Updating Trim

After work on Friday, I decided that I needed to start diving into some of our projects. I’ve been dying to paint our trim and thought that the spare bathroom would be a perfect place to start. At least that way if we hated it, it was one room. I picked up my materials that night at Target and as soon as I got home I got to work.
In full motivation mode, I sanded the trim since it was stained and filled all of the nail holes and miscellaneous cracks with paintable caulking. That was an adventure. I couldn’t understand why I was having such a tough time squeezing the caulk out when I realized it blew a hole out the other end and sprayed out on the wall and on myself. This led to several jokes that my husband and I laughed about. Call us young and immature – it was funny.

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Saturday I woke up and wiped down all the trim work and walls to make sure everything was clean and prepped for paint. Up until this point, I was motivated. You know what killed this motivation? Taping the edges so no paint goes on to the walls. I have realized it is not a passion of mine and that after a while I stop caring how good of a job I did. I knew that would lead to regret so I sucked it up and worked at it while taking breaks here and there so I wouldn’t screw the important job up.
When I was almost done taping, my parents came over and my mom notified me that I taped some areas that I shouldn’t have. She explained her reasonings and well moms are always right. Thankfully she is a painting queen and helped me rip off my work and redo some parts.
FINALLY it was time to paint. Instant motivation booster! I started painting and shortly after I started to panic. This doesn’t look that great… Reassured myself that a second coat will look better. That’s when my mom asked if I was using semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint. “Ummm… I don’t know. It’s the paint from downstairs.” Turns out it was flat and I remember learning that you should at least use semi-gloss when I did my research, but somehow I forgot that tid bit of information. It would work as my first coat and the next two would be semi-gloss.
Sunday morning Kyle and I went to Home Depot and bought a can of semi-gloss paint. We had to ask if the paint should be shaken since we aren’t adding color to it. He gave us a look and I quickly explained that we were new homeowners and didn’t know much about what we were doing. This led to another explanation of why to use a semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint on trim. Lesson: it is because flat paint, especially in a bathroom, will bubble. Semi-gloss or hi-gloss paint is more moisture resistant. Thanks Home Depot man!
After eating some donuts, I was back at work. Technically three coats later and peeling off all of the tape and wa-lah! White trim!

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Our next decision is whether we paint the door white or black? What are your thoughts? Leave a comment below.

Have you worked a project this weekend? Send us a picture over on our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you’re working on!

Trimming Trees and Making Plans

As I mentioned in our first post about our outdoor design plans, right now our main focus is curb appeal. Last weekend I spent a couple hours pulling weeds by the front of our house and around the deck. I was going to keep going, but that quickly came to a halt as a big spider fell on my head. Kyle now has been given the honor of pulling weeds underneath our deck. Lucky him!

This weekend, my parents came over and helped trim trees. Three trailer loads later and two trees were done! This is a before and after of the front of our house.

Before:

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After:

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Much better! Notice also how those fans are no longer in the windows? Our air conditioner is not yet fixed, but the weather this weekend was much cooler so it has felt amazing in the house.

After this weekend, we are now trying to determine our lawn situation. Our lawn is full of weeds including Creeping Charlie, a ground ivy that is covering about 70% of our yard. At this point we have two options: use a weed killer that kills weeds only and then seed OR kill the whole lawn and seed. Right now we’re leading towards killing the whole lawn, but we have until mid August to make a decision (when Creeping Charlie is supposed to bloom again and is the best time to spray).

Until then, we are going to start doing more indoor design changes. Our plans for this coming week are to either update our kitchen table and chairs or have our paint color options completed. I guess you will have to wait and see which one gets completed. Maybe both?

What project did you start or complete this weekend? Comment below and post a picture over at our Facebook page.