Thursday, July 17, 2014

Walking Revere Beach

A few times a week I try to hit Revere Beach to get a morning walk in before I get ready and off to work.  I am fortunate to live within a 5 minute drive to the ocean.  There is always something or someone interesting to see.  Recently Hollywood was filming scenes for the Johnny Depp movie "Black Mass" about Boston's most notorious gangster "Whitey Bulger"on Revere Beach.  I was told this was a murder scene.  Here are some photos I took.

This La Linterna beach restaurant is really the Pizza Kitchen in Revere.  I wish I had a before photo.  It's amazing what they have done to it.

They transformed Revere Beach into Miami Beach complete with cabanas and palm trees. I didn't get to see any of the actual filming but it was fascinating to see all the work and prep that went into it.  Here is a link I found to a u-tube video of the day of filming:

Here's the link to the with a bit more about the filming.
The old cars that were brought in on the day of filming.

A few photos of Johnny Depp at  They did a great job of making him up to look just like Whitey Bulger.

And here is the back to Revere Beach without the palm trees or cabanas.

The Revere Beach Sandcastle Festival started this weekend.  I took some photos this morning but that will have to wait till another post.  Here is a link to the Revere Journal Twitter which has photos as the event unfolds.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

My Bathroom Makeover - The Before:

For years I have had this outdated metallic finish wallpaper in my bathroom.  Somehow I was never really motivated to do anything about it even though I wasn't fond of it.

Not only did I not like it but as you can see this one piece above was applied upside down.  For years no-one noticed -- till one day my daughter who was about two and being potty trained asked why the fish were upside down.

Recently, something moved me to tear it down.  Maybe it was that one corner that seemed to be lifting.

So now the wallpaper is gone but the walls need work before painting. The adhesive needs to be stripped and rough spots need repairing. I bought some spackling and there it sits in my kitchen waiting for me to get to work while here I sit at my computer looking and looking and looking at more and more pictures and ideas.  Did I say this was going to take a while?

 The hard part seems to be picking out the right colors to paint the walls and cabinets.  You can see I purchased a new shower curtain to help with colors.  Of course, if you are familiar with my Etsy shop -- you know I am interested in a beach theme.  I've been looking on line -- and looking and looking.  I had fun visiting and Pinterest for ideas. Do you know there is an endless supply of ideas and colors on the internet?  That can be a bad thing.   I found lots of great bathroom photos and pinned them to my "decorating my bathroom" pinterest board.   I tried the Sherwin Williams on-line site and after trying to narrow down my choice I went and purchased a sample of Drizzle SW 6479 - Blue Paint Color - Sherwin-Williams   I determined the color was too dark and planned to pick up one of the lighter shades.  It's Possible Tidewater SW 6477 would be a better choice.

Sherwin Williams Paint Choices

Then just as I thought I had decided, I saw some colors I liked on line at Benjamin Moore Paints.  Maybe I should visit the BM store (or maybe not).  If you are looking for painting ideas - both the Benjamin Moore and the Sherwin Williams sites have lots of pictures and helpful tools to help you choose from their colors.  Pinterest has lots of ideas too.   Just be careful - there are so many choices that it's overwhelming, also when I got to the store I realized some colors that I thought would go -- were really too green toned.
As you can see my tile is a almond/lt peachy tone.  I wish there was money to replace tile but that's not going to happen.  Not sure if I should go with a white, canvas or tan  for the cabinets. 

I hope I haven't bored you with all my bathroom design decisions.  Of course, please share with me any ideas or suggestions for colors or paints.  I need all the help I can get.