Monday, October 3, 2011


...that is how I feel today.
You know, just......huh.
Not bad, not good.
Not sure why, just one of those days I guess.
Last week was a long week with my brother in law in the hospital (he is home now and doing very well, thank you, thank you for all your thoughts and prayers) and then my little man was pretty sick all week long.
He is feeling much better now and back his naughty little self.
I guess he couldn't have picked a better week to be sick, it rained here the entire week and was cold which made it for good snuggle weather.

So today it was back to somewhat normal.
I played around with my blog a bit.
Changed my header and a few other things.
I also added piano music.
I love piano music, especially in the fall by the fire, so cozy and relaxing.
I hope you enjoy it, if not you can pause it, no worries. :)

I Did laundry.
Ran a few errands, nothing special.

I think what I was really doing was procrastinating.

Remember I showed you this room last post?

Well here is what it looks like now.

I have the wall all painted and the floor ready to be painted.

But I am afraid.

I looked at a ton of beautiful inspirations this weekend for the direction I want to go with this room, like


or maybe this,

or perhaps this

I really love the farmhouse/romantic/industrial look and I want something a little but different from the rest of the house.
Don't worry, I will still add a few of my favorite beachy things. :)

I also played with the flooring and how I wanted to go about painting it.
I picked up some sample colors and a wood grain tool and went at it.

And then after I spotted a piece of wood that I had painted with my living room trim color and tried a white glaze over the top and

This is what I am going to attempt to do to the plywood floor.
(Good thing I bought all the sample paints just to use what I already had, UGH!)

So here I go.
If you hear a loud scream it will probably be me trying to figure out how to use the wood grain tool on a large floor without smearing it and messing it all up.
I think I am going to work in sections and see how that goes.

I will be back soon!

Have a great week!


Cozy Little House said...

That's a nice room, now that you can see it all!
Just kidding you. I love the floor!

Deborah said...

Oh sweetie, I love how you painted that fresh and white!
The possibilities are endless now!
Love, love, love, what you are going to do to the floor!!!
I adore piano comforting :)
I love all those photos of those favourite is the first one!
Have fun c a n do it!!!!
Its going to be beautiful..cant wait to see!
Love you so!!

Deborah xoxoxo

elizabeth said...

I think it's going to be lovely!!!
I like the piano music too.

Low Tide High Style said...

Michelle, I've been trying to get caught up on some blog reading and I'm sorry I didn't know your brother in law had been sick! I am glad that both he and your son are feeling better.

And your brother's wedding was so beautiful! I'm so glad it was a perfect day for them after everything they have been through in the past few weeks.

Your room already looks wonderful, and I can't wait to see the finished project, I know it will be amazing! Your inspiration photos are all so beautiful, and that wood grain technique is too cool!

Kat :)

Rachel Pallas said...

I just know you will make that space special Michelle! ;) xoxo

Tracy's Trinkets and Treasures said...

I think that floor is going to be so cool! I am jealous. I want a plywood floor now! My terrible carpet is covering concrete. No fun. I think the room is gonna be great. I like that 3rd look. I love the industrial farmhouse look. I am so excited to see the end result. I am also glad your brother is recovering and everyone is feeling better.

once in a blue moon said...

wow you work fast! i also love your floor, we need to do ours still and i love to watch others change right before my eyes~

Tanya said...

Oooh, I can't wait to see it! Good luck to you :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

that floor is going to be awesome! and i think getting that room done will bring you back from your huh-ness.... i totally feel you and have been there too recently!

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Michelle- I am amazed at what you can do with that tool! What a big job you're tackling- I cannot wait to see the finished floor!

We have plywood under the yucky inherited-with-the-house beige carpet in our bedroom and you are inspiring me!


beachcomber said...

good on you doing all that've done an amazing job!!
love the new header, have always liked that photo.
x said...

This is such an amazing idea! I stumbled on your blog and love this! My readers would love to see your progress and other projects. I have a Monday Linky Party if you would like to show off! We would love to see more of you! Love

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That's a big project but you'll love having it the way you want it! I hope everyone feels good now. I didn't feel good today...just not quite right all over! lol ♥

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

First of all, that feeling you are having?

HORMONES! Yes. HORMONES. I know you are a lot younger than me, but I am grateful that through this MENOPAUSE period I am experiencing, I am not having hot flashes but rather, occasional mood swings. NOT BAD, but I know that it is the hormones. I read once that BROCCOLI is good to eat to make menopause a lot more tolerable. I think mine so far is not too bad because I have been eating the green veggie in mass quantities for YEARS!

NOW THE FLOOR. I want to paint my bedroom floor white since I have those wide-planked pine floors. I think your floors will be gorgeous and you will be happy with them! But you have a smart idea; start small!!!


Vicki said...

Love the new header and that room is going to be fantastic! Good luck with the floor

Heaven's Walk said...

Luv this!! Luv this! Luv this!!! (sung in an opera voice). You are rockin' my world, lil sis!!!!!!!!!! Be sure to give us a play-by-play!

xoxo laurie

Amy Kinser said...

Can I just say again how you amaze me? I cannot wait to see what you do with your floor and that whole room.

Denise at PinkPostcard. said...

you can do it! I know what you mean about procrastination though! :)

Karena said...


Your floor will be beautiful!! I am very excited to see the room you create!! I tried to leave a comment earlier and Google was not cooperating!! I am back though!


Art by Karena

Joyce - Quilted Nest said...

Looks like you are well on your way. There goes that energy again! Love the white woodgrain idea.

NanaDiana said...

You know...a bare room can be a scary thing sometimes, can't it? So many directions to go and you want to make sure it is the RIGHT one. I feel for you. Sometimes it is easier when there is SOMETHING that you KNOW you have to work with. Glad everyone is feeling better...and I hope your week is wonderful~ xo Diana

Comeca Jones said...

All the inspiration photos look so relaxing. I'm thinking as usual with any projects that you do it will be perfect.Cant wait to see the finished product.

Sizzle and Zoom said...

I love piano music. I like the change and your new header. I'm looking forward to seeing your new floor.

Beach House Living said...

Your have been very busy!
I'm looking forward to seeing the wood grain painting.

Desire Empire said...

Wow this is going to be good. Can't wait. Good on you for attempting such a large project.

Glad your litle one is a little better. It never get any easier when they get sick.

Best BHG xx

Desire Empire said...

PS Music is great. A keeper I think.

Green Willow Pond said...

First of all...what a wonderful space! I'm glad you showed the before I don't feel so bad about my craft area. But got a couple more rooms that look like that as I'm getting ready to move things around.

That floor technique looks amazing. I love the color you picked. Can't wait to see the finished room! I know it will be gorgeous!


tinajo said...

We all have those days - it´s OK sweetie! I wake up way too early today - at 04.45 AM already - which makes me wish I could stay at home and snuggle with my boys. No such luck, they woke up healthy and sound! :-D

simone said...

Hey girl, glad to see everyone is better. Love the new header. I had no idea there is such a tool as a wood grain tool-must remember this! It looks awesome! I'm sure your room will turn out fab like everything you do! Cheers

A Cottage Muse said...

First Michelle I LOVE your new header!
So excited to see you work your magic on this space! I think the type of floor color you are going with gives a nod to your beach style. My favorite inspiration photo is the last one, love the chicken coop table! Wish I didn't pass on the ones at the shop!

Alaina said...

This is going to turn out awesome for sure. One of the things I love about blogging is all of the creative women I have to inspire me. I may just borrow this idea for my basement floor. I don't want to spend a lot of money on a floor that may get wet. Thanks for inspiring. Now I am off to read about that lazy boy slipcover, another situation I want to fix-husbands ugly lazy boy.

michele said...

omg it's going to be fabulous so you'll be feeling up again in no time! this is a tough season for me with the shorter days and dreary weather at times which i'm sensitive to. it takes time to adjust!

i love your inspirational photos--just dreamy!

and i have never heard of this tool. honestly i would never have believed it. it's fabulous.

like you.


koralee said...

Oh my will be beautiful! No doubt in my mind. Love your new bander! So happy to hear your little one and brother are doing well...happy inspiring Tuesday to you. xoxo

Backwoods Cottage Pam said...

wow, I have that wood graining tool but could never master it. Your samples look great! Hmm, maybe I should play with it some more again and be a bit more patient. If you stumble on any tricks on making it easier, please share! We have a ton of plywood (cabinet grade that is beautiful) we are thinking of using for our downstairs flooring. Cut it into planks etc, the wood graining would make it that much more lovely. Okay so today I will dig it out of my stash of tools and try it again.

becky said...

Pretty good for being HUH...great progress in the face of illness. Perky little you!

A Vintage Vine said...

First, the floor will look beautiful! Can't wait to see it....Second, hang in there..I always have a nagging HUHness.....I think God made women that way for a reason..We just need to know the reason!!!

Beach Coast Style said...

I can't wait to see what you do with the floor and the whole room! love the floor idea!

Passionate for White said...

I hardly recognized you with your new blog header..... very nice!

ANNE said...

Hi Michelle! First off, I LOVE your new header!! Also think the wood grain you painted looks fantastic. I liked the first example you showed the best, and the gray tones of the one you painted would be especially nice with beachy things. Can't wait to see the final result!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

Amazing! Can't wait to see it all finished!

Martina said...

Love your new header and the music Michelle! And - do take your time for that room - am sure it will turn out amazing, like all your projects!

Brandi said...

Oh my Michelle, that's going to be one GORGEOUS room once you are through! The floors alone are amazing! I can't wait to see you pull it all together!!!! Great progress, my amazingly talented friend!!!

Tricia @ A Rosy Note said...

Okay, number one...I love your new header. Number two...pinterest photo number three is pretty much my dream house and number three...your wood grained floor looks awesome! :)

Muskokangirl said...

My favourite pick was the 2nd picture...but I REALLY liked the piece of flooring you did! Can't wait to see the end result!! said...

It will turn out amazing, Michelle! Can't wait to see how the floors do...I've got carpet that needs to be ripped out and I'd love to try to paint the plywood.

Love ya,

Jenni said...

Hi Michelle! I am loving what you are going to do to your plywood floors! I didn't know that wood grain tool existed, and am in awe! I love how your bonus room is taking shape and KNOW you are going to do a lovely job on the floors! :)

I hope that you have a wonderful night and Wednesday! :)


Pamela said...

Michelle I can NOT wait to see the floor!! If it works I may talk The Hubster into letting me do it in my sewing room!

Sylvia said...
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Sylvia said...

I hear you- I know these ' Huh' days well ..., but sharing experiences and emotions is a great way to help ourselves and others . I like the new look of your blog ; the music , one of my favorites , creates a special , romantic, relaxing mood ....and for the room , there is no doubt , it' s going to be stylish and cozy .
Enjoy life and stay happy !

Kelle Dame said...

I procrastinate in the same way! It's looking so fresh and bright! The floor is going to be amazing! You do such beautiful work! I can't even wait to see how it comes together!

Jessie Saxton said...

I have the "huh" days...more lately...too:) I can understand:)

On the awesome side...your room look great so far!! So fresh and clean! We are remodeling our bathroom (complete gut job!) and it is almost finished!!!! I can't wait to post about it:)

I hope you have a great week. And I am glad your BIL and little guy are better:)


Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

I love what you have come up with for your floor. You are going to be a busy, busy girl! That looks like a really fun space to work with! Also, great job on that slipcover! It turned out really nice.

Val said...

You are so gifted....everything you touch turns out gorgeous!!

Everything Coastal said...

Goodness... that is a HUGE project to undertake. I am tired just thinking about it! Like the new re-design of your blog - and wishing you lots of luck with your new room.


Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Love the new header! I hope your bro-in-law is doing better. I know what you mean when you feel "huh." Me too. I need to make some changes in my life that I am scared to make. I need to jump into the void.

Debra from Bungalow said...

Hi Michelle,
I've been wanting to try one of those wood graining tools and now after seeing what you've done I definitely will! WOW it looks great :)

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Rose West said...

Sounds like life :) "I did laundry." Yup. The header looks great and the piano music sounds nice and peaceful.

At The Picket Fence said...

Can't wait to see what you do with the floor Michelle! I'm getting ready to paint plywood as well in my dining room so I'll be watching to see what techniques you use. :) I know you're room is going to look just fabulous when you're done!


Kindra-At Home With K said...

Wow! I love that wood grain tool! I can't wait to see the end result. Maybe that will get me going on our basement floor. Wonder if it work okay on concrete floors?

Erin said...

Sweetums, LOVE the blog changes! And that floor is TOO DELICIOUS!!! I am truly inspired and long to see the final result. This seriously gives me hope for my flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms. Can't wait to hear and see how it went! LOVE YA!

Love of the Sea said...

You sure made a lot of progress cleaning out the room. Wow - can't wait to see how it comes out. Love your inspiration photos!!! Have a great week!!!


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