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Next house, we’re hiring painters.

We started with big plans – paint the living/dining room, hall, and both upstairs bedrooms.  This quickly devolved into just the living/dining, hall, and trim in the master.  Why?  Because painting is HELL!!!!!  Ok, the painting itself isn’t so bad, it’s the prep that goes into it that is truly awful.  All the magazines, blogs, and home shows tell you that painting is the easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to improve your house.  Now granted, it’s an improvment, but cheap, fast, and easy, no.  I can barely type my hands hurt so much.  And whatever those muscles are in the back of my thighs?  Those really hurt, too.  It hurts to stand up, sit down, walk, look up, look down, roll over, etc, etc.  The only good news is that it hasn’t been hot – only about 30 degrees.  I never thought I’d see 30 as cool, but when it’s been hovering around 39 for weeks, 30 is almost sweater weather!!  But back to the paint oriented gryping.  Why does no one mention that you need special primer to go over dark paint?  Primer is primer, right?  Well, apparently not, and we learned the hard way.  It took 4 cans of primer for 2 rooms.  And that stuff’s not cheap.  Rona must love us – we’ve dropped about $450 there this weekend.

Now for some before, during, and afters:

living/dining room getting taped

living/dining room getting taped

Hall.  Note my expert plastic laying job.  I really hope someone got a deal on that paint.

Hall. Note my expert plastic laying job. I really hope someone got a deal on that paint.

The photos really don’t do justice to how ugly the colours were in these rooms.  They were dark, industrial, reminiscent of newborns’ diapers.  And shiny.  What’s up with shiny paint?

living room, primed

living room, primed

Things started to look up once we got the primer on.  Both the hall and the living/dining room looked so much bigger and brighter, and more like somewher we wanted to spend some time.  We decided not to paint the fireplace, but (don’t tell Jamie), I think it needs to be done.  Menana!

I didn’t take a shot of the hall primed because it was such a beast.  It took 4 coats.  Four.  Every one of them mind-numbing, back breaking, hand blistering hell.  I’m pretty sure I layered in at least 2 flies with the primer, too.

living room

living room

hall

hall

looking in to the hall from the living room

looking in to the hall from the living room

We still need to finish the trim and do some touch ups, but I couldn’t be happier with how things look.  Well, I could be, and that would be if we’d paid a couple of dudes to do this for us and gone to the lake.  Whatever, live and learn.

Oh, and if anyone heard some intense swearing coming from our place this afternoon, this is why:

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And that’s when we decided to call it a day.

Apricot Cottage

Jamie’s packing the car so I’m sneaking in a little sit down and posting break.  We’re painting this weekend, and after 10 hours of it, everything hurts!!!!  We got the keys on Monday and I’ve taken a few photos and will post  a bunch on Monday.  For now, though, I just thought I’d post a few shots of why our house smells so… interesting.  Mum and Dad have apple trees in their back yard and a plaque naming their house apple tree cottage.  Well, we have 5 apricot trees, a slippery carpet of fermenting, buzzing apricot mush, so I guess we live at apricot cottage!

sorry it's blurry

sorry it's blurry

apricots

apricots

apparently this year has actually been bad for apricots - this was a small crop!!!!!?

apparently this year has actually been bad for apricots - this was a small crop!!!!!?

Jamie thinks we should call our place the apricot apocalypse compound.  It does have a ring to it, but that would make for one big plaque!

Paint Chips

It must be the heat, but we’re thinking cool, watery hues for the new house.

The hall will be “wading pool”, a soft aqua tinged blue.

The living room will be “sound of spring”, a pale robin’s egg colour.

The kitchen will be “cutlery”, a soft, slightly blued grey.

The spare bedroom is from an un-named swatch (how boring), a slightly lavender toned grey.

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Clockwise from large central chip: Un-named spare bedroom colour; Sound of Spring (living room); Wading pool (hallway); Cutlery (kitchen)

Still here….

Sorry there hasn’t been much activity on the blog the last little bit.  I’ve been a busy little bee working on my business plan.  It’s been classes all this week with oodles of work to do afterwards, but I’m making so much progress!  My 1st step toward a web presence is of course another blog, so check it out here.  But maybe wait a bit – I haven’t even got the header up yet!

xox,

Chelsea

The tile samples arrived today, and I’m as giddy as if they were free candy!

IMG_2755top: vapour, cloud

middle: almond, surf

bottom: blue penny rounds

And I think we have a winner:

cloud

cloud

cloud

cloud

Yes, that’s the same tile sample – the lovely cloud.  It fluctuates between a soft blue, green, and white depending on the light and is just so subtle and luscious.  It has enough colour to keep us happy and is hopefully neutral enough to appeal at resale.

Thanks to the amazing Deanne, I’ve found the treasure trove of knobs that is Lee Valley Tools.  I thought they were just for gardening, but no, they’ve got hardware galore.  I could even buy the bits to build my own casket!  But before I get that underway, I think there’s a knob decision!

lee valley knobs

I’m thinking of doing a combination of white ($4.90 ea) on the bottom cabinets , clear ($4.20 ea) on the top.  Home depot seems to have won out on the pulls, with nickel shell pulls at $3.80 a pop.  We’ve even seen them in person and know Jamie’s hand will fit.  So with pulls and knobs in place, we just need … oh, about a billion other details finalized.

In other news, we looked at Corian at Homedepot last night.  Wow, that stuff’s not cheap when you’re looking at the prettier styles.  So we may be going granite.  Add that to the list of things to source!

I’ve been working on moving announcements (or was before I got sucked into blog reading), and realized I can’t just send them out with any old stamps.  So I’ve ordered these:

our house, stamped

our house, stamped

Yup, that’s our house on a stamp.  Crazy and overindulgent as it is, I can’t wait to get my hands on them!  If you’d like to make your own, click here.