Somebody talk me off the ledge.

18 Feb

Maybe that’s a little drastic.

It’s time. It’s time to settle on the paint color. It’s time for the master sink to be delivered. It’s time for me to get that white cabinet I bought out of my neighbor’s living room and into my bathroom.  It’s time for the mail slot to be cut into the front door. It’s time for me to get the house numbers on the house so metro can come and deem this place livable.  It’s time for people to stop dumping crap in the dumpsters I’m paying for. Please see the empty threat left for the unlawful. We’re into intimidation. What can I say? I thought it was a brilliant move on the Good Contractor’s part. It’s time. I’ve gotta move before we have to resort to new intimidation tactics.

Here’s a confession about building this house: It has challenged me. Greatly. By nature, I’m spontaneous and not so decisive. Yet I have made more decisions in the past six months than I have in the eight years I’ve lived in this town. I equate this with being a right-handed person who is being asked to write with her left hand. It doesn’t come naturally. I can be decisive it’s just that I don’t want a schedule for being decisive. Like I said, this has challenged me, stretched me, whatever–it’s been good for me.  And likely challenging for everyone else. It’s been rewarding, too. Very rewarding.

So. Get this. The walls… they need to be painted. Shocker. But I am absolutely stuck about the shade of gray for the living room. I know, I’m just full of shocking statements this morning.

Please. Look at this. It’s a color swatch nightmare. (The dark paint is from a video shoot that I did for work. It’s not in the running. Ignore it.)

I am all over the place. But I am going to decide this weekend. Maybe today.

So, on Monday, when you read this blog. I hope that you find a post explaining how I came to my senses and finally found the “right” gray.


12 Responses to “Somebody talk me off the ledge.”

  1. Aunt Pat February 18, 2011 at 11:41 am #

    I could live with the light “blue gray” on the lower right. Pretty.

  2. John Cade February 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm #

    The blueish gray looks really good.

  3. Leigh February 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    That dumpster sign is super intimidating:) It’s interesting to hear about how this process has challenged and grown you. It makes me wonder how/if your completed home will continue to do the same things.

    Happy paint color picking!

    • aj February 18, 2011 at 3:50 pm #

      Uhm, Leigh… This is nothing short of a refining process. (You think you’re renovating a house and then you realize you’re the thing that’s being renovated.)

      When you work closely with people and you start to notice your “patterns” like how indecisive you are (among other things) you know what you’ve got to work on as a person. Some of it is just personality and some of it, well, some of it has to go.

      Iron sharpens iron. I’m working with iron.
      I’m nearing the end of this part of the project better than I started. I’ve certainly gained so much.

      Thanks, Leigh! You’re always so encouraging.

  4. Jennifer H. February 18, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Oooo… I have been pondering gray for my living room for months now… let me know what you decide! 🙂

    • aj February 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Will do. Thanks for reading!

  5. Heather Morgan February 18, 2011 at 1:33 pm #

    Ahhh…did this last night, put the squares on the wall and stared…with no answers…I feel for ya! That most left square looks awesome ( the one painted over the paint from the photo shoot?)…and I think it compliments the yellow arrow on the floor and the yellow lanterns that will be in the hall….:) All around – your house has so much personality and is so beautiful!

    • aj February 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      Heather. You’re so kind to say that. We’ve been very thoughtful in planning this house.

      I have GOT to stop and see the progress on your place! Maybe this weekend? The yellow arrow is of utmost concern!

  6. Leigh Ann February 18, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    My fav is the warm gray on top right and my 2nd fav is the one right under it. They seem like they would be neutral enough to make you other color really pop!

  7. Layla February 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    I’m most drawn to the top right color…but all of them are loverly. Good luck deiciding girlfriend!


    PS- I’m re-painting a room this weekend….again. 🙂

    • aj February 19, 2011 at 11:35 pm #

      I walked in the house this morning with six new/different samples of gray. Gray is the hardest, absolute hardest, to settle on. I finally settled on a light, calm, I-feel-like-I-can-breathe gray.

  8. Layla February 19, 2011 at 10:12 pm #



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