It’s been a whirlwind week! From finding a dream house to making an offer. Having the offer accepted to putting Joe’s house on the market… Wow. There was so much work put into his house, I can’t even believe it all started only one week ago. All I can say is THANK YOU to everyone who came over to move a truckload of boxes, shampoo the carpet, paint a room or jump on deep clean duty. We would have never been able to make that kind of progress alone. You were unconditionally there for us when we needed you.
Pulling Back the Curtain
It’s a totally transformed house. We are already looking back and laughing about how we were living in a construction zone less than one week ago. Kind of. Too soon for our sore bodies? Nonetheless, let’s take a walk down memory lane. It was a long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Before we knew what was in store, we wanted to clean up the living room. Mainly the ceiling and walls.
Joe is getting quite good at this knockdown ceiling texture thing.
We had an ice dam leak a couple years ago, so the sheetrock had a little bowing. Although it was fixed, you could see the flaws in the ceiling. This camouflaged it quite nicely! Joe found that if he puttied the ceiling and gradually tapered over the seam, he could disguise it. Sanding it to perfection.
We managed to knock that out in one day.
Then, we had the walls to address. I’m speaking to you, Orange Wall. Yes you.
Time to go.
Plenty of plasticking, patching and priming.
Bye Bye, surfboard! Even the accent orange had to go. We also invaded the entryway.
I guess the kitchen floor is the new kitchen table for awhile.
I think this picture sums it up!
“If I fix one more wall…”
…Little did we know, there would be many more walls to paint.
We picked up a bunch of supplies. That swatch is what we chose for a nice neutral.
Never have we ever bought a 5 GALLON bucket of paint!
Our first color choice actually looked a little pink on the wall.
So, back she went to the store. Hang on little buddy!
Our second choice was much better! Almond Brittle by Pittsburg. Paint + Primer.
I thought I’d be sick of Almond Brittle by now, but I’m actually not! I love this color. Even though I still find it in my hair and under my fingernails. Since we were in a rush to paint, we just looked up tips on our own for choosing the right paint for staging.
Fun Fact: Eggshell is best. Although it gets dirty the quickest, it hides brush strokes the best, as opposed to a gloss or stain finish. The lighter the color, the larger a space will appear. Never paint walls white. Tan colors are the best, and we ended on this warm taupe color to feel inviting. We did have a staging lady come by after we painted; she seemed satisfied. We were not about to redo all that.
I’ll have to post some post-constructions photos and show you around. Until then, I’ll leave you with this one.