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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.

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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.

Roses are Blue.

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My first blog post in my new office, how exciting!  For me anyways, probably not for anyone reading this.

Sunday we painted the office Rhythmic Blue and my goodness is it blue!  I wasn’t sure about it at first, but it’s growing on me.  It’s just so…blue.

See for yourself:

Blue.

Blue.

The foreman (moi) let Chris paint this time cause foremie needed a breakie.

The foreman (moi) let Chris paint this time cause foremie needed a breakie.

Obviously the doors and trim still need to be done, so that might make it look better.  And once we get some more furniture in here and stuff on the walls it might help break up the color overload too.

Speaking of furniture…

Gorgie desk with painted walls

Gorgie desk with painted walls

Desk with drawer pulled out.

Desk with drawer pulled out.

Ok, time for less blog and more food.  Ciao!

Painting Banshees and Naughty Kitties.

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Another Saturday filled with painting.  Have I mentioned before how hard painting is?

Today we tackled the office ceiling, crown molding (it’s actually barely visible trim, hardly royal enough to be called crown molding, but I don’t know how better to describe it), wall primer, and the hallway built in cupboards.

Proof of our backbreaking labor:

It's amazing what a bright white ceiling does for a room.

It's amazing what a bright white ceiling does for a room.

Primed and ready for a coat of Rhythmic Blue

Primed and ready for a coat of Rhythmic Blue

Hallway built in's

Hallway built in's

I purposefully left the ladder in front of the cupboards so the cats wouldn’t jump up on the wet paint.  I think this had the opposite effect and actually made Catchie more precocious because after coming back in from out back to paint the drawers, I found THIS:

Bad Kitty!

Bad Kitty!

Lucky for Catcher, it wiped off fairly easy.  Chris and I touched it up and went to clean up our painting mess.  Came back to find he’d jumped up AGAIN!  I give up, after a long day of painting I’m no match for a naughty kitty.

Special Delivery

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Our gorgie new desk came today!!  Hooray for our first piece of new furniture!!  (well, besides the mattress, so I guess it’s number two then, but it’s much more beautiful than the mattress, although not quite as comfortable…)

New desk!  We decided on Rhythmic Blue for the office color, third from the left.

New desk! We decided on Rhythmic Blue for the office color, third from the left.

The walls are primed and ready for paint, which we plan on doing first thing tomorrow morning, so the grand unveiling (it’s currently wrapped in 20 boxes of saran wrap) of the desk will be tomorrow.

Decisions, decisions…

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We’ve gone through 7 paint samples and I still don’t know which one I like the best. Can someone please choose for me? Thanks.

From L to R:  Tide Pools, Ocean Kiss, Rhythmic Blue, Marina Isle

From L to R: Tide Pools, Ocean Kiss, Rhythmic Blue, Marina Isle

Which one is your favorite?

Which one is your favorite?

Different Light

Different Light

The 3 that didn't make the cut.  Note the streaky primer.

The 3 that didn't make the cut. Note the streaky primer.

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?