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Taking a stand

2012 December 20
by Katie

Itchy.  That’s how I would describe my spraypaint finger. 

It’s been dying to spray something.  ANYTHING.  I just didn’t need it to take a lot of time.  or effort.  or time.  or time.  did I mention time because yeah…running short on that lately. 

So it struck me that I could spruce up the reading room with just a little organization and a can of paint.  Remember our sitting room right off the foyer that I dubbed “the reading room”?  Yeah.  Not much reading has gone on in there lately.  It’s more like “beware of the stray boob room”.  Yup.  A whole lotta breastfeeding going on.  Since it’s so serene, I just plop on a chair and try to relax while wrangling Westons bobbly head with one hand and a milk spritzing boob with the other and watch Will ride his bike in circles around the foyer table.  Ahh the glamorous life of a stay at home mommy :)     

(was that enough TMI for one day?!  okgood.)

So back to my spraypainting.  I wasn’t digging the color of the plant stand near the window.  I am pretty sure that the plant was petitioning me to change the hue too.  I’m fairly certain that it was the plant stands fault that the lily was drooping.  It was frowning.

The stand was a thrift store find.  I think it was just over five bones if I remember correctly. 

So during a recent visit to Lowe’s I picked up a can of this Valspar paint in gray.  I have no idea what name it is.  Lightish gray?

A few coats later, we have a newly finished plant stand.  It’s so much better.  I might dip the legs later just to add a little spice.  I might even add stripes if I’m feeling extra crazy.  You never know.  It might get wilder than a toddlers Wiggles themed birthday party up in here.  

Oh and you may have noticed the curtains.  It’s actually just the one big piece of fabric draped over the curtain rod.  I haven’t decided what I’m doing yet as far as window treatments…so it’s a faux curtain at this point.  Fake it till I make it.  literally. 

And I also spruced up the bookshelves.  They needed a little organization…this whole house needs a little organization.  put that on the list.  At least now this room isn’t totally embarrassing. 

So my spraypaint finger is still itchy…a little less now…but still…I really love spraypainting things.  especially when I’m not wearing a mask.  I know. I know.  A dare devil.  I have a stash of wood frames that I need to tackle…maybe that’s my next painting project…maybe not…I’ll have to ask my two little dictators :)

Have y’all been spraying anything lately?  I must admit that when the Christmas season gets going, I tend to get completely overwhelmed with holiday stuff and end up doing stuff that helps me get nowhere on my must-do list.  It’s the curse of the productive-but-not-on-task.  I get stuff done…just not the stuff I need to get done.  Someone please tell me that they are also plagued with that type of procrastination!  Make me feel a little normal.  That’s a real gift for a homeschooler like me :)

p.s.  I have no idea what color the room is…I’ll find out one day :)



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  1. Penny permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I’m spraying a dining room table and 3 chairs that I scored off Craigslist. I’m going to stain the top and paint the legs a lightish grey (gray? I’m American)…..the chairs have that weird wicker seat in like a woven pattern…can I spray that? Do you think it will crack in time? I’m debating seat cushons. I don’t really want them but if it’s a must I will. I can email you pics when I’m done.

    • December 20, 2012

      You can spray that but it may crack over time because the wicker is meant to be a little flexible.
      xo – kb

  2. December 20, 2012

    Faking it until you make it is definitely DEFINITELY working in here. Yowza! Looks lovely. Spray painting IS so fun. I spray painted some little binder clips and now they are posh and hold our Christmas cards so merrily.

    http://www.chrislovesjulia.com/2012/12/diy-easiest-card-holder-ever.html

    Although, it just got so, so cold here so I may have to hold off on any more spray painting until spring. Living vicariously through your itchy fingers. …. …. that just doesn’t sound right.

    • December 20, 2012

      I saw that post! So smart! And the color is perfect :)
      xo – kb

  3. Kate permalink
    December 20, 2012

    That fabric makes the room all come together!!!! Please let us know what pattern it is. :) puhleeeze???

  4. Heather permalink
    December 20, 2012

    “I…end up doing stuff that helps me get nowhere on my must-do list.” My life exactly!

  5. Emily permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I like to call it ‘Productive Procrastination.’ Thats when I do my best laundry.

  6. T. Roberts permalink
    December 20, 2012

    The curtains are fabulous!! They pull everything together :) love!!!

  7. Heather permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Yay! I’m not alone! I too suffer from the same exact type of procrastination!

  8. Sandy Meyers permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Hi Katie,
    I know that itch!! My whole body gets up a wobble.A wise Bower, via a blog taught me the BLISSFUL joys
    of spray painting…anything! I learned all this while breast feeding my son at the time. He is now 4.
    Time and time again as a Mum of two boys, my 2nd is now 2. It has kept me SANE. It really has. That small feeling of accomplishment. As long as their is unmasked spray painting going on we have a chance my friend of not being complete nutters. Thank you for the lessons.
    Sandy xo

  9. Sandy Meyers permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Hi Katie,
    I know that itch!! My whole body gets up a wobble.A wise Bower, via a blog taught me the BLISSFUL joys
    of spray painting…anything! I learned all this while breast feeding my son at the time. He is now 4.
    Time and time again as a Mum of two boys, my 2nd is now 2. It has kept me SANE. It really has. That small feeling of accomplishment. As long as there is unmasked spray painting going on, we have a chance my friend of not being complete nutters. Thank you for the lessons.
    Sandy xo

  10. Karen A. permalink
    December 20, 2012

    OMG, I have to have that drapery fabric…can you provide a link or other info by which I could source it? Gorgeous room!!!

  11. Amanda permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I think productive procrastination is a great way to deal with the stress of the stuff you really need to get to. At least that is what I tell myself, and I’m president of the National Assoc. of Procrastinators. We’ll meet…tomorrow.

  12. Nicole permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Dip the legs!! I think gold or copper or any metallic color would be fabulous.

  13. December 20, 2012

    LOVE that fabric for curtains! Looks great with you green chairs, the walls & rug.

  14. Katie permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I totally understand being productive but not-on-task. I needed to spend this week finishing my Christmas shopping, doing some holiday baking and wrapping presents, but instead I refinished an entire bedroom set worth of furniture!

  15. December 20, 2012

    Oh, you are too funny. I have a 16-month old boy and a 3-month old boy. Your description of feeding the baby (boob squirting, head bobbing) and watching the older one was spot on! And I too am plagued with that type of procrastination. I get stuff done, but it wasn’t on the list. I then write it on the list, just to cross it off. I almost wondered if it was my personal version of ADD.

  16. Nelle permalink
    December 20, 2012

    LOVE! the fabric goes well with the plant stand, think it’s a keeper :) the room looks so stylish and cozy!

  17. Joanne permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Can I be first in line to take that fabric off your hands when you make other curtains? I love it!!!

  18. Katie V. permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I love the fabric of the faux curtain! And the plant stand looks much better. It would be fun if when John and Sherry are in Atlanta in Feb. they could help with a project or help finish a room! The last project I did with spray paint was a pinecone wreath (saw it on Pinterest, of course). I sprayed a grapevine wreath and some pineccones white, glued them on to the wreath then sprayed it all with glitter. Glued a few faux cardinals on and called it done.

  19. Katie V. permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I love the fabric of the faux curtain! And the plant stand looks much better. It would be fun if when John and Sherry are in Atlanta in Feb. they could help with a project or help finish a room! The last project I did with spray paint was a pine cone wreath (saw it on Pinterest, of course). I sprayed a grapevine wreath and some pine cones white, glued them on to the wreath then sprayed it all with glitter. Glued a few faux cardinals on and called it done.

    • December 20, 2012

      That would be fun! Usuallly we are always swamped with figuring out shopping posts and activities and Pinterest Challenge stuff :)
      xo – kb

  20. December 20, 2012

    I like this because my spray finger is totally itching too. Also, I sort of love the faux curtains. Like, why haven’t I thought of that? And I will probably never have real curtains ever again.

  21. December 20, 2012

    Love this little change up! Spray paint = the universal answer. Love it!

  22. Andrea permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I have this list of things to get done before Christmas Eve on the fridge and paint the bedroom is on it. I painted a room.. but it was the dining room. Was, “paint the dining room” on the list? Uh, no. Glad I’m not the only one who is not on the list productive. Sigh.

  23. December 20, 2012

    You are SO not alone with the whole procrastination thing. My house has looked like a bomb went off in it. Making my own laundry detergent, organizing the playroom and rearranging cabinets and closets was WAY more important that actually figuring out what we are going to eat for Christmas and getting gifts bought and wrapped. Especially considering that we are HOSTING Christmas this year. Yeah, I feel ya.

    As far as the plant stand goes, WOW, it looks so good! I have been trying to decide this week if I wanted to paint two CL chairs that I bought that are the same color as the plant stand. I am now thinking that paint is definitely the way to go. If only I could decide on a color. They gray is perfect in your room and the fabric really makes the room.

    Way to go, Katie.

  24. Beth permalink
    December 20, 2012

    I reeeeally like that curtain fabric. Wish we had nice fabric like that around here! The new plant stand colour was a nice tweak to the room too. :)

  25. Dagny permalink
    December 20, 2012

    Katie I just want to tell you I love your TMI moments. You’re not afraid to be yourself and tell it like it is. Keep on being you – weird, wonderful, and inspiring. Thanks!

  26. karen permalink
    December 20, 2012

    i got to say, when i saw the title…i thought you would discuss a MAJOR problem that’s going on in your country. #20babyangels #guncontrolnow

    • December 21, 2012

      Because we all know that if we don’t write about it that means we don’t care. All or nothing, right?

      I’m the mama of two little boys (I just got back from their school parties). A little joy and diversion is exactly what I need right now. That said, I’ve already written my representatives sharing my opinions which I will not disclose via hashtags…

      My heart is broken for those parents who will never get to brush their child’s hair out of their eyes, or watch them play, or be there at the dining room table with while they do their homework. I can’t speak for anyone else that posts, but I can say that I think your outrage is a bit misguided.

  27. December 20, 2012

    it looks great! i get the itchy finger too :)

  28. Jen M permalink
    December 20, 2012

    And this post is exactly why I read your blog – hilarious and stylish!

  29. Laura permalink
    December 21, 2012

    What a beautiful room! I thought the reading room was maybe where you put what looks like a PB Beni Ourain rug (seen via Instagram) but I guess we’ll still have to wait and see where that is :) Can you give any hints???

  30. Rebecca permalink
    December 21, 2012

    The table looks great, and I love your blog. It’s a little bright spot in my day. No matter what you write about I look forward to your posts. Your sweet spirit is a blessing to me even though we’ve never met, and honestly you just crack me up, girl. :) Merry Christmas!

  31. Dalenna permalink
    December 21, 2012

    I do the exact same kind of procrastinating – every once in awhile it is just sitting in front of the tv procrastinating too though :(

  32. Stephanie permalink
    December 21, 2012

    I LOVE the curtains! I think they look amazing with the room decor!

  33. Jill permalink
    December 21, 2012

    Love it! Also love the white fish sitting on the bookshelf. Is this something you made with the wonders of spray paint, or did you find it somewhere along the way?

  34. Briana permalink
    December 21, 2012

    Where did you get your green chairs?

  35. December 22, 2012

    That fabric makes the room!!!! Turn them into curtains!
    And the plant stand looks lovely. I wouldn’t have thought to do gray, but it looks great against those curtains! Curtains…that is your next project. :)

  36. December 22, 2012

    I love the spray-painted plant stand!

    And those “faux curtains” are awesome! That pattern is unexpected, yet PERFECT for the space! You should definitely cut them to fit the windows,, add some curtain clips & rings, and hang them for real! :)

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