July 23, 2021

One paint job leads to another and another and....

 As I am sure you are breathlessly awaiting a report on whether or not The Husband ever noticed the door from the garage being painted; I am here to tell you he has not.  Nor has he noticed that the front door has been painted.

Are any of us surprised?  No, dear reader, we are not.  

Not that I really care - I just find it hilarious that he claims to have "excellent observation skills" - just apparently not in the subject of home decor.

As for the front door - I painted it with the paint that was meant to be for the new front door - don't worry, there is plenty left over for the new door...that will eventually be mine.

This hideous burgundy is GONE!

Marine Blue - so much better! I hate this door just a
titch less now.

On to another paint topic...

First, it should be noted that I don't despise painting.  Oh, I'm not constantly running around looking for something to paint...but usually I don't mind it.

Well over a year or so ago I finally persuaded The Husband (the man who seems to abhor color...until it's actually on the walls, etc. and THEN decides he loves it) to agree to have our porch ceilings painted haint blue - which my heart has been set on for YEARS.

But then - COVID and LIFE got in the way.  First there was COVID, then The Oven Died - Part 1The Hot Water SagaThe Oven Died Again - Christmas Edition; the Second Once in a Lifetime Tree Event...you get the idea...life.

At any rate, when The Husband asked me a couple of weeks ago what I wanted for my birthday (about two days before the actual day...what can I say, he likes to *plan ahead*) I told him I wanted to get something on the calendar for someone to come out and give us a quote to paint the porch ceilings.

Notice, all I wanted was a solid date for someone to give us an estimate.  I can happily state that he made that particular birthday wish happen and then some.  The guy came out last Wednesday and then came back on Thursday and voilá - my porch ceilings are haint blue! 

I was fine with having someone do the ceilings - despite not minding painting - because I was unsure how to approach this particular task and I truly didn't feel comfortable spending that much time on a tall ladder.

I love it!
Again - I REALLY need to figure out the basics of photography
because this example in no way portrays what is actually
going on out there.

Gosh, that man knows how to make my heart go pitter-patter, doesn't he?

But then I apparently lost my ever loving mind.

I will admit - I can be a bit...what's the word?  Hmmmm....

Particular - we'll go with that as it's the kindest word for it that I can come up with - about things.

*And here's we segue into an aside - which does pertain to everything else - but these are things you need to know as to understand how we landed here.*

Somewhere, way back in the archives while trying to find THE perfect color for the door that I still don't have (although that color up there on the door IS perfect for the door that will eventually be mine), I have mentioned that this house has green undertones - but I don't know if I ever mentioned that all the trim is cream.

Now, technically, I don't have anything against cream but that would be the LAST color I would ever choose for trim because it just seems dingy to me usually.  I would have gone with white trim.

And honestly, if money were no object, one of the many things that I would do immediately is wave a magic wand and make all the trim white.  As it is, I am slowly chipping away at the cream where I can.

*And now we are back to the regular programming.*

While my heart is over the moon with those blue ceilings do you know what it brought sharply into focus á la  If You Give A Mouse A Cookie?  

If you guessed the cream trim you get a gold star.

So, it was glaringly apparent that the porch and the trim needed to be painted white.  

And I figured I was up for it even though I'd never actually painted a porch before.  Which thrilled The Husband as he absolutely HATES painting.  But what I did not take into consideration is that of ALL the painting jobs there are in the world - the one I dislike the most is painting trim.

Guess what a porch is?

Technically, trim.  Trim on a screened porch.  Screen which The Husband says would be next to impossible for us amateurs to replace perfectly, so taking it off was off the table.

Guess what else?  That porch that I spent an entire day cleaning about a month ago needed to be cleaned again.  Why?  Because it's outside.  And because that is where the dirt, pollen and bugs live.  And it needed to be wiped down every single day that I was painting because of dirt, pollen and bugs. *sigh*

Guess what else?  Dirt, pollen, bugs and random strands of my hair seem to LOVE fresh, wet paint as I had to continually pull one or all of these things out of the paint tray for the past four days.

Basically, I was in hell.  

It was agonizing but I can tell you this - I will NEVER, EVER paint another porch again.  NEVER.  

Knowing what I know now, I would have done the ceilings and had the painter do the rest.

But as of this moment, it's DONE.

Since I was sprucing things up I went ahead and ordered a
rug and re-arranged the furniture.  I must say, I'm
pretty pleased with the results.

But...you know...those back steps off the freshly painted porch are looking mighty shabby...


  1. I like Marine Blue and agree that it improves the door. Your porch looks great but it sounds like it was work to paint it. I haven't done that BUT I have painted 12 louvered shutters. That was something I'll not do again.

    1. Thank you! Certain paint projects are major life lessons in that we learn just how much we are willing to pay to have someone else do it next time.

  2. See, this is the perfect example of why I don't clean. If there's a smudge on the wall and I clean it, then the entire rest of the wall looks dirty next to that one, small clean spot. If I cleaned that wall, then the wall next to it would be dingy looking, etc., etc. So I just leave well enough alone. The same applies to floors, but at least one room is easier and less obvious than the entire place. I think it's enough that I clean the actual 'stuff' in the room. Please don't tell me it's not.
    The door looks great and so does the porch. But quit before you get that gleam in your eye when looking at the appliances that now suddenly are the wrong color and style!

    1. Honestly, Barbara, that is the truth. One thing can snowball very quickly.

  3. Omg Gigi, I once stained our covered deck and never again! It was so much work! All those tiny corners! So, I feel you. And I don’t mind painting either! Ugh. However! Your porch looks great, I love the colours, and the door is so much nicer! But how did Mr not notice a change from burgundy to blue?

    1. Thanks, Nicole! I imagine staining that deck was major pain! How he hasn't noticed is beyond my comprehension.

  4. OOH! Love the marine blue. I also love your front porch.

    1. Thanks, Kari! This is the back porch though. The front porch could probably use a little love but I've got other projects on the list that need doing first.

  5. That is so pretty! You must be so happy to have that trim painted and all done for the foreseeable future. I love your writings, you seem able to put me into your mental state. The word I would have chosen is "persnickety." :-)

    1. Thank you, DJan! Yes, "persnickety" is the better word! ;-)

  6. Gigi, Did you get my comment on this post? I know I commented! Mona

    1. Hi Mona, no this is the only one I've received.

    2. Actually, Mona, what browser are you using? I know some, but weirdly not all, were having trouble posting when using Safari.

  7. There is nothing like a new frock to brighten the day - and a fresh coat of paint works just as well.

  8. Love the color and so glad you got these painting projects done. I completely get the NEVER DOING THST AGAIN thought process. Some projects are best to hand off.

  9. The husband is an amazing painter. But it takes him 4 times as long as any normal human. True story.

    Love the blue chairs, such a great pop of color. And the door is lovely. That's a very traditional color up here. We are debating re-shingling the entire NW side of the house in natural dipped singles just so we never have to paint them again. Sadly, I am the only one brave enough to go on a 30 foot ladder to reach the peak, and judging by my luck lately, I'm just not so sure it's a great idea anymore.

    1. The re-shingling would make your life so much easier but please don't climb that ladder! Pay someone to do the parts you can't safely reach.

  10. It is "if you give a mouse a cookie" for sure.
    I love the blue ceilings on porches and I agree with you on the trim needing to be white. Hey, Christmas is coming! You can ask for all the trim to be painted white as your gift. :)
    I love the blue door too!

  11. Love the whole haint blue idea, and thanks for the link to its origin. I had no idea.

    In my ignorance, I offered to paint the turned spindles of our front porch railings. I thought I would die. Actually, death would have been preferable, and that was after one side. My husband told me I was "very neat, but too slow." The blobs and swaths of paint on our siding from his speedier efforts are still waiting to be cleaned up.

    It's been four years now. Why are they like this?

  12. I LOVE the door, and I LOVE the porch ceiling, and I LOVE the new rug and the furniture arrangement and the white trim! And I HATE cream. Except in my tea. ;-)