Monday, November 25, 2013

Well Color Me Coral!

("Just like a picture out of Better Homes and Garden Magazine...")

Oh readers WHAT a weekend is has been! Texas has had its first "winter storm" and in nearly ruined renovation plans this weekend, but luckily our friends braved the "storm" and the living room looks nearly picture perfect for 1959!
Cold and wet weather rolled into town early Friday morning, so a few guests invited to our "painting party" had to cancel for fear of bad weather getting worse, and roads being slick. Fortunately the weather was no where near as bad as predicted, and the "painting party" went on!
(Friends Jacob, Terrace, Chris, Cindy & Patricia!)
(Sarah, Jacob, Terrace, and Patricia...)
The weather outside was a frightful 30 degrees, but inside with the heaters going it was a toasty 70! So rollers ready, and records dropping on the player we got to work!
(The paint color is Valspar's "Simply Coral" and YES it is orange!)
Within an hour we had made quick, and hectic work of the first coat of paint. For a while it was a free for all with people running around painting here and there and leaving bare spots, but that's OKAY its just the first coat!
Since the wood on the walls is brand new, we let painted the first coat then let it dry over night to "cure" so the wood wouldn't just suck up the paint. So we made dinner for our friends and spent the rest of the evening chatting away while the wind and rain blew outside.

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Since Friday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of our President JFK friend Terrace suggested that we watch the season three Mad Men episode that touches on the weekend of the tragedy.
 Watching original 1963 footage on our 1953 television set was surreal. Terrace and I had started the episode, and when the news bulletin final broke about the president being killed we called everyone into the room, and we watched in silence. The news bulletin having just as much emotional pull as it did 50 years ago.

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I have to say, during the first coat I was starting to doubt my color choices. the paint was coming out much more PINK than I had anticipated... but the friends assured me it would all look better in the morning when it was dry. Friends finally bundled up and departed back out into the cold around midnight, and friend Cindy stayed with us as an all weekend guest!

 (The results of our "inclement weather")
The next morning when I woke up I was excited to see what the paint looked like so I hoped out of bed, hit the cold floor, walked into the living room and...
Because of the color of the wood, and wood grain, the walls looked like they were two tone zebra striped in PINK. Oh I was just sick over it dear readers! I quietly pondered what to do, and I seem to remember the same thing happening when I painted the ceiling, so I began a second coat.  Friend Cindy soon joined me as she said "I could tell by the sound of your roller, you were in a panic..." and by the time breakfast was ready, we had given the entire room a second coat and the color was beginning to turn its correct shade as it dried.
(More orange than pink!)
After lunch friend Jordan arrived to lend a hand, and I quickly put her to work painting the french doors!
While Jordan painted the doors, Cindy painted the window, Patricia painted the bathroom door, and I painted hardware gold to go on the outlet covers and doors.
( Cora: "I don't have opposable thumbs... I'll Supervise!" )
Little by little the room came together, and we all started getting excited at our progress! It was a real thrill to FINALLY be able to put the light switch covers on!
By 4:00 p.m. The paint was dry enough to start moving the furniture back in...
And I started to remember why I loved this color of Coral for the walls! Once things were in order, it really did look like it was 1959!

It looks so wonderful! And it's all thanks to the wonderful friends who helped get it to this stage! Can you even START to imagine what this place is going to look like with all the vintage Christmas stuff I have! Ahhhhh so excited! Again I'd like to say thanks to everyone who came to the painting party, there still a lot to do in the living room but at least it looks kind of nice now! I posted a few of these picture on Facebook and they have EXPLODED with nearly " 70 likes" and comments, I'm glad that everyone is so excited to see the Casablanca with its latest digs!

What do you all think?!



Melissa said...

I love it! That's a gutsy color choice but it came out great and compliments all of your furniture so well. I'm glad the second coat saved the day!

Uncle Atom said...
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Uncle Atom said...

Wow! It looks great Mick, congratulations to you and your army of friends. I envy you having the old TV set up to be able to watch the Mad Men episodes. I've got to get my Predicta fixed one of these days.

Jim said...

I LOVE IT! Mick, it looks like a number of places I visited and lived in back in the 50's! Great job everyone!

Dana@Mid2Mod said...

It's absolutely fantastic, Mick. When I think about sitting in your kitchen less than a year and a half ago without that room there at all, I realize how much you've accomplished. I know it seems like it's taken forever, but considering that it's been an ongoing labor of love by you, your friends and family, it's an amazing feat, and all of you should be very proud.

Nita Stacy said...

How fabulous! I can't wait to see it decked out for XMas.

Mr. Tiny said...

Wow! The room looks great; I love the wall color!

Lisa said...

Coral-icious, more like! I love that color! The room looks EXACTLY like it's ready for a MCM magazine spread. Good job!

ThrifterSisters said...

Better Homes & Gardens for sure!! It is all coming together so nicely and I cannot wait to see it in all it's vintage holiday glory!


Zootsuitmama said...

Love it-ithought about you and the weather. Cant wait to see xmas