The Laid Off IT Guy! Unextreme House Makeover
With the extra down time I have while searching for my next full time gig, my wife has had time to fill my “Honey Do” list with all sorts of things. You know, “Honey, do this. Honey, do that”? Well, I really don’t have the excuse that “I don’t have enough time,” so I’m making a good dent in the list. Here is what I’ve been up to recently.
When we built our house almost 5 years ago, the walls came painted the standard “builder’s beige,” I like to call it. She decided that she wanted to add some color to all of the rooms of the house, but let’s not get too carried away. I asked her to pick one room to start with. She chose the most challenging, but most used room in almost anyone’s home, the kitchen.
At first glance you’d think that the kitchen would be easy because after the cabinets, the stove and the refrigerator, there isn’t really that much wall space left to paint. And you’d be right. The fact that you have to trim around all of your cabinets, countertops and appliances is what makes it the trickiest room in your house to paint.
Now, I can paint an 8’ x 8’ bedroom in about 4 hours, but it took me 2.5 days to finish that kitchen. The primary reason was masking off the cabinets, etc, but the second reason was she chose a dark chocolate color and that took 3 or 4 coats! I sure thought that putting a dark paint over a light paint would be a breeze, but you could easily see through the thin spots. I had to retouch it numerous times until I couldn’t find any more spots.
It looks great now. I’m glad I did it. Next, she wants me to paint the two story entry. Wow! Know anyone that would lend me a lift or some scaffolding? What I did do in the entry way, which looks really nice, is create and install some wainscoting appliqué. It gives it a two-tone look, like raised paneling.
That’s my start to repainting the house. Does your spouse want to redo your house, too? Drop me a line about your home renovations by posting a comment online or send me an email.
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