Getting things Done | Painting Family Room


Do you have a room in your house that could use a fresh new look?  If you despise the prep or clean-up parts of a painting project, then you are going to love this giveaway!

Late last year, we got rid of the old carpet in our family room and replaced it with laminate wood flooring – which I LOVE!

While all the furniture was out of the room, I decided it was the perfect time to get rid of the old dark color on the walls!

I decided to brighten up this room, get rid of the country decor and paint the walls a very light gray with white trim.  My curtains are yellow with brown and gray – they are the inspiration for my new space.

 painting family room- out with the old

The folks at Procter & Gamble have a few products to make the dreaded tasks of painting prep and clean up a breeze

Ready Done Clean at TidyMom

I have always been a big fan of the Swiffer Sweepers.  Not only are they great on furniture and floors, did you know they are  wonderful for getting  cobwebs off the corners of your walls and dust off the hard to reach places as well? The head of the Sweeper swivels a full 360 degrees, making it easy to move around corners and the pole allows for easy floor to ceiling reach, and baseboards, windows, doorways, too.

Since I choose to just paint our existing stained baseboards white, I needed to make sure they were good and clean.  That’s where Mr. Clean Magic Erasers came in!  Did you know you can now get them in select a size?  Those things are genius I tell you! I’m amazed at what all you can clean with the Magic Erasers – they are unstoppable.

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Family Room in Progress at TidyMom

So, here is where I am now.  After the new floors and new paint…… know what came next right?  New furniture!!  You may not know this about me, but when it comes to making large purchases………I’m TERRIBLE! I can’t make a decision, so it usually ends up taking me months, or never, which is why you don’t see me updating our house too much.  I’m a terrible decision maker!

But sometimes when you see IT…….you just know it!  I saw this Martha Stewart Saybridge Sofa from Macy’s a few weeks ago, then it went on sale President’s Day weekend! and knew I found my true love!  It has the style and elegance I wanted, with the size my 6’4″ husband wanted.

MS saybridge sofa

So the sofa and love seat will be delivered soon.  I actually received and email while I was writing this post that they are ready to schedule delivery!! {SQUEAL}

So next up, I’ll be looking for a new rug, new tables, get rid of the roll top oak desk (that was from my bedroom when I was growing up!) and possibly a new TV stand. And fun stuff for the walls! I want to keep the window treatments,  I purchased them last year, and love them.

How about you?  Can you decorate with your eyes closed, or are you like me and take forever to make every single decision?  At least I know it’s clean!

Home Depot P&G Prize Pack


THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED.  Congrats to comment #46 Leslie Moore. 

Procter & Gamble and The Home Depot are teaming up to help you “Get it ready. Get it done. Get it clean.” They would like to give one lucky TidyMom reader a $50 Home Depot gift card as well as, a Swiffer Sweeper and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser #ReadyDoneClean prize package too. That way you’ll be covered for tasks like dusting your walls and baseboards before you paint, purchasing your paint & supplies at Home Depot. Do you have a room that could use a fresh new look?

 How to Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post telling me what part of a painting project do you like most?  Is it cutting around the ceiling and baseboards?  Picking out color?  Maybe it’s moving furniture out of the way!  Let’s hear it!

Additional Entry: Share a link with info about this giveaway on any of your social media outlets. Return to this post and leave a comment letting me know where it was shared. Each place you share it will grant you an additional entry. Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc are all great places to spread the giveaway love! You can easily share by using the buttons at the end of this post.

Official Rules: No purchase necessary. Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on March 12, 2013 at 5:00 pm CST. One winner with a valid entry will be selected at random using Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. TidyMom is not responsible for lost or undelivered emails.  Prize: A $50 Home Depot gift card, a Swiffer Sweeper 2 in 1 Sweeping and Mopping Starter Kit, and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size

Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by The Home Depot and Proctor & Gamble, however all opinions and my love for Swiffer and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are 100% my own.


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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. My favorite part is selecting the color!

  2. Love to pick out colors & tape the room!

  3. Seeing it done. 🙂

  4. My most favorite part of painting is when it’s all done! It always seems to take longer than I would like for it to take.

  5. Picking out which color I want to paint the room is definitely my favorite part of a painting project.

  6. Picking out a color.

  7. I shared on Facebook.

  8. I shared on twitter.

  9. I love when we start actually slapping on the paint. To see the new color transform the space is magical!!

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  10. Hi Cheryl. I love seeing the change that takes place when I start rolling. Not so much love for the cutting.

    Thanks for letting me enter.
    Hugs…Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute

  11. My favorite part of a painting project would be getting into the action, the actual painting action itself. It’s always fun to see how a room transform just by painting the walls in different colors. Plus, it’s really fun and great exercise. 😉 I’m planning to re-paint and decorate the current guest room so my little girl can finally gets her own room. Can’t wait.

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  12. My favorite part of a painting project is picking the color.

  13. I shared on FB.

  14. I posted on my blog htp://

  15. The part of painting project I like the most is picking the color.

  16. My favorite part of painting, is trimming out the room. I actually like to paint the walls, too. I love to see the transformation.

  17. I like the final result 🙂

  18. I really don’t mind painting at all. To me it is actually exciting! I guess my least favorite part is taping around the baseboards and windows and favorite part is actually rolling on the paint. We are military and when we live on base, we not only paint the plain white walls when we move in, but I have to paint them back to white when we move out.

  19. The part of a painting project that I like most is trim work. Seems crazy, i know, but something about the perfection required with that task, pleases this perfectionist! LOL

  20. I love picking out the colors.

  21. The part I love the most is….THE END!

  22. I like painting the trim.

  23. I love picking a color and the actual painting part, not so much the prep, but since it’s a means to an end it’s worth it! Thanks for this opportunity!

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  26. I spent a good time with this fine article !!!

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