Oops I Painted Again

Do you remember our dumping ground?  No…not THAT dumping ground :) 

The one that would be called our dining room…if there was any chance of actual dining with all the mess…

And you may remember that we took the time to hang a light fixture.  Which basically just illuminated the mess so that we could see all of it.

And then we switched out the dining room table and chairs…and consolidated the mess into the back of the room.

Well, I am happy to announce that the room is officially painted. 

And it only cost us 8 dollars. yup.  not a bean more. 

How’d we do it?  well, it’s called being cheap. 

We were trolling the aisles at Lowes…it’s a favorite pasttime…and I made my way to the Oops paint section.  Have you been there?  It’s totally a luck thing…sometimes there is nothing except flat paint that looks like the secretions of a squished lizard….and sometimes, you will find a can of Eggshell (my personal favorite) in a No-VOC Olympic Can (also a favorite) marked down to $8.  And then you see that the color is totally workable – and then you break out the happy dance…while singing Oops You did it Again as you bounce the baby on your hip.   And then someone asks you if you ever been told that you look like Britney Spears….again.

I actually was wavering on what room this paint should go in…but after a couple sample swatches on the wall, it was decided…the greenish gray was perfect. 

Little Debbie came over to help me on this one…she can’t wait to start painting the basement but until we patch the weird hole pass-through thingie, I’ve been coming up with other projects to do.

And because she will inevitably say that nobody wants to see a photo of her (which is wrong MOM – you are a bright shining Bower Power Star!) – here is another photo of the cutest member of the painting crew…wifebeater and all. 

Honestly – this paint was dreamy.  I have always loved Olympic – and this test of “will it cover the deep red?” was a doozie.  But I am proud to announce that it did great.  Since it was a paint and primer in one, I highly recommend it. 

Cutting in was the WORST…mostly because they painted one of the ceiling trays too…so it doubled our cutting in time.

And yes, I was terrified on the ladder.  I almost cried at one point when I started getting dizzy…I never used to be afraid of heights…and then you go and tear your ACL realizing your mortality and all of a sudden, ladders make you sick to your stomach.

Note the awesome footwear.

And are you ready for the reveal?  This is the best paint color choice I’ve made in this house so far – and I didn’t even make it.  It was stranger paint.  Okay – here she blows:

I love how it makes the room seem so much calmer and brings out the warm tones in the chairs.  And to borrow the words of Sherry, the color is so dynamic.  It really is.  Sometimes it looks chalkboard gray, sometimes a little olive, sometimes even turquoise blueish…it changes with the light and the walls and the time of day.  And feels so much CLEANER to me. 


Oh and because you might be wondering if we drywalled over the light sconce boxes on the wall – um, no.  We simply painted over them to make them disappear for now (until we decide what fixtures to throw up there!).  hee hee…I said ‘throw up’.  And that my friends is why God gave me a baby boy :)

I also painted over the vent that was high next to the molding…helps it blend in a little better in my opinion.  And we switched out the old white cabinet for this dark brown dresser….which holds my plastic ware and chargers so it really needed to be with the dining stuff anyway.  Plus, I feel like the dark wood helps balance out both sides of the room.


The last thing we did was slide the old basement rug into the space.  Since it is a super-flat weave (with a few faint waterspots from flood 2009) it is perfect for in here…I mean, we spill stuff, so a rug that already has blemishes won’t be a huge deal when our child inevitably will shmear food into it.  Plus, since it is kinda rough and flat, the chairs sit perfectly on it. 

What do you think? 

Improvement, right?

Worth $8?

Like it ain’t George Clooney yet but it is definitely a step up from it’s former Nick Nolte, right?! 

p.s.  my apologies about not knowing the specific color name for this paint but I did attempt to see if I had an Olympic swatch that was close in color – and it is most close to Sprig of Ivy.  Hope this helps and happy painting!



  1. says

    I just caught up with this post now, but the WOW of your transformation is so WOW that I had to leave a comment… LOVE the new colour, and what it does for that space!!!

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