This week was more painting. Black doors, teal half wall, and gold ceiling. Most everything went smoothly with the exception of the ceiling color.
I purchased Ralph Lauren Metallic gold paint last year for another project. I was hoping for a rich gold color but when applied it was very light, like a glaze, giving only a light gold sheen. This was not what I wanted so that project took a new direction and this paint was shelved. For this project I thought a light gold glaze to the ceiling would be gorgeous. A subtle hint of glam.


Here you can see the light sheen of gold from painting the fire alarms.

Alas, the application of this paint to the ceiling DID NOT look the same as above and I was very disappointed with the outcome. As you can see, the paint color was VERY dark and not subtle in the slightest.


Despite my disgust, I soldiered on and completed the ceiling.

Not only do I HATE the color but the consistency of the paint during application was awful. It was impossible to eliminate the striped, streaky effect of the roller. Most quality paints allow for rolling back over the same spot to layer the paint and soften the streaks but this paint did not allow for that at all. It was frustrating to work with and I was extremely disappointed that such a luxury brand was not better quality.
This disappointment was a lesson in deep breathing and preserving. I am continuing as planned and in the meantime, I will be investigating options for fixing the ceiling. I am, however, in love with the ceiling lights I selected!
So it wasn’t all bad! I definitely need to get creative and put my thinking cap on. If you have any ideas, please let me know. I welcome help😛

Our dining area is in an odd space.  Our home didn’t come with a great room or a separate dining room. There was a living room and a kitchen with a doorway between the two. Since my family gets together weekly for dinner, we needed to make a space for our big dining table.  Here is what the space looked like before we moved in.

Dining Room

Living Room




We needed to knock out that big opening and make it bigger; So we did!!



Now we can fit our big family dining table in the space but the kitchen is still separate from the living room.  So when everyone is over, they are sitting in the living room while I am in the next space not seeing them and feeling excluded.

I wanted a dining bench to bridge the gap.  A comfy place to sit and enjoy the conversations in both rooms.  SO now I bring it back to the purpose of this post, a dining bench.  I didn’t like anything I found on the market.  Either it was too boring or too white or had armrests that would bruise your thighs as you slid into the seat.  *grrr* The obvious solution for me was to make exactly what I wanted.

It was a long process and if I am honest with myself, I don’t love what I made but I do like it. It definitely fulfills my desires and I am pretty darn proud of myself and what I accomplished!

finished dining bench back 4.27.17