why? because i’m insane. that’s why.

i need to create a sub category under house renovations and call it: all things ridiculous. because that is what i am right now. i’m ridiculous. before i tell you why, i’ll attempt to justify myself with a brief explaination:

the house is full of dust. every other day, C and the contractors stomp around down stairs and hack things and tear down walls and pour cement and drill into brick and generate unbelievable amounts of dust and dirt. this dust and dirt comes up through the floor boards (because there’s nothing between us and the dust but the actual hardwoods until the radiant heat is installed and the ceilings are redone), on our shoes, and mustard’s paws. i sweep and dust and vacuum roughly 4-5 times a week in order to maintain some semblance of order while we’re living upstairs. although i’ve never had to clean this much in my life, i’m not complaining: it’s just the reality of things.

this summer, C decided we should paint our bedroom floor white. i’m all about white painted floors. love them. (i’m a ardent fan of 2 by deisgn‘s weekly whiteout. check it if you haven’t seen it. lots of white-floor-goodness every week.)  however, trying to maintain a relatively clean white floor when your house isn’t under construction is hard enough; when you’re in construction mode, it’s impossible. i’m tired to getting down on my hands and knees every week and scrubbing it. i’m tired of wiping down the walls, which were already a light grey/blue to begin with, a color i regret picking because 1. it’s too light and 2. it’s more blue than grey.

my frustration with cleaning came to head last week when i rolled over in the morning and saw this on the floor next to my bed:

C had just installed the quarter round and even though I had swept and dusted and wiped things down, the floor was a mess. And then I looked up and saw this:

dirty mustard paw marks all over the wall under the window where he sits and watches squirrels, neighbor cats, and leaves fall from the trees. unfortunately, a survey of our rooms upstairs revealed the same under every single window.

so, i did what any woman (working on as a full-time Ph.D. student and has no time to be wasting on silly things like repainting rooms that were just painted 5 months ago) would do: i repainted the entire bedroom in a day. no more light walls, no more white floors.

while i love grey, these paint colors were not my first choice. part of me wanted to paint the room black, but C didn’t want our bedroom to feel like a cave and darker colors present the same visible dirt problems that light colors do. so, i settled for middle ground.

unfortunately, i forgot to consider the fact that we have a grey comforter, which means our entire bedroom will be a grey palette. i hope it doesn’t depress me in the winter. time to start thinking about accent colors stat…

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  1. Posted October 25, 2010 at 11:40 am | Permalink

    yes, rach…you are crazy…crazy brilliant! this whole look rocks…love the exposed brick you left like an ancient fresco. our bedroom is chelsea grey and i love it. so peaceful and serene. it’s also a great palette for little pops of color here and there…

  2. Tanya
    Posted October 25, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Permalink

    I love it! Looks great. Better than the white, in my opinion.

  3. Cheryl Designs
    Posted October 28, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Permalink

    White floors ARE great. They have MAJOR drawbacks though :( I stained my front deck white..floor included. I need to re-stain the floor EVERY year :( It just looks CRAPPY if I don’t, no matter how much cleaning it receives. My kitchen floor/utility room/master bath is all the same white vinyl flooring. I LOVE IT. I also CLEAN..ALOT :( Just life with WHITE I guess :) Well.. and a dog and customers :) and ME :) Your light gray looks lovely…..

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