Shades of September (AKA House Painting)

Well, it will be a LONG project but a necessary one….the house when new had a vestigial amount of paint applied. Same for caulking. So…time to get cracking on the autumn chore – exterior painting. We’ll yank crappy caulk out and add new, replace a bit of fascia but then it will be time to clean and paint.

This is what we’re thinking – the red will be for the front and back door then just the edge of some trimwork (such as that inside trim of the garage door). The celery shade will be for the trim and porch ceilings and such. The cream is for the major part of the home. I think the red and celery hit the brick shades nicely. Some concern on the cream being too light in terms of maintenance but…I don’t think we’ll be here when it starts to get really dirty.

You can really see the trim color here…I wanted some sun and shade photos to ensure I was happy with the colors.

This is what I mean about the inside line on the garage trim. Still not certain about it. But I think it will be a nice shot of color in certain areas.

And the door…I like the idea of the red door though the sun does bake it in the afternoons and it would really cook in that darker color. Still…it pleases me.

Sarge has painted A LOT in the past so he is overly familiar with the task. I have only performed the task a few times – but I am fine with detail work. I suspect the trim will be best for me as he manages the rest. We have both declined the idea of spray painting it – I have yet to see a unit that functions well. Perhaps a professional version would but the average do it yourself brands have always clogged and been rather sparse on application. So…ladders and muscles for us.

August will be too busy to get much done (and too hot) but I think we can at least get wood filler applied, and fix grout. That should be pretty easy in the cooler hours. But there is a generous amount of it to do – blackland prairie ensures a lot of heave with the wet/dry weather so everything settles a bit over time. Well, we’ll see how it goes. I have high hopes! And then…flooring…think tile…just not sure what kind. I crave some lovely stuff in the master – actually, I crave a master re-do into one of those walk-in shower rooms.

The current soaking tub has a crack (yes, dear, it does even if it “doesn’t go all the way through” – this an on-going debate) so I am tempted to ditch it entirely for a large shower area but suspect most buyers will expect the soaker so I’ve my eyes peeled for a Craigslist construction leftover. You know – the ones that fall off the truck. Ahem. ANYHOO…like this:

That is actually quite like our bath format including the window so it’d work nicely. I want to get the window frosted so that curtains aren’t necessary…the view isn’t much but it is a large window…feel free to extend any comments, warnings, etc. about the above ideas and colors.

Anyway, there you have it – the rest of our year planned out. Sarge promises me a snow vacation which is what I’d really like. I wish CO hadn’t gone full asshat…I am thinking Wyoming or Idaho might be the options. Utah, perhaps. Have to check the carry laws because I don’t go anywhere I cannot do so. Now…some knitting and some Bones episodes. Feisty’s daughter turned me on to the show and – though I know it is all hooey in terms of reality – I really do love the forensics thing and the main character’s personality. Much like me,  she is very matter of fact and lacking some awareness of courtesies.

Now I just have to sneak out of the bedroom – her Royal Watchdogness demands her nap except she cannot do so in her favorite bathroom unless I am in view in bed. She gets very bossy about it and grumpy from being tired. I’ll post a video of it later, perhaps. Time to make my escape.

5 thoughts on “Shades of September (AKA House Painting)”

  1. I like those colors. We painted the front door of the cali house that exact color and it is fabulous!

    Lu does have a spray painter and really likes it. I think it's the Wagner Pro model. In the 300 hundred range IIRC. If you change your mind drop me a line and I'll give you some info on hers. It's what she used to paint the interior of the cali house.

  2. Thanks, you guys! The tub is nice, isn't it?

    Six, Sarge cracked up at the comment and said great minds think alike. He still isn't game for the sprayer, though…

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