There are many reasons to DIY – it’s cheaper, you get a feeling of accomplishment…. but the biggest reason, you don’t have to schedule a million estimates and deal with other people.
This week has been the week of appointments at the house. We had our energy audit (through our gas and electric company), four quotes to install the boiler/furnace/air (and one who flaked on us completely), a quote for the insulation, two quotes for windows (which reinforced why we are definitely doing it ourselves) and three appointments for kitchen design. This could seriously be a full-time job.
We should soon have the last of our boiler/heating/air estimates and a few plumbing estimates.
It’s coming along with lots of new copper, but we have to call a plumber for this puppy….
See that crack in the sewer pipe? Yikes!
But these are looking good. (Note the fire extinguisher, brought by my father-in-law. That makes me feel really calm about them working together.)
White and bright
I finished painting trim in our bedroom and all the tacks are out of the floor. (I am waiting on the windows until they are replaced.) I love the white trim. My poor dad has been trying with all his might to talk me out of painting the trim. Hasn’t worked yet. 😉
On the trim, I first primed with a coat of Sherwin Williams oil-based primer. I typically use the oil-based primer for woodwork (trim, doors, cabinets, furniture). I first tried this at the recommendation of Young House Love. I’ve been pleased with the results and think it holds up a little better. I also tried the trim brush they recommended, and have become obsessed with it. I never use blue tape because I find it to be more hassle than it’s worth. Plus, we’ve always had textured walls and ceilings, which I think is more difficult to tape off. So, I just try to stay patient and cut in the trim and ceilings. This brush made the process super simple. Long story short, get the Premium XL Tight Spots 2 inch Angle Short Handle Brush from Sherwin Williams.
For paint, I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra Ultra Pure White (basic white that doesn’t need to be mixed).
Rule numero uno for lazy painting with Kim – have ONE pair of painting pants and wear them every time you paint. They look horrible, but they are so handy and I have no qualms about wiping paint on them. It’s better than having a rag. 😉 (I seriously wash these pants three or four times a week when painting a lot. I’m crazy.)
And, here’s a sneak peak at our new closet.
We also got our new backdoor installed last weekend.
We ended up with a 36 inch door, which caused a TON of some extra work for these two guys.
But, it will be nice to have the extra width. (We only have 32 inch doors at our current home, and you should see us try to get some furniture in the house.)
We took all the remaining railroad ties and concrete and garbage to the dump on Saturday morning, so the front yard is looking much better.
And, grass is already coming up. (You can see the beginnings of grass above.)
I was planning to paint the foundation and the porch over the weekend, but I only got as far as power washing everything. The porch is going to need some extra attention to get ready for paint, but a lot of the junk came off, especially noticeable on the stairs. But still more work to do.
What do you think?
Updated checklist here.