Monday, October 10, 2011

A Week Off

I always try to take a week off in the Spring and another in the Fall.  They're both my favorite times of the year.  We try to fit in vacation time too but this year we're either too uninspired to decide on a destination or (more likely) too cheap to want to spend the money to go anywhere.  

So it's another "staycation" week for me.

I really don't mind this as I'm sort of a homebody to begin with.  There's always SO MUCH to do around here.  

SM pointed out several weeks ago that the interior paint needs to be spruced up a bit.  It's probably been 6 years or so since the walls have been painted.  

I've often heard parents say that you can't keep anything nice when you have kids.  (I know my parents said it.)  Well, you can't keep anything nice when you have dogs either.

You might recall that Casey cut her ear last winter and sprayed the walls and carpeting with splattered blood.  I did the best I could with the carpeting (we're pretty sure we changing that soon too) but the walls were a disaster.  I got the blood cleaned up but I had painted the walls with a flat or satin paint and both finishes showed the scrub marks. 

So I decided that interior painting would be my project for the week.  I also need to stain the wood trim while I'm at it.  We have TONS of wood trim in this house.

I'm a big fan of Sherwin Williams paint.  Yes, it's freakin expensive stuff, but it's a one coat application and you're done.  Beautiful finish.  I can't tell you how many gallons of Lowe's or Home Depot paint I've had to waste applying a second coat.

I actually discovered SWilliams paint when we first moved in here and had to paint the exterior.  I'm the painting person around here.  We don't hire out.  I kinda like painting.  So I did my research as I really didn't want to have to be painting the house every couple of years.  I found that the Duration brand from SWilliams had excellent reviews.  I painted the exterior of our house 12 years ago and the paint is still holding up beautifully.  I spray the exterior in the fall with a dilute bleach water to remove the years dirt and mold from the siding and "That's it!"  Done!

SWilliams had a 30% off sale this weekend so SM and I grabbed the paint chips and compared things and narrowed it down.  We're sticking with the gold color we have...just a bit lighter.  I'm also going semi gloss.  I need to be able to wipe the paint down.  The kitchen is green right now but I decided I wanted to brighten it up and make a "great room" feel, so I'll be repainting the kitchen the gold color too.

So it's off to the races.  Busy, busy, busy!  (*I haven't spent anytime blogging or reading your blogs lately, (bad Tami) so hopefully I'll play catch up this week with everybody.)


  1. Looks like you have a busy staycation ahead of you. Nothing nicer than the feeling of accomplishment when all is done, though :)

  2. I don't know how you are, but I have to be in the mood to paint. And boy, is that mood rare!

    I so agree with the Sherwin Williams's the only one worth using anymore.

  3. Wishing you a productive week! Hope we get to see befores and afters!

  4. I actually like to paint, too. I don't like to get READY to paint, taping and such, but I like the painting part. Can't wait to see pics!

  5. There's nothing like a staycation. You get things accomplished, your laundry stays caught up, you don't have to eat out for all your meals and you don't feel like you need a vacation from your vacation when you return. :) Hope you get a lot done!!

  6. Sad to hear about the cutting thing but glad that you will be fixing the carpet and walls. It would be better I know. Let us know once it's done, ok.