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    I it!

    Thanks for all of the pics!

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    Ang-it looks good with our dark brown furniture and beige carpet (the new vinyl flooring is coming after I finish painting, it's waiting in the garage from the kick ass deal I got this summer while working on the other house). If you can overlook the fact that I don't have light switch covers right now, lol, I will take some pics tomorrow and send them to you. The lighting in my house at night isn't the best for taking pics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    This is what I was wanting to do (and did do) in my new rent house last year and you said gray was the color of prison walls!

    I am currently in the process of painting my own house the same greige color because I loved it so much.
    I guess I changed my mind when I saw my mother-in-law's house....my bad


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nic B View Post
    I guess I changed my mind when I saw my mother-in-law's house....my bad
    Ok, I will forgive you this once. To be fair, I was scared to paint the house gray. I wanted to try a more modern look, but I was scared it would be too much. It turned out perfect though. I probably looked at 100 paint samples and went back and forth on beige vs gray.

    Ang, what I ended up doing that really helped was getting posterboard from the dollar store, tearing it in half and getting samples of 6 different paints that I liked the most. Then you hold the samples up to the wall in different rooms (or part of the room) and see how it looks in different light. My husband and I were leaning towards another color and and soon as we saw Ashen tan this we, we both loved it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Ok, I will forgive you this once. To be fair, I was scared to paint the house gray. I wanted to try a more modern look, but I was scared it would be too much. It turned out perfect though. I probably looked at 100 paint samples and went back and forth on beige vs gray.

    Ang, what I ended up doing that really helped was getting posterboard from the dollar store, tearing it in half and getting samples of 6 different paints that I liked the most. Then you hold the samples up to the wall in different rooms (or part of the room) and see how it looks in different light. My husband and I were leaning towards another color and and soon as we saw Ashen tan this we, we both loved it!
    Its a pretty color-its looks clean and modern (if that makes sense). Im not really a loud color person (so its annoying that our living room is pink-but not for long!) My carpet is all stained and ratty-i cant wait to get rid of it! we are going to have an area rug in thr pattern quatrafoil (sp?) my fave pattern. im obsessed with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    Its a pretty color-its looks clean and modern (if that makes sense). Im not really a loud color person (so its annoying that our living room is pink-but not for long!) My carpet is all stained and ratty-i cant wait to get rid of it! we are going to have an area rug in thr pattern quatrafoil (sp?) my fave pattern. im obsessed with it.
    Do you have your floor color picked out yet for the vinyl planks? This is what we are going with:https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lifeproo...111L/306059541

    I'm with you, I don't like loud colors. The pink I ended up with on my wall was supposed to be Navajo White. Nope, it's Navajo pink.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Do you have your floor color picked out yet for the vinyl planks? This is what we are going with:https://www.homedepot.com/p/Lifeproo...111L/306059541

    I'm with you, I don't like loud colors. The pink I ended up with on my wall was supposed to be Navajo White. Nope, it's Navajo pink.
    My parents dining room is lime green. It punches you in the face as soon as you walk in. It's not a very nice room. My bedroom at their house is a nice lavender. I picked it.
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    Ang-are you and your husband doing the painting or are you hiring someone? I want to see pics when it's done!

    (I am moving our paint discussion to this thread since we actually do have a thread for decorating, and I want to make it a thing, lol)

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    Ang-are you and your husband doing the painting or are you hiring someone? I want to see pics when it's done!

    (I am moving our paint discussion to this thread since we actually do have a thread for decorating, and I want to make it a thing, lol)
    My husband is doing the painting. Im not good at it. I will post pics when its done!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    My husband is doing the painting. Im not good at it. I will post pics when its done!
    I can't wait to see the pics! I've spent the last 2 hours up on the ladder, so I feel his pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    I can't wait to see the pics! I've spent the last 2 hours up on the ladder, so I feel his pain.
    He wont need a ladder, our walls arent that tall. Im so excited to get rid of this pink shit! Ive been looking at it and hating it for years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angiebla View Post
    He wont need a ladder, our walls arent that tall. Im so excited to get rid of this pink shit! Ive been looking at it and hating it for years.
    I was only looking at my pink for 11 months, but I totally know how you feel. As of last night all the pink is gone!

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    I need a decorating solution.

    When we bought this house, the dining room had a mural on one wall, and an 8 ft. wide x 3-1/2 ft. tall mirror on another. Under the mirror are built-in MDF cabinets in a lovely shade of blah that screams 1980s from the rooftops. They are ugly but in really good shape and they provide tons of storage. I succeeded in removing the mural and repainted the walls in a neutral shade, but that mirror and the cabinets are starting to make me twitch. We're normally only here 3-4 months a year and I thought I could live with it for such a short time. But we've been stuck here for over a year because of COVID and I have to do something about it. I looked into having it all ripped out and I'm just too cheap to do it (unlike RBW, I'm a total loser in the home renovation dept). Like, I'm not $1,000 worth of sick of it.

    I know I can paint the cabinets and find new knobs to replace the boring brass knobs (I'll need colour ideas), but what can I do about that mirror? I have this crazy idea in my head that I can wall paper the mirror (the actual mirror itself, I'm not talking about papering the whole wall over it) in a small, neutral print, and use the new panel to hang pictures, etc. light enough to be supported by command strips. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I think it would work. The mirror takes up 75% of the wall above the cabinet, it would basically look like a wall-papered panel with pictures hanging on it.

    Thoughts anyone? Be honest, I can take it. Is hubby right? Ammicrazee?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    I need a decorating solution.

    When we bought this house, the dining room had a mural on one wall, and an 8 ft. wide x 3-1/2 ft. tall mirror on another. Under the mirror are built-in MDF cabinets in a lovely shade of blah that screams 1980s from the rooftops. They are ugly but in really good shape and they provide tons of storage. I succeeded in removing the mural and repainted the walls in a neutral shade, but that mirror and the cabinets are starting to make me twitch. We're normally only here 3-4 months a year and I thought I could live with it for such a short time. But we've been stuck here for over a year because of COVID and I have to do something about it. I looked into having it all ripped out and I'm just too cheap to do it (unlike RBW, I'm a total loser in the home renovation dept). Like, I'm not $1,000 worth of sick of it.

    I know I can paint the cabinets and find new knobs to replace the boring brass knobs (I'll need colour ideas), but what can I do about that mirror? I have this crazy idea in my head that I can wall paper the mirror (the actual mirror itself, I'm not talking about papering the whole wall over it) in a small, neutral print, and use the new panel to hang pictures, etc. light enough to be supported by command strips. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I think it would work. The mirror takes up 75% of the wall above the cabinet, it would basically look like a wall-papered panel with pictures hanging on it.

    Thoughts anyone? Be honest, I can take it. Is hubby right? Ammicrazee?
    Can you post pics?

    I'll be honest, when someone says the word wallpaper I start twitching, but that's just me, and the fact that I've had to take it down before, lol.

    Without seeing the cabinet I would totally say you could paint it and change out the handles, depending on how it's finished. If it's really shiny you might have to do some extreme sanding to get it to take the paint/stain. You would be surprised how different a little paint and handles can make things look!

    I am wondering if you could frame out the mirror with some type of modern tile or like the reclaimed wood that you see a lot nowadays, but again, I don't know your style and what it looks like, so that might be totally a no-go.

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    Wallpaper makes me twitch too. But I'm not talking about a floral or wallpaper-y wallpaper. Something neutral, tiny print, maybe even a texture. Also, it will be pasted to a mirror, so removal will be a breeze!

    The cabinets don't have a "shiny" texture, but they are that vinyl covered MDF (in surprisingly good shape, they have to be 30-40 years old) so it will have to be a special paint I'm sure. I hope I don't have to do much sanding because I have no sander and no patience.

    The mirror is one of those typical Florida retirement village mirror-the-whole-feckin'-dining-room-wall deals. Presumably it's to make the room look larger, but I think it makes the room look cluttered because it just reflects back into the living room.

    Let me try to get a picture....
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    The mirror is HUGE and has a [very] slightly beveled edge. I hate the countertop too, it's.... well.... like a kitchen countertop! I imagine my only choice is to have that replaced, right?


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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    The mirror is HUGE and has a [very] slightly beveled edge. I hate the countertop too, it's.... well.... like a kitchen countertop! I imagine my only choice is to have that replaced, right?


    That mirror looks easy enough to remove to me...is it not? Tape it up and break it, and then paint where it was at.

    What kind of countertop do you want? I have a suggestion, but my taste might be kind of different. I would go to a granite shop and ask them to cut a granite piece, it shouldn't be too pricey. A hammer will take that counter top off, just open the top drawers and hammer upwards on the edge of the counter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    I need a decorating solution.

    When we bought this house, the dining room had a mural on one wall, and an 8 ft. wide x 3-1/2 ft. tall mirror on another. Under the mirror are built-in MDF cabinets in a lovely shade of blah that screams 1980s from the rooftops. They are ugly but in really good shape and they provide tons of storage. I succeeded in removing the mural and repainted the walls in a neutral shade, but that mirror and the cabinets are starting to make me twitch. We're normally only here 3-4 months a year and I thought I could live with it for such a short time. But we've been stuck here for over a year because of COVID and I have to do something about it. I looked into having it all ripped out and I'm just too cheap to do it (unlike RBW, I'm a total loser in the home renovation dept). Like, I'm not $1,000 worth of sick of it.

    I know I can paint the cabinets and find new knobs to replace the boring brass knobs (I'll need colour ideas), but what can I do about that mirror? I have this crazy idea in my head that I can wall paper the mirror (the actual mirror itself, I'm not talking about papering the whole wall over it) in a small, neutral print, and use the new panel to hang pictures, etc. light enough to be supported by command strips. My husband thinks I'm crazy, but I think it would work. The mirror takes up 75% of the wall above the cabinet, it would basically look like a wall-papered panel with pictures hanging on it.

    Thoughts anyone? Be honest, I can take it. Is hubby right? Ammicrazee?
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    This is the reclaimed wood stuff that I was thinking about. Break the mirror, remove it, and then use this as a focal point.





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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    That mirror looks easy enough to remove to me...is it not? Tape it up and break it, and then paint where it was at.
    It's like you're speaking a different language. Tape it up with what? Masking tape? What will that accomplish? Break it up how? With a hammer? Yeah, I have no idea where or how it's attached to the wall. It doesn't give at all if you push or pull on it. I wouldn't risk trying to take it down myself, especially in sharp pieces. I like the granite idea, but I'll have whoever installs the granite remove the old one.



    Puzz, that mural looks a lot like the one that was there. Before we tore it down, we posed for prom pictures in front of it, and then we partied like it was 1975.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    It's like you're speaking a different language. Tape it up with what? Masking tape? What will that accomplish? Break it up how? With a hammer? Yeah, I have no idea where or how it's attached to the wall. It doesn't give at all if you push or pull on it. I wouldn't risk trying to take it down myself, especially in sharp pieces. I like the granite idea, but I'll have whoever installs the granite remove the old one.

    So if you took the mural down, were you the one who put the mirror up then? If so, do you know what the wall looks like under it? Sometimes, if the mirror is original, they don't finish the wall underneath, so that is something to think about. If it's not original though, you probably don't have to worry about that.

    Yes, like masking tape. It keeps it from falling and cutting you. You want to put quite a bit of tape on it, like in a star formation from end to end, up and down and diagonal, and then try to break it with like a mallet type hammer, so it will break in bigger pieces instead of just shattering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    So if you took the mural down, were you the one who put the mirror up then? If so, do you know what the wall looks like under it? Sometimes, if the mirror is original, they don't finish the wall underneath, so that is something to think about. If it's not original though, you probably don't have to worry about that.

    Yes, like masking tape. It keeps it from falling and cutting you. You want to put quite a bit of tape on it, like in a star formation from end to end, up and down and diagonal, and then try to break it with like a mallet type hammer, so it will break in bigger pieces instead of just shattering.
    He's done a different type of tape and pattern, and he's not just breaking it, but this explains how the tape works. If it will come off by prying like he does, great, but I find that usually they have to be broken.


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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    So if you took the mural down, were you the one who put the mirror up then? If so, do you know what the wall looks like under it? Sometimes, if the mirror is original, they don't finish the wall underneath, so that is something to think about. If it's not original though, you probably don't have to worry about that.

    Yes, like masking tape. It keeps it from falling and cutting you. You want to put quite a bit of tape on it, like in a star formation from end to end, up and down and diagonal, and then try to break it with like a mallet type hammer, so it will break in bigger pieces instead of just shattering.
    The mural was on a different wall. The mural, the mirror, and the built-in all came with the house. I have no idea what's behind that mirror, or what's holding it to the wall. And as for taking a hammer to it.... have you forgotten who you're talking to?!?! I'm a big sissy and I'm superstitious on top of it. And clumsy. What happens when I smash the mirror up and find out it's been glued to the wall and now I just have big patches of broken mirror stuck to the wall and my husband (who is possibly the least mechanical man in the world) gets annoyed and says he told me we should have just left the mirror alone to begin with and he tries to use a screwdriver to pry one of the big shards off the wall and a piece breaks off and flies across the room and severs my artery and I become a thread in "Weird and Bizarre Deaths?" Huh? What happens then?!



    Yeah, this is not something I'm willing to attempt. I think I just have to suck it up and pay a grand to have professionals rip it out or learn to live with it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KimTisha View Post
    The mural was on a different wall. The mural, the mirror, and the built-in all came with the house. I have no idea what's behind that mirror, or what's holding it to the wall. And as for taking a hammer to it.... have you forgotten who you're talking to?!?! I'm a big sissy and I'm superstitious on top of it. And clumsy. What happens when I smash the mirror up and find out it's been glued to the wall and now I just have big patches of broken mirror stuck to the wall and my husband (who is possibly the least mechanical man in the world) gets annoyed and says he told me we should have just left the mirror alone to begin with and he tries to use a screwdriver to pry one of the big shards off the wall and a piece breaks off and flies across the room and severs my artery and I become a thread in "Weird and Bizarre Deaths?" Huh? What happens then?!



    Yeah, this is not something I'm willing to attempt. I think I just have to suck it up and pay a grand to have professionals rip it out or learn to live with it.
    If I were closer I would do it for you, but yeah, maybe not something you want to do. I don't want to be partially responsible for your weird and bizarre death!

    Where are you getting the $1000 price tag? Ripping that out is something a handyman should be able to do in an hour. I'm thinking less than $200, then you can paint or whatever you want to do. If it's messed up underneath and you just want to paint it, a handyman should be able to put some texture on the wall to fix it too.

    If you do granite on the countertop, they usually include removing the old countertops in the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raisedbywolves View Post
    He's done a different type of tape and pattern, and he's not just breaking it, but this explains how the tape works. If it will come off by prying like he does, great, but I find that usually they have to be broken.

    Aha! It's glued to the wall, it is in a track like that video but the mirror is about 5 times bigger, no way it's going to "rock off the wall" like this one. So instead of an ugly mirror I have big ugly glue patches that I'm not going to know how to fix and a broken mirror I don't know to get rid of. Installing a plant hook in the ceiling is a major job for me. Seriously, this project is getting bigger and bigger and stretching my "renovation" skills into areas I'm not comfortable with; and if I'm honest, have no interest in doing. All the same, I'm saving this video just in case.....
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