No Excuse (Ok, One Excuse)

I’m not sure what happened to the past two months, but I suspect it was this:


That’s right. We got a puppy. We’re idiots. Puppies are needy and messy and not at all potty trained. But OH MY GOD, they’re also ridiculously cute.  Just look!

DSC_0011 DSC_0022 DSC_0057Betty Ford — we call her Bea for short — is a Black Lab and something mix. The something has been much debated. Pit bull? Boxer? Some people have even suggested Australian Shepherd or Collie. But I’m not convinced.

Anyway, as you can imagine, having a puppy means work on the house has pretty much stalled, although we did manage to put in a sweet little garden and a few flowers (more on that later). But now that she’s potty trained (fingers crossed!), I’d like to get some shit done. Night stands have yet to be painted, curtains need to be sewn, walls must be built, kitchen cabinets could use some paint. The list goes on and on and on and on . . . .

I did manage one amazing feat last week. While Soren was off galavanting around the East Coast, I painted his office as a surprise. He choose Ben Moore’s November Skies. I like the color, but I totally regret my paint decision. I had the paint color matched at Sherwin Williams and the salesperson talked me into a non-flat finish. According to the Web site, Cashmere paint comes in various finishes, but he didn’t give me any options, and I hadn’t done my homework. According to the can, he choose Pearl.  But it’s shiny. Way too shiny.

And here’s another regret. The previous owners left big paint drips, which I halfheartedly tried to sand off. But I didn’t do a great job, and they’re still quite visible. The shine makes them stand out even more. I hate shiny walls.

But the office still looks better than it did. In fact, it would have been difficult to make the room look worse. The previous owners choose an inexplicable color combination: peach and baby blue. They were very into mixing and matching paint.

I was so hot to get going on the painting that I forgot to snap any photos before I started moving furniture, but these shots from the house listing will give you a sense of the before colors. house14

Photo Sep 05, 5 37 23 PM

And here are the after shots! (They’re the same two corners as above, but my lens doesn’t give me such a wide view.)



Yup. This is where the magic happens. DSC_0039

I tried to throw a few things on the bookshelf and the walls so that the office wouldn’t look so bare when Soren arrived, but I didn’t pay too much attention. It’s Soren’s office, after all. And he should really be the one doing the “styling.”

This next shot gives you a sense of the shininess. Not cool, Sherwin Williams, not cool.


Soren doesn’t seem to mind the shine. In fact he was very appreciative. Here is his new whiteboard message:



And here is mine:




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2 responses to “No Excuse (Ok, One Excuse)

  1. Mark

    If you encounter drops of old paint in future jobs, a product called Zip Strip works well. Just make sure to follow the label directions and ensure the area is well ventilated.

  2. 1. I have puppy jealousy. Bea is adorable!
    2. Those Sherman Williams people suck. Pearl!!!
    3. But how awesome of you to do this for Soren!

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