Monday, April 20, 2009

Blue Monday - Bye, Bye Blue

It's Blue Monday! To participate:

1. Post about something blue on your blog. It can be pretty, ugly, funny, old, or new as long as it's blue. Leave a link to this blog on your post.

2. Place the Blue Monday button on the top of your post so that people can easily spot it. Place another
Blue Monday button on the sidebar of your blog.

3. Return here and link in with Mr. Linky by leaving your name and the
Permalink to your post. To create a Permalink, click on your Blue Monday post title and copy all the stuff in the http window. It is a longer address so that people can find your post even later in the week--whenever they get a chance to visit. For those who just can't wait, Mr. Linky will be up after midnight!

4. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links. Make someone's day; leave a comment.
I appreciate those who leave a comment for me.


Once upon a time, my office had blue wallpaper with a blue border that coordinated with the valence which has blue bands. Even the blinds are blue. I was a happy camper, but time and little grandchildren made for some rough places on this wallpaper. It was time for it to go!

We hired three men to strip off the wallpaper and paint the room a neutral tan. However, you know that I'm really not saying good-bye to all my blue. Notice the many touches of blue around: picture, books, basket.

I don't know why flashes make for funny colors, but this shot above is not the true color.

This final shot is the true color. It's Benjamin Moore AC-31 hot spring stones. I like it, but I already miss my gorgeous blue wallpaper.

Blue Monday Participants
1. Mary @Boogieboard Cottage
2. Kathleen M
3. Barb~Bella Vista
4. m
5. Elizabeth
6. Susan
7. Lana G!
8. Marie\'s Marche
9. ellen b
10. Susan@thoughtsfromovertherainbow
11. Kady
12. Kathy b
13. Carrie - Oak Rise Cottage
14. Marjorie Molly\'s country memories homeplace
15. Fifi Flowers
16. Chandy
17. NicoleB Hungary
18. Terry
19. Libby Twirl&Taste
20. Gloria
21. Christine (xinex)
22. Anne Fannie
23. CJ @ Pro Artz
24. Barbara Jean
25. sylvia extra from Villa Extra
26. Linnea
27. Gemma, Australia
28. Serenata in England
29. Sandi
30. Ruby
31. marsha
32. Debra Kaye
33. Mojo, NC, USA
34. Becky K.
35. bj
36. Crystal
37. Beverly
38. Vikki
39. Tea
40. Jeanne
41. Baba
42. Carrie @ Being Domestic
43. Margaret
44. Leigh from Tales from Bloggeritaville
45. ANN
46. Tam @ The Gypsy\'s Corner
47. Candy
48. Sandi
49. Knitty
50. Shirls Rose Cottage
51. ~Theresa~
52. ValerieKC
53. Charlotte
54. Black eyed susans kitchen (white wicker)
55. Katrina~
56. Jane (Blondie)
57. charli and me
58. Cindy
59. Cathy @ The Stylish House
60. Karen ~Georgia Angel
61. Helen
62. Cass at That Old House
63. Tink *~*~*

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Barb said...

Sally, your room looks great and I still see lots of blue. Isn't taking wallpaper down the worst? Yikes.

Happy Blue Monday.


Unknown said...

I like that new color a lot, Sally. It's warm and neutral, but doesn't make the room seem smaller.

Mary @Boogieboard Cottage said...

For some reason, I couldn't view your after picture, I think it's my computer because that happens to me sometimes on others websites as well.
After many years of colored walls, I finally went tan and I really like it because, I can accessorize many different ways and I find the wall color calming which I didn't expect. :O)

Lana G! said...

Love the new color of your walls! It is a nice compliment to your blue shade!

Marie said...

Hi Sally-
I'm finally joining your Blue Monday party post! Just like your new office, my blue post is also about a new room in my house. Thanks for hosting this fun post!

ellen b said...

Hello Sally,
It really looks nice and fresh!
Hope you have a great Monday and week!!

susan said...

I think the walls look great and now you have an excuse to shop for more blue accents :) I am glad to be joining the "party"! Thanks for hosting!

Life on the Edge said...

I really do like the paint color! The nice thing about a blank canvas like that though is that you can add so many blue accessories!


Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

Oh, I so hate stripping wallpaper, I'd have to hire it done now too. I am going to be repainting my bath next week after my Branson trip.
I like the new color you picked. It looks so nice with blue asserories.

Carrie said...

Your new wall color is quite pleasing and allows for accessorizing for each season.

Nicole said...

Grin, I hope you don't mind me saying, that I like the walls better without the flowers :D
But I love your blue blinds :)!

(And I just read in your profile about Christian fiction. I didn't know that there was such a thing. One never stops learning new things :) )

Happy blue Monday!

Chandy said...

Very nice color choice for that room. I'm sure you'll find more ways to incorporate blue in that room.

Dorothy said...

I vote for the re-do, Sal. Good job!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Sally I love your room girl..and I would rather have open heart surgery that take off wall paper...oh girl I did that last year in my LR and still have my hallway and dining room to go..and I loved it when I put it up..May you have a grea BLUE monday and thanks once again for hosting this fun day for us gals...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Anne Fannie said...

Hi Sally,
Love your new room makeover.
Happy Blue Monday...

Barbara Jean said...

Thank you so much for hosting Blue Monday, and giving us all a chance to share our bits of blue.

Blessings on your week,
Barbara Jean

Neabear said...

The does look good. And you are right, there is still plenty of blue. I suppose you can always add more blue things in there. Happy Blue Monday!

Gemma Wiseman said...

Especially love the blue accents on the blind pelmet plus the blue slats of the blind in contrast with the walls! Lovely makoever!

Lorrie said...

Hi Sally, I think your new look is great. It's so wonderful to have a project like that finished and to have a "new" room to enjoy!

Ruby said...

Lovely room before and after. I'm sure you will enjoy adding new touches of blue. Thanks for hosting Blue Monday. I used the Permalink this time. Great tip. I meant to look that up but didn't. Now I know. Have a great blue day! Ruby

Debra Kaye said...

I think it's just lovely! Happy Blue Monday!

April said...

It is hard sometimes to make changes when you've had something for so long. However, I really love the end can still accessorize with lots of blue!

From the Old InkWell said...


This is my first time for Blue Monday. Thanks for hosting this party. What fun!

Have a marvelous Monday, Marsha

artis1111 said...

It is your office so if you want to paint it a blue go right ahead. Enjoy the room you will be in it a lot. Have a color that you will be happy with. Kathy

Becky K. said...

Hi Sally,
I am new here.
Can't wait to explore your pretty blog.
Barb (Bella Vista) was the inspiration for me to try a Blue Monday post.

Thanks for the opportunity.

jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, I smiled when you sent the Email back. I am part German too. With English, Irish and Am. Indian thrown in the mix. LOL.

Your room looks very nice and I can only imagine three men in that room removing wallpaper. I did like your wallpaper too. The window treatment looks very nice. The paint color doesn't show up in the photo very much. I have noticed that the paint colors in my home never look the same in a photo. It looks very efficient in there. Hang some prints or photos on each side of the window. BIG smile Ever the decorator, that's me. Nice job Sally.


bj said...

I like your new room, Sally. I also know how it is to miss the other color and border. I love borders and I miss the one I took off my bedroom walls. I'll bet your office is brighter and lighter now, tho...
Happy Blue Monday..and thanks for hosting this fun day...
xo bj

Beverly said...

That was some pretty wallpaper, but there comes a time when they have to be removed. I like your change.

I laughed at Jeanne. She is ever the decorator.

The painted walls look great, and you will get used to the change soon.

Crystal said...

Hi Sally,
Fist time in joining this Blue Monday post, I hope I did everything correctly. Your new paint color will open all new options for accessorizing, which could mean shopping :)
Thanks for hosting!

Tea said...


I love the room. It's so calm and peaceful. The room shows all that blue can do for us. I'm glad you posted this room.

Baba said...

Good morning Sally, I like the new paint job.. you can add plenty of blue framed pictures to accent the looks peaceful and not too busy!!! Have a great day.

xinex said...

looks good and fresh, Sally!...Christine

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Love the new wall colour, Sally. Blue accents would look yummy in there. Happy Blue Monday!


Knitty said...

Your office looks great but I can see how you would miss the blue wallpaper. You just did this a few weeks ago, didn't you?

Shirl said...

Good morning Sally, I'm getting my post up a little late today. I had a busy weekend and I'm running behind today in getting things done. I love your office in both views. I did notice all the little touches of blue in your new version. So pretty, thanks for sharing.
Bless you, Shirl
Shirls Rose Cottage

~Jordan Family said...

Sally, Love the new paint color... it really opens up the room and makes it appear bigger and cleaner! The blue remaining is the right touch. Happy Blue Monday!

Candy said...

I have done wallpaper striping and you were wise to hire it done! It does look nice a fresh...a clean palette ready for some kind of blue something...
Happy Monday, Candy

Darlene said...

Your room looks beautiful painted that color. I still see blue accents everywhere. Hope you are having a great Monday!

Barbara H. said...

That is pretty wallpaper! Too bad it had to go. The room looks nice!

Charlotte said...

That is so pretty. I love it. Painting the walls really made a big difference. The wallpaper was nice but the paint is much better (in my opinion.)
Happy Blue Monday.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Hi Sallie, I am enjoying the blue posts more and more. Looks like there is still quite a bit of blue in your room. I think that it would be a fairly serene place to work. I am having a give away today in honor of your blue monday.
♥, Susan

claudie said...

Hi Sally
We are in Coral Springs. Very hot while driving around looking for a place for my nephew...Bella is with me and now we have my nephew's new little puppy, he is just so overwhelmed with this I'm not sure how long we are staying and I'm not even sure where you are? Let me know with an email @
I haven't even checked my mail yet. I'm on my sisters computer right now.
Love Claudie

Anonymous said...

i love your blue.i am beginniong to want my blue in my house again.uh-oh...ann

mike said...

good morning Sally~
the room looks more classic, although I would miss the lovely wallpaper too!!! Happy Blue Monday.

Bridget said...

I'm sorry you had to say goodbye to the paper but I really like the new look!

Blondie's Journal said...

Hi Sally!

It's hard to part with wallpaper because it is so much work to put up and take down. I really do love what you had before though, really my taste. But you have added some nice blue touches and I really like the window treatments.

Happy Blue Monday! By the way, when I saw the title of your post I thought you weren't going to host Blue Monday anymore! :-(


Musings of A Minister said...

Boo hoo, most of MY favorite color is gone. But honestly, I like the new walls better. I'm sure there are some blue covered books in that room. Have a great week.

The Raggedy Girl said...

The room is lovely and having just spent the last week tearing off wall paper I am envious of your three men! I love the blue that is left.

Roberta Anne = The Raggedy Girl

Anonymous said...

Sally your new office looks great but I understand exactly what you are saying. I had the most pretty wall paper in my office too. We removed it last year and now the room is painted a soft of off white or light beige. I like my room but I still miss my wallpaper too.

The Stylish House said...

Hi Sally,
What a nice space to call your own! It was nice you were able to keep some touches of blue, after you painted. ~Cathy~

Diane of Crafty Passions said...

I still see lots of blue !!, stripping wall paper is an awful job, I want to do my bedroom but lack the motive right now.

Serenata said...

Very smart and clean and tidy, with still enough blue to keep you happy.

Picket said...

Hey no fair are suppose to endure..uhhhh I mean enjoy the experience of ripping...screaming...spitting.....taking down wallpaper yourself!!!!!lol I love the new color you used in here girl...everything will go with it..especially black...I'm just saying!!! lol lol Have a great day sweetie!

Sue said...

Hi Sally,
I love the transformation,Loved the name of the wall color too, where do they come up with these names?
Thank you for sharing.

jlshall said...

Well, the new painted walls are probably a lot more practical, right? But I would kinda miss that wallpaper, too. It made the place look really nice and cozy.

Karen ~Georgia Angel said...

Very pretty wallpaper. I like the tan color though. Lots of possibilities. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

Your room looks very nice, Sally.

Cass @ That Old House said...

I'm sorry you miss your old wallpaper! It was very pretty, but the new color is lovely, and goes so well with the touches of blue still in the room.

I'm jealous that you have an office! Now I need to check out your book blog!

sara said...

I think it looks great and change is good. but the good news is that you can always wallpaper it again!!

Unknown said...

Hi Sally,
I love the neutral color of the walls! You can always get the blue in with your accessories!

I've been out of town, and didn't get back until really late last night, so I wasn't able to join you today...hopefully next week I will!
:) Diane

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Out with the old, and in with the new, even if there's not as much blue! Looks great! laurie

Tink *~*~* said...

wow, I'm so late - posted last night but completely forgot to sign in this morning! I have lots to catch up on!

Tink *~*~*