Monday, April 11, 2011

Labor of Love

Daddy's new house is officially his today when the closing papers are submitted to the county treasurer's office. He signed the paperwork on Thursday, but the county treasurer's office was closed on Friday.

That didn't stop us!

Friday, we went to the paint store, might as well give Chris at Sherwin-Williams a pat on the back for his helpful suggestions and patience, as I spent 2-1/2 hours picking out paint colors!

It's going to be Bright White for the insides of the kitchen cabinets, as well as the trim and window sills throughout the house.

For the great room downstairs, as well as the loft area upstairs, the color is Willowy White. It's a pale green that avoids being pastel by being on the gray side.  The bedrooms are going to be Platinum, it's a white with a blue-gray cast, as I wanted something bright for the bedrooms, as they seem dark compared to the all window front of the house. The bathrooms, will probably be the same color, but I haven't completely decided that one.

Friday evening I scrubbed the insides of the kitchen cupboards and readied them for paint. First tho', Daddy removed odd screws and nails to make wiping them down safe.

Saturday was official start date of painting.

I think the insides of the kitchen cabnets looks so bright and clean painted white, instead of the original gold. Don't you?

Here, Dad removes the electric baseboard heaters. With the beautiful Vermont Casting Gas Stove in the livingroom, there is no need for them. And let's face it, they're ugly. They were ugly, now they are for sale on Craigslist!

On Sunday, Brent got a start painting the great room. You can see the front of the loft area above his head. The ceiling is 2 stories high to his right.

 Large gaps and holes in the walls were filled with expanding foam. Here Dad trims off the excess, so it's flush with the wall, and ready to be painted.

A safety hand rail was removed from the stairway wall to receive a coat of stain to match the posts and rails of the stairway and the loft railings.

 Here you can see that the front walkway path is flanked by several large rhodies that are about to bloom into the most beautiful shade of red!

I gave the kitchen walls a coat of pale yellow. Pictures to follow soon. Today, I'll finish painting the refridgerator alcove, give the insides of the cabinets a second coat of white and start on the shelves.

Sunday dinner was served by Bob's at Birch Bay Square. Then Dad headed home as Brent and I headed to bed. All in all, a very productive weekend.


  1. Very guys covered a lot of ground!
    I have to laugh...reading your post, all I could think of was the scene from "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House." Myrna Loy goes through this detailed description of the paint colors...

    Myrna Loy - “I had some samples. Here we are. Now, first, the living room. I want it to be a soft green. Not as blue-green as a robin's egg. No. But not as yellow-green as daffodil buds. Now, the only sample I could get is a little too yellow. But don't let whomever does it get it too blue. No. It should be a sort of grayish yellow-green. Now the dining room. I'd like yellow. Not just yellow. A very gay yellow. Something bright and sunshiny. I tell you, if you'll send one of your workmen to the grocer...for a pound of their best butter and match that exactly, you can't go wrong. This is the paper we'll use in the hall. It's flowered. But I don't want the ceiling to match any colors of the flowers. There are some little dots in the background. And it's these dots I want you to match. Not the little greenish dot near the hollyhock leaf. But the little bluish dot between the rosebud and the delphinium blossom. Is that clear? Now, the kitchen's to be white. Not a cold, antiseptic, hospital white. No. A little warmer, but still, not to suggest any other color but white. Now, for the powder room in here, I want you to match this thread. And don't lose it. It's the only spool I have and I had an awful time finding it. As you can see, it's practically an apple red. Somewhere between a healthy Winesap and an unripened Jonathan. Oh, excuse me.” (Myrna Loy leaves the room)

    Painter to Other Painter - “You got that, Charlie? Red, green, blue, yellow, white.”

    ('s one of my favorite movies...and I TOTALLY understood what she meant with each color.)

  2. Yes! Yes! Yes!

    That scene was definatley playing in my head as I could hear myself trying to describe just to right shade of pale green!

    Maybe it's a guy thing not to be able to distinquish between subtle shades, or maybe they just don't care?!?!

    Here's a clip of Myrna's scene:

  3. OH, Ayup. That's the way it really goes with us.