Time After Time thoughts…

Hi Friends!

Wow, it’s been a hectic last few weeks.  Isn’t summertime supposed to be relaxing?!

My sister got married, which was INCREDIBLE and I did her shower/bachelorette locally three weeks ago and then headed up a week later, super north, to Eureka for the vows.  There just something so delicious about young love!  Some days it feels like only yesterday that I was in her shoes… 27, fun as hell, traveling the world, being spontaneous (like what even is that word anymore?!), with soooo many less grey hairs and wrinkles and self-doubt and daily struggles.  10+ years have passed and yes, I’m still kind of that person, but I’m also not.  Do you ever feel that way?  It’s gotta be a mom struggle because so much of our lives are spent taking care of other people (who usually don’t appreciate us and don’t think we’re the coolest for enforcing teeth brushing or any kind of hygiene, for that matter.)

My friend lent me What Alice Forgot, a book about a woman who loses her memories from the last 10 years.  GF, doesn’t even remember her kids.  I devoured this during the whole wedding fun weeks, and it really struck a cord.

And then, just this week someone close to me lost their lovely mother to a long struggle with cancer.  They knew the time was near and the immediate family was there to say good-bye and sing her into her next adventure.  My own mother-in-law has been battling breast cancer for almost 2 years now… and it’s all just a bit scary, right?

In the midst of all this, (my non-stop mind swirl) was Cyndi Lauper.  I had gotten tickets to see Rod Stewart for my mom’s 60th birthday way back in January, not realizing we’d be knee deep in my sister’s wedding prep at the time of the concert.  We were SO exhausted from her bachelorette, that honestly, I didn’t expect much.  But once Cyndi opened the show, it was inspiring.  She’s inspiring and it was just what my little heart needed.

She was so f-ing incredible.  I teared up listening to Time After Time.  We love and we lose, we grow and change and reminisce and it’s beautiful and painful.  And yet, do we really have any other choice?  That one song brought out the little girl in me, the carefree 20 year old and me of today.  Who will the me of tomorrow be?

Anyway, I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately.  In fact, she’s kinda my new hero.  Cyndi is Cyndi, whether you like her or not.  I’ve decided that I want to be like her VERY MUCH.  I want to live boldly and unapologetically, in COLOR!  With an arm full of bangles, or a console full of treasures, baubles galore, with sets that don’t match and a sorrynotsorry attitude.

Cyndi is an inspiration as a person, as a performer, as a woman and icon.  I’M OBSESSED with her style!!  In a world of vanilla, she is rainbow sherbet.

Color is finally coming back and I hope with it, comes fun and whimsy and uniqueness and maybe just a little nostalgia.

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Kelly Wearstler 1, Kelly Wearstler 2, Kelly Wearstler 3

I thought these were some rooms she might have fun in.

Dare to be bold.

Progress in the Powder Room

Hi y’all!

Since we last chatted I’ve been able to put in a few pretty minutes (hours, but who’s counting?) into the powder room.  My goal was to have a functioning toilet by my sisters shower (which is a mere 3 days away) and it’s still up in the air as to whether that will happen.

Wait, let’s back up a little.

You and I both know that the moulding had to go in, as well as, (dramatic music) the WALLPAPER!!  And you know what?!  I almost got both of those done.

Last week I picked out a day where I could literally hang wallpaper to my hearts content.  I figured that 3-4 hours should do the trick… ha… haha….hahaha.  Oh, naiveté.  I worked on the darn wallpaper from 9:30am until 4 and guess what?  I didn’t finish.  Here’s the wall that’s left – I’m seriously only about 3 panels from success.  (That’s what she said.)

The problem was that when I unrolled my last wallpaper roll, I realized that is was defective!!  There were sections with zero blue color and towards the middle there was just a black line going through the rest of the roll.  No part of the effing roll was usable.  Of course, I contacted Wallpaper Direct and they were extremely nice and helpful, but told me that it would take about 12 days to get another roll.

Hey, what’s another 12 days in the longest project ever?  Amiright?!

But check out that moulding!  Baby looks good!!  And I even spray painted the toilet pipe coming out of the wall.  (Of which I don’t have a photo of.  Aren’t I just lovely?)  An easy and very aesthetic improvement.  It’s the little things!

You may have noticed that the door is still a yellowish white and that’s because I’ve put off painting it.  Y’see I’m VERY scared to paint any of the trim/doors in the house because they were done professionally 10+ years ago with oil based paint.  As you probably know, oil is much more durable but it starts to yellow over time from sun exposure.  It’s also a PAIN to paint over – like sanding and priming and general UNFUNNESS.  I happened to find this GREAT option at Home Depot, which is an alkyd paint that is water-based, but looks and works like an oil-based paint.  It dries very hard and so pretty.  To paint my trim I would just need a light sanding and no primer!!  I bought a gallon of the stuff thinking that I would just go through the whole house and paint the moulding one room at a time – but that’s A. SCARY and B. my husband didn’t like my idea in a way that made it sound like an insane person had hatched it.  Usually I don’t listen to him AT ALL, ’cause boredom, but well, maybe he’s onto something…then again, Danger is my middle name.

Wouldn’t light gray doors look kinda beautiful?  That’s the idea swirling… instead of white.  I go white trim, and the softest shade of gray for the doors only.  Hmmmm….

So that’s where I’m at!

Just waiting for Gadot Wallpaper.

A Painted Tile Floor!!

Well hello there!

It’s Memorial Day weekend and the sales are poppin’! I have been perusing alllll the sites but being so good. Like, even I’m impressed with myself. Wait, I did buy a few suits from Target, like this one and this one and, oh ya, I have this sitting in my cart. But you guys, those are things I need. Like my sister is getting married and gf needs a new suit – I’m needy af.

Anyhoo, the big news around here is that I was finally able to paint the floor!! Wahoooo!! Progress feels so good, because I’m literally dying inside to put up the wallpaper. But home improvement is worst than following the rules of dating… there are so many steps and you MUST go in order or else disaster. Walls first, then ceiling, check, check, now floor and next is adding the moulding and painting said moulding…I’m not quite there yet, but aaalllmmmooosssttt!

Painting the floor has been the easiest step so far. And man, it does look really good. I’m VERY hopeful that the stain will hold up to 4 boys and lots of guests.

I purchased a pint of this (Not sure if it’s really a pint, but I like saying pint and feel like I don’t say pint enough in my daily life)-

I also grabbed the white color and started playing around with some extra tiles I had in the garage. For the samples I used a foam brush which really deposits a lot of stain on the tile. I worried that it wouldn’t dry well, but it totally did!! You could pour it on and it would dry hard – might take a century though. I contemplated a pattern, but nah, it just seemed too much.

I mixed them together… and when it dried, it dried totally flat and shiny as if it were lacquered.

Even though I was intrigued by the lighter colors, I just didn’t think they went very well with the wallpaper. I was VERY drawn to the darkest option, so when the hub agreed, I started painting immediately! White would have worked too, but too safe, right?!

I used fluffy 4″ rollers from the dollar store and rolled that stain on.

First coat, then second coat… The picture above is after 3 coats.

I allowed a day of dry time in-between coats and dang, this stuff smells!! Like if you want your kids to get superpowers then let them near it – it’s rough for a few days. I tried to keep the door closed with the fan on as much as my energy saving heart could stand.

But yeah, it smells.

That being said, the stain feels like it’s become one with the tile. I’ve walked on it and pushed the vanity on it (I’m a daredevil, I know) and so far, nothing. But we’ll see… I have my guard up in this love affair.

Before and After

Not too shabby for a $10 dollar fix!

I’m so happy and LOVE it!

Next up moulding and painting the door. Wish me luck!!