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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Confession and Question

Starting with the Confession :

I like to paint . . . Walls . . .  A lot. Ask anyone.

I don't know what it is about it, but when I feel stressed,  or bored, or want to be creative, I always resort to picking a blank wall, choosing a color, finding a paintbrush, and begin taping off (with frog tape, of course).

And no, it isn't the paint fumes.

It's more of, you can:
  • express yourself using colors
  • see a before & after
  • change the whole mood of the room
  • feel like you've given your arms a good (and much needed) workout
  • choose the paint color just because you love it's name (Sometimes it works, and sometimes . . . not so much)

It began when I was 7.

We moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA. This house, let me tell you, was the definition of a wallpaper-happy home! EVERY wall in the house had wallpaper, and not just one layer. Oh no, it couldn't be just that easy. It was more like two layers and I am even tempted to say some had three layers, but that would probably be a bit of an exaggeration (Although I wouldn't be surprised if there was, and I am just blocking it out of my memory).

The hatred for Wallpaper and the love for Paint was planted.

(Slight confession #2, I do contemplate wallpaper now,  as an accent wall, ONLY.  Entire house, NEVER)

Painting Experience 1: Age 7. 

My bedroom. . . drum roll. . .  was black and white checkered wallpaper with drag racing cars all over it. You got dizzy just looking at it. So, long story short, my room was painted a carnation pink with mint green furniture. (Yes, girly, extremely girly).

(Hopefully  a BEFORE photo To Come. I'll have to do some diggin'.)


Painting Experience 2: Age 12.

Shortly after I got tired of that, I begged my mom for years (yes, years) to let me paint it something "more mature". Turquoise, Orange, Yellow, and Lime Green. (Wait, did I say "more mature"?!?!) Of course I loved it at the time. It was a "when you can't choose one, why not have them all" decision.

Notice the remaining mint green furniture ( :

Painting Experience 3: Age 14

Moved to Norman, Oklahoma. Bedroom was a blank white slate and my dad would have preferred to keep it that way ( : I on the other hand, had matured a whole two years and decided that I would choose just one color. What an improvement. Just the Lime Green this time. eh.

Former Rocky Yoshi Mister DiGiorgio taking a nap in the Serene Lime Green room.

Painting Experience 4: Age 18

Go to college and move into one of Grandma's apartments on campus, but first. . . paint every wall. Neutrals. (I finally learned.)


Skip a few years, get married, live in a townhouse where you CAN'T paint. Ugh.

Then, finally. . . buy a house with light beige walls EVERYWHERE! Can we say, a CLEAN CANVAS just askin' to be painted?

Umm, yes.

Painting Experience 5, 6, 7, and so on. . . 

Here we are,

told you ALL OF THAT to just basically say, summer is here and I'm getting an itch for painting again. . .

And after doing A LOT of this,

your input would be appreciated.

Ending with the Question:

Martha Stewart's Lemon Ice?

Don't know if it's the color I like, or if it's just the name. hah!

Or more visually,

Notice how different the colors look on the walls versus the swatches
due to the different lighting (. . . and low quality camera)! CRAZY!


  1. ok, i LOVE traveling through your painting experience. and i LOVE all the rooms in your house! makes me want to add lots of color to my next one! however, what's the question? hehe :)

  2. haha! I was asking if you like the color of lemon ice for the master bathroom ( :

    I was going to put choices of colors up there to choose from, but my laziness set in.

  3. I hope my attempt at posting works this time.. ugh the challenges of being over 40 and not up to speed with technology...
    This is SO COOL!! You are making me want to do my own blog. I know at least one person at church who has a very cool blog but somehow being related to you motivates me more. I love the topics you choose (my favorites too... I have not had the experience you've had painting but got into it more when we moved to Charlotte-I primed & Tommie did the top layer/s for 3-4 rooms) I love the paint names as well...
    they kill me :-) and the cooking and colors... I love it... can't take it!! Oh, I just want to squeeze you!! Can't wait to read more...