Remodeling and Regrets-the Living & Dining Room Debacle

Dear Readers:

I have been dragging my feet for quite some time on an issue I normally attack with my ninja skills. I want to repaint and redecorate two rooms in my house:


The Dining Room


And the Living Room.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with these rooms and I do feel rather American wanting to redo a perfectly good room. The idea when we first chose this light gray paint was to have a very minimalistic, clean look (Bicep’s desire) but with a little color (my desire).

However, it just feels cold and blah.

I am determined to do it with no money out of pocket. This means selling things I own to buy new decor and paint, making deals and waiting for sales. I have been patient, grasshopper.


Here’s what inspired my color choice originally. While on tour, I came across this unique cinder block fence. I loved the turquoise color and filed the color in the back of my little creative brain.


Months later, I put together my case for change and presented this color board to Biceps. Lo and behold, the minimalist man liked the idea and enthusiastically supported it.

He has become a big supporter of my decorating prowess after I redid the Master Bathroom and Master Bedroom while he was on tour. I think he became this aforementioned big supporter mainly because he didn’t have to do any of the work. Heh.

So, dear Readers:

Here’s why I am writing to you. I have the inspiration, the go-ahead, the non-budget-budget and the time. It’s getting to the ridiculous point of just needing to pull the trigger and I can’t seem to do it. I think I’m afraid to paint a color so bold and possibly trendy. Should I just jump in, no regrets and slap that paint on the walls?


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11 Responses to "Remodeling and Regrets-the Living & Dining Room Debacle"

  1. Wendy @HerBallistic Garden says:

    You definitely should! I can’t believe you are having trouble pulling the trigger…you have such a bold, artistic eye! You go girl! Do it!

  2. Janice says:


  3. mari says:

    go for it. Paint is cheap and can easily be redone if you don’t like it. Trust me, I have so been there. If you are really leery, get some sample paint jars from the store and paint just a small half wall and live with it for a few days. Then repaint that same spot if you don’t like it. I went through 6 shades of brown before I found the right one. I had a similar color turquoise in my living room in my last house and I adored it. Have fun with it.

  4. Gwen says:

    Need I answer this question?

  5. julie says:

    I just recently started reading your blog, and I love your content!!! you are a funny girl!
    ok, that being said….. GO FOR IT!!! as a previous commenter said, you can try samples if you want but my thinking is, if I keep thinking about something for a long time, then I MUST love it, right?? then also – your living room has so much white, with the fireplace, that the turquoise is not going to be overwhelming…. it will read as fresh and modern, up against the white trim, in my opinion.
    you could also do just some of the walls turquoise…it would totally go with the gray?

    I really love your gray and yellow master bath – it came out AWESOME…. so, no doubting!
    go ninja girl!!!

    • Rebekah says:

      Thanks, Julie, for the vote of confidence! I’m really excited to get started. Of course, you will read all about it. I can’t keep anything a secret….

  6. Dad says:

    If you can handle the terrorists, you can handle anything!

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