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June 8, 2009

Weekend of MCM Restoration – Painting the Studio

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Before Pic of Studio - Complete with Window Scrolls

Ohhh….my aching….everything. Sigh.  Hubs and I went completely crazy this weekend working on house projects.  In keeping with our personalities, we planned out far too many projects for our 48 hours of free time together this weekend, and so we crashed at about 6:30 last night and ended up watching Kung-Fu Panda on HBO until we fell into bed, exhausted.  What is with the rush?  Weelllllll…..on Friday I got an email from a local newspaper reporter that they want to photograph our kitchen for an upcoming article! YES!  Pam from Retro Renovation is the best, and she totally got it all set up for me. I am so happy. Thanks again, Pam!!!

So, we totally freaked out.  Then we calmed down and realized we had a few projects to do before the cameras arrived next week, so we began a whirlwind of our big unfinished projects: namely, the wallpaper in the hall and painting the studio.

Hubs Pulling Out Hated Wooden Window Scrolling

Hubs Pulling Out Hated Wooden Window Scrolling

Now, I know that it is unlikely that either of these rooms will be featured, but it is the principle of the thing. I mean, we have been meaning to do these projects for a while and kept putting them off. Now is the time to buckle down and finish!  Also, we really don’t have that much to do in the kitchen except clean. And what is the point cleaning so far away from the photo session?  It will just get dirty again anyway. So, we threw all of our excited energy into useful projects.

As you can see, the first thing Hubs did was rip down these little wood scrolly things that were in the corner of each window.  Now, my studio techically isn’t a studio, but our third bedroom. It used to be a little girl’s bedroom, too. A little girl who liked purple and a lot of flowers.  So, I think the window scrolls were a way to soften the modern edges of the room. Which, of course, we don’t want, so out they came!

As you can see, the walls were also a horrible putty/wheat color, which didn’t go with the natural maple woodwork at all. It was better than the Grape Taffy Purple that the little girl liked, but still, it wasn’t much of an improvement.

A Huge Pile of My Stuff in the Center of The Room!

A Huge Pile of My Stuff in the Center of The Room!

Oh my god, look at all my crap! And that is just the stuff we had to drag out of the corners of the room and into the center so we could paint around the built-ins! Uh. Oh well, Hubs only gave me a hard time about it for a few hours. Seriously though, look at my fabric and vintage sheet collection against the back wall. Sigh.  I am glad I have that longer table now so I can start cutting up some of those sheets and using them in projects. 

Speaking of projects, this week is the first week of the craft group at my house. Another good reason to have the room painted!  I am planning on just mending and ironing linens that I am going to use in the photos for the newspaper. I am also having issues about whether or not to put up curtains in the kitchen.  But I think that is a post for later this week.

So…here is the painted room!  It isn’t even close to being completely finished, but I really think it is a major improvement. By the way, our color is Holiday Turquoise from Sherwin Williams.  I love their Suburban Modern palette. Thanks again for that one, Pam. You truly are the Renovation Queen!

One Side of the Newly Painted Room. The Crown Molding may not be truly authentic, but it was too nice for us to just rip it down. We will just roll with it!

One Side of the Newly Painted Room. The Crown Molding may not be truly authentic, but it was too nice for us to just rip it down. We will just roll with it!

 

The Built-In Cabinet and Mirror with the New Paint. Love it!

The Built-In Cabinet and Mirror with the New Paint. Love it!

Hubs says I had better be ultra-productive now! I just might be, I totally want to spend more time in this room. I love, love, love the new color!

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4 Responses to Weekend of MCM Restoration – Painting the Studio

  1. 50s Pam Reply

    June 8, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    The room looks great, Ruth, and I couldn’t be more pleased about your getting into the newspaper! Don’t be nervous – just have fun!

  2. Sara in AZ Reply

    June 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    Really awesome color Ruth! Love it!!! It does look much, much better than the wheat color. Wow, a feature in the newspaper. You are famous!You will have to post a link so we all can check it out. I recognize the little double lamp as the one Hubs hated from a while back, looks like you decided to keep it. And, I see someone is collecting Simpsons stuff…….to cute!

  3. sablemable Reply

    June 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Your kitchen featured in a newspaper: how great is that! Yippee-skippie!

    Love the color, love the built-ins!

  4. Tikimama Reply

    June 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    That color is awesome! I’m totally going to copy you some day! You’re lucky, though, to only have to paint over a yucky color. I have MORE wallpaper to strip before I can paint! After our last house, covered in every room in very undesirable wallpaper, I swore the next house wouldn’t have any! But…this house was just so perfect in other ways! Sigh.

    Can’t wait to see you featured in the paper – what a compliment to be written about and photographed! I hope the article gets more people on our little bandwagon of preserving the past.

    The built-ins in your house are just crazy good; you’re so lucky!

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