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Is such a blessing.  I am not being the least bit sarcastic when I say this.

Home improvements, however, suck.  Or I suck at doing them.  Maybe I just suck at painting.  But it feels like this process is taking forrrreeevvvverrrrr.

We took possession of the house last Friday.  Quickly we picked up paint and supplies and made the plan to spruce up the place.  I’m not a fan of white walls; I like a little color in my home.  And hey- the walls needed painting anyway.  We went to work.

Six days later: we are still at it.  Lawdy.  Painting 10 foot ceilings are, excuse me, a Bitch.

The stairwell?  Fugetabout it.  I have no idea how that one is happening.  #OutSourceIt   Or maybe Mr. Shenanigans will harness his old Ranger powers and rappel down the wall and make it work. I’d actually really like to see that happen.

I usually paint my interior beige or light brown or taupe- whatever color you want to call it. Then a pop of color in the living room and kitchen.  As you may remember, I’ve been lamenting about the brown of the Arizona desert.  So I couldn’t bring myself to do brown (again) on the inside.

We went with a soft grey.  I like it.

I think.

I guess I better since we’ve painted 80% of the house this color, right?  Fingers crossed it looks good with the furniture.  If it doesn’t, I’m more inclined to buy new furniture before I change the paint.  Yes, I’m that over painting at this point that spending $10K on furniture is a better idea than $300 on new paint.

The kids helped.  Er.  Sorta.  They were only interested in their rooms and only for about 5 minutes.  It wasn’t a lot, and frankly, they just got in the way, so I didn’t mind when they suddenly remembered homework they needed to do!  Seth likes to roll and actually did a pretty good job.   Isn’t he the cutest little helper?

The GREAT news:  I am almost done.  Five bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a family room, a loft, and a kitchen are all painted.  Holy wow that was a lot of work.  My Dad has been a rock star working with me every day to get this done.  If you don’t have a retiree at your disposal, I suggest you adopt one!  They are the best.  Seriously.

The BAD news:  3 bathrooms and miles of baseboards await my brush.  And I may never be the same color again.  My hair, teeth (yep), and skin are covered in shades of grey, red, blue, burnt orange (Hook Em!) and green.  I feel like a bag of Skittles.  I turned my bath water grey yesterday.  It was weirdly gross and fascinating at the same time.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been to Lowe’s and Home Depot and Ace Hardware.  Because this town is clearly big enough for three home improvement stores.

Shenanigans is not amused. Do not wear orange to home improvement store.

Once the painting is finished (tomorrow I hope) we start the process of actually moving the furniture, boxes, and go-zillion articles of clothing into the house.  Who’s idea was it to have four kids and let them have all this stuff?  Oh yeah…. I guess that would be me.  I fear this move my swallow me whole. 

Pray for me.  I am not being the least bit sarcastic when I say this.

What is your favorite part about moving into a new home?  Do you like to paint or do home improvement projects?  Do you give Martha Stewart a run for her money?

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April Shuping

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Our house painting was much easier than yours because (1) we have a much smaller house and (2) we kind of just gave up after doing the living/dining room, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Yes, ten years later we have one hallway that we never got around to painting and a kitchen with wallpaper from 1983. I hate that kitchen anyways. And we let just our oldest get old enough to paint his own room, which he did last summer, so that's an option too :) I hope your painting/move finishes up soon!

Patty Holliday

Saturday 8th of March 2014

HA! Yeah- I can't wait until my kids are old enough to do all this themselves. That will be awesome.

Bonnie S.

Friday 7th of March 2014

You guys are going all out with the colors! Looks great! Hope it's done soon. :)

Patty Holliday

Saturday 8th of March 2014

I'm not shy about color! It's as done as it's getting- but now I have boxes everywhere and that's a new form of overwhelming!

Kristen Smith

Friday 7th of March 2014

I refuse to move because I do no want to have to pack. I'm sure we can make our current house work...yeah.

Patty Holliday

Friday 7th of March 2014

I didn't pack. I hired people to pack. Unfortunately I can't get away with that for the unpacking part. And now that I am blissfully unemployed, well, there's not excuse! I'll be unpacking for weeks yall.

Lauren

Friday 7th of March 2014

Oh man this post had my giggling the whole time! Not that I take humor in your moving/painting misfortunes lol ;0)

Sending prayers your way!! Good luck!

Patty Holliday

Friday 7th of March 2014

Thanks Lauren. It is funny, in a #firstworldproblems sort of way.

Fairytales and Fitness

Friday 7th of March 2014

This is so funny! I take picking a paint color as a huge commitment. My husband on the other hand has the "it's just paint and we can change it, it's no big deal" attitude. I for one know how big of a deal it is when you have to move furniture and rent scaffolding to paint. I am no longer "in love" with the colors I've picked 9 years ago but will admit that I am too lazy to change them! Good luck Patty!

Patty Holliday

Friday 7th of March 2014

9 years is a long time to live with color! But I think it's time to move rather than paint. LOL

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