Wednesday, August 5, 2015

A Painting Party

I suppose that one of my favorite things about redoing an old house is the wide variety of how things get accomplished.

A while back we had a "Painting Party", where Chester fixes up a bunch of reasonably nice food (which in our world seems to mean lots of meat), and we invite everyone we know to come join the fun (and by fun, we mean hard work). We generally have 15-40 people show up to "join in the fun". This time we had 25-30, plus the seven of us.

We worked for about 8 hours (people came and went through out the day - only Chester was there for all of it), and managed to prime or paint (sometimes both) everything but two of the three bathrooms in the house (one we needed to keep functional, while in the other we stored all the stuff that couldn't be in the rooms getting painted).
It won't surprise you that we're overly frugal with paint, so instead of buying the shades we wanted, we bought lots and lots of mistints, and Mr. "can do everything" Chester custom mixed shades to my request. The main floor is a sedate gray, the upper story is a light greyed-out blue-green that I've dubbed "russian sage" after the plant. There's a bright orange room (why he bought that mistint, I must admit I wonder, but it'll be canning and freezer storage, so much of the wall won't be seen), and about half of the lowest level (a walk-out basement) is in murals.
Here's way more pictures than you want:
Amy's Office - a light greyed-out green-blue that we're calling "Russian Sage" after the plant.
The "Sun Room".  Not because it has windows (it doesn't), but because it makes your eyes hurt to look at it.  Our freezer and canning storage will be in here.
Some terrific help painting the tall stairwell to the second story.
Main floor walls are gray with white trim.
The library has a red reading nook (aka closet)
Help painting flowers and butterflies in the girls room.
There may have been more painted than just the walls....
The blue tape denotes bed height.  She's having big flowers below and purple mountains majesty above.  She was singing as she painted.
Painting the flowers and butterflies wall.
Painting a tree
A solar system for a bedroom wall
Beware of the little boy with the green roller
More trees
Big flowers
A city-scape by the laundry room wall
A panorama of the kids area in the basement.

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