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Old 04-19-2013, 09:23 PM   #31
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DAY 14

Wow, 2 weeks on this project. This might be more progress in this amount of time than I've accomplished on other projects I've tackled in the last few years.

A good portion of today was spent waiting for my car to be fixed. But before I left for the Les Schwab, I found the 3 year old 5 gallon bucket of gray paint the landlord bought to paint the building with - and never did. I used about a quart of it in my own patio area a year or so ago and was disappointed that it was much lighter than I thought it should be.

After my car was fixed, I drove over to the local hardware store, where this paint was bought, and asked if something could be done to darken it just a little. There was some hemming and hawing and the first clerk consulted with and ultimately abandoned the second clerk, who made a valiant and successful effort to give me a medium-light gray paint I was very satisfied with. It took an hour and they didn't charge me anything for it.

So, I spent maybe 2-3 hours painting the walls above the columns and the shop area wall (just as high as the bottom of the ledger board). A picture doesn't show much change because the color is very close to the original color (maybe it'll be a little darker when it fully dries), but the original paint - kind of a colored stain actually - was pretty flaky and some parts were showing bare wood. I just didn't think I could do all this beautification work and leave the dried up, flaky old paint to frame all my work. The landlady called me to talk yesterday and said Will was going to paint the building this summer, but I know how he works and don't want him getting over-spray all over my handiwork. I didn't let on to her what I was doing. I hope it's all a great and wonderful surprise to them.

Tomorrow looks to be a good day for yellow paint.
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Jim, you found a good use for your artistic talent-- Nice comfortable looking place you have there.
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:22 PM   #33
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Jim, you found a good use for your artistic talent-- Nice comfortable looking place you have there.
Thanks Mike. This project is not my place though, it's next door to my place. Although Will and I have been friends for 40 years or so, the dynamic has changed since I moved from my old home to here. We used to hang out a lot, but not so much anymore. But I love the guy and his wife. They got me through some of the toughest parts of my life. They gave me a place to live when lung disease took my business and then my home. But I still pay rent. Of course, it's a far better deal than the other tenants, but it's still a large chunk of my military pension.

I spent the better part of my first 3 years in this apartment pouting and waiting to die. During that time, you could walk in and tell a pathetic person lived there. Then I woke up. They let me do anything I want to my own apartment now. Yes, it is comfortable. You've seen my kitchen area, but the real comfortable spot is at the end of the day, when I go to bed, I get to spend my sleepy time and early waking moments here (included are a couple "before" pics):
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Thanks for the blog link. Very cool.

Truly an inspiring thread here, and also the blog!

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Nice thread!

I really like the wainscoting feature you did in the bedroom. Just curious as to how you did that and what materials you used? Do you have closer pictures of the top and baseboard?

Trying to do something similar in my basement remodel and trying to figure out if I have the skills.

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Old 04-21-2013, 12:19 AM   #36
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Nice thread!

I really like the wainscoting feature you did in the bedroom. Just curious as to how you did that and what materials you used? Do you have closer pictures of the top and baseboard?

Trying to do something similar in my basement remodel and trying to figure out if I have the skills.

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Thanks. Yes, I have more pictures of the wainscoting, but this thread is about my curb appeal project and I'd like to stay focused on that. I do have a propensity to brag a little, so I s'pose it's my fault for sharing those bedroom pics. Be patient though and I'll share more about the wainscoting later... unless you have a thread started on it already, which I'd be happy to share my ideas on it.

In the mean time...

DAY 15

Painting is not my favorite part of DIY. It is, however, the part that makes all that work shine. Today, I got all the yellow done - 2 coats - and the first coat of blue on the 2 doors.

The gray paint I did yesterday was much easier because it was such a close match to the original wall color. I struggled with the yellow paint though. The texture of the paneling is very rough, so there's lots of tiny nooks and crannies that the paint has to color. If they don't get covered, the gray color shows through and looks like sh...

I learned a long time ago that painting is much easier with quality brushes. Up 'til now, all my painting has been indoors on fairly smooth surfaces. I busted my butt most of the day trying to get paint in the deep grooves of the paneling and into the corners and around all the trims, using a good brush. By the time I began the second coat of yellow, I was very frustrated - I really shouldn't have been doing the second coat at all because my batteries were just minutes away from beeping when I finished the first coat. Wait time for this paint is 4 hours, so I recharged the batteries and started painting again. I forgot that it's not just my batteries that need a recharge and it was a stupid and risky thing for me to do.

Anyway, I had been doing the second coat for about an hour when I remembered seeing a different kind of brush amongst Will's tools and crap. I figgered at the worst, it would just be one more brush to clean. MAN, what a difference a cheap, stiff nylon bristle brush made. If I had used it from the start, I coulda saved over an hour of paint time. I could literally scrub the paint into those grooves and cutting in clean was not that much more difficult than with the good angled brush.

As you can see from the pictures, it was getting pretty dark when I finished. I may have a bit of touchup to do on that yellow, but I think I can cross this step off the list. The pics may not be a very good representation of the way the paint looks, since the lighting is their cheap overhead light fixture and my flash.

I may pay the price tomorrow for my extra long day today. I'm hoping I can get a second (maybe final) coat of blue on the doors and then take a trip to Reno to get the locksets and a new light fixture.

It's gettin' close.
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DAY 16

Too tired today to drive 180 +/- miles to Reno and back. I stuck with easy stuff: got the doors finished in the blue (still have to paint the white trim around the small window on the front door), touched up the grooves in the yellow and killed half a dozen new wasp nests (man, I HATE those things).

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I did one more thing that I hadn't originally planned, but I think really helps the look of this project. If you have been paying attention, you'll see it. What'd I do today, in addition to what I already mentioned above?

I'm takin' the rest of the day off with pay.

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New curtains?
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No, this project is exterior, not interior.
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Nobody wants to take a stab at my quiz except gma2rjc? Jeez, what a disappointment.

I cut 3 shed roof support beams down. They were just cosmetic anyway and now the front porch area feels a little more open. To do that, I also had to reroute some grape vines. Those things are not very pliable. I don't know why the landlord routed them through that area anyway. Makes it hard to get in the shed area.

Today I did the first coat of white on all the trim, columns and gates. In the process, I found a few gaps and nail holes that needed filler, so I took care of them after the paint dried. I decided not to press myself by trying to do the second coat. I'm still recovering from day 15.

No pictures today. It doesn't look much different than the last shots, so you'll just have to wait until after I get the second coat on. I might make that trip to Reno tomorrow, finally.

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Nobody wants to take a stab at my quiz except gma2rjc? Jeez, what a disappointment.

I cut 3 shed roof support beams down. They were just cosmetic anyway and now the front porch area feels a little more open. To do that, I also had to reroute some grape vines. Those things are not very pliable. I don't know why the landlord routed them through that area anyway. Makes it hard to get in the shed area.

Today I did the first coat of white on all the trim, columns and gates. In the process, I found a few gaps and nail holes that needed filler, so I took care of them after the paint dried. I decided not to press myself by trying to do the second coat. I'm still recovering from day 15.

No pictures today. It doesn't look much different than the last shots, so you'll just have to wait until after I get the second coat on. I might make that trip to Reno tomorrow, finally.

Jim

What if your landlord wanted the grapes growing like that?

If those are his wife's grapes, you have more guts than me by a long shot!

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Now that you pointed it out, I notice it in the pictures - looks good!

Good luck in Reno!
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Jim,

Amazing work. You are inspiring me to keep on with ours so no stopping for you

I hear what you are saying about doing too much though. I'm going to pay for it tomorrow as well.

And a big thank you for your service.

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DAYS 17 & 18

Went to Reno yesterday and spent an inordinate amount of time looking for just the right light fixture. I finally found one online and ordered it last night. Funny 'cause, I saw this fixture on the Lowe's website the night before and it said it was available at Lowe's in Reno. I went to 2 different Lowe's and neither had it or anything even similar to it. Tried other lighting stores and still no luck.

I did get new locksets for both doors. The landlady liked the lever action lockset on my front door, but he likes plain round, so I got both, one lever action for the front door and one round for his shop door. Both are keyed the same, so now they only have to carry one key instead of the 3 keys they had before (their deadbolt was a different key too). His shop door also now has a deadbolt, where it only had a blank before. I think I'm spoiling them.

Finished all the painting... well, with the exception of any touchup I'll have to do when I finish the gates and baseboards. I installed the locksets and deadbolts this evening. It was getting dark, so the pictures aren't great.

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DAY 19

It never ceases to amaze me how much time little stuff can consume. Paint touchup, added the trim pieces that help make the faux transom look a little more real, got all the baseboards on and caulked, more paint touchup, plumbed the water faucet that I never got to last Fall, hung the garden hose caddy/reel, cut the gates apart, more paint touchup, re-routed the grape vines (again) so they go over the arbor now, tacked up the orange romex wire Will had run to the corner (I think it's for an RV hookup) and did I mention more paint touchup?

I'm crossing my fingers that I'll be able to hang the gates tomorrow. I have to put the fence boards on them and cap them like I did with the other gate. I didn't build that gate - I just cut the dog eared fence boards off and capped it with a white topper. Now you can lean on the gate and chat.

Gettin' mighty close.

QUESTION - I need your advice/opinion on this:

I left the porch ceiling gray. Now I'm wondering if I should paint it yellow like the porch walls. What do you think? C'mon, don't be shy. Express yourself.

Thanks,

Jim
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