Wow! That was Fast!

January 26, 2017

Mike and I agreed that it was time to lighten things up around here. A paint crew showed up at the house at around 9:30 am yesterday morning and by 4:00 pm they were done! I expected them to be here two days, maybe even three! It happened so fast!

It feels so fresh and clean. The walls had been a dark gold for 12 years or more. We decided to go with a light gray. We love it!

I have a tendency to get in a hurry after a fresh coat of paint goes on the walls and put holes in the walls right away to hang things. I don’t like bare walls. Feels empty to me. I tend to hang too much on the walls, or I regret hanging something without really thinking it through, then moving it and leaving visible holes in the wall.

I have promised myself to be patient and find just the right items to hang on the walls. 

The waiting could kill me.

These guys were serious! I was stuck in the kitchen for a few hours. We chatted through the plastic. I asked them if they could see me dancing.


Every once in a while I took a peek.


After they painted the ceilings, they let me out of the kitchen! Such fast progress!


I fed them pizza, fruit, cookies and pop. I was like…lunch is ready!!! They were like…lady, we’re painting! So I put the pizza in back in the oven.


Nobody ate the fruit and I made them take the cookies and pizza home! They were sweet.


A while back, we had the floors redone. We went darker with the floors, but never have done anything with the banister. I kinda like the variety, but now that the walls are light, Mike doesn’t like it and wants to do the banister darker.

Here are a few before and now pics!

The Entry before.











As you leave our house, you look at that little section of wall. Something super cute HAS to go there.


Before. I forgot to take a Now of this wall, so just imagine…no pictures and grey. Is it gray, or grey? I think it might be both.


Heading to the basement.




Upstairs before.


Now. So bare. Patience Julie. Patience.


The other end of the hall.






I’m going to try to simplify and I’ve found some great pictures that express what I want my house to feel like. 

These are just a few of them.




There was one item in the powder room that I was certain that I liked where it was, so I hung it up pretty quick!

I ate a great breakfast and a great dinner, but I snacked while the painters were painting and I didn’t count my points.

This is the first day since December 30th that I didn’t track or count. I should go back and figure it all out. But, I’m not.

“love the life you live, live the life you love”


12 responses to Wow! That was Fast!

  1. January 27, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Ha Ha. It appears as though it is spelled and accepted both gray and grey!

    They were sweet and I didn’t want them to leave! lol

  2. My street name starts with Grey–I’m always mixing that word up.
    The gray brings more light into the area.
    It was very nice of you to feed your painters.

  3. January 27, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    I love Instagram for so many reasons. Mostly I follow WW members and healthy foodies, but I’m following you now and I love your Instagram! Now I have to scroll through and find some decorating ideas for my new walls. I’ll also check out who all you are following.

    Thank you!!!

  4. I love the gray!!! We are about ready to do the same. I have taupe walls with white trim and crown molding. Did you know there is a HUGE decor community on Instagram? Look me up @shabby.chic.charming! We have so much fun sharing home decor ideas and inspiration and I’m kicking off a giveaway Tuesday with a lot of Magnolia pieces! So fun!

  5. January 26, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    The Wow Factor. I love that!

    I’m a dancing, that is for sure!


  6. January 26, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    They really did!


  7. January 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I really do love it.

    Anew Grey from Sherwin Williams for the hall and entry.

    Dorian Gray, also Sherwin Williams for the powder room.

    I spelled it both ways just for you!

  8. January 26, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    I love Hobby Lobby, and we do have one really close. I have bought so many things over the years there. My mom once told me that my house looked like a Hobby Lobby store! lol. I could have been a compliment, but I’m not sure.

    I’m am super excited to shop tomorrow!! You’re house sounds so cozy. Modern Farmhouse. Love that!

  9. Wow, they did a great job!

  10. Barbara Gunning January 26, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Everyone needs change. Twelve years and you now have the wow! Factor. You are changing you one step at a time. Just dance and be happy. You’ll do it!

  11. Absolutely LOVE the grey! I am a grey FAN, except now I’m looking to see how I spelled grey! seriously, which IS it? Grey or Gray. I spelled it Grey without thinking…. if you taking a poll on that. Again, love your grey. I have two different shades of grey in my home – with paint spots on my master bath of different shades… What color/shade did you use? See, I spelled it Grey again without thinking… hummm

  12. The railing will look great dark with w hits spindles. You can find a lot of market magnolia style items at Hobby Lobby (if you have one where you are). Love the gray (grey) nice choice. I just updated my home to modern farmhouse. Love the coziness it gives our home and everyone that comes in says it feels very comfortable. Congrats on getting it done you will love it.