Sometimes the best things happen when you paint over an old painting! There is a history there that I think only enriches the final image. Recently my husband and I got to spend a weekend visiting our daughter and her family in Rio Rancho NM. It was a great weekend hanging out with our grandsons and enjoying their craziness. In the middle of it all my daughter Alison and I redesigned a new 6'x12' mural for her living room and painted over the old one that she wasn't satisfied with.
The mural is a stylized landscape complete with pink New Mexico clouds. Alison loves the skies in Rio Rancho more than anything else there. She says they are constantly changing and as a talented photographer (you can see her work on Instagram at alisonhatchphotography or alisonhatchphoto.com) she appreciates the way the changing light affects everything in the landscape. It was a wonderful mother/daughter creative time together. The new painting covered over the old painting while parts of it can still be seen. Layers of paint, layers of memory.
Remodeling at the best of times can give you the blues...and the reds...and the yellows. It seems like tearing things down only to build them up again can make you run a gamut of emotions. I thought I would go crazy during the demolition stage - all that ear splitting noise and tons of dust. Thankfully that is over and after 12 paint samples finally found just the right shade of soft neutral grey for the walls which are now 7/8 finished! Kitchen cabinets are next but will take a few weeks so everything is slowing to a stand still. We are living in our bedroom (now our apartment) and the laundry room is a makeshift kitchen with microwave and crock pot so we are really doing just fine.
I have enjoyed the creative aspect of the remodel of our outdated and "desperately in need of TLC" kitchen and great room. It has been fun to pick out samples and only slightly stressful trying to merge my husband and my aesthetic sensibilities haha! But we have come up with an awesome plan. I have found amazing Geamenti ceramic tile for the kitchen from Wayfair.com and I'm in love with Arizona Tile's Statuario Nuovo quartz. We are undecided on the hardwood still, but we are impatiently waiting to see the end result:))
When not in my studio I like to spend time with family, go to nurseries, the beach and farmer's markets, eat really good food and dance in the kitchen. I believe in kindness.