Yes, I am a bit of a wimp but I do have tendonitis in my right arm so painting almost every night since last Friday has me reaching for the ice pack when I get home...Home? Where are you painting, you ask?
My sister Laura and her fiancé Paul have bought their first house and though it has very good bones, it needed a fair amount of cosmetic work - specifically new floors and PAINT. Every wall had been painted white by the sellers so L &P picked out (well, I think Laura picked out the colours) some paint colours for the kitchen, living room, hall, and main floor bathroom. More to be chosen soon.
The night they got the keys, the carpet and underlay went flying out the door - literally. Nasty stuff that old carpet. I also got the new hardware on the kitchen cupboards - what a difference some new handles make to existing doors.
As soon as everything was cleaned up in the living room, we painted.
Living room before:
Living room during:
And Living room today with new paint and new hardwood floors:
I can't wait for the new white trim and baseboard to go on and furniture to be in - it looks 100% better already. They do have to have a window replaced - the one in the above photo - the seal is gone and it has leaked in the past. Easy stuff for the guys Laura knows from working at the 'home improvement store' over the years.
They have had their issues too - as happens with a home that is not brand new - a crack (yes, I said crack) in the foundation downstairs, a small leak around a vent in the roof and a small leak on the right side of the sink in the kitchen. All of which can easily be fixed.
We have one coat of paint on the kitchen - that will be finished tomorrow. And all of the doors got a coat of primer tonight and will be finished up tomorrow. Next up will be the trim, master bedroom, then basement, bathrooms and once they find out if it's a boy or a girl...the baby's room :)
I hope the weather is nice enough for me to start digging around in the yard - things need to be trimmed and dug up and moved around. Laura is not in possession of a green thumb so I have been elected for that duty. I love it though and it gives me the opportunity to get dirty again. I miss the garden I had out home.
I'm so happy for them. It's a lot of work but it's an exciting process too and I'm learning a lot.
Off to get another ice pack and some kleenex - that Grey's Anatomy season finale was brutal. :)
Have a happy Friday!!!