After we finished painting the utility room section of the basement and assembling the Ikea Gorm storage shelves, we quickly moved on to our most lofty goal: kill the red and yellow before the movers arrived with our delivery on Friday. I would love to insert a photo of the red dining room or the BRIGHT yellow living room / hallway / stairwell / kitchen / guest room, but my hard drive crashed this week and I lost a week of photos. UPDATE: I recovered some photos of the bright, bold colors that covered the interior of our house during the first few days of ownership.
Painting was a full family effort with my dad cutting in at the ceiling like a trained professional (my grandfather owned a professional painting company on Cape Cod):
We chose Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Ice Cube Silver for the living room / stairwell / hall way and for the upper section of the dining room. We used Silver Half Dollar for the lower walls below the chair rail in the dining room and for the kitchen. In the guest room we used Mt. Rainer Gray. All of the colors are a bit more blue than gray and go very well with the creamy white trim. I could not be happier with the Aura paint. At the paint store's suggestion we did not use a primer; just the Aura. The bright colors were gone in one coat and fully covered without a trace with the second.
Just look at how BRIGHT these colors were!!!
The photo above shows how the yellow in the kitchen was paler in comparison to the other yellows in the house. But, wow, it was bright.
Unfortunately the snow also meant that trash and recycling pick-up was canceled for the week. But not before we schlepped all the boxes to the curb after reading that "trash and recycling pick-up will be as scheduled" on the county website.
After my parents left on Tuesday I succumbed to a flu-like something-or-other for several days and only managed to eek out minimal box unpacking (more accurately, I directed box unpacking and slept). Not surprisingly day-after-Christmas sales found me feeling quite a bit better and in the car ready to search for organization solutions.
We hit Crate & Barrel for glass containers for dry goods, Bed Bath & Beyond for a bit of everything, and Home Depot for closet shelving. Our biggest find was a stainless steel Calphalon pot rack at BB&B something I've been longing for for an entire week now. Can that count as longing?
As soon as we got home I fed S some cookies to get his blood sugar up and his project-attitude right and we set to work finding joists in the ceiling.
Then while S went upstairs to start his closet shelving, I finally "finished" the kitchen.