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February 17, 2008 Sarah Coggins

Yesterday we had plans to stop by Ace Hardware for a rain barrel. The drought here continues to get worse and this may be the only way we’ll be able to water any of our outdoor plants this summer. The last time we attempted to buy one, they were in stock one day and out of stock by the time we went to buy one a couple days later. On Friday, Trent called to be sure they had some – yes and 3 different types. The one we wanted would be $10 off on Saturday. Sounded good. Until we got there and, yes, gone again! The sales associate told us one man bought them, but he didn’t know why. I know why – to resell. The lots in this area are far to small for any one homeowner to need more than 2 or 3 and they are a hot commodity around here with the current restrictions. I was very displeased, but wasn’t willing to shell out $99 for a really ugly terra cota one they did have in stock. So, our rain barrel shopping will wait until another day. We have a plan. 😉 But I’m keeping that a secret for now so I might actually get one this time! LOL

While we were at Ace, and everything was 20% off for Ace Rewards card holders, we decided to look at paint. I have been wanting to paint our bedroom and kitchen. After almost 5 years of homeownership, over half of our home is still “builder’s white.” And, honestly, those walls are starting to look more yellow than white. Time to spruce things up.

We found a gallon of Benjamin Moore “Stratton Blue” (which looks more grey green on the paint chip – but teal in our house! LOL) in the “Oops!” section. It was marked $8, but after the 20% off – we got it for $6.40 (originally $35!). Another bad habit of mine – buying something like this and then letting it sit. I’ll get to it later…. Since our rain barrel project was on hold, I decided to go full speed ahead and paint our bedroom yesterday.

Here’s our room before:

And after with freshly painted walls:


  • scrappinsam February 17, 2008 at 11:54 pm
    That is a lovely color of blue. I still need to paint our bedroom and pull down the hideous wallpaper in our bathroom. Our walls have been white since we moved in 7 years ago.
  • Debby Winters February 18, 2008 at 10:49 am
    What a difference a coat of paint makes! Love that colour blue...very pretty and what a great deal you go for it too! Way to go!
  • Aimeslee February 18, 2008 at 12:31 pm
    Love the blue walls. 100% better!
  • jill February 18, 2008 at 12:38 pm
    Wow that was fast! Love the color :)
  • jp February 18, 2008 at 12:47 pm
    Wow, it's beautiful!! It really sets off your furniture and draperies. Kudos to you for starting and finishing this project so quickly!
  • Ter February 18, 2008 at 9:17 pm
    what a difference!

    It goes great with your curtains and it sure makes the blue in your comforter pop out.
  • Noelia February 18, 2008 at 11:01 pm
    What a difference a new coat of paint does! Totally love that shade of blue :)
  • Jen Sue Wild February 19, 2008 at 12:29 am
    I love love love the paint color you choes it looks great Sarah...
  • toners February 19, 2008 at 10:40 am
    What a huge pretty! We have "builders cream" on most of our walls right now too, but just can't seem to be able to make a decision on color! LOL! Great job!
  • Cheri February 19, 2008 at 11:07 am
    The new paint job looks great! I'm glad to know it's not just us who can be in a house a few years and still not have made decisions and painted all the walls:) (We're getting there too, just very slowly but surely).

    And good luck on the rain barrel thing...darn those big things you can't order online!:)
  • Linda February 19, 2008 at 11:44 am
    Your room looks great! Good luck finding your rain barrel!
  • Gabrielle February 19, 2008 at 4:48 pm
    I love finding bargins on paint! I LOVE that color you did you room in! Looks so cozy and warm!
  • Kim February 19, 2008 at 9:45 pm
    your room looks beautiful with the new coat of paint.
    good luck finding the rain barrel.
    I tagged you but I see you've been tagged. :)
  • Benita February 20, 2008 at 11:03 am
    I love the color of your pretty & relaxing! Congrats on the great buy :)
  • :: gingerkitty :: February 20, 2008 at 5:46 pm
    very pretty
  • oceans5 February 20, 2008 at 6:21 pm
    I love that color. My room in high school was similiar to that color. Beautiful and so peaceful.:)
  • Shirley Fyfe February 22, 2008 at 5:12 am
    Oooh - that is just divine! That colour has really added some lovely warmth to the room - just lovely!
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