Friday, November 16, 2007

Painting Complete

The painting is complete! I cannot believe it. I think I mentioned that I hate painting, but let me reiterate that point: I hate painting! My mom also hates it, but she loves me, so she came over and helped me. She actually came over to help me with something altogether different, but when she came into my house and tripped over a can of primer, she knew I'd bit off more than I could chew.

We got started last night about 7:00 P.M. I had already primed one large room, so we finished priming the remaining two walls that were originally accent walls in my family room and dining. Then we painted the first coat of Refined Gold in my living room, dining room, hall, family room and kitchen. We worked until 3:00 A.M.

This morning around 9:00, we finished our coffee and got started again. We put a second coat in the first five rooms, then painted two accent walls and the downstairs powder room in a chocolate brown. We went back over and touched up missed spots as walls dried. We worked on painting until after 5:00 P.M. and began replacing outlet covers and furniture. I then treated my mom to dinner (cheap labor!) and we went shopping for fabric for the curtains I will make on Tuesday. Curtain rods go up tomorrow, along with the things that belong on the mantle.

Familiar couch? My friend Kim is remodeling, so I just bought her family room couch for my empty living room. Also, I found the iron thing on the wall for $6 at CCA on Wednesday, and the wreath and greenery at the flea market for $3. Less than $10 to fill a big empty wall. Speaking of bargains, all the paint for my entire downstairs cost $10. I bought two 5 gallon Oops paint buckets at Sherwin Williams. The manager told me he had just mixed the paint that morning for a customer who changed their mind. The colors were just what I had in mind, so I couldn't have been more pleased until he told me the original price: $500. That paint sells for $50 a gallon, and I got it for $1 a gallon. What a deal!! And, there's plenty left to use for other things or to share with a friend.

Primer Perfect

My Helper

Before (Right) and After (Left on Primer)

Painted Living Room

Fireplace Wall


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