I dream of green

I’m still recovering from my weekend and especially the horrific leg break of University of Louisville’s Kevin Ware. Holy Lord, that was rough. Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery. And … Go Cards!

Anyway, I had a three-day weekend, which I spent with my sweetie, The Jedi. I also redid his bathroom, which had been burning my retinas for months.

ImageYeah, it looks like the 1970s and the 1980s got drunk together and vomited all over his bathroom.

I had only planned to remove the border, but that turned out to be pretty easy. I scored it with a wallpaper scorer, sprayed wallpaper remover stuff on it and let it sit for 15 minutes. I had a wallpaper remover scraper tool, too, which helped, but it wasn’t all that necessary.  I’ve heard horror stories about removing borders, so I was prepared for a long day. Instead, it took about an hour. Then I wiped down all the walls and spackled some ugly spots.

When The Jedi came home from work, he said, “Hey, lets go ahead and buy some paint and a light fixture. So we went to Lowe’s and shopped. We chose Valspar Organic Garden:

ImageWe got the kind that has paint and primer in one, so I didn’t have to do a coat of primer (yay!). But the paint lady at Lowe’s said that if the bathroom were one that holds a lot of moisture, that wouldn’t be ideal. Luckily, this one doesn’t.

The previous painters (I guess the previous owners) didn’t bother to remove the towel bar and toilet paper holder. They just painted around it, so I had to scrape those clean to make it look better. They also had added a coat of paint around the border instead of removing it or painting over it. Geniuses.

Anyway, here are some pics of the finished product.

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The Jedi had bought that shower curtain, and I thought green would be a nice contrasting color with the brown.

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The paint is kind of strange. In the natural light, it looks awesome. Like a green olive. But in the artificial light, it’s BRIGHT GREEN! Kind of overwhelming.

ImageAs you can see, neither of these really matches the wall. Oh well. I’m not going to fight about it because that would mean repainting the bathroom. And I’m still WAY happier with the green than I was before.

As for the light fixture, I did a happy dance when that thing was finally installed. Though, it was hell.

Neither of us was in love with the fixture we chose, but anything is better than the previous monstrosity.

When it came time to install it, we had trouble. The wall behind it had crumbled, so I couldn’t get a screw to stick. We eventually got it installed, but it’s not really on there super-tightly, but it will stay there. I could have moved it, but that would have meant patching the drywall, which I’m not so good at.

Plus, the sun was going down, so we needed some light. In the end, I think it turned out well.

When I crawled into bed that night and drifted off to sleep, the first dream I had was of being in a room with green paint dripping from the ceiling and me chasing it with a paintbrush. I awoke, startled, so happy that it was only a dream.

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