Thursday, January 30, 2014

I’m calling it controlled chaos

Picking, prepping, painting.  Work, work, work.

I can’t even imagine what I’d keep myself busy with in a home that was older and actually needed updates.  Our home is new, built in 2010 and over the past 3 years I have consistently been working on one project after another to change and/or update this home. 

You already all knew I was repainting our living room, so that’s what I’ve been doing after I’ve put the kids to bed the past few nights is prepping the walls for painting, and then repainting in sections.  I usually am a go-go-goer, and can do it all, all hours of the night, pushing through any lack of motivation.  But lately, because I’m balancing a whole lot, I have a little less in me so I have had to redo this living room in stages.

We’ve had floating shelves on the “dining room” side of our living room since we moved in.  I’ve already had to take them down and patch the holes, and rehang them with better supports (post about supporting floating shelves) before this so there’s already been four large holes in this wall.  Now because I’m repainting I’m having to do it again, and the holes are even bigger because of the supports.

I wish filling holes was an easy task, but it just isn’t.  If you use anchors that are small but have that head piece – removing can be a real challenge and you either end up ripping them back out making a really big hole, or spend time and so much effort squishing and smushing the head so you can shove the entire anchor through the hole behind the wall.

Here’s a trick I learned --- using a sharp blade (I remove the blade from my x-acto knife) I cut off the head of the anchor. Then using needle nose pliers push the body of the anchor back behind the wall. It’s minimal damage and so you have less to patch.  Side note- if you see the “paint scratches” from the blade here, that’s because my wall was a little “softer than usual’ because as I mentioned I’ve already patched these exact spots before so technically I’m repatching spackle not drywall. Every other time I’ve done this, I haven’t had the scratch marks on the wall from the blade.
If you saw this post: Battle of the Greiges then you know I went through a few rounds of paint samples to find the color of choice.  I ended up choosing Collingwood by Benjamin Moore and I am so so glad I did.  I LOVE it.  And ever since I painted my daughter’s nursery and found my go to paint – I picked up two gallons of Collingwood in Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select in Eggshell.  We have knockdown texture to our walls so finding a paint line that covers, goes on smooth and provides a good finish has been a challenge but BM Regal Select in Eggshell.  Eggshell finish is my favorite finish too, it’s more durable than flat, but doesn’t have too strong of shine to it. 

So in the after hours of the kids sleeping – I painted….painted and painted more.  PS this is the first time I’ve cut an entire room with no taping, GO ME!

You like when bloggers show #reallife right? Well here it is – this is the state of our home the past few days.  We call it “controlled chaos” – my husbands term of choice for his life for the past 6 years on ship.  Figured it worked for our home life lately too.

This poor breakfast bar always look like a bomb went off on it too --- I think I can spot about 9 different projects sitting on this breakfast bar. 

So there it is… my life at home lately.  I do NOT live the life of the rich and glamorous. I live the life of a mom trying to balance two kids, full tine work, blogging, redoing our home, making signs, fixing things around our home.  Oh – and there’s a reason why you don’t see a picture of me.  Because if my home is “controlled chaos” I am “totally uncontrollable messy nightmare status chaos”.

Enjoy seeing my day to day life? Most of these pictures were originally shared via Instagram so follow me here!


  1. Gee, wish I would have seen this before I whacked my anchors as close to flush as I could with a HAMMER! But now I know :-)

  2. We don't even have a kid yet and our house is like this 90% of the time! :) Glad you are keeping it real! :)

    1. Hahahah! Love it!!! You're always producing such amazing projects though that makes up for the mess ;)

  3. Oh my God, I needed this today! I went through 2 bedrooms and got 2 lawn and leaf bags full of donate and trash out of them. I'm pretty sure my house just produces garbage! Having 4 tiny slobs who live with me doesn't help either. Our house is a never ending project...I very likely pulled 12 lamps from my bedroom. Shame. I love lamp apparently.

    1. Kari,

      That last line cracked up me! Isn't it crazy how fast we hoard things without even realizing it??!


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