Painting Vacation

Spoiler, I didn’t finish.  Not even close.  BUT, if I get one section done a day I can be done in 11 days.  And I haven’t done any sections today.  Sigh.

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First, I made an amazing mess out of my back patio.  It’s bad and I need to tackle it ASAP but it’s not happening today.

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Then I finished painting the closet (blotchiness is due to varying degrees of wet paint) and decided to hold off on the eave above it.  I figured I should wait to climb ladders until I had someone here to spot me.  And hand me stuff.  Climbing is scary enough without trying to balance a paint tray, roller and brush while you’re doing it.

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I did move around to the side but got overwhelmed and stopped.  For reference, I’m counting each space between windows as its own section since that loonnnnggg wall could never be done in one afternoon.

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Saturday I decided to paint this section around my door.  I thought it would make me feel accomplished to drive up and see it each day when I got home.  It worked.  I love it so much and I’m sososo happy with how the yellow shows through the storm door.  (I was worried you wouldn’t be able to see it very well.)

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Finally I started to put a few things back together.  I put this bell that my mom made me back up

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and I simplified and rehung the lights around my patio.

One day of stuck in bed, 100º fever, shivering under the blankets sick wore me out for the rest of the week.  That combined with two days of rain and daily popping of ibuprofen to ease my sore back sunk this project.  Sure all is not lost but I am disappointed that I have so much left to do.

Anyone want to come over for an afternoon and drink wine and work on a section with me??

-A

Painting: Days 4&5

Oh man.  I’m in trouble.  I have yet to paint an entire side of my house and I’m freaking out!  I have four full days left which means I need to finish one side a day.  Yikes!

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At the end of day 3 I was sure I’d get this side of the house done on day 4.  I ended up spending all of that day on this:

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Painting all of those pipes and cords took hours.  I had to use a tiny little art brush to get into all the nooks and crannies.  It was worth it because it looks much better but I’m sad that I lost a whole day of painting!

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I did climb up on the roof of my closet to wash the eave on day 4.  I had plans to paint it on that day too but then the thunder and lightning started and I didn’t think it was a good idea to be on a metal roof once the rain started coming down.  Henry agreed that it wasn’t safe!

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Yesterday I got rained out of painting so I checked the weather for today to see what I should expect.  The forecast said rain in the morning and I thought things were finally going my way.  I had an interview at 9AM which is around when the rain started.  The sky still looked ominous when I got out of the interview so I met a friend for lunch.  For a minute it looked like it would be dry for a couple of hours so I tried to finish this tiny wall of my closet.  Ha!  I got all the edges done along with the very top board and several on the bottom before I started feeling raindrops.  I’m four measly boards short of having this wall finished.  So frustrating!

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So, tomorrow I NEED to get the closet finished and this side.  I’m so looking forward to these long stretches that I can just roll out.  That cutting in takes a lot of time!

The good news is I finished washing the whole house yesterday (in a light drizzle) so once I get a day of sunshine I should be able to knock this out quickly!

-A

Painting Days 2 & 3

I really thought that 9 days would be plenty to get my house painted.  Right now, I’m worried.

Painting takes no times at all but the scraping, hole filling and washing takes f o r e v e r.

While I was painting the section by my driveway I noticed that the lights didn’t match!

Okay, not a huge difference but they weren’t cute anyways, so why not replace them??

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The new lights aren’t anything special but they match the light over my front door (and they were less than $12 a piece at Lowe’s.)  Since this picture was taken I have painted the trim but still haven’t caulked so I can’t officially call this section done yet.  😦

I really want to get everything painted this week since I think I’ll be able to find the time to do the caulking (if necessary) when I go back to work.

I decided to move around to the back of my house as I continued painting:

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The first order of business was to replace the pieces of siding by the door with the chipped corners.  Luckily I had extra pieces and cutting them was fairly easy so that job took all of 10 minutes.  More time consuming though, was filling all the holes in the aluminum siding with Bondo.  I’m not sure what past owners were doing back here but there were a lot of holes!  I had to first sand down to bare aluminum around each hole, fill it with the Bondo, let that dry and then sand it smooth.  That took a day just by itself!

The section in the white trim is more cement board siding whereas everything around it is aluminum.  The cement board is super easy, no prep, just paint.  The aluminum has to be washed with TSP (in my case, twice) to remove the chalky residue.  Reading about it made me nervous so I geared up in all the safety gear I own and washed everything down with a mop.

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Painting the aluminum is not fun.  My goal was to get one coat on this whole side of the house today but I had to wait for it to dry out…twice and then clouds started looming and I was sure it was going to rain (it didn’t.)  Plus painting around the breaker box is a pain in the ass.  I’m going to paint it teal so it will blend in with the house but all the pipes and cords around it are really time consuming!

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My alarm is set for early tomorrow morning because I’m finishing this side of the house tomorrow, dammit!

-A

Painting: Day 1

Home Depot had a Labor Day sale on their paint so I figured I’d go pick up what I needed to paint my house next week.

Except, once I had 5 gallons of paint in my laundry room I couldn’t resist painting something!

Most of my house is aluminum siding but a couple of sections are cement board (I think??) which required much less prep!

But first, let me show you what this area looked like when I bought my house 3 years ago:

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Those sheds were awful!  At the very back, to the right of that fence, you can see a corner of aluminum siding, right?  To the right of that is the side door and this area is now my driveway.  Nobody ever bothered to put siding up on the house in the space that was covered by the sheds so when we tore them down we had to replace it…which is why it is not aluminum like the rest of the house.

Anyway, back to now:

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For some reason we left two posts in the ground.  I don’t know why and I never used them for anything so I figured I’d try out a new tool (Christmas present from my parents) and cut those babies out.  Also, yes, those are dead bugs all over the walls.  I just got off a shift where I worked nights and graveyards so the lights stayed on for hours and attracted all these pests.

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I know, gross.  Sorry.

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So yesterday I cut out the posts and sprayed everything down with the hose.  I also went through and filled any holes or weird spots.  Once the filler was dry I primed over it because I was afraid of getting some flashing from the spackle.  Once THAT was dry I started painting:

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I went with Behr Marquee paint in Sophisticated Teal.  I’m getting a $60 rebate back on the paint so I felt like it was worth it to splurge for the most expensive stuff.  I hope I don’t regret that!  The commercials tell me that this is one coat coverage but I haven’t been that lucky.  I’m hoping it’s because this siding is so absorbent and that it’ll glide right onto the aluminum sections but I’ve had to do two coats on this wall.  (The picture above is just one coat.)

Obviously I have a lot of repair to do to the aluminum…I’m not looking forward to that!

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The right side (obscured by the reflections from my windows) has had two coats and it’s perfect!  I have to scrape and sand the trim around the door and it’ll get a fresh coat of white (hopefully a higher quality paint will last longer!)  I also took the paint to about 1/4 of an inch from the sides since I’m going to caulk around the trim and it’ll cover the gap.  In theory, right?!

I still have a lot of house to do but this section went pretty quickly!  I’m going to spend the next few days after work becoming an expert in Bondo and filling all the holes in the aluminum siding.  I also need to get some corner pieces and wash the whole house down with a special cleaner.

I’m hoping a week is enough time to get all of this done!

-A

 

Year 4 is Here!

This week I celebrated the end of my third year as a homeowner.  I always  like to look back at what I accomplished over the year and this year it was…kind of disappointing!

(Year Two here and Year One here)

I went back through and found that I got very little done.  It could be because I had the world’s worst shift at work or because there’s just not that much left to do (ha!)

Here’s what I did get done:

  1.  The Shed

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2.  A superfun challenge with my cousins

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3.  A basement work area

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4.  Some flower beds by the front door

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and best of all:

5.  My kitchen island

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-A

 

Vanity Makeover: 1

My good friend is getting ready to redo her daughter’s room.  She’s wanting to “grow it up” and give her a room that can last her through high school (and I imagine still be appropriate when she comes home while she’s in college, too!)

She knew she wanted a vanity  and had been cruising the Facebook online yard sales in our area for months.  One night I saw an awesome antique for $50 and sent her the pictures.  She picked it up a few days later and brought it to my house so I could get started stripping it and making it over.

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Isn’t it amazing!?!

*note, my basement has little natural light so these pictures aren’t the best…sorry!)

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Claw feet!

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Cool rope trim detail!

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Ahhhhhh!

I’m starting out with a citrus stripper to get into the nooks and crannies but it’ll probably need a good sanding and I’ll have some repairing to do to some spots.

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Because some sections are so rough I don’t feel bad painting the whole piece again (once it’s all cleaned up!)

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At some point in this table’s history someone replaced the drawer pulls…with ones that aren’t the right size…

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I immediately started stripping this and was pleasantly surprised to find that the paint slid right off!  I really can’t wait to see this thing down to the bare wood so I can see what I have to work with!

Because it’s not my kid or my house, my opinion means nothing but if it did, this is what I’d do:

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The mom knows she wants a grey and aqua color scheme so I ran with that.  Luckily she loved my idea of painting the vanity aqua so once she picks a bed set I’ll go out and pick a paint color.

I’ll probably post one more update once it’s all cleaned up but I want to keep the final reveal a secret until the mom and daughter see it!

-A

 

Sometimes Plans Completely Change

Do you remember, oh, way back in JANUARY when I was debating about paint colors for the outside of my house?  No?  Catch up here.

And when I finally decided on a color scheme that I liked?

No?  It was this:

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Those are all Behr colors so I went to Home Depot on Saturday with the intention of getting samples of those colors.  Just those.  And then I couldn’t find the chips for those paints which lead me to looking at other chips which lead me to:

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Eight samples and one paint clerk who probably went home and told stories to her family about the ridiculous girl who bought EIGHT samples of paint.

But, man I’m glad I did!

As soon as I got home I pulled out some scraps of cedar boards I had around and painted up some big swatches.

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Since I’m planning on some decorative trim I wanted to be able to move the boards around so I could see how I liked different colors next to each other.  They were also much easier to cart around to different sides of my house (and hold up against the wood fence and the brick chimney) than a big piece of plywood would have been.

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Since I knew I could very easily get confused about which paint was which I labeled the back of each board.

I have my moments.

I thought for sure I’d paint the house Philosophical Grey (Glidden) but when I posted a picture on Instagram (@awize) my friend said it looked more lavender than grey so I decided to just paint a square up on the house.

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I liked it.  It was a good grey.  The current blue is so light that it doesn’t really read as a color so it was important to me that I use a grey that was actually noticeable.  This fit the bill.

Then I took my sample board of Philosophical Grey to my parent’s house and my dad said:

“Why don’t you just paint the whole house teal.”

And changed everything.

Of course I ran home and painted up some more swatches

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On the left is Dark Teal Woods (Glidden) and on the right is Sophisticated Teal (Behr.)

It was really a no brainer once I held this one up against the bricks

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(this lighting makes it look more blue than it is.  The picture above this one shows the color better.)

So then I sent a plea out on Facebook because A)I had ALWAYS planned on painting my house grey.  Even before I bought it! and B) I live in a tiny town…a teal house is going to stand out!

but C) I don’t care!

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So I need to go back to Home Depot to get a different yellow but I am loving the Seaglass (3rd from left) and Wintergreen Dream (4th) for the starburst trim in the eave above my front door.

I’ve decided that I’m going to limit the decorative trim to just above the door and paint the other eaves the same color as the house.  I was stressing about how to calculate how much of the fish scale trim I was going to need (and how much it was going to cost!) and deciding not to do it is really freeing!

I won’t be painting for another 6 weeks or so.  I still need to patch the aluminum siding and replace some corner pieces.  Also, it’s ridiculously hot here right now and waiting until September will get me more useable outside hours-which is important because I only have a week off from work to get it done!

-A