Thursday, January 27, 2011

A little paint goes a long way...

OK actually it wasn't a little paint, it was a whole lot of paint. As mentioned in my last post, I was a bit sad that we had to hire someone to paint our house because I like doing things myself. Oh well...I'm not going to lie, it was a great feeling to walk in the door and have everything DONE! It took the painters 3 days to paint the main floor and then an extra 2 days to fix what they had messed up. They did a questionable job in some areas so they had to come back and fix it. Here are some before and afters of the main floor:


As you can see from the wall, it took me quite a few testers to pick the right shade of brown....12 testers to be exact.


Before


And here are the afters...



Anna says "Hey!"

The brown looks a little dark in these pictures because I took them at night. It's more of a chocolate milk-ish color.

I never thought I'd be so happy to see white trim!

I'll post about the dining room tomorrow. It's by far the best before and after. Andrew and his friend Brandon did an awesome job adding a ton of trim!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Green, Green, EVERYWHERE!!!!

As I mentioned in my previous post, the paint in our house deserves a post of it's own. The walls aren't bad, but the trim in the entire house is GREEN!! I'm not just talking about the trim...the windows, doors, coffered ceiling, fireplace, everything is green. It's not just the main floor either, the upstairs and basement all have green trim and doors as well. I want all the trim to be clean, crisp, white.

Examples of the green...






(This picture doesn't do the green in the dining room justice. The window trim is light green and the bottom and top trim are dark green. It reminds me of Christmas, which isn't something I want my dining room to remind me of.)

When we first bought the house, it didn't really bother me because I knew we had a lot of time before we moved in so I would just paint one room a month. I've always liked painting and I absolutely hate paying people for something I can do myself. Painting is instant gratification for me and can totally change the feel of a room with just a can or two of paint, and that's why I love painting.

The weekend after we bought the house, I was so excited to start painting so Anna and I bought some paint and got to work. We started on the green fireplace and to say it went on streaky is an understatement. Let me give you some background on the paint. The fireplace and trim were painted with a green semi-gloss. The man at Home Depot told us to get a semi-gloss primer plus paint, which isn't cheap, but that we would only need one coat. Apparently, he told us wrong because the paint went on streaky, it chipped off and needed three coats of paint. Below are some examples of the fireplace...



Before




After

The fireplace took about 3 coats of paint (definitely not 1!!!!) and it probably could have used one more coat in some places. If you'll notice the floor and window trim, that was after one coat. Clearly, the primer plus paint sucked.

After painting for days and getting no where, it pains me to say this, but we had to hire someone to do the painting. It just got overwhelming. The two coats we painted on the trim looked like crap and the wood on the windows was some special kind of wood that needs special paint. It pained me even more when we found out how much it was going to cost just to paint the main floor! It's ridiculous and I really want to punch the person who decided to paint ALL of our trim, doors and windows green. I feel like I'm resentful of the green every time I look at it. It would be different if the green was in a room or two, but it's our whole house!!

Oh well...the painters will be done tomorrow and I'll be able to walk in my house and it will be DONE! They are painting the living room, kitchen and eating area, halls, trim, windows and doors. In a few weeks, I'll be painting (with the help of Andrew and Anna, of course) the bedrooms, basement, office and bathrooms...yay.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Our First Home

After Andrew and I got engaged, we started casually looking around at houses online but didn't really have any intention of buying one any time soon. We're not getting married until September so we definitely had a while to look. But one day, Andrew stumbled upon a house he loved and then showed it to me and I fell in love with it too. We were so excited about it and wanted to go see it that day so we called Andrew's mom, who is a real estate agent, and made plans to see it when we both got off work.

After work, we were literally on our way to see it and Andrew's mom told us that someone had just put a contract on it. We were both really sad about it but my parents always say that if it's meant to be, it will be.

Fast forward a few weeks later, I was looking at houses on Harry Norman's website and randomly decided to do a search for the house. To my surprise, it popped up and the status said "Active". I immediately called Andrew who then called his mom and she looked it up online and found it was up for sale again!! Apparently, the contract had fallen through with the previous buyer and the house had just come up for sale again that day! We rushed to the house after work and decided we loved it so much that we put an offer in right away. We heard from the bank (it was a foreclosure) a few days later and they had accepted our offer! We closed on the house Dec. 29th and I absolutely think it was meant to be.

I haven't taken any pictures with my own camera, so these from the realtors website will have to do...sorry they're a little blurry!








Andrew and I were so lucky and fortunate to get this house and we absolutely love it! It has a basement/man cave where Andrew can decorate however he wants and I get to decorate the rest of the house, right Andrew?? :) Now we just have a ton of furniture to buy and whole lot of painting to do. The painting is a whole different story for another post.

I hope everyone is having a great week and staying warm! I got out of the house for the first time today since Sunday because my driveway is so icy!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My New Year's Resolution

So my New Year's Resolution was to write a blog. I've been putting it off for a while because it makes me nervous for people to read what I'm writing but I'm going on my 3rd day being snowed in...so what better time to start than now?

I have a ton of great things happening this year and I really want to document everything through my blog! The first and best thing that has happened to me recently is that I got engaged!!

Andrew and I were celebrating our 4 year anniversary and we had planned to go to a sushi restaurant on the Marietta Square and meet up with some friends after. Andrew doesn't really like sushi so I really appreciated him eating it for our anniversary dinner. After dinner, we walked to the square and I noticed Andrew was acting a little weird but I didn't think anything of it. He pulled me to the center of the square, right in front of the stage and told me to look at the stage. I had to do a double take, because this sign was hanging up on the stage...


















When I turned back around from the sign, Andrew was on his knee proposing!!
















After the proposal, we went to The Strand in Marietta Square and Andrew had gotten all of our friends and family together to surprise me. I was so happy to see my Mom, Dad and sister there as well as all my friends.


























(That's my Mom's arm.)

I honestly couldn't have imagined a better proposal and I was so impressed he did all this without me knowing! Andrew even hired my co-worker who has his own photography business (Chris Walters Photography) to photograph the whole thing. I love having all these pictures of our engagement!

Literally the next day, my Mom and I started buying all the bridal magazines and planning the wedding.

Shortly after we got engaged, we bought a house! I'll do a post tomorrow on our house and my first DIY project.