Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March Madness, Concluded!

Painters were here for eighteen days in March (and one back in February). I'm not sure if there's anything in our house that wasn't moved around during that time, but at least I got to vacuum in those places that are normally out of reach.

They painted every bit of trim in the house (except the kitchen, which was done last summer). In addition to moulding and baseboards, every shutter, spindle, stair riser, every muntin in every true divided light window got two coats of paint. Obviously, this could not have been a DIY project!

Also not a DIY (my neck never recovered from painting the sloped ceilings upstairs years ago), they painted every ceiling upstairs and down.

The two-story foyer, which hasn't been painted since we built (only because I couldn't figure out how to get up that high!) also is now freshly painted. Thank goodness I like the color (much deliberation) because it will probably stay that way for another couple of decades!

Here are a few during and after pictures of some of the rooms. Trust me, the chaos was in EVERY room and closet. 

They tackled the upstairs first.

Kate's room; everything from the closet making an appearance.

Imagine how long it took me to get it back this way.

Worth's room with furniture away from the walls for trim painting.

His room wasn't the worst to put together, but his closet? Oh, my.
It's where we keep household files, beach paraphernalia, and it also
doubles as my sewing room.

The Barracks aka the guest room. One crib, one full size bed,
and two twin size beds. All in the middle of the room.

The left side back together...

...and the right side, too.

Time to move the pandemonium downstairs. 

Dining room junked up.

Cleared out. I promise the rug and that fabric on the chair do NOT
clash so wildly in person! And yes, I still love my reading corner.

Living room furniture away from the walls, ready for trim paint.

Side note: Once I saw all that heavy furniture moved to the middle of the room, I knew I had to go ahead and paint the walls sooner rather than later. Of course it took two coats to cover that yellow. I had the same epiphany when I walked in the bedroom and saw the bed and chifforobe away from the walls. I can do a lot, but moving those two things by myself = impossible. I didn't even have paint purchased for the bedroom but did have most of a gallon left over from another project. So yes, painting into the late night happened (as well as a fresh coat of white in Emmett's cleared out closet). 

Living room, working on the first coat.

Living room, done. Ended up telling the painters to just leave all
the furniture in the middle of the floor so I could finish this up.  

Love the freshly painted foyer, halls, and stairway!

Gallery wall in hallway looking much better with frames lined up
evenly across the bottom. Still room for a few more at the top!

As happy as I was to get this project started, I was super happy when they were leaving!

Head 'em up, move 'em out.
(maybe you're too young to remember
the Rawhide theme song)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Taking In Air

A while back I mentioned that I was tackling a couple of projects; this one needed to be done so the painters could caulk/paint it.

The air return is oddly positioned (why vertical and in the middle of the chair rail?) and was so ugly. I've had this change on my mind for a long time; so glad to achieve Project Completion. None of the tutorials online were exactly what I needed so I improvised.

Ugly, right?

Gathered up my tools.

Time to get rid of the ugly.

Yep. It involved brute strength
(I needed to keep the metal frame).

Moulding for the outer trim cut, joined, and nailed and/or glued in place.

Used the wall color instead of the trim color on the insert.
Trimmed it to size and stapled it to the back of a frame
made from more moulding.

A few Command strips attach the inner frame with metal grid to the inside
of the new outer trim...gonna have to change that filter, you know.

A closer look. I'm so happy with the result (and the new wall color)!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

March Madness Continues

A sample of the current madness! It may not look like it but there has been progress since last week. The foyer walls and upstairs ceilings are done. The hall and stairway trim is finished and just needs another coat in a few places (stairway treads and spindles are the devil!). 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

All the Light We Cannot See

Great book, wonderful friends, and a most delightful dinner for the Bluestockings tonight...I love my book club!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

March Madness

For about the last ten years, we've been putting off painting the interior trim. There's so much OF it and frankly, I knew if I did the work it would take me years and possibly cost me my sanity....which is why it's not been done. Finally, the sun, stars, and moon have aligned (budget, painter availability, and no guests planned for a while), so this is what's been going on around here. After a week, the upstairs is still a work in progress, meaning this is not going to be a quick adventure. Still, it needed to be done. 

While we've got them here (they stay SO busy), the halls and foyer are finally going to upgrade from the white we painted everywhere when we built to something a bit darker. You know I would have tackled this long ago if I could have figured out how to paint a two-story foyer!

While I'm here and the house is in disarray, I'm beginning to check off a few projects that have been floating around in my brain for a while. First up, a new cover for the weirdly positioned air intake. This one has been a long time coming and ended up having more steps that I would have believed possible. Everything's ready now, just waiting on that trim to get painted! I've also been making some shelves for an upstairs closet; they're ready to install as soon as the paint dries. Really looking forward to taking some 'after' photos...soon, I hope!

Not even going to talk about the caulking that's been going on. Ugh.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Little Visit

Jay was out of town for a couple of nights, so Kate and the boys headed south for a short visit. We'll take it! 

Bo, like most children, loves being outside. He helped E.W. with some real estate work, hit some golf balls, and did a lot of just running around. Thankfully, the weather cooperated!

Loading up the mail.

Bo thought the John Deere junk mail was his; he studied it very carefully...

...for a long time!

The boy loves a truck.

That face!

Bo's take on the purpose of a stroller.

Scrubbing down.

Kate DID bring Banks; it's just that he wasn't involved in quite as many activities as his big brother. Mostly he ate, slept, and grinned. So precious. We were trying to decide if they really did look more alike than we thought at first. You decide!

Bo at two months                            Banks at two months

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