Sonia and Zoe’s room| Before and After

Benjamin Moore Tranquil Blue wall paint

Get comfy, because I have about eleventy billion photos for you! Let’s go back in time for a minute. Sonia and Lisey, circa 2005 When we moved into this house, it stank of dogs and cigarette smoke.  BAAADLY.  So, every surface in the house got covered in Kilz and then beige paint. But then we […]

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a color!

Benjamin Moore tranquil blue

Remember that day last week when I took three trips to Home Depot and tried 7 sample colors? Well, when Mr. FG came home from work and heard about our sad tale, he suggested a trip to the Benjamin Moore store to see what colors were available. You know how sometimes you’re in a place […]

I knew it was going to be hard to pick a color.

all of the paint samples

While I’ve done my fair share of paint-color-picking, I’ve never been in the position of having to get two children to agree on a color. It is not the easiest thing ever. Sonia and Zoe, having never been responsible for picking out paint colors before, were naturally drawn to some very loud, saturated shades of […]

My menu board bit the dust. But I resurrected it.


Remember the menu board I made from a super-ugly Goodwill frame this summer? Well, it had a little accident. Large pieces of glass don’t take kindly to being knocked off the wall. I’d grown rather fond of my board, though, and I didn’t want to just give it up. So, I popped in at Goodwill […]

Well, that worked better than a plastic bag.

roller cover and brush cover review

I’ve spent many hours of my life bonding with paintbrushes, and usually when I’m waiting for the paint to dry between coats, I wrap a plastic bag around my brush to keep it from drying out. This can be pretty messy, though, especially if you use the same bag more than once, so when I […]

Before and Afters of Joshua’s room (at long last!)


For those of you just tuning in…my big summer project this year was Joshua’s room. (Last year? Kitchen cabinet painting.) He and I painted his walls, his trim, and a loft bed we bought off of Craig’s list.  And we decluttered and reorganized his room in the process. First up, some before pictures, because they […]