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Everything Comes in 3’s

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As I was spraying down our driveway after the unfortunate paint accident I thought to myself, everything comes in 3’s…what’s next?  Being slightly superstitious, I didn’t verbalize my fears.  But the third thing found me anyway.

We had decided that we were done with painting and manual labor, but in an effort to still check something off our list, we decided to pick up our recently purchased coffee table from PB instead.  One of our friends has a an old clunker of a truck, a Ford F150 that reminds me of my Grandpa, and he offered it up to us.  Since we both have tiny cars, we accepted.

Everything was going fine, we picked up the coffee table and got off on our exit to go home and stopped at the red light, waiting to turn right.  That’s when the car died.  Long story short, we had to sit there for almost 30 minutes waving people by and enduring the honks and dirty looks from the other drivers (who, to be fair, were all freakin’ idiots.  GO AROUND the old truck that has its hazards on and is obviously broken down!).  The friend who we borrowed the car from came to save us with a portable charger, jumped the car, and was following us to our house, just in case.

THANK GOD he did, because less than 2 minutes later at a stop sign the battery died AGAIN!  At this point I’m thinking to myself, what horrible thing have I done recently to deserve this?!?  We tried the little battery thing again, didn’t work.  This time, the battery was double dead.  So we had to push the truck to the side of the road, flip around our friends car and do a car to car jump.  That did the trick and we were able to make it home without it dying again.

I’m not leaving the house for the rest of the night for fear I’ll be struck by lightning.  And we don’t really ever get lightning in Santa Barbara, but I’m betting that tonight, we will.

The Clunker, with our coffee table in the back.

The Clunker, with our coffee table in the back.

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From Bad to Worse.

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Oh my.  Where to even begin.

After last night we were feeling slightly dejected, but damnitall we have a housewarming party in less than a month, the show must go on.  So we jumped right back into it today, painted the window trim in the living room and Chris did some demo outside and cleaned up trash that the previous owners had so sweetly left behind.  We were moving right along.

Living Room Window Before

Living Room Window Before

Living Room After

Living Room After

And then it happened.  I was walking outside the laundry room with a basket of clean laundry when I heard Chris yelling (with panic in his voice) “Sierra!”.  Now, Chris does not call me Sierra.  Ever.  So right away I know something is wrong.

While trying to pull the hose from down from the back yard, it had somehow managed to wrap itself around a can of paint (and not just any can of paint, but the SHITTY trim paint that I just blogged about yesterday!) and as fate would have it, the lid was not fastened securely to the can.  I think you can figure out what happened next.

So much paint.

So much paint.

We went through a large pile of rags and a roll of paper towels before we finally managed to get the puddle of paint wiped up and had only a large white stain left behind on the deck and stairs.  So we decided to hose it off.  I guess we had no choice, but this is really where things went from bad to worse.  A good deal of paint washed away after quite a bit of spraying so I moved on to the stairs.  And that’s when I saw my basket of clean laundry sitting at the base of the staircase, covered in muddy paint water.

Washing the paint off.

Washing the paint off.

Paint on the stairs.

Paint on the stairs.

And then, I noticed that the paint water that was running down our very, very long driveway was staining the concrete white.

Long, long driveway.

Long, long driveway.

Fortunately, most of the stain came up when we sprayed it with the hose.  I also thought it would be a good idea to get Chris with the hose, I mean, I know it was an accident but I was the one cleaning up the mess so really it seemed only fair.  🙂

I think we’ll be taking a break from renovations for the rest of the weekend.

Bad Start to our Home Improvement Weekend

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After the cheap primer debacle Chris and I agreed that in the future, we would not pinch pennies when it comes to paint.  So when we ran out of white trim paint, Chris ran out to ACE and picked up another gallon.  He went with the intention of buying the same kind we had already used, Behr Ultra Pure White in Semi Gloss.  He came back with ACE trim paint, because ACE doesn’t carry Behr.  It was not the cheapest in the store, the opposite actually, so we figured it would be fine.  We were wrong.

As if the door debacle wasn’t bad enough, poor Chris somehow got paint all over his hair.  At least it wasn’t his beard, that would have really made him sad.  Although I’m not sure exactly how you would go about getting paint in your beard in the first place.

But wait, it gets worse.  We are on a tight schedule to get the house in tip top shape for our housewarming party so we decided not to let this incident get us behind.  Off to Home Depot on a Friday night we went, to buy some Behr paint this time!  When we got back home, I went to paint a second coat of the good stuff on the bathroom door.  And thus begins our first home improvement disaster.

Mixing Business with Pleasure

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This was one of the most productive yet relaxing and fun weekends we have had in so long!!  Friday night after work we went straight into business mode and cleared out the guest room, painted the ceiling, crown molding, and primed the walls.  Saturday we woke up at 8:30 (very unlike us) and got straight to it, painted the walls in the guest bedroom and repainted the too blue office.  The office trim needed a bit of touching up after being repainted, and we painted the baseboards before moving all the furniture back in.  We finished both rooms (except for window and door trim, which we didn’t have time for) by 7 pm.  My friend Cassie was visiting for the weekend so she helped us finish the trim and not murder each other after a long, hard day.

I’ve said it before, but it really is amazing what a coat of paint will do.  Now that the walls throughout the house are all painted (minus the kitchen which will soon be demoed and the bathrooms which are TBD) it really feels more like our very own house.

Here’s the guest room before:

Guest bedroom before

Guest bedroom before

Guest room in "Popcorn Ball".  I am LOVING this color, it looks like honey mixed with buttermilk.  It makes me so happy.

Guest room in "Popcorn Ball". I am LOVING this color, it looks like honey mixed with buttermilk. It is such a happy color.

I must say, repainting the office was definitely the right decision, even though it was a bit of a pain.  Rhythmic blue was a lovely color, but it was just too dark for that small room and didn’t flow at all with the rest of the house.

Office in Rhythmic Blue

Office in Rhythmic Blue

Office in Country Mist

Office in Country Mist

It’s hard to tell from the light in the picture, but Country Mist is a very light blue with shades of grey and green.  It is just what we wanted, not too dark, not too “baby boy’s room” blue.

Sunday was the exact opposite of Saturday in every way possible.  We slept in, ate breakfast at East Beach Grill with friends, went to the beach for almost 4 hours, hiked to the most amazing spot ever to watch the sunset, and then had a raclette party (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raclette) and consumed about 1 pound per person of cheesy goodness.

The Rose's relax

The Rose's relax

BFF's

BFF's

Monday it was back to business!  No rest for the weary.  Now that the office walls are painted we can hang up fun things!

Drillman

Drillman

Office with fabu wall organizational system

Office with fabu wall organizational system

Wedding painting.  Eventually we want a comfy overstuffed reading chair here.

Wedding painting. Eventually we want a comfy overstuffed reading chair here.

Awww.

Close up. Awww!