Finally! *collapses face first onto floor*

We finally finally finally (barring little touch-ups) finished painting our house at 8pm Tuesday night. I had so little left and I was losing light but we did it! When I gave the hubs a high-five, we both had smiles on our faces. The relief rushed in and the pride in our work came soon after.

Even though it took waaaay longer than I figured (I originally estimated two weeks tops – try two months!), it looks great. We are proud of our work and I feel like we did just as good, if not better than most professionals. We went over the house with a fine toothed comb, finding any spots, re-caulking areas that had either been missed, never touch, or already needed more touching-up. It took a lot of our strength and sweat and a ton of our time, but everyday now, when we come home from work, our hard work shines through. I love it.

We still have the doors to replace and paint, but there’s no rush on that. They work for now. Next up is some fun stuff – new house numbers and finding a spot for our raised bed garden. But again, in due time. For now, we rest. These other projects take little time and can be done whenever we feel so inclined. I’m not worried about them, and I usually forget about them completely until something triggers my memory.

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Last night we went to Austin’s last Sound and Cinema for the summer. It’s a great free deal Austin does at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. They have a band that plays music from the movie they are showing, and when the sun sets, they play a different movie each time. This time was The Sandlot, a classic coming of age story. If you haven’t seen it, I recommend it. It’s a favorite of ours.

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We stayed for a short while, but since it was so busy, it was hard to hear the movie so we ended up leaving to find a quieter place. We stopped at Radio Coffee & Beer, a great newer place that has great cold brew coffee and local drafts, so everyone can get something they want. The place has a great outdoor setting. One area has an open field with chairs for chatting, and the other side has picnic tables (and a couple food trailers of course), and they happened to be playing a bunch of short films. During the short films, one of the trailers came out with samples of their rosemary honey popcorn. If I hadn’t just eaten earlier, I would have grabbed a bag because it was amazing.

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I stayed out much later than planned but it was well worth it. We hadn’t “gone out” and done something like this for weeks, heck, months, because of the house projects. When I have a big project going on, I feel guilty leaving it undone, so we committed ourselves to one last push, finished up the painting, then went out, partly as a celebration, and partly to renew our love of the city. You can start to forget why you like a city if you don’t take advantage of the things that made you love it in the first place.

Finish

I’ve been working on a few projects and assignments for a while. For me, if I don’t get them done within a relative time frame of when I thought I’d finish them, I start to get anxious. My mind keeps these projects in the back of my head at all times. And the only way to get rid of all of this heaviness? Finishing them.

I plan on going full force this week, even though I have very little energy, and complete this house painting project. We were gone for a week, were out of town this past weekend, and have been just plain old busy. I plan on dedicating my time to finishing this painting project, because although I have other things I want to do, I have a hard time concentrating on them with these other open projects constantly looming over me.

Tonight, we focus and finish what we’ve started!!

FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED

And…

And I’m still not done with the house. I feel like I’ve been lazy at finishing this project, and I hate when I was doing so well, going so fast, and then a couple of things derail me and now I’m feeling like my house will always have spots of blue on it. I know this isn’t true but it starts to feel that way and I start to get antsy. A few things have come up (was out of town for four days, friend moved into our house, found out I have way more training to do than I thought I did, so I’ve been trying to wrap my head around that), yada yada. Hopefully this weekend shouldn’t stop me from finishing the house. I have only a small portion left on the south/southwest side (it’s just been hard to get to because it gets sun when I’m home) and a small portion on the north side (Hubs is going to have to climb onto the roof to paint the chimney but 1-he hates heights and 2-he hates painting – so I’m going to buy him lots of beer for afterwards). Once those two sections are done (it’s probably only about 200sq feet total left to do), then I’ll be moving onto trim.

I at least did find a trim color…I think. The two that I’m looking at are practically the same so I’ll tell you the one that I’m leaning towards, and that I can remember the name of. It’s called Stonewashed by Behr. It’s a good neutral white without being too…WHITE! When the house was blue, the trim was blue as well and the house kind of got lost in itself. Trimming out the windows gives it a little more distinction, especially since we have a handful of half-moon shaped windows that add a little uniqueness to the architecture of the house.

stonewashedWe are both getting the itch to get out and travel, but I feel like the right thing to do is just finish this ASAP so we can get it done. I hate having projects open and waiting to be finished for too long.

Earlier I stated that we have a new roommate. Unfortunately, his rent skyrocketed so he’ll be staying with us until he can figure out what his next housing venture should be. Here in Austin, if you can scrape up the cash, and you plan on sticking around, it’s better to buy right now. We pay slightly less than we did renting. And we own the home. Of course, it comes with the cost of renovation, but that’s our choice. Either way, he’ll be at the house, which means we have some rearranging to do as far as storage goes. I love our little house, but it seriously lacks in storage (not even a single linen closet), so we’ll be getting creative in the garage and attic and office closet this weekend when we’re not painting.

Not trying to get too philosophical here, but I think a key to true happiness is to stay flexible and open to things. Situations change and flex and the best way to not get upset is to expect the change. Expect things to be different than how you see it happening in your head. Even if a situation isn’t how I expected it to be, I find myself enjoying where I am if I just embrace whatever comes at me. Even if it’s things like rearranging a closet. If I go into it with a great attitude (this will give us so much more space!) instead of dreading it (I hate organizing!), then the project immediately starts off on a better foot.

So embrace whatever comes at you, enjoy the ride, and remember, nothing lasts forever, nothing stays the same, so embrace the And…

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Garage door painting over the weekend

For my US WP friends, I hope everyone had a fabulous 4th and got to see some fireworks.We went out to a friend’s house in the country. They’d bought a wide assortment and set them off throughout the evening. There were snacks, beers, and a lot of people I’d never met before. It was great, but the weekend was exhausting.

You’d think the long 4th of July weekend would be prime time for painting, but it wasn’t. Between having friends over, an emergency dental visit, and going out to a friend’s house, there wasn’t a whole lot of time in between. And honestly, I’ve lost count of how many hours of painting I’ve put in (something in the 30′-hour range most likely), so I’m not always motivated to paint if I only have a couple hours of free time since it takes 15-20 minutes for setup and cleanup each time.

I did get the garage done though, which was great. It was currently a faded baby blue beacon in contrast with the front entry that I had completed previously. I was initially nervous about painting the garage door because all the info I’d read on painting a garage was geared toward spraying it and I only had a brush and a roller. I did find one tutorial that advised to paint the crevices with a brush, then coming back with a roller which is what I ended up doing. I made sure to put two coats on the crevices, then rolled the whole thing twice. It took only a couple of hours and I was very pleased with the results.

I’d been playing around with either painting the door the body color or the trim color and ended up painting it the body color because there wasn’t a lot of the body color in the front of the house since we have a lot of stone. I wanted to accentuate and showcase the body color and I’m glad I did. The stone pops a lot more with the contrasting rich brown/gray of the Mined Charcoal and I really like it.

I just have a small portion of both the south and north side, then I’m done with the body. The hubs has graciously said he would be the second coat guy. I am planning on having him go back and finding all the mottled areas, or spots I missed, instead of doing a full on second coat everywhere. While he’s working on that, I’ll be working on trim. I plan on heading to Home Depot today to pick out a few color swatches. Hopefully making a trim choice won’t be nearly as difficult as the body choice. IMG_4898 FullSizeRenderIMG_4900 IMG_4907

24 hours of painting in and making baby steps

I’m still working on painting my house. I’ve had some road blocks here and there, mostly rain. One minute it’s sunny and perfect for painting. The next minute I have this over my head…

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Luckily, since I’ve been working on the entry, I’ve still been able to paint a little while the rain comes down since it’s luckily been raining strait down, or from the west, keeping me dry.

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Before pillars. The bottoms were replaced with cedar as they had molded and rotted out.
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After pillars!
These have been quite helpful with the heat and humidity
These have been quite helpful with the heat and humidity

This week I plan on finishing the front during my spare time, then finishing up the north and south sides. I also need to figure out if I should paint the garage door the house color or the trim color. I still have to pick out the trim color too. Anyone have any tips on garage door colors? Should I make it blend into the house with the body color, or brighten it with the trim color?

Either way, stay tuned – more to come!