Time to Decide

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Okay, Mr. T and I went to Lowe’s and got samples of the three colors we’d narrowed it down to. I’m not sure that was a properly constructed sentence… Anyway. It hasn’t really helped me decide. Help?

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I’m really leaning toward green. Or maybe blue. Or possibly even the red. But probably the green. Or blue. The red’s okay… Basically I can’t decide. What are your thoughts?

My Least-Favorite Part

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Actually, this post won’t be covering my least-favorite part…my true least-favorite part is the actual painting. This part is pretty fun! Deciding the paint color!! I went to Lowe’s alone and got approx a billion paint chips (slight exaggeration), then pinned them all up in the future nook to see how they’d look. The lighting kind of sucks right now, and so does my camera (aka: phone), so I’m going to take the time to hunt down better photo examples of each one of these. JUST FOR YOU. But first, my crappy pictures:

blues reds greens
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Impossible to see anything, right? I’m REALLY hoping it’s a combination of my cell phone camera (it’s been a week or two since I actually looked at these chips irl – been busy) and the bad lighting making them look so dark. In the harsh lights of Lowe’s I thought some of the lighter shades would actually be TOO light for what I was going for – now I’m afraid they’ll all make it look like an abysmal cave… But we’ll see. Once we narrow it down to maybe 2-3 colors I’ll buy some samples. And I’ll take the cover off the overhead light.

Anyway – below are all the samples pulled from various websites that I definitely did not waste an extremely long time getting set up. APPRECIATE THIS, PEOPLE.


Hampton SurfPitch Cobalt

Dark NightAzalea LeafBlue Bayberry


Hotel St. Francis Sangre de ChristoAncient Burgundy


Thyme GreenCastle StoneJasper

Thalo NightDeep River Green

I think I like all the Valspar colors the best. They’re more of a moody gray like what I was envisioning. Kind of look like the feeling of a storm rolling in – or am I crazy? You get what I’m saying? I’m totally loco, aren’t I?

All along I’ve just been wanting to paint the walls a solid color – badabing, badaboom – done. But when I had Mr. T look at all the samples, he wanted to use a red, green, and blue, then throw in a white stripe somewhere… I dunno. I’m more of a KISS kind of person, and he likes to try to make things fancy. But our track record for finishing projects is – and I’m gonna use this word twice in one post, which is unprecedented – abysmal. Having to measure, and tape, and switch out paints…I’m getting tired just thinking about it. Plus most of the walls will be covered with shelves/books so you won’t really see the paint, anyway. I’m going to check back in with Mr. T once more again before I publish this post…it’s been too long since we discussed it for me to feel confident hitting “publish” and leave you with all these unanswered questions!!

Much time has passed since I wrote the first part of this post. I talked Mr. T down from his elaborate four-color plan, so we’re going to paint the walls one solid color. We’ve narrowed it down to one of each to get a sample of:

Thalo NightHotel St. Francis Sangre de ChristoHampton Surf

I’ll report back when we have paint on the walls. Until then…do you have a favorite?

Two…Three Weeks?

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^^ That’s how long I have to wait before I can spend any $$ on the reading nook. Other than paint samples, maybe…they’re only like $3 each. 8}

If you’ll recall, the chair that I was so excited about:

Two...Three Weeks? | The Wilson BuzzWell it doesn’t fit.

Two...Three Weeks? | The Wilson BuzzStupid tiny closet doors…


I’ve found an alternate:

Two...Three Weeks? | The Wilson BuzzIt’s currently $78 at Walmart. And hopefully stays that way for another two…three weeks?

Oh you’re going to love this…you ready?

Two...Three Weeks? | The Wilson BuzzI assure you that was not worth the effort it took to transfer it from my phone to this website. Yeesh.

That is my janky attempt at showing the floor plan for the reading nook, using the Scribble app on my phone. Do you happen to know the standard width of shelves? We had no clue. TO GOOGLE! #themoreyouknow Get all that? The 32″ square is the chair. Kind of a monster, but I think it will be cozy. Other things I want to include in the reading nook (that I will not be trying to export from Scribble) are:

  • footstool (this will depend on how the chair fits once we get it)
  • table (probably going to have to be a shelf of some kind, due to chair)
  • lamp (maybe not so much of a lamp, seeing as we no long have a table)
  • fan (definitely a must, to keep things cool)
  • magazine rack of some kind to hang on the wall
  • bookmark container (jar, perhaps? or small basket)
  • blanket
  • pillow
  • shelves

I can’t believe I actually put “shelves” on that list. OF COURSE WE NEED SHELVES. Such a boob.

Anyway, I went to Lowe’s today and picked up somewhere around 12 paint chips. I took pictures, but I think I should spread that out into another post? Because I also need to tell you about the lamps I saw, and the brackets for the shelves. Such an exciting post for you today!

Okay, so the brackets.

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I think I like the bronze ropey ones better. I guess it might depend on which paint color we go with. But I think I want to go with the ropey ones. I found these lights, too!

Two...Three Weeks? | The Wilson BuzzI think they’d look pretty snazzy, right?

This has gone on too long, and it is late, and I am tired. GOOD NIGHT.

Shelve You Later

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That title doesn’t even kind of make sense, does it? TOO BAD.

This is the post where I ramble about shelves for a bit. You ready for this? TOO BAD.

(I was assuming your answer was “no”, fyi. And if it was yes, well I’m still rambling and not talking about shelves, so it kind of works for you, too! Victory!)

Right, so – anyway. Shelves. For the reading nook. That I am SO excited about. There really aren’t many pins on my Reading Nook Pinterest board, so I don’t know why I was surprised I didn’t have many shelf ideas saved, even though I’ve seen a million DIYs over the years. I’m just bad at thinking ahead, probably. Plus I see lots of really cool DIY things – I can’t pin them all!!

Corner Shelves! | deucecitieshenhouse.comThese were the only shelves I had pinned. And Mr. T doubted the sturdiness of them. But I faintly remembered a couple more sets of shelves that I had thought were pretty nifty. I just had to find them…


Renovated Living Room | Manhattan Nest I found this one, but it’s really just those cheap brackets fancied up with solid wood boards instead of the dinky pressed plywood or whatever the kits come with. Is it weird that I’m considering this for our living room, but want really sexy, fancy shelves for my tiny reading nook tucked away in a closet in our bonus room? Don’t question me!


The Pantry is Done! | Manhattan Nest This is just another sort of standard shelving system. Wall brackets with planks. It’s actually the same blog as the one above it. Manhattan Nest. I love that man. His blog is hilarious and informative. Two things I strive to be and yet fail at miserably. Again, not really what I have in mind for this room.


DIY Solid Wood Wall-to-Wall Shelves | Chris Loves Julia Awww, yisss… Now DAT IS WHAT I AM TALKIN’ A-BOUT! My only concern is that these are semi-pros with experience and tools and Mr. T and I are bumbling fools… So maybe something between this one and the previous ones? We’ll figure something out. Or think we have, suck it up, give up halfway, and cry about how awful our house is and we are as people. I need a drink already…

I think next on the agenda is going to Lowe’s and picking up some paint samples and lumber! Maybe just paint samples…we should probably paint before we install shelves, right?

Okay, I’ve thought about it a bit more, and I think the disconnect with shelves #2 and #3 are the colors in the rooms. The rooms are really bright and sleek, but if we stained the wood a darker tone and painted the walls a deep color…maybe some flat black brackets would be pretty sexy. Hmm…

Oh, and the title is supposed to be like “Smell you later” from Ace Ventura, in case that wasn’t clear.

Reading Nook: Cleanup

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So…we’re about to have roommates again. Well, roommate. Okay, sort of roommates. But really just roommate. Mr. T’s apprentice is going to live with us while her husband goes to school out of state. But he’ll also be here sometimes. So roommate(s). That’s kind of made things wonky with the spare bedroom. We don’t really have the time/money to do any of the reno that I was wanting to do before she/they move in. Plus she/they might not want it that way, anyway, and could be here for up to a year or so… And just like that, nix the spare bedroom plans. Well, postpone them. We’re still going to move the furniture out of the future-nursery. I’d really like to sand/repaint the bed frame, at least. But who knows if we’ll have the time.

What does that have to do with the reading nook? Wouldn’t we all like to know…

Basically we can’t do anything without doing 5,000 other things. So we can’t just clean out the guest room – we have to clean up in the bonus room, too. Well, we didn’t get either 100% clean, but I did get the reading nook cleaned out!! If you recall, I started this back in April. Can you believe May is over already?? Gah! Well I finished cleaning it out today! *happy dance*


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Ah, blissful blank slatedness…

I didn’t get a good shot of all the books, and am far too lazy to get up and take one now. So sorry. But they’re stacked two deep and fill the entire back wall. I’m curious to see how much space they’ll actually take up once we have super sexy wood shelves in here. They aren’t stacked very high, because these shelves are quite high and I am quite short.

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See? Difficult.

But it’s cleaned out! I guess the next thing to do would be get some paint samples and start planning how to build the shelves. SO EXCITING.

Oh, and one last thing…

Reading Nook: Cleanup | The Wilson BuzzThe chair doesn’t fit.

Another Project?!

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No, don’t worry – I’m going to finish my closet, AND our bedroom, AND MAYBE EVEN the half-bath, before I start anything else.


I’ve been thinking about the reading nook I want to put in the bonus room. PICTURES:

Another Project?! | The Wilson BuzzYou can kind of see the layout here. Sorry everything’s so junky – we’ve never really done anything up here. The bonus room is supposed to be Mr. T’s studio and go steampunk. So, uh…we’ll get to that one day. That door to the left goes into the “hallway” at the top of the stairs. The door on the right goes into the closet. It’s pretty large – 4’2″ x 9’2″ so plenty of room to add bookshelves and a comfy chair.Another Project?! | The Wilson BuzzThe right side of the closet is more shallow and has the slantways ceiling you can see in the bonus room from the first picture. I think this would be the better side to put the chair. Maybe? What do you think? Seems to make sense to me.Another Project?! | The Wilson BuzzHere is the deeper side. It’s kind of skinny, but we could line the two walls that already have a shelf with more shelves that are not as deep. I’m not sure all three walls covered in shelves would work, though… Thoughts?

I’m thinking I want dark walls. Like…super dark. It’s a closet, I know – no natural light. But we could light the shelves and put a good reading lamp in there – you’d see what you needed to see, and it would make the room super cozy. Don’t you think it’d be cozy?! My first thought was green…

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But then I saw a picture on Apartment Therapy and it reminded me that MR left a chair upstairs…

Another Project?! | The Wilson BuzzSo….maybe blue?

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But is blue on blue too much? Maybe the blue would work with green? Or should I use another color? What other color would work? For the record…this chair is much lighter in real life. The photo made it look much darker – I noticed that when I took it.

Anyway, this is all far into the future. I just get excited at the thought of a new project, before it crushes me with its reality and difficulties. Not to mention, I have specific goals in my 30 Before 30 list for home reno and pretty much none of these projects are on it:

  • bedroom
  • backyard
  • hardwood floors
  • nursery
  • living room

I mean…maybe the bedroom will get done soon? I was saving up for hardwood floors, but Mr. T took that money for his shop. I’M NOT BITTER. The one perk is that I got him to agree to put hardwood upstairs, too. So hooray! Just…who knows when it’ll ever happen. Maybe if I stopped getting derailed with all these other projects, eh? I should just give up on the backyard, to be honest. What a disaster that place is. The nursery will definitely get done. I’m really excited about that. And I have a whole board dedicated to it. 8} I’m excited about the living room, too. But that has to wait until after the floors. UGH. It might be easier to just change my list…

  • bedroom
  • backyard reading nook
  • hardwood floors (NOT GIVING UP)
  • nursery
  • living room