Let’s just start right out with this since it makes me laugh out loud. Let’s just say that my first afternoon attempt at using a paint sprayer didn’t go as planned. It was actually kind of another one of those “what I learned about my husband while trying to learn how to use a paint sprayer” days. Like the whole closet door making experience. Just getting started in trying to get this thing figured out was just kind of intimidating to us. It has been looming over our head in our shed for months and we were finally to the stage where we’d picked out a color we wanted to try and it was time to give it a go. So Joel took a nap. :) Yeah, he wanted no part of what was sure to be a paint sprayer fiasco. Smart, smart man. And lesson learned, this guy really does hate painting as much as he claims. But, want to see something cool? I figured it out! Well, that is not entirely true, but more details on that in a minute. I actually instagrammed this picture as it was happening and many thought this was white paint. It’s actually Dewey House Grey, it is a custom color that matches a hotel in town. We liked it and knew we would have to get our color approved by the historic approval committee so we thought an easy way to go would be to pick a color that had already been approved. We figured there was no sense getting our hearts set on a color just to have it denied. And see how it’s so much lighter on the right, in the sun, than on the left, in the dark. We’re realizing the “50 shades of gray always a different shade … continue reading
Alternate titles in consideration for this post were “that day I was thankful the neighbors weren’t around”, “I guess painting isn’t like riding a bike” and “dude, ladders are hard”. All I can say is that I really was happy no one saw me fall off my ladder on our front porch the other day. Yep, that totally happened. And my paint tray went flying onto the sidewalk and this happened. Not my finest moment, but one of those four little ladder legs got unruly and slipped off the porch while I was painting the ceiling joists on the underside of the porch ceiling and although I saved myself, there was really nothing I could do about the sidewalk. Let’s take a look at a little illustration, please don’t be distracted by the man powerwashing in the photo, that really has nothing to do with anything. There is about a 5 inch gap between the edge of the patio and the front wall where there used to be weeds flowers. I’m not exactly sure how the ladder leg got in there, but at some point while I was painting over my head I lost track of what was happening below my feet and things got hairy. But just for a second. I wasn’t hurt, well, maybe my ego, but after a quick perusal of the street there was a sigh of relief for no witnesses. Heck, the tourist train could have been going by with some unsuspecting tourist getting me on their vacation video. Aaaanyway, it’s never dull around here. :) The front porch progress so far has included Joel using the scariest tool he ever used to grind off nails poking through the bottom of our porch roof and then we finished up the trim around our new exterior siding. … continue reading
I’m going to start right out and say that I was more than skeptical when Kilz sent along some of their Kilz Klear for me to try on my newly drywalled walls.* *Side note – spell checker does not like the use of the word drywall as a verb. But since I often find myself in the act of drywalling I will insist on continuing to use it in such a manner. It’s like funner and bestest and those other non-words that really are words. I apologize to all of the grammar fanatics out there. :) I gave you a sneak peek when my cousin was here. And it really wasn’t my strategy, but I ended up tasking her with the priming and am now realizing that if it hadn’t worked out I would’ve been totally justified in blaming her for her poor application skillz. :)
So I mentioned to my mom that I want to go gray in the guest bedroom. So then I got an email from my mom saying, “Alysan gave me a swatch on a new Sherwin Williams paint color…Silver mist…very nice…bluish, grayish greenish…” Alysan is my aunt, who happens to be upgrading her own place and used the Sherwin Williams Rainwashed color that I used on our board and batten wall. So, I googled Sherwin Williams Silvermist and found this amazingly fun post by HGTV’s first Design Star, Emily Henderson. Best Gray Paint Colors According to Ryan Gosling All I’m going to say is that our guest bedroom is one of those shades of gray.
So, which end of the paint color picking spectrum are you closer to? The ‘any ol’ color will do’ or ‘I can’t paint anything until I find just the right shade of perfect’ end? I would have said I was closer to the end where as long as I liked the color I was fine with it … until this house. I’ve never really been stuck with analysis paralysis when it comes to paint, but I have two strategies that have worked basically fool-proof for me over the years.
Because I begged and pleaded and told them about my secret crush on them, Kilz is my primer sponsor for our Key West conch home remodel. I love them to pieces and am excited to share with you why. I will never write a word about their products I don’t believe 100%. You can find my full disclosure here. Confession time. I’ll go first. We bought our first house in 2001. A cute, cute little brick ranch in Indianapolis, Indiana. That had been owned and lived in for over forty years by the same old couple … who were smokers. The house was literally stained with smoke. There were squares on the wall where pictures had hung and the ceilings were more of an ashy grey than the white they had started out. It sounds so prehistoric now, but we hadn’t jumped on the digital camera bandwagon yet so we don’t have any digital photo evidence and I can’t even find our old photo albums to try to scan some pics for you. (I can’t imagine why.) But here’s the outside, hiding all of that smoke stain and stank inside. Cute, right?!?! Well, what is not cute is my personality after painting the same ceiling 5 times. Yep. It was our first house, and we were young and ambitious and bought a little bit of a fixer upper, in the form of all-smoke-stained-surfaces-needed-help.
Well, it seems as though this week is the week. Our closing is scheduled for Thursday. Can I get a knuckle bump?!?! We’re pretty darn excited to get this new chapter in our journey started already. And somewhat cautiously optimistic that this closing date will actually happen. So maybe it’s best to hold off on the knuckle bumps until the weekend. :) #nojinxiesplease
We’re going to be gearing up to make some major changes in the kitchen of our new house, what they will be I can’t even get my mind around yet, but I’m back in Maryland now trying to wrap up some things with our rental houses. Seems like a good time to me to take a look back at our first do it yourself kitchen we tackled in the house we call “The Tank”.
That’s right! I found the lazy easy way to do something new. Shocking, I know. Tuesday we talked all about front door paint color choices and empty pots, dead trees and lights without light bulbs. And today we’re talking about painting door knobs … without even removing them. That’s right!
That has a way better ring to it in my head. Like “shut the front door!”. Like “no way!”. Or “way to go!”. Ahhh, well … better luck next time. Paint the front door! Nope, still not right. Ok, instead, let’s start out today by taking a look at this picture … … and tell me the first three things you notice. Ok, I’ll go first. ;)
Thou cabinetree most fair and lovely. But, let me tell you, the cabinetry was not always that way. Yowza! Thanks to one of our tenants we found ourselves with light pink cabinets in the kitchen at one of our rental properties. No really, thank you previous tenants.
Really … serious question here. What makes someone a friend? Or, even a good friend? Do you consider your family your friends? Have you ever gone 5, or even 10 years without talking to a friend? Do you have a lot of friends? I’ve always said that I’m definitely not the person to give the shirt off my back to just anyone…but I would do absolutely anything for a select few. Now, I’m not going to go divulging who those select few are … I don’t need them getting all needy all of a sudden. ;) But, here is some criteria I like to use as a guide when determining who are my good friends.
Hey, hey! Happy Monday! How are you? I am great! I am gearing up for company to come visit. FUN!! That’s one thing about living on an island. We get our fair share of visitors. :) Luckily, we mostly like them all. ;) We had about a year there where we had at least one week of company every month. I became quite the tour guide. Hence my knowledge of the top 10 free things to do in Curacao. I’m ready to get to doing a few of those again soon. You know how it goes, don’t you?!? You have these really cool things to do in your town, but you don’t usually do them unless you’re showing them to visitors. Or you have this really cool room in your house … or on the roof as it may be … and you don’t spend as much time up there as you could. Because it’s always there. I’ll just go up tomorrow. Or next week. Or sometime soon, for sure! :)
Happy Monday!! We’re talking an easy peasy, super simple, the power of paint type of It’s a Cinch project today. Thank goodness, because I accidentally crashed my own blog yesterday. And getting it back together is still a work in progress that is testing my sanity not an easy task. #notfunatall If you happen to see anything that looks weird, loads funny or doesn’t work please don’t hesitate to offer to fix it let me know. ;) Today is also the kick off of our Organizing 101 Series. Free Stylin’ Beth is talking menu planning today! Pay her a visit to learn all kinds of great tips!! And check this out.