Sunday, October 9, 2011

painting continues.

The exterior painting of our grand house at 315 Thomas continues.  This week the crew of Two Guys Painting finished prepping and priming the north side of the house.  We are so appreciative for the excellent work they are doing.  I am so glad I am not doing the painting that I love bringing them goodies to eat before we trek to Omaha every day for radiation treatments.

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

weekend work.

This weekend Mike's cancer 'therapy' was to tear up a section of the kitchen floor that needs to be replaced. He salvaged the wood floor from the upstairs bathroom for this very purpose. Jens Anderson will replace the wood and rough sand the floor later this week. Mike has to be careful to monitor how much he works at the house. The radiation treatments are taking a toll on his energy and ability to eat, but I know it makes him very happy to be able to tackle little projects around the house when he feels up to it.

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.

new colors are going up!

For the past several months I have been pondering the exterior colors for our grand home. This is a big deal for me because colors are important to me. My college training included color theory classes. My recurring nightmare: That I am called away on a trip when the house is being painted and when I get home I discover that the color is not right. I cannot live with that so I have to spend thousands of dollars to have it re-done. Really.

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.

what is it?

Another quiz for you. What is this? Maybe a new piece of art for above the mantle? Did we visit the Chicago Art Institute over the weekend? Answer to follow...