Why on earth am I turning to the internets for decorating advice?? This isn’t to downplay any of your wonderful skills when it comes to how your home looks… it’s just that I’m persnickety.? But I’ve come to a point where I simply can’t make a decision on my own.? Normally I would turn to my trusty MIL.? Not that my own mother is bad at decorating, but her idea of picture hanging includes 4632 photos of my son and one of a chicken.? (sorry mom)? The trusty husband proposed my idea to the trusty MIL and she was no help.? (sorry MIL)
This is where I need your help.? There was this post way back when where I described our family room.? It was once a lovely room.? A place to sit and relax.? Beautiful furniture.? Cozy.? In the past 2 years this room has gone to shit.? Not so much shit per se, but taken over by a 3 year old.? We did paint the room a year and a half ago.? It is now a light lemon yellow (love it).? The sueded cotton sofa and ottomon are still there, but now we have a giant train table serving as the coffee table.? It is usually the only truly messy room in the house and just a thoroughfare to get from the rest of the house to my office.? The one thing that remains that I’m unsure about is the mural.
Let’s rewind a little.? This is the mural:
Remember the room is now light yellow.
With our recent construction nightmare I was forced to redo some drywall in the family room.? I thought I wouldn’t have enough yellow paint so I went and bought another gallon.? I didn’t need said gallon, but I did so thinking that I would paint over the mural.? Trouble is… I don’t know if I really want to paint over the mural.
Here’s some background on it.? It is painted over where the door to our garage should go.? Just another Dane the Dumbass Previous Homeowner fiasco.? So if we ever want to put the door back in the mural would have to go.? We are considering putting the door in, but it would cost an additional $120 to our already $600+ home repairs (and we really don’t have that kind of extra money laying around).
I painted that mural.? It is a replica of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Tree of Life.? I love Frank Lloyd Wright.? I painted that sucker with a tiny little 1/2″ brush because the wall texture is such that I couldn’t tape it.? It took me 2 years to paint.? I finished it when we repainted the room and when I pulled the tape off the outside edges it pulled off the brown paint and I’m out of brown paint to fix it.? It is smack in the middle of the wall and just as you walk into the room.? The above photo was taken from the doorway into the rest of the house.? (you can see what the room looks like if you watch my first vlog).
Anyway… here’s where I need help.? Should I paint over the mural.? I have this fear that when people walk in and say, “oh wow! who painted that?” they are just being nice when I say I did it.? When in reality they think it sucks and now I’m a loon for painting a 4’x8′ geometric pattern on my wall.
When I say opinion I mean honest opinion.? Seriously.? I would tell you if your ass looked big in those jeans or if that hair cut made you look manish.? Really I would.? It’s not just for your own good, it’s for the good of humanity.? So tell me what you think.? Do you like the mural?? Do you think I should paint over it?? Honesty is the key here people.
As an update, here is a slideshow of photos I took this morning. I don’t plan to paint the whole room again, just over the mural (assuming that Nate the Paint Monkey mixed the paint correctly).