Painting a HOUSE

They say that paint is a “fast and economical way to update a room.”  Yeah right!  Try painting every room in the house – at $26.99+ per gallon, that adds up quick.  I will say the reward is awesome:   yucky cold kitchen    pretty red kitchen

So far, we’ve painted (ok, are in the process of painting) three rooms. 

  1. Our kitchen went from a grey-cabineted, blue-walled space to a crisp and warmly inviting living space.  The pictures show the difference!  (for those who care: the red is BM Moroccan Red, and the white is BM Simply White).
  2. Our living room is now Golden Straw – it’s warm and inviting without being too yellow.  My friends were able to get that up there beautifully in seemingly no time at all!
  3. The poor dining room isn’t in as friendly shape.  It has a deeper color (BM Princeton Gold) that did not cover well.  At all.  The white primer shows through all over the place, and the color varies from a yellow-ish green to another gross color, to something else.  It’s truly indescribable.  My friends worked on that one too – it was less rewarding.  MrH and I spent another hour today doing a second coat (that’s truly all it needs, my friends did a great job!).  Then we ran out of paint.  And the heat died.  Again. 

The second-funnest part of painting is the feeling that this is ours and we’ll live here for a long time to come.  The most-fun part of painting is the surprising opportunity to bring together friends in a completely different setting than we would otherwise be.  It was great to serve them lunch, and it was great to get to connect with them each differently.  I’m working to keep my focus on the fun and the friends, as I do believe that that’s why we were blessed with the house in the first place.  Now if only the heat would come back on…



  1. amy said,

    March 19, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Exactly! Come on’ heat! What did your heat people say on Sunday? It was so fun painting with you. It’s awesome to get to be a part of something so wonderful and intrigal to your life as your space, your house. And I’d have to say, it payed off for me as well. My painting skills have definitely improved!

  2. Tim said,

    March 20, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    Lookin’ good. Glad to hear you’re having fun with your new house. Are there more pictures?


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