If you are looking for a workout, I highly recommend painting! My legs haven't been this sore in a long time (which may reveal how out of shape I am).
As I already mentioned, Landon and I painted the dining room this weekend and I couldn't be more thrilled with how it turned out. If you'll remember, we decided to go with a dark grey after testing out a few shades. It definitely darkened the room, but I think it gives it that "dark, dramatic" look I wanted.
Here is the room all prepped and ready for painting:
We had read that if you'll put some holes in the rim of the paint can, it will help not leave a gooey mess of dried paint around the rim, so we thought we'd give it a try.
It did work, but we probably should have put a few more holes in it.
Landon and I have a good routine for painting, which is I handle the trim and he rolls. That worked great until I got a little slow on the job (I trim by hand with a paint brush), so Landon started trimming around the ceiling while I did around the baseboards. In the end, we got it done in a relatively quick time frame. Because the paint was so dark, we didn't need to prime and only had to put on one coat.
Once the paint dried, I was able to unpack our final boxes, at last, which was my china. (Notice the "original" boxes from when we got married nearly six years ago. Those have stayed with us through ALL our moves, which have been a lot!)
And, I was able to put my china in my china cabinet. This is a really special piece of furniture to me, because my dad made it for my mom when they got married. When he made her a newer one right before I got married, I laid claim to this one. I love it not only because it's beautiful but also because I think of my sweet dad every time I see it!
And, now, the dining room is one step closer to being done! Here it is with the new grey walls. I already love it, especially with my black chandelier! I think it's going to look great when the dining room table gets done and we hang some things on the wall. Oh, and I'm on the lookout for curtains, too. I have a few ideas but haven't exactly decided what I want yet. I'm open to any thoughts you have!