The kids are back to school so I can FINALLY pay attention to some projects that I’ve been putting off all summer. Trying to complete a project that includes paint and ladders is not something that mixes well with kids vying for my attention all day. As fun as our summer was, I’m glad to get back in the swing of things!
So if you remember my post about my dining room, you’ll know that I’m going with a casual coastal vibe and have a ton of inspiration pictures. Well, no better time than the present to get started on it! Although it’s not anywhere near complete, I’m going to just document the process, so here are a few pics I took yesterday.
Yeah, it’s white…you may think white = boring, but wait. This is going to be the faux shiplap like in the pic below.
I did all of the “cutting in” first with two coats, then started painting the walls. I had this grand goal of finishing the major painting in one day…that’s the part that I did today and, you guys… I. Am. Tired. But, I’m glad I got it done. I’m going to wait to show off pics of the rest of the process until the final reveal.
On a side note, the other morning, while waiting with my kids at the bus stop, I spotted a jute rug that my my friend (who happens to be my neighbor) had set out for the trash pick up. I texted her to ask if anything was wrong with it and she said that besides the fact that it had a stain on it, it was perfectly fine and I could have it. She also told me it was from Pottery Barn. Score!
Now, jute can be messy. I’ve had a rug like it before and it kinda drove me nuts. It was a much looser weave and I had to vacuum every. freaking. day. So, my friend was tired of the mess too (and the stain), and had decided to part ways with it.
It had been sitting out all night and it we had a pretty bad storm pass through, so it was pretty wet. Ugh. I hauled it over to my house and laid it out on the driveway to assess.
She was right, there was a stain, but nothing terrible. My plan was to put it under the dining room table, so no biggie. It was soaked though and I thought that it might dry discolored in the wet area, so I decided to power wash it so it was evenly soaked, ha! I paid special attention to the stain with the power washer.
When I was done, I set it out on top of some coolers, lawn furniture, and basically anything I could find in my garage so that the air could pass under it and dry it more evenly.
Let me just tell you…this thing was HEAVY!!! It weighs a ton without being wet, but oh my goodness, I almost threw my back out lifting it.
It laid out in the sun for 2 days until it dried. Thankfully we didn’t have any rain on those days!
So, the good news is this…the rug is clean as a whistle and the stain came out! You can still see it on the underside, but who’s lookin’??? It’s no worse for the wear because I power washed it! The funny thing is, these rugs come with special cleaning instructions, and I guarantee you, no where does it say to power wash it. It says spot clean with a damp towel and dry with a hair dryer. Yikes! They make it sound like these things are so delicate, but they can take a beating….and I had nothing to lose. It had been set out for the trash anyway. (thank you to my sweet friend for letting my steal from her trash pile, lol!)
You’ll have to wait for the full reveal next week to see it under the table. Guys, it looks amazing!