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Painting the Family Room and a Birthday

It was a long week! We had painters here from Tuesday thru Saturday!
They spent 4 days on just the family room.
The first day was the most caulking I have ever seen! The caulked the entire ceiling. Though that sounds like an odd thing to say, picture a ceiling of tongue and groove, that is almost 60 years old. Then an old paint job (15 years)  that did not use caulking...and shifting that occurs with time...
They were up on ladders for hours!
Then they primed and sanded and vacuumed and then they painted.
The entire room was enclosed in plastic....
Now, remember the bookcases?? Yes, that was part of it too. So, before, everything those books had to move. Yikes!
Talk about feeling out of sorts.
So, the guys moved the rest of the books, the furniture and covered everything.
The plan was to paint the room the same restful color that the living room, halls and kitchen/diningroom are painted. It is a color by Dunn Edwards....Pierre grey (similar to agreeable grey by sherwin williams) which is a taupey grey...grey with a bit of beige...
It is restful, calm and lighter than what has been in the family room for all those years. The ceiling was a color by Restoration Hardware as the walls which was Cappuccino.
The bookcase was three separate bookcases...they added molding to make it "built-in" and then painted the them the color of the walls. I didn't want them to be the focus.


So here is the before....darker walls....time to freshen up...
Then they painted. I had them remove all hardware and patch. We are going to try no drapes in this room. There isn't really a need (we hope). Drapes in the winter were always necessary...the room was drafty and our old heating system wasn't good. Now we have new HVAC and everything is caulked we believe it will be warmer. So....I'm trying no drapes. We need them, I have a new plan anyway.
So, this is the "new" room....

It is so much more restful and bright!
Once upon a time this room had a stained ceiling (when we first moved in) and we had painted it white. We love this look. Now, to put all those books back....
And yes, in case you were wondering, the guys put everything back just as it was! They taped a marks on the floor and took pictures of everything...then referred to it after!
So, after having been "invaded" for 5 days, the laundry needs doing and books need to go back etc....
On Friday was Hubby's birthday....so, we left the guys painting...they used a lockbox to lock up and we went to dinner in Crystal Cove. That is a state beach in Newport Beach, just before Laguna. Its a beautiful beach and has a restaurant on the beach! It is hard to get into and doesn't take reservations until after 8. So, we went and sat on the beach and enjoyed the view. Then my son-in-law talked them into a long table so we could all be together....
We all sat at the table and ate amazing food...
My grandsons are hungry! Royce ate his huge plate of fish and chips and Ryan wanted to eat everything...and since he is just beginning to eat that was hard. He did enjoy his Auntie's mashed potatoes though...

That evening was lovely. And the next day we all drove to the Reagan Library!
It is a long drive...1 1/2 hours one way and 2 hours home.
The library is nice, but my favorite part was eating outside under the oak trees and looking at the view and enjoying the day.


You can enjoy a glass of wine or a beer on the patio, so Melissa had brought a bottle of chardonnay and we enjoyed a little wine with lunch from the cafe...the food there is really good! Made to order sandwiches and salads!
It was a long day...I would recommend getting there earlier than we got there, it was too close to lunch time...
Well, now its time to do laundry and put some more books back.....
Have a great day.
Nancy

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