I know the walls look like a drab olive, but they’re Garden Wall gray, the same color you see here. These pictures were taken just as the sun was setting, and despite a side door open, I had to turn on our only overhead light. It’s an original and horrible metal square in the ceiling, like something you would find in group housing during the 50s. The light is very warm–the cover is old and yellowed–so between that and the setting sun, everything took on a sickly hue. In real life it’s rich and pretty, but there’s no question we need to address the lighting in the next couple of months. The window that once took up the entire back wall was there for good reason.
We’re going to install a solar tube (Solatube is a popular brand) to increase our natural light. We have one in the family room, and it works miracles. I get compliments on the natural light in our house, but really it’s as dark as a tomb thanks to towering trees on one side of our property. What has saved us is the skylight and solar tube. We’re going to pay to have it installed. It’s a pretty easy DIY project, but I think the Mister deserves a looooooong break.
Next up are the shelves and painting all the cabinet doors, but I don’t see that happening before the end of the 31 days.
I spent an obscene amount of time looking for hinges today while the Mister painted. After several stops and three hours (of course each store was clear across town from the other) I might have found something that works at Ace Hardware. We’ll see!
In the interest of full disclosure, I feel really silly publishing a post about painted walls, but that’s what this project is all about. Little steps, day by day, until you get to where you want to be.
New here? For the next 31 days I’m living according to the famous William Morris quote, “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” You can learn more about the project here, and catch sneak peeks of my projects by following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (I’m @pancakesfries).