Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quality painters. And cheap!

Yesterday, the fam came and got the living room and hall primed and painted along with priming the door in the living room. We took them to grab supper before Mom and Dad took Braska and headed home.

Here's the before (brown door) and the after (primed door, Sugar Beige walls, trim will be white). The color is so subtle, but I'm not going to change it to darker til we live with it for a while. Plus, I don't really care at this point. It's a good paint job and a nice color for neutrals, so it works fine.

Today Ryan and Julia helped me a great deal by packing up tubs of kitchen stuff and making a few trips over to put them away. Initially, I just started unloading stuff into any open cabinet, thinking I'd worry about organizing later. But it was quickly apparent that having less than half of the cabinets from our last house is going to be quite the challenge. So tonight, as Ryan and M went to a movie, Julia and I began to unload and try to reload in proper places. It became very frustrating. Moving is such a chaotic experience!

The other element is of course that I cannot reach (at all) the top TWO shelves in the cabinets. So I suppose I'll be keeping a step stool very handy. I'm trying to be optimistic, but I'm also realizing that yet another purging might be required.

The carpets were cleaned today. They look like they'll be much better, but still pretty worn in the traffic areas. For now, they will remain. At least, they are much cleaner. I just have a thing with carpet. You never KNOW it's clean. Hardwood can be swept and mopped and you KNOW it's good, even for a moment. But for now, we'll leave the carpet and maintain a no-shoes house to try and keep it as good as possible.

I also finished the stuff on the new front door today, too. They'll be out in a couple weeks. We bought a closet system to make the most of our master closet's "cozy" space. Things are coming along. We'll begin with some light move-in on Friday evening, then hit the big work on Saturday morning. Here's hoping for clear, cool, weather. (In August, in St. Louis. Yeah...who's dreaming now?!?)


  1. Looks good. I hate moving too!! There is nothing fun about the experience!!

  2. Braska and I are having a great time. She is being good and I am showing her off, like at church tonight. Everyone says she is so cute! She behaved great as she listened to papa teach.
    I hope your siblings are behaving as well :o)

  3. I think it looks GREAT!!!!!!! Sending lots of energy!

  4. Looks fabulous! I took a chance that the awful wallpaper in my bathroom would come off as easily as the stuff in your house did. And so far, it's working! I'm ripping off the top layer, and then spraying water onto the brown paper underneath and gently scraping it off in sheets with a putty knife. I might be ready to paint by this weekend! Don't you love home improvements?? :D

  5. Thanks for the compliment on the paint job, loved the pictures! Wish we had thought to take "before" pictures on our last furnace room project! Who is that funny old man in the red shirt at SteakNShake?

  6. yay for continued progress. Sorry about the cabinet situation but you will figure it out I am confident. Keep chipping away and I am glad you have such great helpers.


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