?

The room where it resides is a calming celadon green. I was thinking maybe I'd paint it yellow to have it make a statement, but then I thought...white goes with EVERYTHING. I had one of my mother's quilted wall hangings above it, but it's not my favorite as the colors rather clashed with the wall color. So, I climbed the step stool and changed it to one that has pastel blues and greens in it, which brightens the whole room.

Back when I was in the collectibles business at an antiques arcade, I bought a forest green corner cabinet for display. When I began writing full-time, I gave up my booth, but not the corner cabinet. I painted it parrot green and it goes nicely in my pastel yellow office.  So I'm wondering if I should do something as bold.

After all these years (maybe 20?) I've got to change the color. Of course, to change it, I need to get some paint and during these scary times, I'm not really willing to go to a big box hardware store. I may just order a can of satin paint off the Internet.

So, what color do you think I should order?

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Mixing things up



It's Tuesday. I have to look at the calendar or the computer to remind myself what day it is. I also find that I'm forgetting to do stuff I want to do because--SQUIRREL!--I get distracted, which seems pretty easy these days.

Like I was going to post here yesterday, and then...I ended up emptying the cat box and did a few loads of laundry and then it was bedtime. But during those moments between the hauling the clothes from the washer to the dryer, I decided I needed to go back to playing house. By that, I mean doing a better job of cleaning (boo boo hoo! I miss the cleaning ladies who came twice a month to blitz the place), play with my new Dyson (currently still in the box), and get out my spring/summer decorations. But I'm not sure what boxes they are in so...I need to do an inventory. I need to put things away and take other things out. I'm inspired by those French Chateau videos I've been watching (now up to three channels).

If the sun ever comes out, I'll be out in the garden (self-sewn Pansies have suddenly appeared in the urns!!!!!). I need to make every day a red-letter day. Something special needs to happen so that every day isn't just the same.


What would make your day a red-letter day?