Friday, December 16, 2011
Larry Shelley, owner of Two Guys Painting, actually does have to leave work early today for a Santa gig. He is my favorite Santa.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
He was blessed to have Thad Nelson as his handy assistant for the project. Thad caringly cut the pieces and handed them in to Mike "in the hole". They worked from 8am until 8pm - and the insulation project is officially complete. It is a big house, and I am learning that a well insulated home will be much more energy efficient.
We also decided that this project might be one of the very few things that Mike's massive weight loss was good for... Could you crawl through that tiny little hole in the wall?
Friday, December 2, 2011
Yesterday, in a single day, I was asked to think about the following: Would I like the bathroom tile to have a bull nose edge or a deco edge? Would I like the tile setter to cut the slate into small pieces for the shower floor, or make another selection? Would I like an apron under the kitchen windows, or rather have the tile border there? Would I like the cabinets above the washer to be 18 inches deep as the architect recommended, or just 14 inches? Would you like to pick out spindle for the basement stairs banister?
This certainly is not the extent of the decisions for a day... but it is all that the ol' brain can retrieve at this moment to tell you. Please do not hear this as complaining. This is one of the most thrilling things that Mike and I have had the privilege to do. In fact, almost every time I enter this house I say to myself "I cannot believe this is really our house... " and I thank God and my dad for making it real.
We did have one 'situation' on two large exterior windows and two exterior closet walls with the primer not setting up (and running) down the walls due to the extreme temperatures outside on the uninsulated surfaces. It actually ran outside onto the new exterior paint job and shingles. Oops. But the good news is that everything cleaned up well.
The least I can do is bring them lunch every day.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The painters started this big exterior project the same week that we started our radiation treatments. And six weeks later they put the finishing touching on within an hour of Mike completing his last treatment. (I am not making this up.) Our painters did an amazing job scraping, caulking, prepping and painting - and I would like to take this time to thank Josh, Nips, Damian, Chad, JJ, Bev and Larry for their EXCELLENT work.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Just had to show you the new colors again on the middle photo.
And I love the bottom photo of the soffet because you can see both the BEFORE and AFTER - and get a glimpse of the detailed prep work that this crew is doing.
We are very thankful for the wonderful people we have had the privilege to work with on this project.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
The other weekend job was cleaning out and organizing the garage, and Mallory Jane came home for the weekend to help. The painters need some garage space for their supplies - and these two got the job done! Mike concocted this unique "paint tray" to hold the remains of all the old partial paint cans in the garage. This "paint art" is our safe way to dispose of the old stuff after it has hardened on the tray. No, we did not go to an art museum over the weekend, and no, we will not be hanging this over the mantle. The correct answer is: Safe Paint Disposal.
I am elated to tell you that the colors I selected are up on one side of the house AND I LOVE THEM. I started with the garage so I could see the four colors together on a less grand scale. I did change my mind once - back to the first color I picked out from the git-go. From the color chart photo you can see that I tried some lighter shades (bottom) but the contrast was too subtle.
Since they wait to put the fancy new mudroom entrance door in place I included a pic of the side garage door so you can see the blue accent "kick color" in play. The blue will be reserved for the doors around the house including the cave door basement entrance. Love how the dark sage color works on the fascia boards (next to the roof line.) Love how the colors work with the red roof. Love how the colors feel a little Swedish to me.
Larry Shelly's Two Guys Painting crew is doing an amazing job. The amount of scraping, caulking and prepping required to restore this grand house is mind numbing to me. I love their work and attention to detail. I could stand in the yard and stare at their beautiful work and and the way the light plays with the colors for hours. The photos really don't capture it... wish you could drive by.