Sunday, July 02, 2006

Weekend of Independence. Ha!

Independence day. A time to gather the family, picnic, watch fireworks, and reflect on our freedoms. Or, it’s a time to paint the house. This all depends on your priorities. Who knows, perhaps by next year we will gain some independence from our house.

Jenn suggested that we paint the house a barn red with the trim remaining a bright white. The contract is rather bold and I like it. The plan was to paint the main body (the gray siding) the new red color. But, Jenn also suggested that we paint the panels of the columns the same color. The idea is that this will bring the columns and house more together rather than leaving them as separate entities. We painted one column just to get an idea and I think it works.

One important lesson learned: not all caulk is paintable! I repeat NOT ALL CAULK IS PAINTABLE. Doah!!! After carefully caulking various holes and gaps I discovered last night, in the small print on the back of the caulk canister (not paintable). Geez, you’d think they would make that point a little more boldly. First we tried to just paint primer over it. I mean, primer paints over anything, right? Nope, it just beads up like water on a freshly waxed car and won’t stick to it at all. So, I had to spend several hours this morning REMOVING all of the unpaintable caulk using a scraper and sander. I won’t soon forget that.

Despite this set back, we still made progress today. With our friend Shawn's help, we have two coats on the front, and one coat on the north and east sides. With any luck, we will finish with the red paint tomorrow. Then, we can spend the day of our nations independence painting the white trim.

Here are some pictures:

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Blogger Jocelyn said...

I really like what you guys are doing with your house- the railing, the columns, wainscotting- all great!

I totally relate to the lack of independence because we are just totally there- we won't go anywhere until the work is done because we need to monitor the job site etc...

I know someone else on HB made that same mistake with the non-paintable caulk-I just can't remember who (it wasn't us I swear). What a bummer. There's so many kind sof caulk- I can see how one could grab the wrong one. At least you perservered though and didn't let it stop you.

5:07 PM, July 04, 2006  
Blogger Greg Emel said...

Thanks Jocelyn! As always, I appreciate your support.

Funny story, our friend Shawn comes over to help paint and I tell him about the caulk. He says "I know. Last weekend I was in line to buy some caulk and some paint and the checkout person said 'you're not going to use those together are you?'" I guess I was the last to know. But, this whole project has been a series of trials and errors. So, this is just one more to learn from. If you learn from your mistakes, I must be a genius by now... :-)

7:14 PM, July 04, 2006  

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