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“Become a Possibilitarian”

I am quoting a piece of fabric.

"become a possibilitarian"

“become a possibilitarian”

This whimsical lampshade grabbed my attention; “become a possibilitarian….” what does this mean? I felt drawn to the oblique shape of it, the colors and the bird, and the word “possibilitarian” stimulated my imagination. This was the perfect light for hanging over my desk.

A whimsical lampshade

A whimsical lampshade

A few additional accessories have given my office and sunporch a finished look. I hung my beloved peacock feather wreath on the window frame, bracketed by two old English-countryside landscapes. I hung them on top of the trim, creating a layered effect, and adding to the casual feeling of this space.

Peacock feather wreath.

Peacock feather wreath.

The art in this space is completely eclectic. A true reflection of me. The Vogue on the opposite wall, near my storage desk-hutch, is sleek and shiny, and a bit on the funky side.

Vogue.

Vogue.

The details are what make a space unique. I love this room and am thrilled to have such a creative place to work in. The possibilities are endless.

My office.

My office.

What is your definition of a “possibilitarian?”

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio at Simply Turquoise.

The Floor…. Reveal!

Never question the motives of a (mad) genius.

Not to say that I am a genius, or even a mad genius. However, if I had paused along the way to reflect and answer the question of why I was painting the floor, I would not be able to show you the following results.

The floor is glorious!

The Porch Floor, After.

The Porch Floor, After.

 

The Scary Porch, Before.

The Scary Porch, Before.

The truth is, I do not know why I was painting the floor. Perhaps just to see it done. Perhaps just to gain experience. Perhaps just so I could blog about it. Perhaps just because.

The Porch, After.

The Porch, After.

I am trying to remember how long that room has been torn up, how long my house has been in disarray, and I can’t. I am blinded by the beauty of the floor, and even dare to whisper out loud, “it was worth it.”

My $20 Thrift Store Chair.

My $20 Thrift Store Chair.

These are the specifics:

I used two colors of paint, Benjamin Moore’s Puritan Gray (HC-164) and Kendall Charcoal (HC-166), for the darker gray. I first applied two coats of the lighter gray as my base coat, marked and drew the lines in pencil, and then painted the darker gray on top.

The diamonds each measure 24 inches and the grid pattern is 6 inches around each diamond. I marked the grid first, and then marked each diamond inside, measuring from the center of each side. I drew the pattern to scale with paper to see how it would look.

Map of the floor.

Map of the floor.

It took approximately 12 hours total painting time to paint the pattern. You are probably shocked at this fact since I have been seemingly working on this for weeks.

The view into the dining room.

The view into the dining room.

The wall color is Benjamin Moore’s Skydive from the Color Stories collection, and the trim color is Benjamin Moore’s Steam. This is my go-to color for trim. The trim still needs one more coat of paint, and the windows need to be washed, but those are just details at this point. The painted floor adds drama to this space, and I am delighted with the results.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.

The Buddy System

Friends don’t let friends paint floors alone… EVER! My friend was up for a dose of “Crazy Design 101” and was on her way over to help. It only took  a near miracle to carve out several hours of free time during the day to paint. This miracle involved engaging two Grandmas, one science team expedition, one friend, and one neighbor in exchange for a few hours in a row to work on the house.

The porch with fresh paint.

The porch with fresh paint.

My son went with a team of scientists to count salamanders. The official title of this expedition was Log-Flippin’. One Grandma was with Prima and the other Grandma was with the baby. All children were accounted for and my buddy was on the way.

The porch.

The porch.

Instead of blogging, or doing laundry, or anything else around here, I have been busy with this room. It is painted. The trim still needs a final coat of paint, but it is mostly painted. Every crack in the walls and ceiling has been repaired. The base coat color on the floor is done. It was time to begin marking the lines for the pattern that was to go on the floor.

No this is not an eye exam.

No, this is not an eye exam.

Friend and I got charged up with coffee… (ok, that was just me who did that) and got to work. We sharpened our pencils and gathered every T-Square and measuring device for at least one square mile around here, plucked up our courage, and marked the lines. She kept stopping every now and then to say something helpful like, “Uh oh” and “Oh no” and “Do you think this is straight enough?” and I mostly nodded and said with more confidence than I actually felt, “It’s great! Let’s just keep on going and see how it turns out.”

This job was not meant for one person. In order to get the pattern straight, we had to line up the grid using an 8 foot-long board that appeared to be straight. We used knee pads and took regular breaks for a Yoga-stretch, and I am still sore!

Frog Tape was a problem.

Frog Tape was a problem.

We ran into a few snags along the way. The Frog Tape, best known for not letting the paint bleed under and creating straight lines, was pulling up the base coat. I had to switch over to free-hand painting. The Frog Tape would have worked well on a regular surface like drywall, but not for concrete.

One row is done!

One row is done!

The long-term plan for this space is to put down tile, with a radiant heat underneath, that will serve as the main source of heat in the room. Until then, the painted floor will look great and serve as a conversation piece for many geometry lessons to come.  The first lesson learned from “Crazy Design 101,” is you should always have a design buddy you can call in a pinch, and mine is coming over on Wednesday to help me finish.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.

My Cabana Boy

The world of blogging decorators is full of husbands. The behind-the-scenes kind that don’t grumble about having to hang a blind or put together furniture. At Young House Love, they work together as a team and live and breathe their blog and they are successful. I cannot begin to speculate about their marriage.

I was reading The Inspired Room and Melissa, the blogger-in-chief, was asking her readers (like all 400,000 of them) to “please remind my husband to hang my kitchen blind,” so she could take the final after pictures of the space. I get that. I have a handy hubby who does A LOT of work around here. Much of it because I pester him into it.

Sunroom.... Before. Scary!

Sunroom…. Before. Scary!

However, there are times when back-up is needed. Maybe not all of us have a husband, or a husband who is handy. Or maybe your husband is handy, but is too tired after 12 hours in the field of hard labor to bother with your “pesky”  jobs list. Or maybe, the blogger/reader should consider that she (or even he) can hang the blind herself. And then, there is the option of… The Cabana Boy.

A crack on the ceiling.

Even “Chicken Little” was afraid to help.

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I got one this week. He is working in my sunroom. He is tackling cracks in the ceiling that are large enough to contain mythical monsters. He is sanding old windows and priming them with Kilz. He is wrestling with the good, the bad, and the ugly. I don’t know how long he will stick around for this project, but every day he shows up for more work is a good day. Find yourself a strapping young college boy and put him to work. I know mine would even sit and have a drink with me, cause he is that cool.

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Don't get excited, it's only Photoshop.

Don’t get excited, it’s only Photoshop.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

Inspiration from Pinterest.

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My Cabana Boy is handy with Photoshop and math. He helped me figure out the dimensions for the pattern we plan to paint onto the floor, and put the pattern in with Photoshop, so I could have a preview. The progress is unbelievable. He is not finished, but he has given me the push I need to keep it going. Even after he has wandered off to his next gig or I have run out of money, whichever comes first.

Paint sample.

Paint sample, Benjamin Moore’s Skydive.

The best part is, Stuart can take a breather and I am inspired.

© copyright 2013 Mariam d’Eustachio.