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Less squeaks, more color.


This Saturday marked our second full week in the house, and once again we managed to make a dent in our project list. Hurray for being young, able-bodied, and energetic.

On Thursday, I made a stop at Sherwin Williams on my way home from work. I am extremely picky about paint colors. I used to buy my paint from Home Depot, but a few color flubs got me wondering if maybe a pricier paint was worth looking into. One beautiful gallon of
SW’s Amber Glow was all it took to convince me – with better paint you get a much better color, and it goes goes on smoother as well.

I picked up a gallon of Redbud, two gallons of Velvet Red, and one gallon of Bone China white enamel for the trim – all for the dining room. After a full weekend of painting, we now have a single colorful room in our dusty old house! It looks great, though entirely out of place with the rest of the decor. Check it out:

(view of the dining room entry – click for larger)

Also featured in this photo is one of the many holes in our wall – this one is right near the front door, and Teague is trying to hide it with a plant. Click here for a closeup, just for kicks.

Teague and Don spent all day Saturday eating cobwebs in the basement and trying to make our kitchen floor less spongy. We bought two twelve-ton hydraulic jacks and a bunch of jacking posts, and they went to work. I have no idea how the process works, but I know it involved some repair work as well as jacking. Teague will have to outline that part….. but the good news is our kitchen floor no longer bounces!

Here’s Teague hard at work – he’s standing in the cistern (which is currently not functional).

Comments, Thoughts, and Feedback

tchotchke had this to say on 11.22.04:

I went to Sherwin Williams this weekend too! I was trying to find a nice blue for my fireplace room – and the guy at the store was staring at me the whole time so I was afraid to take too many samples :)

Anonymous had this to say on 11.22.04:

Haha – they shouldn’t pressure you like that – paint color is a big decision! I took about 30 samples the first time I was there (“A whole house to paint!”, I kept telling them). No one said a word ;)

tchotchke had this to say on 11.23.04:

I really like the colors in your dining room! I’ll have to keep that in mind when I get to that point with my dining room.
Is all the woodwork in your house painted? Mine is. I don’t like thinking about stripping it all…plus in all the decorating magazines I see old houses with the woodwork painted. [ not that it makes it right] Are you going to try to strip yours?

Sue had this to say on 11.23.04:

Really like your choice of colors. I was going to tell you about a place a friend gets material for window treatments. She has a knack for decorating and uses stuff others might not. I have never been in there but it is on that point by Commercial Drive — across from J Kay Lumber. I think it is called the Feminine Touch.
Anita had a big Victorian in Waterville, bought a new house in Cherry Woods and didn’t like it. So they bought another old house on Van Epps St in Vernon and fixed it all over. They are older than we are and still do things like that! Good luck!!!!

Eilis had this to say on 11.24.04:

Martha, Martha, Martha. You have such great taste. Love the dining room colors…can’t wait to see in person!

Linda Lowry had this to say on 11.27.04:

Hi Mindy! Cody just introduced me to your site. You and Teague are just the right owners for this house. I love the dining room colors-can’t wait to see the rest of your choices. Since I am a non-decorator, I will just copy you! Congratulations! Linda

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