Painting

We chose to hire painters to spray the trim, ceilings, and prime the walls.  We saved about $2,500 by painting the walls ourselves.  This is an easy thing for homeowners to DIY if they really need to save some money.  The only issue with DIY in a large project that involves a contractor is keeping up with the timeline/schedule and taking some control out of the contractor’s hands.  It’s trickier to coordinate and can upset people, but we pulled it off.  Every weekend I had free time I went and painted.  I had paint parties with friends to help me, and Matt & I would take turns when watching the kids.  Our focus was to first paint the walls that were over hardwoods since the hardwoods were going to be sanded and finished soon.  The next focus was on the bedrooms before carpet was  installed, and bathrooms after the tile was finished.

 

You’ll notice that everything is white…  that’s on purpose.  I wanted the house to feel light, bright, and full of sunshine, BUT warm.  We painted the trim Sherwin Williams Alabaster (a bit creamy) rather than a pure/cooler white.  The walls are the same color in satin sheen, and the ceilings are Alabaster as well in flat.  Flat helps hide imperfections, bumps, scrapes, humps in the drywall, etc. because the light doesn’t bounce off of it much.  Satin is easier to wipe/clean if you smudge it than flat.  Touch-up paint is easier on flat than satin because the light can potentially show where the touch-up starts and stops.  Usually a painter will re-paint an entire wall where a touch up is needed the higher the sheen is.  The white walls are a good base for lots of colorful artwork that will hang, and they carry out the common mid-century style of white  found in Palm Springs architecture as well as Scandinavian.

My daughter wanted a rainbow in her room so I had to make that happen quickly over her spring break. I brought her on a weekday right before carpet went in the next day!  She loved being a part of it even though her help only lasted about an hour before I had to finish it myself.  The rainbow took 3 coats of each color.  Green Frog tape is the key for things like this because it makes a cleaner line than blue tape.  We used small rollers in separate trays for each color.  She has decided to finish the top with a puffy cloud we are making out of white foamcore and sticking up with 3M sticky tape.

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A (kind of) Concrete Plan… and practicing patience.

As Christmas was approaching, I got to thinking about the practice of patience, the the feeling of anticipation, waiting, and hope.  The season of Advent is all about these things; the anticipation of the birth of Jesus, and the waiting with hope of his second coming.  Children practice patience as they count down the days for Christmas for Santa to come and bring them gifts.  As the days get closer, the anticipation and excitement grows with hope for what’s to come.  We can all relate to how much sweeter it is to experience something good when it required a period of waiting and a bit of heartache to get there.

“Waiting is an art that our impatient age has forgotten.  Whoever does not know the austere blessedness of waiting – that is, of hopefully doing without – will never experience the full blessing of fulfillment.  Those who do not know how it feels to anxiously struggle with the deepest questions of life, of their life, and to patiently look forward with anticipation until the truth is revealed, cannot even dream of the splendor of the moment in which clarity is illuminated for them… For the greatest, most profound, tenderest things in the world, we must wait.”   – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Now, while a house project is not an example of life’s deepest questions, it does make me reflect, and has caused me to practice being patient.  I can only dream of how much sweeter this journey and home must taste when we finally get to live in it after a year of anticipation and excitement that has been a struggle (at times) along the way.

Below is our video of the concrete process.  This was back in spring, mind you, when the grass was green and the rain never stopped.  Kansas City had two huge storms with major downpours, flooding, and high-winds while we were trying to get our foundation down!