Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A Post Full of News

We had weekend full of new purchases, projects and experiences.

We now have a new upstairs hallway color.  This was the worst painting experience I have had so far because of the very tall stairwell wall, but now that it is done, it looks amazing.  The hallway went from a putrid peach/tan flat paint to a beautiful gray/blue satin paint.  The color is Shetland Gray from the Walmart KILZ line.  I think the KILZ line of paint has better coverage than the similar Behr from Home Depot, and you can't beat the price of $22 per gallon.

I also purchased a few new decorative items from Nebraska Furniture Mart.  The funny thing was, I had a coupon for $25 off of $49, so we searched the whole store and found two items that totaled a little over $50.  When I got to the register, the guy said I couldn't use the coupon because it was for one item of $49 or more.  So instead of putting the two items back and getting a new one, I just bought two more, one of which was over $50!  It worked out perfect for me!

We now have a new second floor sound system.  Brian's mom brought us her 15 year old Pioneer receiver and Pioneer floor speakers.  Yes, we went there and it is awesome!  In fact, I am listening to the new Alice In Chains album, Black Gives Way to Blue, as I write this.

We found a new way to drink margaritas- from a hubcap!  We went to Tengo Sed Cantina in the Power and Light District Sunday night (a much quieter night than Fridays and Saturdays, which I prefer), and this is their "special" margarita.

The last new experience we had was going to see Alice In Chains at the newly renovated Midland Theater.  Alice In Chains were great- they sound exactly like they do on their recordings, and their new music is just as good, if not better, than their older stuff.  The Midland Theater is also a beautiful venue, with an open bar on the third level.  We bought reserved seats, which were really good and nice to have because we were able to sit through the entire concert- a first for us!

So we finally felt like we got something accomplished this weekend!  Now if the weather would just start to warm up, we can really get some big projects knocked off our to-do list.  In the next few months look for posts on tiling backsplashes and bathroom floors and installing crown molding on the main level.

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  1. Wow! You guys painted the hallway?!?!? That's INSANE. It looks super nice, though. Well done!

  2. I will have to give the Kilz a try. I just used the Behr in our kitchen and while I liked it, the $22 a gallon seems much friendlier to the wallet.

  3. Okay, so I have to confess. While most of my house is painted with the Kilz Satin paint, this hallway, once completely dry, was not up to my expectations. Where the sun hit directly on the wall you could see every roller stroke that I made, so I did something crazy. I bought better paint and re-painted the whole hallway (still the same color). Now it is perfect, and I probably won't be recommending that Kilz Satin any longer (maybe they reformulated their paint??). I used Martha Stewart (from Home Depot) in eggshell finish and it looks beautiful. I have never had good luck with Behr (not very good coverage in my experience), so I don't recommend that brand either. I hate painting.

  4. Wait, what? You painted the hallway...TWICE? You so rock.