Easter and Going Green
Hi, my name is Ashley and I am a paint-aholic. I’m usually pretty good at hiding it (stop laughing and snorting, you that know me well). Maybe a better way to put this is that I can forgo it well for periods of time. Let’s not talk about how long those time periods are, ‘kay? The paint monster came out of me this weekend (and it was awesome).
It all started when I purchased some items to hang on our main bath wall. With the help of a friend’s good eye, they were soon arranged to my liking. But the (almost) baby blue wall color was all wrong. The picture doesn’t do the blue justice.
I love the transformation! (So sorry that the pictures are not better quality but I am just not a photographer.)
That was Friday night.
Painting those walls only intensified the itch to paint, and I knew exactly what needed it most. We had an old dresser that came with our first house. I painted it white before we married and then, somewhere along the way, decided to paint it black. Or, I started. I can’t remember why I never finished but the end result was a dresser that poorly resembled the coloring of a black and white cow. It was pretty hideous. The dresser eventually found itself hidden in our former basement.
When we moved, I almost left it there but Eric convinced me that we might find future use for it. He was right (take note, Eric, I just said that publically, HA!). We needed a TV stand and it is just the right size plus it gives us storage. So there the dresser sat boldly in our living room…a truly frightening sight to behold.
I’m kicking myself for it now, but I didn’t take any “before” pictures of the dresser. I KNOW! And I’m sorry! All I could think of was hiding the white and black as soon as possible.
I’ve been wanting to use the green in this picture as an accent here and there in the house and thought the dresser would be perfect.
Eric and I hauled it outside and I used spray paint to make the job go quickly. Here it is after a few coats:
Ka-BAM! Eric about had a heart attack when he saw it. “It will be fine, babe” I said in the most reassuring voice I could muster. Inwardly, I was freaking out. I love color but that was a bit much for me.
I scoured Pinterest for ideas on how to tone it dowwn and soon found myself painting on stain (that I already had on hand) and then wiping it off with a wet cloth. The look isn’t for everyone, but I LOVE it. We replaced the hardware to finish the new look (I don’t have it all on yet since we need more screws).
While I was at it, I also sprayed the base of an old lamp and a side table with a dark, country red (another color that I’m accenting with in our house). I also managed to color my right hand just in time for Easter. That was our Saturday.
Sunday was our first holiday away from “home” and family. We have all been feeling a bit homesick, so I wanted it to be special.
The kids received special packages from both sets of grandparents, an aunt and an uncle, and an honorary family member who used to be our neighbor. They loved getting mail and all the goodies that came!
We visited a church that we are are interested in and enjoyed worshiping our living Savior with fellow believers.
Normally, after church, we would have lunch with family. This year, we enjoyed ham, homemade rolls, macaroni and cheese, asparagus, and (per the boys request) ice cream cake at home.
Easter day was gorgeous so we spent the rest of the day hunting eggs, having a silly string war, and playing outside. Though we missed our family and friends, we had a sweet time together.
“Going green” was pretty nice, too!