Wednesday, July 10, 2013

You and me, baby...

... you and me together can do anything, baby! - Dave Matthews Band

 So, while we continue to work on some stuff back at the house (hubby pointed out I am late in updates, but I am waiting on him to clean up the work areas so we can fully appreciate the beauty of our latest work here at Turnberry Love!), we've been expanding our horizons.  Exhibit A: One of hubby's business's rental properties:


I'm not sure that this picture does the pink color of the house justice.  His last tenants wanted to paint the house.  When they were allowed to, they painted EVERYTHING pink (it appears without scraping at all)... on 2 sides.  Of a 4-sided house, duh.  Thus, the house is half pink and half white... AKA: a mess.
So, because hiring painters is so pricey and there was lots to do inside that was going to bust their rehab budget, hubby enlisted yours truly to assist.  We began by scraping.  SO NOT FUN.  The goal was to attempt to scrape only what *had* to be done.  Unfortunately, when you started in one spot, it just came off in sheets.  Admittedly, I got sick of scraping, and more should have come off...  Meanwhile, hubby pressure-washed the entire outside of the house.  Note: it is way easier to scrape a dry house than one that has just been pressure washed.  Pressure wash only when you're sick of scraping.
The next time we went back (2 days later), we were ready for me to continue scraping and him to spray on the primer coat.  Awesome.  Except the sprayer was rather uncooperative.  After some purchases of some of the parts, hubby managed to get it to work for almost all of the house.  Then, it just quit...  So, after a day's work, the house started looking a little better, and we were looking forward to finishing the house by hand:


Branches had to be trimmed away from the house, since they were just hanging out on the roof.  Then, once the primer was done, we started brushing on the top coat. It was finally starting to look better!


So, now he has to pull the rest of the lattice off the porch, fix the porch railing, and we still have to paint  2.5 sides of the house the top coat.  The trim also has to be done.  And we have to paint the porch.  Aren't you JEALZ of our weekend plans?!?  Yeah, I didn't think so... but seeing it look so much better is such a fun reward!

P.S. Martha and Jack, I don't know how or why you'd want to paint houses... but there's another one of these two doors down in case you want to come paint in the south =)

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