As it turns out friends, painting and alcohol go together amazingly well!
Yay for a weekend of productivity!
Major props to the FIVE awesome people who came out to help us this past weekend – y’all are great! Thanks to the help of our friends Bryan and Fien we got all of the priming done on Friday and even made it to the bar in time to enjoy some post-work libations. The evening started off a bit complicated because our contractor stopped by around 4:30 to review the plans for the second floor (update coming soon) and put together a schedule for the next few weeks. Once that meeting ended – they always take longer than I expect – we got right to work with our helpers on priming the rooms for painting. Our goal by the end of the weekend was to have the dining room, entry hallway, stairway (and ceilings) and upstairs hall all painted in Cedar Key. If we were extra diligent, we might also get around to painting the living room (also Cedar Key but 50% cut with white).
The priming actually went really fast – apparently when you have four people doing the work, things happen quickly! We primed in no time then headed out to the local sports bar for dinner and drinks. We walked to the bar, easily found a table, got caught up on the latest from our friends, and just generally enjoyed ourselves. It almost felt wrong to be having so much fun – we’re supposed to be working, aren’t we?! After dinner we went back to the house and relaxed on the back deck with a few beers and lots of laughs. We relived classic stories from summer’s past and talked about everyone’s future plans. It was the perfect evening. And for the first time ever, our house really felt like a home.
With a million different things happening so quickly, I tend to get lost in the projects. I keep forgetting that I’m building a home, not just renovating a space. I’m going to live a life in this house that will go far beyond the renovations. I’m growing roots. This is a new chapter and my hope is that it will be a long and happy one…and that it won’t always involve contractors, paint samples and ripping up flooring. Enjoying my house as a home for the first time was a wonderful feeling – I couldn’t stop smiling. I think Ian was confused why I was so crazy happy about primed walls!
Saturday morning our friend Adam randomly called up and said, “I don’t have anything going on today, but I figured y’all might need some help, can I come up and pitch in?” Ummm yes, thank you! Also, our newlywed (and very tan!) friends Aaron and Kim came up Saturday evening and helped us put both coats of color on the walls. Again, the time passed quickly and we got everything done that we intended (with the exception of painting the living room, Ian and I made the executive decision to spend more time prepping the walls and paint later in the week).
Our day Saturday was less a ‘working’ day and more a of social day – we had way too much fun for it to be considered work. Adam had not been to our house before so it was fun to show him around. I also liked talking to him about our plans since he’s done a lot of construction in his life. He gave us good tips and input – talking to him boosted my confidence in our decisions. Aaron had been to the house the previous weekend to help us spackle/sand, but this was Kim’s first time. She was the first of my girlfriends to see the place and I was nervous because it’s still such a wreck. She seemed to really like the house and the Village (she hadn’t been before) and was able to visualize our plans – it’s is always neat when someone can see your ideas.
We finished touching up the walls around 4 and began to paint the first coat immediately thereafter. Dinner on the patio at the Sewickley Hotel followed (we had an awesome time on our double date, it had been way too long!) then we walked back to finish a second coat. Upon completion of our painting we sat on the floor of the soon-to-be master bathroom and stayed up talking until after midnight. Such a late night of social activities – I didn’t know what to do with myself!
What I did, as it turns out, was sleep in the next day. Oops. We didn’t get started until after 11:00 Sunday morning, but we got a good deal done in the living room (I’m hoping to prime/paint this week) and we made headway with some kitchen ideas. Mostly, we figured out a plan for the next few weeks. Now that the “walls project” is done for the most part and the floors will be finished soon, it’s time to shift focus and nail down a plan of action for the next round of work.
The focus this week will be prepping the first and third floors so that we can sand next weekend then stain and seal the week following. This timeline works out well for moving by the end of the month. At the same time, we’ll start on the kitchen demo and our contractor will start work on the second floor renovations. The next few weeks will be very trying and stressful, I’m starting to get anxious. Thus far we’ve focused, primarily, on one project – the walls. Over the course of the next 6 to 8 weeks we will have numerous projects going on simultaneously, we’ll move out of our apartment where we’ve lived for the last 4 years, and we’ll be half camping at the house – half crashing at my parent’s. This is kind of the perfect storm for an emotional meltdown. We’ve been good so far and I hope that trend continues as the number of ongoing projects multiplies basically overnight.
But, for today, I have beautifully painted flat walls, some great memories with friends from the weekend (we really did have fun!), and the first signs of a house turning into a home. I’m a happy girl.