Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Paint projects to finish before the end of 2014

I've drawn up a list of things to do before the end of this year.  There are a few large painting projects that need to be done, and I have been avoiding them, because they look like a lot of work.

1. Paint the kitchen cabinets.  I have gotten estimates for renovating the kitchen, so I'll talk all about the future plans for the kitchen in another post.  For the moment, I am going to paint the cabinets.


2. Paint the front walkway wall.  Previously, this wall was covered in ivy.  Ivy that was housing vermin.  We ripped it down, but it left its mark on the wall and trim.



It isn't terrible from the street, but up close it looks awful.

I love my painter, but he wants me to pay him $35 an hour to "appropriately prepare" the surface for painting by using a blow torch and water spritzer to burn out those few thousand dead fern thingys.  I THINK NOT. My cunning plan is to just paint over all the fern thingys on the stucco walls myself.

3. Paint the front door.


I don't need HOA approval for painting the walkway wall because I am simply repainting it in the current color, but to change the color of the front door I need to submit my request to the HOA two weeks prior to the next meeting, so....I need to get on with the paperwork. I am between a happy tomato red or a happy sunshine yellow.

4.  Paint the stripe on the back wall where we tore down the termite-riddled patio cover.


5. Strip the paint on the tile counters.  Find the idiot who perpetrated this crime on humanity and give them a stern lecture of the appropriate use of latex paint.


Here's hoping that writing it down will inspire me to put my painting clothes on and get to work.  

7 comments:

  1. That same idiot came and painted the grout on my counters, too! You know, I have a similar list. I think the reason I can't seem to get to any of my projects is that they are all 1) labor intensive (which means 2) not fun) and do not promise any huge endorphin rush when finished. Yes, I really do want to finish painting the trim in the downstairs hallway. It looks very unfinished right now. But there will be no big POW! when it's all done. And, the amount of lacking motivation has something to do with a ratio between those two things. Painting your cabinets would probably give you that. But dang! Tons of work. Painting the ivy spot is much less work, but what's the big whoop in painting a wall its existing color? All of which is to say: I feel ya.

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    1. Exactly! Who wants to see my dirty wall painted the same color? It is hardly exciting blog fodder. Its a lot of work for not a lot of payoff. The only one I'm remotely excited about is the front door, but that entails paperwork and getting my neighbors' signatures and eh....eventually.

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  2. Girl, we are in the midst of renovating the kids' bath, and despite the fact that this is my last major painting project, I am cannot get excited about it. I feel your pain. Primer, paint, and 3 coats on the trim - here I come!

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    1. I hear you--so much work! Will you be posting pics of the remodel?

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  3. HA! Yeah, I think painting over the former plant life is ok as long as you sand it down. Dang painters and their hours of prep! Crazy that you have to submit your door color for approval. What if they don't like it?

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    1. I think the HOA will probably say yes, they are pretty lenient here---there is a brilliant orange door down the street, a cobalt blue, a lilac, and so on. I just have to do all the paperwork and submit it.

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  4. You won't get an endorphine rush but I know you will breathe a 'whew' and feel a sense of completion. They are icky maddening jobs and I don't envy you. I've worked on painting out wood trim for years. Rock on!

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