Curbside Appeal – New Paint Job!

It had taken a while to decide whether or not to get my house painted. This year’s stormy weather didn’t help as some of the old paint started to chip off.

I knew at some point I was going to have to hire someone to do this work because a) bugs automatically gravitate towards me and I get bitten in minutes, b) the heat, and c) it would involve ladders.

I got a few bids to be smart as I started to wade through paint swatches. (I’m really happy I waited because a couple years ago, I had wanted a bright, spring green color with dark brown trim which would have clashed with my existing brick façades.)

I found a painter that wasn’t the least expensive, nor was he the most expensive. He was able to not just do the prepwork, he replaced some siding that was rotted or was rotting out.

So the before picture (this was the official listing photo for the house 4 years ago):

With the help of my friend Sanders, I was able to narrow down my colors. I wanted a clean look and decided not to use a separate trim color for the fascia and the shutters like before. I wanted one color (a grayish color for the body that didn’t clash with the brick) with a bit of pop around the front door and the same color was to be used on the patio door. According to some really BASIC research on feng shui, the best color would be bluish to represent water.

I got samples and painted them onto a piece of foam board (with Puck supervising).

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Then put it out to look at the colors during different times of the day. I had a feeling San Antonio Gray was the best match when I taped the little sample square onto the house one weekend. This just confirmed it. It was the blue that was harder to pick but in the end, Ash Blue was the winner.

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The work—

One of the first things he did was remove the decorative railing on the porch. The posts had started to rot at the bottom and since they weren’t load bearing, I decided I didn’t want them anymore. Then some siding panels were replaced (one section looked as though mushrooms were growing from it.) 😦 After pressure washing the house, even more paint peeled off, giving my house a really dilapidated, hobo look to it.

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There was a lot of bondo, sanding, and sealing after that. (The second picture is the porch without the railing now.)

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Then I came home to a painted house! First thing I noticed was NO MORE ORANGEY COLOR! 🙂

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Yep, it’s the right color. IMG_3810

View from inside the house looking towards the porch.

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Sunrise picture of house (note the orange trim was still on the door). IMG_3813

IMG_3816 The faux shutters need to be replaced. I was told they were cracking.

Back of the house before trim color. IMG_3817

Then came the blue:

Spraying the patio door. I thought it looked cool and artsy. 🙂 IMG_3818

The front door. IMG_3819

It’s a little overexposed but there is a hint of the blue trim from the curb. IMG_3820 IMG_3824 View from the back.

It looks great though now I will need to really start working on the curb appeal and landscape the yard a little.

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New Door!

Today I got my front door installed!

Goodbye, 6-panel steel door:

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And HELLO to my new, more modern door:

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I had the installer remove my old trim since it would need to be replaced.  I had originally planned to buy the trim and had it ready and painted by install day but, things were too busy so I bought them that morning and didn’t install it until in the afternoon.

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View of the door hardware:

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Right now, the orange really clashes with the door. 😦 I have plans already to get the exterior done and will finalize the colors later in the month. (THEN I’ll post a pic of the door from outside)

Cat Tree Revamp

A couple years ago, I created my juniper cat trees for Floyd and Puck.

It was probably a couple months ago that I realized the cheap carpet I used for the bases was starting to fray and then holes started to appear.

Since Floyd’s birthday was coming up (March 17th) and followed by Puck (April 6), it was a good time to start planning for an early present.

Over the weekend, I found a couple rugs that were on sale—both for the base and some of the platforms.

So on Sunday, I disassembled the branches off the big tree and removed a cross branch from the smaller one. Then I began working on the base. I didn’t remove the old carpet but threw the new one on top and screwed it down instead of using staples like before.

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My goal was to finish by evening but my first attempt was a fail since the configuration left no room for adding platforms.

I quickly added one platform to it before I called it quits.

After dinner on Monday, I worked on re-covering some platforms with the green stripe carpet.

Since there were some exposed screws from attaching the platforms (and one lag bolt had sheared off), I used corks to cover them.

 

Of course, it makes no difference if I ended up liking the final product. My two critics/mini jungle cats had to love it and use it. 

Revised Paint Job for Office

This is the third time I’ve revised my office since moving here three years ago. (third time’s a charm, right?)

I went from plain walls and popcorn ceiling –

To a turquoise and grey combo.

To the turquoise and lemon ice (in addition to the sliding barn door and chandelier).

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I totally fell in love with the Slate Teal color that was in my spare bath and was going to use it in the guest bedroom as well but decided it would work better in my office since that room got more light than the other.

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It took a little over 2 weekends to cover the turquoise with Slate Teal. I had run out of the paint about half way through and being it was such a deep, intense color, I used more paint than usual. I also stencilled a design over but it wasn’t the same pattern as before. I also decided to do something slightly different by using the same color paint but in Pearl finish (satin) to stencil over the matte.

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The pattern is Atlas by Royal Stencil.

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Lola (the Tanker Desk) Update

I haven’t really worked on Lola yet since I got her months ago.

Of and on I have been looking at different color paints for her and I decided on this one:

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It’s a 1969 Chevy factory color for Camaros and Chevelles (Lemans Blue Metallic). Since I would never own one due to the maintenance of these beauties, I decided to use the color on the desk.

This was the touchup paint version but I’ll be buying the spray paint for Lola.

I’m even thinking of getting an emblem with “Lola” written in a similar script font as my fave muscle cars.

One Accent Chair is Done

 

I really couldn’t leave the chair as-is after the ottoman so I decided today to take it apart.

There were so many staples to remove 😦

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Once I got the cover off, I noticed the chair was actually 2 pieces—the back and the bottom. The way the cover was attached, it looked like one solid unit. Rather than keep it the same, I turned it back to 2 separate pieces (it was much easier to reupholster too).

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I may add some more nail heads along the bottom edge but right now, here it is.

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It was a lot of work but it looks really nice. I also sewed the seam for the front edge of the seat. A very first for me!