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Low Cost Weekend Work and Fun

August 17th, 2013 at 03:44 pm

I painted the hall today (total cost $17 for paint/supplies - I get a professional discount which is nice - I use the zero VOC paint which has very little odor).

Also touched up the bedroom where I'd spackled.

Before painting we all had salted caramel/chocolate tart for breakfast - it's a recipe I wanted to try out because I'm auditioning it for Thanksgiving. Yum! It's my first time making caramel, and I made it with coconut milk instead of cream.

After painting we went downtown (it's Indian Market weekend so it was crazy and not pleasant to drive there) and went to a free kids' flower drawing activity in the Community Gallery. Then we went to the pool (it's mid August - only half a month left of pool time!).

I am a little daunted because I have two more (bigger) rooms to paint, but that's not this weekend, so I just need to forget about them until they come up on my painting schedule. Also, I've made a mental note to prep, tape off, etc. the day before and then paint the morning. It was too much to do all of that in one go. Maybe that's just me; I guess professional painters do it all the time. Anyway, it looks like a new hallway, so I'm happy!

5 Responses to “Low Cost Weekend Work and Fun”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I like to prep the night before when I paint because that part takes more time than you think it will. Great job on getting that done!!

  2. Buendia Says:

    It's so true - it took over an hour to prep! Right now my legs are so sore I don'te ver want to paint again, but the living room, dining room and kitchen are on the to-do list.

  3. IndianGal Says:

    Good job on doing it. If you feel comfortable, please post pictures. I love seeing before/after pictures.

  4. snafu Says:

    Good on you for getting it done. DH and I move furniture, remove plug & switch plates and spackle day 1, tape baseboard, window & door frames day 2, We prefer to cut-in and paint in natural light usually doing two coats [day 3]. I get the cover plates back and clean the brushes, rollers, trays cleaned up while DH puts away paint, supplies and removes tape. We don't put furniture back for 24 hrs. even though it keeps space topsy turvy.

    Hope you'll take before and after photos and share them here.

  5. Buendia Says:

    That's a great painting schedule! I am impressed! I don't have before photos of the hall, but I can take a few afters... it looks "fresher" but not any different. Worked a little bit today on the living room sofa while F was playing at a friend's house.

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