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I Painted My Bedroom

The master bedroom is often one of the last priorities when redecorating rooms. Mine is no exception.

When we were painting this house the week before we moved in, we were going to put the master bedroom downstairs in what is now the den. Upstairs had this big, open room with tons of natural light, so we were going to use it for a library, watching movies, homeschooling, toys, and just general hanging out. So I chose a pale yellow for the entire upstairs. I pictured a warm, sunny room to spend cold winter days in.

Then we moved our mattresses into the downstairs room and slept in there once or twice. And hated it.

The room was on the small side for a king sized bed, there wasn’t really room for a dresser so I was going to use the built in cupboards and shelves on one wall, and it would have been really crowded with the baby’s playpen in there. There was no closet. The kids and laundry and shower were all upstairs. Not to mention, the chicken coop was on the other side of the wall, and there was even a window to look in there, so when the girls were laying eggs in the morning, we would be able to hear ever squawk.

So after listing all the reasons it wasn’t going to work, Darryl helped me move the bed, and we took over ⅔ of the big sunny room upstairs. It’s about 12×24 feet. And it has one of the two closets in the house. Did I mention it has it’s own private deck with an amazing view of the lake? No brainer.

There was no wall to separate it from the rest (still no wall), but we put three bookcases side by side and that blocked off all but a doorway. Then we hung curtains behind the bookcases using the cable for the dog run we found outside. And there we stopped.

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The furniture is all mismatched, free stuff. The bedding is from Costco. The rug was bought used for $40. The headboard (which I love) was an old door we bought at a flea market before we got married for $15. It’s a teal/turquoise colour on the other side. I started stripping this side and that’s how far I got, and I like it that way. The lamps were part of a cheap walmart set (and I want to replace them). My bedside table is two old wooden crates stacked up, and Darryl’s is an old filing cabinet with the bottom drawer missing. Needless to say, the room needs help.

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I’ve had the dresser since I was little, and I painted it red because I was going to paint black over that and sand the edges down to the red, but that never happened (probably a good thing). The radio cabinet I love, and want to have refinished one day. The plant is fake. The cradle was made by my Grandpa for me when I was born. It’s not actually crooked. Not sure why it looks that way. The bear rug was a gift from my brother (live or dead animals are always a welcome present. Haha). I did the painting on the canvas, and the chair was given to us. So, as you can see, hardly any money went into this room, and it kinda shows.

So, I’ve got this idea in my head of what I want it to look and feel like, and then Darryl tells me I need to do something to cover the windows so he can sleep part of the day (he does shift work). So I researched blinds and drapes of all types and came to the conclusion that anything that looks nice is going to cost way more than I want to spend, so I came up with this great idea of painting the walls dark and making curtains out of drop cloth, and if we still need to, we can buy the ugly blinds, cause then they’ll be hidden by the curtains.

So I painted the room.

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And that’s as far as I’ve gotten for now. I wanted the colour of the darkest storm cloud, and settled on Rona’s Tungsten. It’s hard to tell exactly what colour it is, cause sometimes it looks dark grey, sometimes blue, and sometimes almost black. I like it. It feels way more cozy.

I haven’t made the curtains yet, cause I need two drop cloths and they only had one when I went to buy them, and haven’t gotten another one yet cause they’re $50 (gasp, even though that’s cheap for covering two windows!), and the ones they got in are a different texture (ugh). Hopefully I can find the same one somewhere, or I’ll have to switch textures. But the room is darker. Hehe.

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And it’s far from finished.

I should just put up some art, cause if I do move it, the nail holes won’t show. I was kinda waiting till The Wall is built, but I just now decided I’m not waiting any longer.

I like the way gold looks with the dark grey, and I found a pair of brass lamps at the share shed, so I replaced the lamps. Now I need new shades. And bedside tables. And a rug. And bedding. And a tufted bench at the foot of the bed. And a huge mirror.

And I suppose some curtains would be good too.

 

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Yay Updates!

Hello!  I cannot believe how fast time flies.  I have a few updates for you.

1. After the winter off (looking for work but not finding any), Darryl got a job working for West Fraser Lumber Mill.  He’s been doing that for close to 3 months and he actually enjoys it!  He’s being trained on other equipment besides the entry level jobs, which he was expecting to have to work at for the first year like everyone else, but there are 5 guys under him already and he’s moving around to different areas.  I never thought it would work, but graveyard shifts are the best fit for us right now, and though he’s still technically on-call, they’ve been giving him full time graveyards.  They work because he only has to work 6 out of 8 hours and gets paid a teeny bit more, he’s home to see us in the morning before he goes to sleep, and up again around 4:30, so we see him more.  I also get the car during the day.  You know, if I really want to go to town or something.  Usually I just go around the lake to the library.

2. Sadie is finished homeschooling Kindergarten.  Except for Math.  We can do that slowly over the summer.  I still love using Sonlight.  I’m using some of my government funding to get a new laptop.  A MacBook Pro with retina display, to be more exact.  I’m so excited for that!

3. I got a new phone.  We both got new phones.  Mostly because our contracts were up and our 3 year old phones were getting a leeetle beet slow.  Darryl got the Samsung S6 and I got the HTC One M9.  Darryl’s is really slippery.  Mine has a 20MP camera.

4. Darryl bought me a present.  It starts with S and rhymes with “eel”.  It’s orange and white.  Give up?  It’s a Stihl!!  The weed whacker model (brand spanking new!).  I’ve needed one of these babies for like ever.  I trimmed all the 2 foot tall grass around the deck and posts and stairs, then started hacking a path down to the lake through grass as tall as me.  I made it halfway before I ran out of string and had to quit for the day.  Maybe I’ll get down to the lake tonight.  Then I can exhume the canoe from all the grass and weeds and go canoeing again.

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5. We LOVE living here.  Our house is a perfect size for us, it has a built in milking parlour and chicken coop, lots of places outside to sit (if I had more outdoor furniture, that is), a killer 180 view of the lake, more grass than my animals can possibly keep up with, more yard than I can possibly mow (with the old electric mower that came with the place…I need a ride on now!), awesome storms that you can watch coming for hours, an amazing community with great people, and the best librarian on the planet.

6. A bear killed our dog.  A couple months ago he must have heard a bear trying to cross our property down by the lake and went to tell him where to go.  The bear didn’t like what he said and got outta there, as soon as the threat (our dog) was incapacitated.  Kai died valiantly doing his job.

7. We got new dogs.  I found them on kijiji and they were brought down here for us to try out for a weekend.  They did something horrible every day so we asked for more time and tried them out for 2 weeks.  After a week they learned a few of the rules and settled down better, so we kept them.  They’re 2 year old Australian Shepherds, a male and female from different litters.  They’ve had one litter of puppies before we got them, so we’re hoping they will have more this summer.  The male is a very handsome red and white dog whose grandpa was a show dog.  His name is Jake.  The female is not quite so well bred but she makes up for it in sweetness.  Her name is Junie.  We didn’t name them.  Sorry for the horrible picture, but these two aren’t trained and don’t yet know how to stay.

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8. I got chicks the other day.  We do plan to get more layers this year too but I really wanted some prettier chickens that will raise their own babies.  I got 3 black orpingtons and 3 buff orpingtons.  They’re 2 weeks old already so I have even less time to build a pen for them until they’re big enough to join the 5 current laying hens.

9. The kids are doing great.  Sadie turned 6 and got a bike for her birthday, so she’s been busy riding that around.  She also likes to build forts outside, draw at least 8 pictures an hour, “read” books, and pick wildflowers for me.  Chad is 4 and plays with his cars for days and days and days.  Or he goes outside and plays with his cars.  Tirzah is walking finally.  She likes to push a plastic kids chair back and forth across the house, and she likes to go outside, but I have to carry her in the mornings.  In the afternoon she’s ok if I put her down.  She eats more bananas than a monkey.  Her eczema is mostly cleared up with a few itchy spots on her legs and some days her cheeks are a teensy bit red.

10. I can’t stop at 9 things so I’ll write a poem here for you.

Moola was a nice jersey cow

Who liked grass as tall as her lips

She ate so much that her head had to bow

But the grass still went straight to her hips

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Well that’s enough fun for now.  If you’re still following me, I’d love to hear from you!  Leave a comment telling me what you would name a baby (girl) calf if her mom’s name was Moola.