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.

Revamped Spare Bath Ceiling

I decided to repaint my spare bath ceiling from BM’s Ceiling White to a mixture of Dolphin (from my living room ceiling) and leftover Ceiling White.

Ever since I painted my vaulted ceiling an actual color, I wanted to do the same to some rooms. The spare bath was a good place to start because of the size and because it is a work in progress.

This was a pic after I had scraped the popcorn off last year.

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Here is the ceiling as I started to practice my paint cutting skills.

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About a half hour in:

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I still got some paint on the walls but it wasn’t bad. It took an hour and I might need to touch some spots up but it is pretty much done.

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Next room to get a new ceiling will be the dining room. It’ll be easier to paint it too since there is ventilation. I don’t mind touching up some spots on the wall but I don’t want to repaint the whole wall :).

Phase 1 of the Pipe Shelving is Complete!

 

These were my Expedit shelves that I had vertically. I decided to incorporate them into a shelving unit that used pipes for the legs – giving it an industrial vibe.

I used Pratt & Lambert’s Ever Classic mixed up as a chalk style paint. I used plaster of Paris but there are other DIY variations. As I painted I also used some leftover Benjamin Moore Stone Brown to give the weathered wood look. The idea is when I start building the open shelves with reclaimed wood, I want to give them a slight weathered look.

It took all night to paint and attach it. At one point I thought offsetting them as I had on the diagram would look better but it didn’t.

As I build it up and out, it will be easier since I’m not using enclosed cubes or shelves anymore. 🙂

Vaulted Ceiling is DONE!

Final day of my ceiling project and I’m proud to say, I’m done.

I included a before pic (realtor photo) to show how it was when I first moved in.

I probably could have not done this marathon, crazy lady project work but I was really motivated to get rid of that popcorn stuff. Plus when I threw the primer/texture paint, it looked sort of blushy purple. Um, yeah…no.

The middle pic – I was nearly done and wanted to snap a pic before it got dark. -Like the last pic. And yes…I was lazy and didn’t want to disassemble the ceiling fan so I fashioned a drape over it. 🙂

I’m still not entirely done… as you can see from the last photo, I still need to touch up the walls and the side walls (non-vaulted sides) will be repainted to full strength Flora. Currently, it is 50% less intense. Painting the walls will be CAKE after this! LOL. The big TV won’t go up until that is done. (MOTIVATION!)

One thing I did realize when I got done was I probably need to rethink the flooring…at the very least, for the main living area. I need to do a bit lighter or else it’ll look like I live underground or something. 🙂

Oh, I also realized, from looking at the old listing photos that I had installed the vents backwards nearly 2 years ago when I spray painted them. WOW, what a difference in putting them the right direction!

Now for that yuck job of cleaning. :-/

My current projects

I will be starting my popcorn project tomorrow. 

At the same time I’m scraping that stuff off, I’ll be finishing up on spray painting the ceiling fan. 

Also, since my Expedit units are detached from the wall, I’m going to be beginning the pipe shelving idea. I even have a list of plumbing supplies I’ll be buying tomorrow when I go to grab paint. 

While I’m not starting it this weekend, I am still looking at fabric. I actually went to fabric stores today and looked/touched different materials. Sadly, I think all the cute stuff I had been drooling over won’t work. I need a canvas type material for durability and be Floyd and Puck resistant. 

http://etsy.me/10rFjeu 

It wasn’t exactly what I was initially looking for…a coral & teal print, I love the design. It’s modern and retro at the same time. PLUS, the price isn’t right. Hopefully they’ll have enough for me to buy. 

Okay, that’s all for now. I’ll be blogging the progress this weekend. 🙂