Make A Movie

So this is it. The last lovely thing on our “Beckoning the Lovely” list: Make a movie.

My original idea involved rhyming starry-eyed zombies in love; an amazing cast of characters; an elaborate sequined dance number; a colony of smart-assed, highly ticklish, margarita-drinking bats; one of those big industrial movie set fans; a fancy director’s chair for me; and introducing Lexi as Sheriff Boog. But you know how these things go. All it takes is one prima donna rescue dog demanding top billing and her own dressing room, and soon, egos are running amuck and you’ve got a mutiny on your hands.

So, plan B. Redo my bathroom.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking… watching me redo my bathroom is like watching paint dry (which is kind of how I spent my weekend). And I admit, it’s not zombies in love, but here’s the cool thing about it. I’ve been wanting to do this for a year. In fact, about a year ago, I bought prints from an artist at a festival, and I thought I’d just go for it. Redo my bathroom. But I’m not really a “redo my bathroom” kind of girl, so I didn’t because there never seemed to be enough time, or the weather was too beautiful to stay inside, or the weather was so awful, I thought a fire and a book were the best options.

So it seemed kind of perfect to do it for the Lovely Project. I figured I could capture the transformation on film, accomplish something I’ve really wanted to do, and then get to see the lovely every day forever after. Plus, I have to admit, I was drawn to the idea of racing the clock. I’m like that. The idea was that we would get up early Saturday morning, and be done with everything – new paint, new flooring, new molding, new art – by Sunday afternoon. Then it would be just a matter of uploading the footage, editing it all together, adding music, writing the post, and voila! Piece of cake, I thought, and I even threw in the laundry room and an accent wall just to keep the weekend lively.

I am typing this post, and it is after 1 in the morning. This was gorilla lovely, baby. I’m exhausted. The movie I made is longer than I intended. I need to get a more ruthless editor (but thank you, Chad). It’s a goofy, low-budget, low-tech cinematic debut, but look closely and I’m sure there are life lessons here, and Lexi pouting over the whole private dressing room thing, and maybe even a stray bat or two… they’re hard to get rid of once they start drinking.



  1. renee on October 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Nice Job! Have a great week.

  2. Linda on October 26, 2009 at 7:29 am

    You have a beautiful home. Thank you for sharing your “lovely” movie with us.

    And maybe you just edited out the bad parts, but if you and your husband can work together for two days and not get snippy, I’m amazed.

  3. judy on October 26, 2009 at 8:00 am

    Renee, Thank you! You too!

    Linda, Well, it was the editing itself when things got tense. Once we passed midnight, all bets were off. I think we’re going to stay together. 😉

  4. Laura on October 26, 2009 at 8:14 am


  5. karen from mentor on October 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

    You look adorable with yellow paint in your hair.

  6. wolfwriter on October 26, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Looks lovely indeed! What color is the hallway? And, I’m thinking that Lexi is thinking on Saturday and Sunday, “Why did they move my waterbowl outside?”

  7. judy on October 26, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Laura, Big smile!

    Karen, Yeah, I thought it kind of worked. So much so that I went out looking for that magazine holder dressed in the paint and the overalls. (I am as fashion-savvy as I am talented at interior decorating.) ‘Nuff said.

    Wolfwriter, I checked the can. It doesn’t tell me the color, just the colors that got mixed together to make it. I can’t remember the name, but it had to do with coffee. Like Mocha Mist or something equally odd. =)

  8. BOBBY on October 26, 2009 at 9:05 am

    The Boston Globe calls it a, “Must See”.

    New York Times says, “Bathroom Redo redid my heart!”

    Miami Herald notes, “simply mesmerizing”

    Los Angeles Times feature states, “…of all the notably talented storytellers Judy Clement Wall not only captures the spirit of film making but embodies it!”

    The Ohio Bugle says, “It needed more snow”.

    Personally, I thought the glancing shot of the almost empty coffee cup was Coppola-esque! But what really sealed it was the fact Chad didn’t need a ladder to reach the corners of the ceiling — how cool is that!

  9. Christina on October 26, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Very cool! I wish I could offer a better comment than that, but I’m short on time and especially short on brainpower and creativity! Still, it was wonderful to see the transformation in your bathroom and washroom, and more importantly, to see how creatively and joyfully you approached what I would have considered a terrible chore! What fun! (Maybe you’ll inspire me to make my living space a little more lovely!)

  10. judy on October 26, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Bobby, Did you notice the flecks of paint in my coffee? It was both Coppola-esque and tragic!

    Christina, Yeah, that’s how I’d thought of it – a horrible chore for the year that I spent not doing it! Tackling it as part of this project already underway made it fun – and chaotic and occasionally stressful, but it’s done. More or less. We still need to put the doorknob back on, and I think I want more artwork… The nice thing about doing something like this is all the other ideas that get spawned.

  11. terrepruitt on October 26, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Ok, so there are no zombies . . . . well, maybe at the end, when you were so tired. 🙂

    BUT you did manange to “kill two birds with one stone”, huh? You got your bathroom makeover done and your movie made.

    Yay you! I can’t wait for your next cool “blog project”. I think you did fabulous beckoning the lovely. Thank you for taking us on the trip with you.

  12. judy on October 26, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Terre, I do look a little like a (drunken) zombie at the end, don’t I? I think there is another movie in my future. One just about making a movie – not donning my sexy overalls and waging gorilla lovely. (There will be zombies!) In the meantime, I’m contemplating the next big thing on Zebra Sounds.

    Beckoning the Lovely was so fun. I will write about it soon, but the thing that made it most amazing was sharing it with you guys. Thank you!!!

  13. terrepruitt on October 27, 2009 at 12:09 am

    I know that I thought that the whole “sharing” of it was amazing and . . . . . you are amazing. Shy . . . yeah, right? FOS more like it!

  14. judy on October 27, 2009 at 8:20 am

    Terre, I had to think about FOS! I wonder how often I totally change the meaning of things by guessing wrong on the acronym… There’s a post here somewhere… Hugs!

  15. jb on October 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

    getting here late because yesterday my internet connection kept timing out at 4.5 minutes and i couldn’t see the grand finale. today all is well in the network world and the big reveal completed – wow! what a fun and creative way to wrap up your lovely project! (i wonder if i’d get more home improvement projects done if i was making a movie at the same time? although based on past experience, i know a lot of editing and/or bleeping would be required.)

    thank you so much for taking us on your lovely journey. can’t wait to see what you do next! 🙂

  16. Tricia on October 27, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Gripping!. I can’t believe I watched the whole thing. The phone rang and I ran to get it and had to rewind to see what I missed.

    Lexi appeared disgruntled to be supporting actress. Clearly she wants a starring role. You’d better meet her demands. Perhaps build her a doggy mansion in a weekend and film it. I’d watch it.

  17. Estrella Azul on October 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Great movie! Your own personal “While you were out” 😛
    Oh, and you mentioned finding other things to do instead of redoing the bathroom. I totally get that, I’m very efficient usually, but only I know how much I have to focus so everything gets done when I need it to 😛

  18. Estrella Azul on October 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

    PS: YOU were lovely! So good to hear your voice, now I can read your posts with your voice in my head 🙂

  19. fearofwriting on October 27, 2009 at 11:27 am


    First, the writing for this post was a literary blast. I was so jealous I didn’t write this! 🙂

    Your movie debut was a stunning success. I had been reading on your blog for some time about how shy you are (or words to that effect), but your role as host belied this quite heavily. You seem like a natural in front of the camera and (sorry) but I will never believe in your supposed shyness again.

    The before and after shots of the makeover were so much fun, and I love how you made it all seem magical, even when the mess was at full roar.

    Lexi fiercely guarding the toilet bowl was a juicy role for a secondary character and she played it with aplomb (but don’t tell her I said secondary).

    Your wall at the bottom of the stairs looks gorgeous (the change of color came across well once you had the artwork up again for contrast) and your new yellow rooms are so vibrant and cheery–that color really uplifts the spirit. The new decor in your bathroom is stylish and makes another color splash.

    I must say your editor did a great job of making this film both intimate and well-paced. I adored the flow between the speed of real life (coming slowly down the stairs as visual bookends for your theme) mixed with the magic bits where everything happened in a flash. Mixed with shots of the paint-daubed workers to lend the right touch of realism . . . you actually did have to work to produce this transformation!) It was not all just cinematic lovelies.

    I’m so jealous of everything! But in all the best ways. Two thumbs up!

  20. judy on October 27, 2009 at 11:42 am

    jb, You made me laugh – movie-making as motivation to do home improvement. There’s a million dollar idea there. And yes, music to hide the colorful language – a must!

    Tricia, Hmmmm… The making of Lexi’s mansion… by zombies! Yay! (You should be ashamed of yourself encouraging more cinematic shenanigans! Please keep up the good work.)

    Estrella, Thank you! Blushing! Hugs!

    Milli (FOW), You just rocked my blog! Wow. I ran to Chad’s office to read him your review. Think I’ll post it above my desk to remind me how fun leaping can be if done with the right people. =)

  21. peggi on October 27, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    another awesome of beckoning and the results of the make over was inspiring… in fact… i need the name of the flooring tiles and degree of difficulty for installation… does Chad hire out for that?

  22. B. R. Belletryst on November 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Judy, you need a Vlog (Video Blog). I would love to see videos like this all the time, little insights into your life, you know? It’s very cool. Hehe, and nice music choice for the background.

    And your house is indeed lovely~


  23. judy on November 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Peggi, I will email you all sorts of information!

    BR, Yay, it’s you! You’re sweet, but a) A video is just waaaay to much j and b) I like being able to blog in my pajamas. Thank you for commenting! I’ve missed you!

  24. Becky on December 23, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    This is my favorite.

  25. judy on December 24, 2009 at 12:22 am

    Becky, You’re so sweet. That was a crazy undertaking. But also pretty cool. 😉

  26. Eric Naroyan on December 25, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    I like the fact that nothing was half-^$$ed! That was no small job!

    • judy on December 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm

      Laughing. It should have been a smallish job, I think, but I make mountains out of mole hills all the time. 😉

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