Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Wednesday, August 26


Don't expect much out of the first few months of pictures. We have barely scratched the surface and already we know it is going to be a LOOOOOOG process. Sunday we decided we would tackle the grass cloth wallpaper in the living room. Armed with DIF, 409/water mix, and paint scrapers we went to town on the walls.
Battle 1: Grasscloth is victorious.
Battle 2: will be this weekend and include a out grass cloth!

Our living room gameplan:
  • Remove Grasscloth (easier said than done)
  • Prime and Paint walls deep blue or something in the brown/tan family (leaning towards blue like inspiration rooms below)
  • White Paint for bookshelves (including wall behind bookshelves), new mantle & trim, cabinets, moldings, and chair rail
  • Add cabinet doors to lower cabinets
  • Add a large (simple & traditional) white mantle and trim for fireplace sides
  • Shannon to paint huge abstract artwork for above mantle
  • Move flat screen to wall between windows
  • bring in new blue accent chairs, rug, and lamp (shown above in picture)
  • Replace dark leather couches (going into Zach's study) with a blonde sectional
The pictures below are inspirations for colors and fireplace mantles:


Amanda Shea said...

WOW!!! Y'all have your work cut out for you but I know you'll do an awesome job. The grasscloth seems like a real bear... I've never thought about what it would like to try to remove. Yikes.

The color schemes looks great ~ blues or browns are always so warm and welcoming. : )

I especially like the "work motivation." I might rename it "labor motivation" and see if you would deliver some to my hospital room. ha!

Good luck w/ your projects and thanks for showing the "before" photos.


Reader Ruth said...

love the chairs you bought. inspiration rooms are beautiful!! So glad you are keeping busy- would hate for you to have to goof off or anything!! Have fu.