I’ve decided to take a little break from any big projects until after the holidays. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of big projects that need to be done, but nothing that feels like it has to be done right now. I’ve got a few small projects up my sleeve that I’m working on. I love painting, but mama needs a break! I’m excited for the holidays this year, because even though Hollis is still really little, she is big enough that we can do some fun crafts and things together. I love this time of year and I want her to love it too. I’d like to start some traditions with her and make it really fun. I’m also trying to finish little (and not so little) things around the house that I’ve sort of forgotten about or haven’t had time to finish. One major eyesore was the half-painted brick wall in the living room. I knew I wanted to paint it, but I wasn’t sure just how. Oh heck, I’m still not 100% sure. But I decided to at least paint it all one color for now and I’m so glad with the outcome, that am leaving it this way indefinitely. Here is what it looked like before when we first moved in. I started to prime it and get it ready for paint. I just used Sherwin Williams Oil-based Primer. I had to use a brush to get into all the little nooks and crannies. Then it looked like this for an embarrassing amount of months when I painted the living room. Cut to several months later, and it looks a whole lot more finished…even though it’s not. But the room was clean, and let’s face it, that doesn’t happen around here very often so I snapped some pics. I think the wall needs a couple of more shelves. It still looks a little naked. It’s lacking pizzazz, but it’s a heckova lot better than the half-painted version. We also finally got the t.v. hung on the wall. (Please pretend like you can’t see those pesky wires under the t.v. I need to do something with them soon because they’re driving me crazy!) One reason it took so long to finish, besides sheer laziness, is that I wasn’t sure if I wanted to white-wash it or do an opaque paint finish. I slapped on my primer and this is what it looked like after one coat. It really gave that white-wash effect without all the work and I really liked it so I just stopped there. I love when things work out in half the time and with half the effort!