Tuesday, August 4, 2009
So, in an effort to finish up the painting in time for the big move -- and to give us next weekend to focus on packing up the old house -- we're bringing in Dave's brother...or rather, Dave's brother's painter. You see, Dave's brother Micah is (in addition to being an awesome guy) an excellent general contractor who has spent the last year dividing his time between his home in south Florida and Galveston, Island. One call to Micah on Monday morning and we were all set up to have his painting crew at the new house later this week to paint the master bedroom and bathroom (in Farrow & Ball's Parma Gray) and Dave's study (in Benjamin Moore's Slate Teal). In many ways, I only wish we'd called Micah sooner as between painting on weekends and things at work heating up, I've been absolutely exhausted lately.
But on to more pleasant things -- here are a few pictures of the exterior I took last weekend:
Word must have gotten out that our street has an abnormally high percentage of construction workers on it as vans peddling tacos, burritos, and other assorted Tex-Mex visit us about every half hour. While painting on Sunday, I was half tempted to run out there myself and place an order....I wonder if residents ever do this?
Dutifully though, I went to Pittsburgh Paints and ordered one can of oil-based (my first mistake!) white paint in a semigloss finish. The guy working the counter gave me what I later found out to be just a can of base paint. While Dave and I had our suspicions rolling it on, we decided to let it fully dry before making the call that it was indeed the incorrect paint.Of course though, it wasn't the "white" paint my builder used at all. To top it all off, because we used oil-based paint instead of latex, the process was exceedingly more painful (if you've used oil-based before, you'll know what I mean -- it's, quite simply, just a bitch to use).
This week I'll be making my third trip to Pittsburgh Paints in as many weeks to pick up the correct white (which is, incidentally, called White Chip). Pain and suffering aside though, I'm absolutely thrilled with how the Drawing Room Blue turned out; it's exactly as I'd imagined it to be.
I'm particularly pleased at how the Vintage Knobs I got from Restoration Hardware turned out in the master bathroom. The vanity drawer will be getting a matching pull as soon as it arrives off back order.
Next weekend we'll be finishing up the dining room and waiting around for the cable guy and the refrigerator installation (which was supposed to happen this Saturday but thanks to our builder putting baseboards around the refrigerator niche, the fridge we bought wouldn't fit -- another frustration!). Of course, I'll post more pictures next week, including pictures of the additional rooms we're having painted on Thursday.