Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Runaway Train, Again


It started out as an ordinary day.

In fact, mid-morning,  I stopped by a friend’s house to offer

her requested help with her furniture arrangement.

While there, I became obsessed with how pretty her saltillo floors were.

From that point on,

as I often do,

I entered another dimension of

‘I think I’ll do this,’


I boarded

Laura’s Runaway Train.

Due to my friend’s encouragement and my

‘Sure, I think I’ll do that,’

I am removing every accessory,

emptying every hutch and buffet,

stripping everything off of every surface (including lamps) and putting it on top of beds,

so all of my furniture that sits on saltillo can be moved out.


So this nice man and his son can then shuffle my

furniture from room to room,

clean the floors,

and finish them with 3 coats of high gloss sealer.


In the meantime,

I thought I better paint the study before the floors get done,

as I have parallel universe projects happening

all at once.

The nice man from the upholstery shop picked up the couch that is in the study

earlier today.

On a side note, I am changing the colors in the study because I am hot.

I want cool colors.

I want nap colors.

The walls will be Reflection by Sherwin Williams which is a pale soft white/gray.


(paler than this)

The couch will be a gray velvety fabric, which will be darker than the walls

to anchor the room,

and I am going to paint a giant mirror I bought in Cuero high gloss white.


( Southern Accents design inspiration photograph

I now have on Pinterest- a new obsession…)

I also bought two chairs in Goliad that I will use in the study that I am painting high gloss white

and covering the chairs in a funky gray and white

Tory Burch- like designed fabric.


I may order Paris Grey chalk paint and paint some of the furniture pieces,

but some of the pieces will be white.

I selected a gray that looks pretty with all of my blue and white.


This issue of Veranda was my inspiration.

As I have been removing everything from each room,

I am taking out as much red as I can out of our den.


The walls are SW Kilim Beige,

and I hope to cool things off with soft white,

mercury glass

and to really

funk things up in that room,

I may paint a red buffet I have soft turquoise.


(Sherwin Williams Aqua Duct)


my husband of

‘Shut it down’ fame

is out of town on business.


if I hurry,

maybe he won’t notice when he gets home…

I am now hyperventilating…

Linking to these wonderful parties:





Olive said...

Drink lots of water, follow with coffee, roll up your sleeves and go!

Susan said...

This is GREAT!!! You go, Girl!!! Git R Done!! I had to say all that because you deserve a big hand and alot of pats on the back. I can't wait to see what you do in each room!!

Deb said...

you are on a fast train to redecoration....chug chug woo woo....you go girl...

Debra@CommonGround said...

Love the colors you've chosen, Laura. Do you remember what you said about the couch in the study? I laughed till I was sick..."blogger's remorse". Sometimes stealth is a woman's secret weapon! xoxo Debra

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like you are on a roll !! You will be at my house when ?!? :-D
Wish I could get that motivated !
Enjoy your evening.

NanaDiana said...

I used to LOVE it when MyHero went out of town! I could move mountains while he was gone and then the kids would bet on how long it would take him to notice. LOL...You go girl!! xo Diana

Rita said...

Woooo, looks like you are on a roll while he is out of town, busy and ready to go! Can't wait to see the lovely room when you finish!

Theresa said...

Dang Laura, are you kidding me? That is major redecorating! I am about to pass out just listening to all of that!

Get 'er done:) HUGS!

Gail Dixon said...

Sheesh! Hope you get it all done. Love the colors. Those saltillo floors are awesome! I have always wanted those floors in my home.

June said...

You are hilarious Laura!!!!!!! I will be praying for you on the arrival of you husband. LOL!!!
I think it will be wonderful of course and he will probably love it on sight.
I so enjoyed your previous post and congratulations to your dear nephew.
hugs from here...

Sandra said...

Oh it will be gorgeous!! I wish we were neighbors. We could get into such trouble together ;-). xoxo

Stacey said...

You go girl!!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to see what you do in each room!

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Run away train indeed...
will it ever stop?
Can't wait to see the final destination...(aka: end results!)

Marguerite said...

It all sounds wonderful! You're definitely on a roll! While the cats away, the ......! lol Have fun!

Patty said...

Coffee, coffee and more coffee! It all sounds so cool and refreshing. Stay focued and letter roll.

joanne said...

Oh my, you really are on a roll! It all sounds so lovely and soothinly cool...deep breathe and carry on..;j

Pondside said...

You will be working 24/7 to get all of that done. It all sounds beautiful and I look forward to seeing the finished room (and floors)

PAINTORDIG.blogspot.com said...

You go girl! I can't wait to see this transformation.

Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

WOW! You are a woman on a mission! Good luck with all your projects, I need a nap after reading about them!

deb mills said...

lol! love this, laura. can't wait to see the 'after' photos.

D.B. said...

I love all these ideas! I was just thinking about you pondering a gray room some months ago. So happy you are going for it!!! Hurry, hurry.....can't wait to see everything!

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Oh, I love this! You sound like a "woman on a mission" and I love that too! Can't wait to see the "after" pictures.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Laura, I love the saltillo floors and the paint colors you selected. I am sure the finished room will be stunning!

Anonymous said...

How many times have I started big projects to finish before he got home, so I didn't have to explain or here him tell me why it won't work (because he hates to be wrong so why set him up that way?). Two weeks ago I emptied five bookcases of books and hauled it all into the hall, moved other furniture out and painted my office so that I could move in my mother-in-law's old Duncan Phyfe sofa. So when it comes to moving, clearing, piling, creating chaos with the hope it will end up okay--I share your pain!

Anonymous said...

Hear. I knew that. Really.

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

Oh my gosh you are hilarious! I was laughing all the way through this post. Thanks for visiting my blog and leading me back here. I would love to take away all the red in my rooms also...but I'm not sure how to go about replacing everything. Love your cool grey ideas...I'm a happy new follower.


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