Sunday, February 8, 2009

Blue Monday and Met Monday

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Hello Dear Ones and welcome to Blue Monday and Met Monday. I'm going to combine them today. Just a little note...my little graphics didn't want to cooperate very well. :)
Now make sure you click on the link for Blue Monday to visit our most Smiling One, Sally and then click on the link for Met Monday to visit our Transforming One, Susan!


Here you can see part of my collection of Currier and Ives dishes - my contribution to Blue Monday. I have so many pieces of them from the dishes to serving pieces. I even have glasses and baking dishes, pie pans, cheese server...on and on.

Let me tell you a little story and you know how I love to tell you stories...

Well, I fell in love with these dishes once upon a time many years ago when we stayed at The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado. We stayed in an old suite in the back of the hotel and it was set up like a little apartment and these were the dishes in the cupboards! I set the table with them, took a picture and I was hooked! I then started my journey of buying up all of these happy little blue and white dishes I could find. Just a tiny note - while Stephen King was staying in this old historic hotel, he got his inspiration to write "The Shining"! Isn't that something? There is a 'Stephen King' room in the hotel where he stayed. We knew the manager at the time and he let us tour it. Cool, huh?
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Now, on with Met Monday...

Oh, my! Who would live in such a dark dark cave of a room? I know you wouldn't. But guess what? This is my den!! I've told you before, we live in an olden home built in 1970. The minute we walked into this room I told Mr. Precious, "The first thing I'm going to do is paint all of this paneling!" Well, he said no way!! This was 'real' wood paneling and I couldn't touch it! Well, I tried my best to live in the deep dark cave of a room, but it depressed me. I bent many a nail trying to hammer them into this 'real' wood paneling. I think it must have been petrified wood.
Nice built ins, but they were dark and depressing!
Now you can see the awful petrified wood paneling and that built in on the right was where all my Currier and Ives dishes were. They tried so very hard to bring in a little sunshine.
Oh, this house is so old it even had an olden intercom system in every room. You could talk to peeps in the other rooms or you could make their day by playing the radio on your favorite station.
Dear Ones, I lived with the darkness for ten years! Yes, I did! But finally my feminine ways won, or maybe I just wore Mr. Precious down, but he agreed we could paint the deep darkened cave room! Whoopeeness!
Now I would love to tell you I painted this den all by myself, but I don't lie! I did not. We called in the professionals! It was a good thing. The painting has now begun!
This is the area I call my crystal bar. It has little glass shelves above and I keep lots of my crystal there! It's really a wet bar and I'm sure every olden 1970s home had one complete with a little fridge that sat right on top of that marvelous flooring. Can you imagine that being all over the floor? We were spared from seeing that when we bought our house. Whew! I'm so glad! That tile might have been a deal breaker! I'll not live in a house with that kind of tile! I must calm down now. Let me take a couple of deep breaths. Okay, I'm alright and can go on now!
Oh, each day we were more and more excited about the darkness being painted over! That is the built in where the dishes were!
No more intercom! Shoot! Now I can't wake up Mr. Precious on Saturday mornings with my oldies music! :)
The dark wooden beams were given lots of nice whiteness! They just smiled with relief! Aw...
Ta dah!! No more deep dark caveness! Our den was reborn! Hallelujah!
Oh, this was so much better. The room even seemed to grow bigger!
My Staffordshire doggies took up residence in the new brighter whiter built ins!
This is the built ins on the other side of the fireplace. Oh, let me tell you how happy these shelves were. They woke me up every morning for a year singing! :)
The den is open to the sun porch which is one little step down. The walls to the sun porch look green in this picture but they're actually the same color as the den walls a beigey color.

This is the old intercom wall! Our guys found some paneling to match and patch the hole after they struggled to take out the intercom. It had been there sooooo long, believe me, the intercom did not want to leave!
Now, I'll just sit down a bit and rest my little dainty feet here and thank my God I finally won! It took me 10 years to convince my Mr. Precious this room would look so much better painted. After it was all done, Mr. Precious looked over at me and said, "Why in the world did you wait so long to get this den painted?" I'll tell you what - I punched him in the stomach right then and there!!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)
Men! Gotta love 'em! ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song~




Change With The Times


Change with the times
change with the times

change with the times
change with the times.
Wake up and look around
change with the times

Check out what's going down
change with the times
Forget what used to be
change with the times

Deal with reality
change with the times

You've gotta:

Change with the times
keep an open mind
Or you'll wake up and find the world's left you behind

You better catch up
change with the times

You've gotta change with the times
change with the times.

Change with the times
change with the times
Change with the times
change with the times
Wake up and you will hear
change with the times
The truth is loud and clear
change with the times
The good old days are gone
change with the times
And time is marching on
change with the times
You've gotta:

Change with the times
keep an open mind

~sung by my Den!

80 comments:

  1. Pretty blues.... and lovely whites... ;) Have a blessed weekend, pretty Shelia...

    Hugs

    cielo

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  2. Oh Shelia...what a transformation! It looks like a completely different room!!! Amazing! The white built-ins are just gorgeous! Incredible! Thank you so much for sharing this with us!...Debbie

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  3. Beautiful improvement with the paint....and isn't that just like the hubs to say that! Punch him again if you feel like it...just lightly!!!
    My hubby never wanted to paint any walls. He finally broke down and we painted this entire house. After it was done, he said...well, these painted wall really DO look nice...I could have punched him too!!

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  4. Holy transformation, Shelia!!!!!!! How could you have lived with that room so dark for 10 years? Girl, that is so not like you! I hope Mr. Precious knows to listen to you all the time now. You are ALWAYS right! Right? heeheeheeeeee! Really girl, that room looks absolutely beautiful now. How long ago did you guys have this done?
    Justine :o )

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  5. I'm still giggling, how did I know that's what your DH would say when it was finished? Seriously though, what a huge difference this made. It looks lovely with your collection of pretties, and it does make the room look larger. Thanks for sharing this. Kathy

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  6. Oh what a beautiful transformation. Like night and day for sure. I really like it. It doesn't even seem like it's the same room. Oh I bet you are enjoying it for sure...
    Love your blue Currier and Ives too. I'll be posting my blue soon.

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  7. Great job! Love the white and brightness of it all!! :)

    thanks for the comment on mine. :)

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  8. oh my, what can i say.....this makeover is absolutely stunning and 70,s houses are my favorite, we sold ours less than two years ago and i still want it back. BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!!!
    thanks for sharing

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  9. Love the blue/whites (of course)

    but WOW what a difference the paint in the cave made! Beautiful!!

    Susan

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  10. What is it with men and wood? I truly don't understand!! Your feminine ways are mighty powerful girl. Your room looks just perfect now. :)

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  11. I love the transformation. I had to look close - this room was so very similar to mom and dad's den - same paneling, fireplace, bookshelves etc. Mom never won the battle of painting the wood with Dad!!!!! Everything is just lovely and I know you enjoy it.

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  13. With your permission, Sheila, I'd like to copy a few of your before and after pictures - I can't tell you how many times I hear people say, "But it's wood! You can't paint wood!" Here is proof that you CAN and... fantastic transformation!
    Victoria (one half of DesingTies)

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  14. Are you sure that's the same room? It's phenomenal! I'm jealous of the all storage and display space you have. ~Adrienne~

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  15. Wow! What a difference! It looks like the room suddenly woke up. I am glad you convinced Mr. Precious into painting the cabinets. They look awesome now. Love your blue plates too, Shelia!....Christine

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  16. Let there be light! What a wonderful transformation. Lovely! Cass

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  17. Just amazing what a can of paint can accomplish! Your room is wondefully bright and yet warm and welcoming!

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  18. I am in awe of the before and after! All from paint!!! Your den is just beautiful now.
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  19. Wow, what a transformation. You had a true vision, it looks so different. I could hear your dark cave cheering as I was looking at your pictures. It turned out beautiful and I loved when Mr Precious asked why you had waited so long to paint. That was priceless. Thanks for sharing. Maryrose

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  20. Totally love your B/White Currier & IVes....and the Cave Makeover to what it is now really REBIRTH! Wow.......totally there with you on the remake...It's everything feminine and relaxing...so glad you won this one! ;) ~CC Catherine AWESOME!

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  21. What a wonderful difference the paint made. The room is lovely.
    Roberta Anne

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  22. It Just looks so much better.I wish I could get the nerve to paint my kitchen cabinets white !

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  23. Are you sure this is the same house? You are no longer in a cave thats for sure. I enjoyed your telling of the tale also! Enjoy your Currier and Ives in your lovely room.

    Kathy b

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  24. Wow, send a picture of this room to President Obama. . . now THIS is the "change" we're talking about!! LOL

    Great, great improvement.

    Blessings,

    Sher

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  25. I love your writing stories, dear Shelia!

    Your den is really great in white color. You inspiring me.

    "The good old days are gone
    change with the times
    And time is marching on
    change with the times"

    I will be try to make changes too.

    God bless you!

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  26. Shelia, I love you blue and white china, it is just gorgeous. Now about the familyroom. What a HUGE transformation the paint made. It is just absolutely gorgeous now. I love all the wonderful builtins and your collections are just lovely in them. WOW. I also want to thank you for stopping by my MM Kitchen remodel. I appreciate your gracious comments. Thank you. Hugs, Marty

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  27. Miss Shelia~ "Let there be light!"
    Gorgeous transformation!! We had a dark family room in our basement. We painted and my hubs put framed box molding all around the room. He did such a phenomenal job I'm now commissioning him to do my dining room.

    Sweet Wishes,
    Sara

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  28. WOW!! What an amazing difference! Your room looks fabulous. (What is it with men that they resist painting wood??!)

    I have really enjoyed looking at your blog. I've bookmarked it so I can visit again when it's not so late at night!

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  29. My.. that really madea difference!! Love your den when you got it painted.. so much brighter!!! :-)

    And those dishes are precious!

    Monica

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  30. Hi Shelia...wow is an understatement, but wow! Men do love the dark wood, don't they...your Currier & Ives collection is huge. We just watched a show Friday night about the Stanley Hotel...and they said people & employees are convinced it's haunted...did you see any ghosts? ;-) Bo

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  31. What is it with men and their paneling? I do not understand it, but you have gone from the dark into the light. It is so wonderful....I think the man cave has become a man and woman cave! Bravo! Perseverence! Linda

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  32. Oh Shelia what a difference. We had an old intercom system in our house too. We have a Spanish home that was built in the 70's. The intercom was the first to go. I guess they were the thing in the day. Your dishes are beautiful. Stephen King lives near us. His last book Duma Key was written about this area.
    Kathleen

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  33. Shelia your den makeover is amazing. For years we lived in a 1970s home with a panelled den. That was the style at the time--maintenence free was the thought I guess. We painted over too and what a difference it makes. I love seeing the before and after shots as well as your lovely collection of blueness!

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  34. Shelia~

    Your den is gorgeous! I don't think I've ever seen it before. ( RMS? ) I love all your goodies, blue ones, too. I must say your couch is beautiful....such a pretty pretty shape. I love the plate on the shelves between the 2 lamps, it caught my eye instantly.

    Fabulous makeover my dear friend!

    Hugs~ J

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  35. Happy Monday Shelia
    You have a wonderful collection and spot to display all your blueware. Beautiful. Thats an interesting story you told also.

    Your den looks soooo much better. Sooo light and bright and I love it that colour. Nice that you have your sunroom right off the den also for extra light and it looks so nice.

    Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day
    Judi

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  36. OMGoodness...what an amazing difference. It looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL now. I hate dark wood with a passion...I had if for 20 years (REAL wood...duh) before I gathered up the nerve to paint it creme...Oh, I loved it..just like you love this one. GREAT LOOKING ROOM!
    xo bj

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  37. What a truely amazing transformation your room took! I think I'd be smacking my dh big time to if he made a crack like that!!! lol
    Blessings...Lorena

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  38. Good morning Shelia, I can't believe the difference in the room! You did such a good job decorating but then you always do. Your den is absolutely beautiful! I just love your pretty blue dishes too. I hope you have a lovely day. Give Chloe Dawn a hug from us.

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  39. I love the dishes Shelia. I do remember the story of Stephen King taking his stay at the hotel and spinning it into The Shining.

    Your den is fabulous!! What an amazing metamorphosis! You know something??? J's mother had that same flooring in her finished basement! The very same pattern and the same color! Her house was built in 1964 and "updated" in the 70's.

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  40. Sheila:
    I tagged you this morning. If you would like to play, please visit me for the game rules. I so love your blog.
    Roberta Anne

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  41. I can't believe you made it ten years, but it was definitely worth it. I love it, reminds me a little of my family room. I'm sure you are thoroughly enjoying this new look. Congrats for a job well done. Debbie

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  42. That dark paneling is definitely depressing. So much better after you painted it. Wow! I had to paint the dark paneling when we moved in to our home too. Much better!

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  43. Amazing what a bit of paint can do!! Your den is so much brighter and more welcoming now :-) And I think your beautiful brick fireplace stands out so much better against the white and has really become a focal point in the room.

    Both our Met Mondays this week show what you can do if you're persistent and want something bad enough!!

    Kelly (the other half of DesignTies)

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  44. I never ask I just go ahead and do what I want. Paint is our FRIEND!! I think I have painted on almost anything. Sometimes if it is a ruff surface you just pretend it is smoth and keep on painting. Kathy

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  45. Oh my goodness! It's a whole new house! Love it!

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  46. Wow!
    That Den is beautiful now!
    Your Husband must agree?
    Your den is proof of the power of paint!

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  47. Oh you guys did an AWESOME job! Are you available to come to my house? We have wood on the bottom half of our walls, wood windows and trim in the living room. I have thought about painting it but have been scared. Once you paint it you can't turn back!
    After seeing how bright and cheerful yours looks I'm thinking of painting again. I know it's a lot of work but yours looks like it was worth every effort!

    Thanks for the well wishes on the race. We had a GREAT time!

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  48. I love the way you persist Shelia. It might have taken you 10 years but the wait was well worth it. Congratulations.
    Oh and Chloe Dawn in her little pinkness is just precious as always!!
    Love Ya
    Claudie
    xo

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  49. Wow! I think this is my favorite transformation! You must be thrilled. Love the power of paint.
    What a wonderful touch you have in arranging accessories. I can see what fun you have with the things you collect.

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  50. It turned out incredibly well. I am sure you husband agrees that it looks marvelous. You are right, the change made the room look larger and gave the built ins some depth. Now you can always have proof to your husband that your new and upcoming ideas will turn out just as well. Enjoy Steve - French Cupboard

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  51. Hi Shelia! I can't believe what a difference the white paint made .. you have given inspiration to many, many women today. To keep plugging away at what you know in your heart of hearts will look best!!!!

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  52. You've created such a beautiful light space. Beautiful is all I can say.

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  53. What a difference! You guys did a great job.

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  54. I'm a wood lover, and I gotta tell you, I always cringe when someone wants to paint over paneling. But you made the right choice, as it turned out beautifully.

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  55. Love the painted paneling. I did that to a previous home and it makes ALL the difference in the world. The Mr. DID need a punch in the stomach for that one! TOO Bad that you had to lose the intercom...those are cool!

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  56. What a huge change some paint can make! I love that you were able to paint out that panelling. Real wood or not I know I would have been screaming at hubbs to let me have at it, lol!
    It looks fantastic as do your blue china...so pretty.

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  57. Hello,
    I am visiting today from Susan at Between Naps on the Porch. I absolutely love your make over!! What a transformation!! It is beautiful!!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

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  58. Sheila, your transformation looks amazing.. I love all your blue and white dishes as well. Thanks for the visit yesterday. We truly enjoyed ourselves. hugs ~lynne~

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  59. Men can be so silly and stubborn. But I'm glad he admitted that the transformation is AMAZING!!!! I don't know how you stood it for 10 long years. But the end results were with the wait. It is such a beautiful bright and happy room now!

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  60. What a wonderful tour Shelia! That room is breathing now! And I love all your blueness too!

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  61. Oh, your den transformation is WONDERFUL!! It looks so much better and brighter! We have painted paneling before and it just looks so much better. LOVE those blue dishes also...beautiful!

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  62. And yet another set of plates!!!!! You have more sets of plates than a catalog

    Shelia.. go to my post.. there's pics for you!

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  63. What a transformation, it doesn't look like the same room! What color is that on the walls? I'm looking for a color for my bedroom.

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  64. This is just an incredible transformation! The room looks amazingly brighter. Why do men have such a problem about painting paneling? I have the same problem at my house. Love your blue and white dishes too. laurie

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  65. Shelia! I'm so glad you're back. Have I told you that today? Well, I'm telling you again! Welcome back!

    And I love your blue dishes and your roomm transformation! WOW! That's a great re-do! I loved going on that tour of your beautiful house and seeing the difference in the room. It does sing! :-)

    Sending much love to you and all good wishes for sweet dreams tonight and a wonderful tomorrow!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  66. Gorgeous blues and an amazing metamorphosis! I, too, would have hesitated to paint real wood, but it was VERY dark and "den/cave" like. It looks fabulous!

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  67. What a transformation! Shelia, it looks like a completely different house. I LOVE it and I know you do too!

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  68. Sheila, I have come over to meet you, as I see your name on several blogs. I'm glad I did. You showed us an awesome transformation. What a difference some white paint can make. All your pretties just show up so nicely now. What is it with men and not wanting to paint wood? They are all the same.

    I'll be back as i can see you have lots to share!

    Donna

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  69. Your room looks so pretty! Most men do not like to paint wood. I'm glad Mr. Precious finally caved! lol!(get it)

    Maui is beautiful! Since you've been there, then you know how hard it is to come back, I'm trying to come out of this depression.lol! My little town just isn't the same. Kristen

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  70. Ohhhh Pickle...that makeover is magazine worthy!!! I love the new life it gave to your den...everything is just gorgeous...men just can't visualize the beauty! lol I also have a set of those blue dishes...my Aunt & grandmother use to win them at the county fair! lol
    Hope you have a great week girl!

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  71. That is a BIG difference! Love the NEW look!
    Thank you soooo much for attending my party... it is always a joy to have you visit... sooo glad you had a lovely time!
    ENJOY your week!
    Fifi

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  72. Mr. Precious looked over at me and said, "Why in the world did you wait so long to get this den painted?" I'll tell you what - I punched him in the stomach right then and there!!

    HA HA HA!!!! You are the most adorable woman in all the world I am telling you. You know this means that Mr Precious has to let you have your own way all the time now because you have taste! It looks fantastic. Love the cool white. Clean and modern and refreshing. Only problem with Mr Precious is he runs fast, hard to catch him to give him that punch in the arm! Love visiting your blog!!

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  73. GM Sweetness, the difference here is stunning. so bright and cheerful. I love when you show us changes you have made in your home.

    Love Ya,
    Chris

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  74. WOW!!!! That is a fabulous transformation. I love it! I bet you spend all your free time in that room now. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It's nice to meet you, and now I'm off to look around your blog some more.

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  75. Dang Girl! you're poplular! took me forever to scroll down all the comments! Our houses must've been built at the same time! We still have our intercom system in! Never use it though! I don't have any pics of my dark and dreary den before we painted it! Now it's blue and white! Doesn't it make the world of difference?! Your den is beautiful!!! God Bless! Lauralu

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  76. My what a difference a little paint can do!!! You room really looks lovely!!! THanks for sharing!

    blessings
    mary

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  77. Pretty blue Currier and Ives dishes, and an absolutely STUNNING transformation with the white paint! I bet even Mr. Precious was thrilled with the results...gosh, its like a breath of fresh air...love it! :-)

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  78. I was just wandering around your blog and found this old post that I had never seen. What a transformation. Such great space in which to display your collections! And now they can even be seen - LOL.

    I love your blog and love wandering through it.

    - The Tablescaper

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  79. OMGosh! I have those Currier and Ives dishes too! I inherited them from my precious in-laws. Then I started picking up and piece here and there, and now I have a 16 place setting, plus a lot of the extras. Yours looks wonderful!!

    Back Porch Blessings,
    Rebecca

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