painting the house

Our Yellow Farm House

September 2, 2015

Today the sky was blue, the clouds puffy and high and the weather was just delightful.  As I washed the white rail fence, I thought…it is time to share our home.  It is like me.  In other words it is ‘perfectly imperfect’, as some railings are still needing to be installed.  It is however, a beautiful transformation.  The results are what I thought they could be, and yet, I am still in awe of what hard work can do.yellow farm house  From where we began…our ‘before’…yellow before white houseIt is the result of many hours of work…doing something that I did not know I could do…yellow up on the roofHelped by friends when I needed them most…yellow friendAs they embraced the change with excitement and enthusiasm…yellow friendsFrom high and low……and a lot of time on ladders…yellow roof top painterWe had a vision, but still are stunned at the result. We actually changed very little…White trim stayed white…black windows stayed black…a small black ‘eye brow’ was added to each window….yellow farm house bay window…and then we added yellow.yellow farm home  ‘Butter Up’…a historical yellow…gives the innate beauty of this home a proper stage to show it off.yellow farm house kitchen porch…I cannot believe we did it…yellow doors…and we are blessed.


Prime Team X

August 17, 2015

I imagine you dear readers might be tired of hearing about our painting the house, and all I can say is…so am I.  It could be a bit like hearing about someone running a marathon and they are telling you about each sweat drop and ankle strain…except…something really cool happened.  The X Team arrived.  Seriously!painting helpersThese sweet gals said, “We saw it in your eyes…you are beat…and so we came to help.”

I am blessed.  They sanded, cleaned and ripped off the porch spindles…and made progress and lifted my spirits!

Then Number Four Son texted…

“Do you need any help today?”  (I mean seriously, can you see why we claim this one!)  He showed up with his girlfriend and they both set to work.  (Yes, she’s a keeper!)painting helpWe soon declared that there was an extra point earned in the Croquet Season Tournament for anyone who didn’t life here that was helping.  (That might not sound like much, but then you’d not understand our seriousness about Croquet).

With the help of the X Team, we were able to break out the secret weapon…Sherwin William’s Primer X (and no this is not a paid advertisement…oh, be still my heart, how I wish it was!)  My goal with painting the house was two-fold…

1.  Make the house look beautiful.

2. Never, never, never EVER…do it again!

Old paint peals.  Often old paint peals and breaks through the new paint.  This old house had a lot of old pealing paint, which I have scraped to death.  Primer X, I have been told seals the old paint up, like glue and then hardens.  Out came my ten gallons of Primer X.  We were going to cover the house in it.  It truly is like painting with glue, and I must say it is the weirdest stuff.  It goes on blue and then dries clear.  The drying clear is both good and bad.  Good it doesn’t matter where it goes, but it doesn’t cover brown wood.  My Loving Spouse realizes that we need to paint the brown wood white or the final paint job will be splotchy.

Ugh! One more step…  So yesterday morning I set out to Fred Myer for the following emergency supplies:

1. Creamer for the coffee (one cup was certainly NOT going to do it)

2. White paint

3.  Chocolate

painting suppliesWe got after the great Primer X-this-stuff-better-work-paint-a-ton.  My Loving Spouse climbed to the peaks of the house on the wobbly ladder.  I stood on the bottom rung to keep the ladder from moving…hmmm…and he gives one last bit of advice as he heads up.

“If I fall off, get out of the way…don’t try to catch me…”

Yep…that’d not be pretty.painting highMy Loving Spouse has said for years,

“We are a formidable team”… I think he is right.

We got the house primed and it is finally ready to paint…painting roof

I know, I am blessed…

Please pass the Advil.



The Brown and White House

August 14, 2015

I am calling ‘it’!


The paint prep-unpainting-scraping-the-house-to-eternity-and-back is over.  I am calling ‘it’!  Like calling a game when one team has clearly beaten another team or when it is too dark to play anymore or when you’ve been doing it for 5 weeks and you cannot scrape another paint chip.  The prep is officially over, except for the high eaves that I cannot reach even with a 30 foot (or so) ladder that wobbles.  My Loving Spouse has to do that part, because even with my big girl panties on…I cannot do it.brown houseThe last day of unpainting went well.  Number Two Son and I pressure washed and wasp killed and paint chip picked up and it was hot…and we were sweaty.  I had to call ‘it’ or go crazy and keep prepping the house until there was no paint left.

Luckily, we have sweet neighbors who’ve been watching this process.  They keep saying things like…

“Wow…you are working hard…it is going to look great…do you want to come for dinner?”

Just in the nick of time…saved by sanity…and someone else’s cooking…and a cool evening breeze.

Plus I got to help My Neighbor feed his buffalo, which really meant I just sat in the jeep and watched those big beasts walk by…but it was cool and life is good…and the prep is over.  brown bisonDone.

Finished…just like me…




August 3, 2015

flowersWhen My Loving Spouse gets home from work he usually says,

“Hi Sweetie, I’m home!”

Except for the ‘other’ nights, then he says….

“What in the world are you doing?”

Such was the other evening… I had the shop vacuum out and was vacuuming the lawn…and the flower beds.

The ‘Unpainting‘ of the house has taken its toll.  Number One Son was worried about the old paint and THE Grandson, which made THIS Grammy worried about the old paint chips and THE Grandson…and so I started to vacuum up the chips, which were on the lawn and in the flower beds.  White flower petals looked like paint chips, so they got vacuumed up.  Sometimes the chicken poop looked like paint chips too, so I vacuumed those up as well.

Our lawn has never looked so good!


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