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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.

It’s here!

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We almost had our dining room table yesterday, but some shenannies ensued (cheap husband strikes again!) so it had to spend the night in the basement.

I’d like to send a special shout out to Cesar and Jason for helping Chris to carry the ridiculously heavy table up the stairs after work today, you made my day!

Glamour shots of the new table, check out those gams!

IMG_8784IMG_8786I am so in love with this table.  Elegant, but not over done, traditional, but not stuffy.

Now the only problem is that our living room furniture is shabby in comparison.  The couches especially, which have become more oversized scratching posts/beds for the kitties and various houseguests…although to my knowledge the guests have done more sleeping than scratching.

Due to budget constraints, there are no new couches in the foreseeable future.  Instead we will trim where the cats have clawed and take the cushion covers to the dry cleaners.  I’ll let you know how it turns out…if you’re lucky I’ll even post some before and after pics.  Everyone loves a good before and after, right?

It’s all in the Details

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Last weekend was all about details in the Rose house.  Not the most glamourous (not that our usual weekend of painting is at all glamourous) and exciting things, but things that when you add them all up, they make a big difference.

For instance, Chris took a razor blade (his new favorite tool-I kid you not he has about 50 different sizes with different handles and different angles) to the floors to get some black gunk off.

Before

Before

After

After

Meanwhile I was in the kitchen organizing the cupboards, something Chris had been begging me to do for weeks.  Our kitchen is fine for now, and if we never get around to remodeling it, we would be still be happy and love our house to bits…that being said, I really don’t like our kitchen.  The cupboards are short so nothing tall fits, there is a 3 inch gap on either side of the stove that my pepper keeps falling into, and there’s no where for my pots and pans.  I have to heave my huge, heavy cast iron skillet almost above my head and angle it a certain way so it will fit into the cupboard.  I almost knocked myself out doing this the other day.

This is why I have not wanted to unpack my kitchen, because nothing fits, and (in my hopes and dreams) it’s only temporary so what’s the point?  The point, as Chris let me know ever so sweetly, is that even if we do remodel the kitchen, it will be another 7 months, at least, before we even start, so it’s better to have the cast iron skillet in a cupboard, even if it’s in an annoying spot, than to have it sitting on the floor.  Touché.  You win this time Mr. Rose.

Kitchen Cupboards

Kitchen Cupboards

The most impressive thing we did this weekend was to tackle the window and door trim in the dining room.  If you’ve read even one of our posts, you’ll know that we are not a fan of painting.  You probably think we’re whiners, which, to be fair, we kind of are, but on the flip side of that is the fact that we are painting almost every square inch of this bloody house (how many window panes did I say we have, like 225?), and it’s not like it was in really nice condition when we started.

Being an 83 year old foreclosure that had been vacant for over 6 months before we bought it, during which time Santa Barbara had 2 of the nastiest fires in recent history, there is layer upon layer of dirt, paint, and ash.  Even after cleaning the window sills they were still nasty, and beige.  Which brings me to another digression, who on God’s green earth chooses to paint walls white and trim beige?!?  I mean REALLY.  Who?  (I’m sorry if you are one of those people.  I will still like you, but that won’t change the fact that you have bad taste when it comes to wall colors)

Here’s a visual so you can get an idea of what we’re dealing with here:

Before Paint

Before Paint

After.

After.

We only have one window left and the dining room will be TOTALLY FINISHED!!!!  Except for the floors, which we will need to polish wish some fancy cleaner that Chris bought and a little elbow grease.  One room almost down, 7 to go…and the decks…and the front yard…and the back yard…will we ever finish?  Stay tuned.

You get what you pay for, or Cheeky Bastard.

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Next on our list of to-do’s is to paint the office and guest bedroom.  We have a general idea of what color we want them to be (light blue-green) but before we can make a decision (paint color is a very important decision in a home owners life) I need to test several samples on the wall so I can see how the color looks in different lights, etc.  Since there was already paint on the walls in these rooms, we need to paint them with primer first.

The task of buying supplies from Home Depot usually falls to Chris, as he works very close to it and can easily swing by on his long lunch break.  I made him a list (I am the list maker in the family) which included, among other things, primer and paint samples.

Primer was on sale that fateful day, so this is what he brought home with him:

Worst Primer Ever.

Worst Primer Ever.

My dear friends and family, please promise me that you will never use this brand of primer.  No matter how cheap it is.  Promise me!!

This is what happens when you buy this primer: (and please note the stick with which I am stirring said shitty primer…Chris is not only so cheap that he buys crap primer, but refused to buy me a paint stirry thing so I had to use a *stick* from the backyard)

Stirring Stick.  Literally.

Stirring Stick. Literally.

Maybe this will work after all?

Maybe this will work after all?

No, definitely not working.

No, definitely not working.

I guess you really do get what you pay for.  Here’s a video of attempting to paint with it:

And here is a video of my husband being a lazy, cheeky, good for nothing:

I still love him though.  Cause he’s so darn cute when he winks, don’t you think?

New bed!!

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I don’t think you can fully appreciate a nice new mattress until you’ve slept on a Costco mattress for 10 years.  Our bed was fine until this behemoth with a foam topper showed up, but now that we have our fancypants mattress I can’t believe that we ever slept on our old one.  Maybe that’s why I have insomnia…

Here it is in all it’s *King Size* glory:

Chris in Heaven

Chris in Heaven

And here is our old bed in our guest room (Any future visitors, this is where you’ll be staying!  What do you think?  Pretty nice, eh?  I was just kidding about it being uncomfortable, it’s actually quite nice.)

Guest Room

Guest Room

Mission Accomplished

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We really went to town this weekend with painting!  To prepare for our new bed we painted the entire master bedroom:  ceiling, molding, walls, 3 closet doors, main door, and baseboards.

This took us about 7 hours to do.  I think our bedroom looks great, but I think I need a break from painting for awhile…

Chris cleans the Garage.

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He’s a good man, this husband of mine.  He single handedly tackled one of the scariest parts of the house:  The Garage.  I kid you not, I have never in my life seen more spiders in one small space than I did in there.  First order of business, bug bomb.  I feel really bad killing things, but look, I *really* hate spiders.  I gave them all fair warning and apologized afterwards.

As if spiders weren’t bad enough, we had a bit of a mold problem as well.  So Chris had to suit up and spray one of the more toxic chemicals known to man to kill the mold and its spores.  And yes, I realize the irony of using one toxic thing to kill another toxic thing.

After that it was pretty much just heavy lifting, which Chris is really good at.