Just when you thought all the painting was done!!!!!!

Hi Everyone.  Most of you know that follow along with my decor crazy blog that we moved into the new place just about 6 weeks ago and we have been painting every inch of this place.  We left the "Fireman Cave" basement alone since it was the identical gray to Terry's old office in the other house.  We liked that gray with all his fire stuff.

Ok with all of that said the previous owners liked flat paint and that in my book is a no go!!!! Flat paint just shows all the flaws and is not easy to clean.

They had twin 2 year old boys and a 5 years old so you can imagine the walls going up and down the stairs. 
At 2am one morning you know when all those creative ideas flow!!!! At least for me that seems to be when it happens!  

 I thought hmmm maybe painting that stair case down to the fireman cave might be a good idea since the walls looks so bad. Maybe using a lighter shade of gray would lighten things too.  I usually wake Terry when I get a brilliant idea in the middle of the night but I thought maybe a better approach for more painting in this house would be better after he had his morning coffee!!!!!

The color of the walls is a dark flat gray.  It is hard to see in this picture but the walls had crayon marks, finger prints, dirt etc. all the way down the walls.  We got this color paint from Lowe's.  It is Valspar Tempered Gray.  Looks white here but it is a medium color gray.

I really like this gray.  It is not too light and not too dark especially for going down to a basement.

So there is my hero painting the walls going down the stairs to the Fireman Cave.  Love this man he goes with whatever crazy I call upon for decor.  I have to say in my defense he agreed these walls really needed to be painted to fix up all the wear and tear and also to lighten things up a bit.

So there you have it shadows and all.  The new medium gray compliments the darker gray of the fireman cave.  Now going down the steps to the fireman cave it is brighter and in a semi gloss for keeping clean.

We like the contrast of the dark gray with the medium gray walls going down the stairs.
 Terry actually said he might like to paint the whole downstairs in this lighter gray to brighten and lighten his man cave.  For now we will keep the darker color.  Poor guy needs a break from the paint fumes!!!!

Have a great week end.  Finally cooling down here a little bit.

With all the wicked storms of late this little guy has been hanging out a lot in the fireman cave.  He does not like storms. 

Poor Cooper really has a rough time with storms.  We even had to get him some doggie medication to keep him calm.  I have never had a dog that got so upset with storms like he does.  Thinking about him being tethered outdoors most of his life he must have been caught in a storm or two.  He is just so afraid.  Breaks my heart how upset he gets.  The medication seems to help and having a safe place like the fireman cave for him to go helps too.   It is his safe place where he does not see or hear the storms as much down there.

All this rain is bringing in some cooler temps for us.  Woo Hoo it is only going to be high 70's this week end.
Hope your summer is going well.  Enjoy the week end.

Favorite Things

Sometimes you just have things around you that just make you smile.  They become favorite treasures to have in your decor.  Here are a few of mine.

Piece of chippy window off an old home that fits perfectly over my angel picture.

Having a family heirloom piece at the end of my bed.

Repurposing the bottom of an old bakery cabinet as a shelf in my kitchen.  Looking at this chippy window each morning.
Old picket fence.

Finding out that the old chippy door I had hanging in my dining room of the old house fit perfectly on the front closet of the new cottage.

Repurposing the TV armoire into my new office space.  When you deal with small spaces you have to be creative.  Love that I could make a home office area out of this awkward corner of the living room.

Perfect space to have my computer office area.

Having an old church window with a heavy cast iron vintage mail box holding faux flowers.  Having a chippy cottage sign above them.

Framing out an inspirational sign with an old frame.

Having a special place outdoors to read a good book.

Using faux flowers to tie back my curtains.

Stacking my favorite decor books.  Ahh love a special afternoon to look through good decor books.

Being able to hang my great grandmother's vintage mirror in my guest bathroom.

Hanging my vintage bird cage with love birds off an old chippy board in the living room.

Being gifted the perfect sign to hang in my kitchen.

Having open shelves in the kitchen!

Having a special place for my peaceful sleeping angel.  Love that she brings peace and serenity to my bedroom as she watches over us.

Stuffing a vintage umbrella with flowers.

Hanging a birdhouse on an old porch post in the living room.

Finding a cute olive bucket for the kitchen.

Adding a little whimsy to the powder room door!!!!!

 Hope you find yourself smiling as you walk into rooms throughout your home too.  Sometimes it is the little things that just makes us happy.  Have a great rest of the week and wonderful week end.