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Old paint

We had to leave the windows open last night, so we wouldn't die of paint asphyxiation.

Winniewindow

Thanks, world, for not coming in and murdering us.

However, the windows being open gave Tallulah's super extra hear-y ears extra super powers, and was she obsessed all night?

"BOW-WOW-WRR-WOW-RRR!"

That was when she heard a squirrel flossing a mile and a half away at 2 a.m.

"WOO-WOO-WOOO-WOO-RFF!"

That was then she heard a bunny in his den, changing channels from a Carrot Top special to the Magician's Hat and Gardens Network. At 4 a.m.

"BAR-RAR-RAR-RAR-RAR! Grrrrrr!"

That was every time anyone in the neighborhood turned over in bed, all night.

So that was restful.

Empty shelves

Yesterday, Marvin taped everything off around the room while I took all the crap off our bookshelves. I am thinking that I might paint these white, and paint the inside the same blue as the walls. But in the meantime, taking all those books off? Was a pleasure.

Hallbooks

Why we gotta have so many books?

Rockingchairbooks

SERIOUSLY.

Bedbooks

No, seriously.

Withthebooksalready

HONEST ENGINE, SERIOUSLY.

After that sweaty experience, we moved the bookshelves away from the wall. And sadly, we found Superman.

Two Christmases ago, my mother was helping me decorate, much to Marvin's ire, and I tried to place my Superman in the corner of the bookshelves, forgetting there WAS no corner. The thing crashed to earth with a terrible shatter.

That Superman was my father's. I think my great-grandfather made it or something. I had it when I was a kid, and the last time I was at my father's house I asked if I could have it back. Because clearly I would take such good care of it.

Iamsuperman

I am kryptonite.

Finally, it was time to paint. I kept saying, "Is it time to paint yet?" and Marvin would say no, we had to tape this or that or move this or he had to change into his pajams, I am not even kidding (I guess he didn't care if he got paint on his pajams) and I was getting so ANTSY to paint.

Mixymarv

Yay.

Naturally, as soon as the spilly paint was out, the animals got rambunctious and started playing all near us and such.

Badpets
I was convinced our hardwood floors would have blue paw prints for life.

Blue
Anyway, we did all the walls up to the ceiling, which Marvin says we have to do with a brush. Whatever. It is darker blue today, this blue. And we didn't even bicker much, Marvin and me! We just kind of peacefully painted. Up till the part where  I mentioned I want to paint the bookshelf.

Also, I asked him why he'd taped the door, and he HAD planned to paint it, but I pointed out to him this is not Mr. Kotter's apartment in Welcome Back, Kotter, so we are no longer painting the door. You'll be glad to hear.

So that's the story of our painting weekend. Did Michelangelo take his wife along to the Sistine Chapel to help? Is what I want to know. Because I am thinking he didn't.

51 thoughts on “Old paint”

  1. I love the color!
    And I had a friend tough-love me about my books one time. We pulled all of them off of the shelves and then she said “One third of these have to go to Goodwill. You pick.”
    Like Marvin, it did not occur to me to tell her to eff off. I just complied.

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  2. The painters are coming 6/21 to do most of the interior – all first floor and upper hallway. We still do not have a color chosen. It is such a big commitment – too scary. Right now it is Navajo white, crappy flat builder paint. Gotta keep it neutral but can go with some slight differences room to room. I have already tried Nester’s fave Tobacco Road on an accent wall and it’s not quite right. If you knew how long it took me to paint that tiny wall portion, you would understand why we hired a painter.

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  3. Ah the joys of painting! I actually like to paint as long as no kids are involved, I don’t sit on the paint can lid and someone else will move everything back after for me. Unfortunately, none of these happen, so it is a real PITA. Love the blue! Can’t wait to see the room done!

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  4. Thank you Lisa Pie and DB in MD!
    It was my birthday yesterday. You all may not have known that.
    Thanks for the message today, Junie! I had a fabulous day yesterday. Did I mention that it was my birthday? I just don’t remember!
    Ha!

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  5. Here’s how the painting procedure works in my house – I wait for my husband to go visit his mother, then I call my girlfriends and make plans for a girls only painting party. It’s a blast. The first time I did it, my husband was home for 5 days before he noticed the living room and dining room were a different color. 5 days!
    Love that shade of blue!
    Happy birthday to your Pal in MA!

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  6. The blue actually reminds me of my bedroom… As in, I think I have the same shades on my walls.

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  7. I love the blue! Very serene. The bookshelves will look nice and crisp in white, contrasted against the blue.
    I also had that same Little House boxed set, given to me on my 8th birthday. I wish I still had it, but I loved the covers right off of them. My future daughter will have her own boxed set.

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  8. Heard a squirrel flossing. You kill me.
    It is a beautiful blue.
    Marvin is left-handed?
    I had a ton of books also. Until the M-word. Then I brought a bunch to the library for their sale and left them in front of the sign that read: “Do not leave books here.” Heee. And I donated others. And I gave some away. And I still had more.

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  9. Heard a squirrel flossing. You kill me.
    It is a beautiful blue.
    Marvin is left-handed?
    I had a ton of books also. Until the M-word. Then I brought a bunch to the library for their sale and left them in front of the sign that read: “Do not leave books here.” Heee. And I donated others. And I gave some away. And I still had more.

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  10. Heard a squirrel flossing. You kill me.
    It is a beautiful blue.
    Marvin is left-handed?
    I had a ton of books also. Until the M-word. Then I brought a bunch to the library for their sale and left them in front of the sign that read: “Do not leave books here.” Heee. And I donated others. And I gave some away. And I still had more.

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  11. The blue looks great! I think you and Marvin must work better together than you let on! Those round ball radios in the last picture? My sister and I got radios for gifts in 1975…hers was the blue ball, and mine was a red “toot-a loop” that was a doughnut that split apart. I now have both, since my parents keep everything, and my sister would rather jump off a cliff than hoard old stuff! It is good to know that someone else has them too……

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  12. The blue is pretty, or I should say it will be when you do the second coat. You’re doing a second coat, right? And no, no, no to the blue insides. I do, however, like the idea of a fun wallpaper in there.
    You did ask for advice, right? No?

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  13. The blue is so pretty. BTW, Michelangelo would not have had a wife. He played for the other team.

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  14. Yes to blue inside!! I have seen bookshelves like that, and I love how it looks. It blends in with the wall – it will look gorgeous.
    Very glad the door isn’t getting painted though!

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  15. I refuse to tape. The right brush will eliminate the need for all that annoying taping.
    Love the blue…looks close to what I just did http://ewbpcb.blogspot.com/2010/05/it-was-easy-being-green-but-now-weve.html
    The bookcases? Yes to the white, no to the blue inside. However, another color? Might be fun. I have 243,235,333,221 books and I backed one of my bookcases with an argyle wallpaper. Looks great as long as it’s not covered with all those ding and dang books. *sigh*

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  16. I like how Kelly’s straight husband who “has vision” and I are in synch on the shelf thing. : )
    Oh, and Pal from MA? HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!! Sorry I missed sending felicitations yesterday.

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  17. LOVE the blue! Great choice, June. It’s very soothing and uplifting. I call it Zoloft Blue and used to have almost the same color in my bedroom at my former beloved apartment. Maybe it will calm those rambunctious pets and they’ll go all zen in your den and ask for you to play some Enya to keep the vibe chill.
    Speaking of books, you have uncanning timing. I went to a fanbulous used bookstore this morning and had to self-talk myself into a cooling off period (Step Away From the Books!), otherwise I would have walked out with 14,000 books I don’t need. Or have an inch of space for.

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  18. Ok, all you people who voted thumbs down for painting the insides of the bookcases have no vision, as my straight husband would say. Although he would never come up with the idea of painting the insides of the bookcases because, well, he’s straight.
    Thank goodness Marvin decided against painting the door a la the Kotter’s door with its 57 locks and deadbolts.
    June, you wondering why you gotta have so many books is akin to Marvin asking why he gotta have so many gee-tars. Crazy talk is what it is.

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  19. Love the blue. Think the bookshelves would look lovely painted. Did you cry when you found Superman?
    What did you read about Artie? I can’t find anything on him. Is he catatonic??? WTF is going on???

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  20. Okay so yesterday I couldn’t tell it was blue, but today on your walls it is just gorgeous! Good choice!

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  21. ooooh, tell us more about painting the bookshelves… i cannot talk my husband in to painting the woodwork & built in bookshelf in our house white. there’s something about men not believing in painting wood… either that or they know how much work it will take and they are lazy…
    p.s. hulk, b/c i know it drives you crazy when i type w/o capitalizing/capitolizing sp? i am nursing while i type, so it is all one handed, so cut me some slack today, kthanksbye

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  22. Love the blue. So glad you didn’t paint the door, it looks great being white with those beautiful blue walls. I agree, paint the bookcases white, but forget the blue, it will take way too long and for no reason, you won’t be able to see it for all those books. You know you will have to lightly sand and prime the bookcases before you put paint on them.
    I have no room to talk, because I have lots of books and I still have my “Dr. Goat” book from childhood. He doctors all the other animals. I got the bright idea I was going to purchase another one for a gift. That book is $150.00. I couldn’t believe it! Does anyone want to purchase a “Dr. Goat” book?

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  23. Do you have a diary on display in that bookshelf? I think I see a pink diary in the pic with the rocking chair. Wow. I wonder how many visitors to June’s house waited for her to leave the room and ran to read that baby?
    Do your guests always make a hasty exit after you’ve been in the kitchen? I can hear the phone lines burning up now.
    Of course if that is not a diary, forget everything I said. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

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  24. Do you have a diary on display in that bookshelf? I think I see a pink diary in the pic with the rocking chair. Wow. I wonder how many visitors to June’s house waited for her to leave the room and ran to read that baby?
    Do your guests always make a hasty exit after you’ve been in the kitchen? I can hear the phone lines burning up now.
    Of course if that is not a diary, forget everything I said. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

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  25. Do you have a diary on display in that bookshelf? I think I see a pink diary in the pic with the rocking chair. Wow. I wonder how many visitors to June’s house waited for her to leave the room and ran to read that baby?
    Do your guests always make a hasty exit after you’ve been in the kitchen? I can hear the phone lines burning up now.
    Of course if that is not a diary, forget everything I said. Happy Memorial Day everyone.

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  26. I guess I am all alone in the “Paint the back of the shelves in a contrasting color” bus.
    But that is exactly what I am planning for my pantry. Walls one color and shelves another. I love the idea of just a bit of color peeking out from behind all the stuff.
    And June, you are right. 75% of painting is all in the preparations. Cleaning, moving, taping (or not taping if you have good eyes like Furry G). But that last 25% of actual painting is really satisfying, isn’t it? I like painting and freshening up the look of a room.

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  27. Did I mention that yesterday was my birthday, Junie? I can’t remember if I made reference to that at all.
    Hee!
    45 is the new 25, June. I had a blast last night! Out to eat and then to 2 parties! Woo HOOOO!
    Thank you for the birthday wishes, Faithful June Readers!
    And, that blue? Is robin’s egg blue. SO pretty and light. Love it!

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  28. Gotta say – love the blue. Painting the inside of the bookshelves blu sounds like a pain, lots of edges to deal with. And no one to see when the books cover it all up. That would suck.
    I do the painting in our house cause the other half is beyond sloppy. Does not work well.
    Our weekend so far has consisted of a houseguest and her dog. Cause that’s the way I want to spend my days off – supervising dogs and entertaining. Not.

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  29. And no, Michael Angelo’s wife did not help him with the Sistine Chapel, but he did have a nagging pope breathing down his neck constantly asking, “When will you finish?” And he consistantly replied, “When I make an end!” I’m sure it contained an expletive or seven.
    Popes can be so annoying. More than a spouse even.

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  30. And no, Michael Angelo’s wife did not help him with the Sistine Chapel, but he did have a nagging pope breathing down his neck constantly asking, “When will you finish?” And he consistantly replied, “When I make an end!” I’m sure it contained an expletive or seven.
    Popes can be so annoying. More than a spouse even.

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  31. And no, Michael Angelo’s wife did not help him with the Sistine Chapel, but he did have a nagging pope breathing down his neck constantly asking, “When will you finish?” And he consistantly replied, “When I make an end!” I’m sure it contained an expletive or seven.
    Popes can be so annoying. More than a spouse even.

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  32. Is that reader still here who showed me her bookshelves that were painted on the inside? Because if you are still here would you send me that picture again that you sent me two years ago? You guys, it was so PRETTY!

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  33. Sam, I got my first Little House book on my 8th birthday, too, from my grandmother, the one I am turning into. She was a big reader, and was delighted I read all the time, too. I recently read that Artie is only uttering about five words a day. Kills me.

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  34. I LOVE the blue!! I am also very glad to hear the door will remain white. White is also a good color for the bookshelves, but I think I have to agree about not painting them blue on the inside. Less is more.
    We do not paint together. I may have mentioned before that I love to paint and I have a certain way to go about it (Hello, German ancesters and Virgo tendancies) and I simply cannot accept “That’s close enough”. So I paint and he stays out of my way and at 5 o’clock (okay, 3:30) he brings me a refreshing adult beverage. Our marriage rocks.

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  35. You’re only doing one coat? *facepalm*
    I LOVE to trim with a brush. Seriously. You should invite me over for a glass of Hellman’s. I could have it done in a nanosecond. Without taping a ding dang thing. I can’t stand the neener neener of the edges taping makes.
    Love the color. It’s the color of doll eyes. Or a Budgie. Or that mint candy they don’t seem to make anymore.

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  36. You’re only doing one coat? *facepalm*
    I LOVE to trim with a brush. Seriously. You should invite me over for a glass of Hellman’s. I could have it done in a nanosecond. Without taping a ding dang thing. I can’t stand the neener neener of the edges taping makes.
    Love the color. It’s the color of doll eyes. Or a Budgie. Or that mint candy they don’t seem to make anymore.

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  37. You’re only doing one coat? *facepalm*
    I LOVE to trim with a brush. Seriously. You should invite me over for a glass of Hellman’s. I could have it done in a nanosecond. Without taping a ding dang thing. I can’t stand the neener neener of the edges taping makes.
    Love the color. It’s the color of doll eyes. Or a Budgie. Or that mint candy they don’t seem to make anymore.

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  38. Love the blue!
    I couldn’t help but to squeal with delight when I saw the Little House on the Prairie boxed set. My mom gave me that exact same set for my 8th birthday. Mine is still sitting on my bookcase too. I noticed the Artie Lange book too. So sad!

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  39. Oh yes, and I forgot to mention that Lowes/Home Depot has a little device that is made for painting places like up by the ceiling and the corners, etc. I don’t know what it’s called but it just glides along and is MUCH easier than using a brush…perhaps you could run out and pick one up while Marvin paints those bookshelves?

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  40. Yep, love the idea of painting the bookshelves white. Just not the blue inside please. Besides you won’t hardly be able to see it with all those books. Face it Juney you love books. It’s okay.
    Painting with a brush? Oy, I would have to kill someone.
    Our marital arrangement is that he paints and I cut. I’m not fond of this style however it’s worked for 24 years.
    Love, love, love the blue.

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  41. Lisa, thank you for being psychic, those were all the things I was going to say! I don’t know about painting the insides of the bookshelves blue, though. But that’s just me. Have a fun day!

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  42. It looks beautiful. I love the blue.
    Congratulations on being productive this weekend. Can’t say that we were. Of course we do have a few more hours to go but I wouldn’t bet on it. Wait, let me get my excuses in order.

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  43. 1. The bookshelves painted white…that will be BEAUTIFUL!!
    2. LOVE that blue.
    3. Glad you’re not painting the door.
    4. We have the same problem with books. WAY too many.
    5. Can’t wait to see the finished result.
    6. Happy Memorial Day!

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