Monday, September 1, 2014

Home Reno - Part 2

Let's see.
When we last left off,
the floors were done and I 
was the proud wearer of clean underwear.

What I didn't tell you was
that when the floors were going in
I started noticing how awful my baseboards were.
They were 2 1/2 inch baseboards
painted the same color as the walls
and also textured, just like the walls.

No Bueno.

So, to follow my theme for the month,
I decided on a whim
to rip them out.
And then I just did it.

Brian was at work at this time also.
Funny how that happens.
I told him that if I couldn't have new baseboards
that I didn't want any baseboards at all.

I would love to tell you that
I am really not as horrible as I'm making myself
out to be but....well, you know.
I was on a roll.
A high, I tell you, a home reno high!!
Baseboards were my crack.

So, Brian drove to Mesa to pick up my baseboards
that I had only seen online.
I was hoping I would like them.
And I did.

The only thing is, the baseboards
only came in 16 feet lengths.
Sixteen feet is really long.
Go out and measure your car and then come back
and finish reading this.

So Brian had to take his tractor trailer to pick up
three bundles of these.

1)  You are seeing the back sides,
my baseboards are not this ugly.

2) I chose 4 1/4 inch Spanish molding
in primed MDF.

3)  I should have mentioned that all pics have
been taken with my iphone and have  not
been edited.
Ain't nobody got time for dat.

When all the flooring was finished,
our friend, John, who is a wonderful carpenter,
came in and installed out baseboards.

Love them!

I don't have any pictures of them installed
for you to see, you will be able to see them
in the "after pictures" in Part 72 or Part 87
(depending on if I start a new project).

Side note: 
We have a pocket door for our office.
We very rarely use it.
I tried to close it the other day and it wouldn't close.
I figured it had just fallen off the tracks.
It wouldn't budge.
It was then that I realized that I never told John 
about the pocket door, and when he 
nailed in the baseboards,
the nails shot through walls into our door.
So that's fun. 

Now, here's where things get ugly.

So, yeah, I then decided that now would also be a great time to paint.
I love the paint color in my bedroom
and decided to go with it.
As you know from an earlier post, it didn't go well.
The color was horrible.
I won't go into it.
I'm still a little sensitive about the whole thing.

I decided to hire painters
because it's only money, right?
The only thing I had to do was choose a paint color.

I would rather sit on my dust covered sheets
in my dirty underwear eating Whoppers for another week 
than ever have to choose paint colors again.
This was the moment during the renovation
 that I lost it.

Everyone has their breaking point.
This was mine.
I even cried once.
I never told anyone that.
Paint does that to me.

Whomever says that paint is the 
easiest way to change the look and feel of a room
is a bad ass liar!
If baseboards are my crack,
then paint is my Methadone.

Painting sucks.
Hiring painters to paint entire rooms
of your house only to hate the color would suck more.
I had a week to pick a color since
the painters wouldn't be able to come in 
until a week after the baseboards.

I spent every day of that week
driving to various paint stores to get 
samples and slap them on the walls.
I had huge blocks of paint on every single wall
and didn't like any of them.

One would look great during the day
and then awful at night.
One would look lovely on one wall,
while looking like mud on another.
I couldn't choose a color.
I couldn't choose a finish.
I couldn't choose a brand.

I lost sleep over it.
A friend told me, "It's only paint!"
I killed her and buried her in my garden.

I finally found it.
The right color, in the right finish,
from the right brand.

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you this.
This color has gotten a bad wrap.
I chose Sherwinn Williams Navajo White 
in flat but the paint itself was Dunn Edwards.
I loved the color that Sherwinn Williams had
but didn't like the finish.
Dunn Edwards had a nice flat finish 
with good coverage.
It's a beautiful creamy light yellow.

I chose White Fever for the ceilings (flat)
and baseboards (semigloss).

We were now on month two of having strange men
in our home on a daily basis.
I wanted everyone to go away. 
I wanted to swim naked.
I wanted to pee with the door open again.

Let's leave it at that.
 I'll be back soon with Part 3.




jannette starr said...

your too funny..luv reading your blogs...u got this girl cant wait till next part..luv u and miss u guys

LALA said...

oookaaayy!! My only question is: was she a good friend? :-O

When will we see you again??? I only know you by your pics! How tall are you?? Have you grown?? Shrunk? Does Brian still have his truck?? You know you coulda just had him bury the friend out in the desert... he had the trailer out anyway :-)

Waiting with bated breath!!

Karen Martin said...

Glad it wasn't me that said, "It's only paint!". Also glad I didn't tell you I LOVE to paint (I really DO ;)

just call me jo said...

Navajo white? Flat finish? I dare say nothing. I don't want to end up in your garden space. But, really? Navajo white? Flat? I never knew ye...

Barbara Pilcher said...

Navajo white. I know it. I love it. You won't regret it.


I have company. I understand what a sacrifice it is to pee with the door closed. believe me I do. It's much better open.

Kris said...

Oh tell the story in such a fun way, but I know how frustrating it must be! I could NOT do it. But your house is going to be amazing!!!!
xo Kris

Genn said...

I just love reading your stories Holly. You crack me up. But I hear ya, it's all so messy until it's not isn't it?!

We are ripping out the tile in our entryway soon and putting in laminate wood to match what we've put in everywhere else. I'm nervous about the mess after reading your posts!! lol

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