Category Archives: Paint

Back-to-School To Do List

I don’t know why I called it the “back-to-school” list other than it’s the list for September. I’m not going back to school. My sister is starting a new real estate course and I wish her happy learning.  Someday I plan to take that course. For now I have my own real estate issues.

We have considerable clutter in the yard that is being addressed incrementally.

We have considerable clutter in the yard that is being addressed incrementally.

First items on September’s list are things that were on the lists of summer and never really worked out.

We made unexpected progress on the exterior of the house this summer.

We made unexpected progress on the exterior of the house this summer.

From the Summer Lists:

  1. Paint and set up potager fence

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

    The fence at the entrance to the potager needs one more section.

  2. Wallpaper dining room

    Now that the foosball table is out of the way I can continue with wallpapering in the dining room (the dark blue).

    Now that the foosball table is out of the way I can continue with wallpapering in the dining room (the dark blue).

  3. Paint dining room paneling

    It takes many coats of white semi-gloss to cover the once-brown paneling.

    It takes many coats of white semi-gloss to cover the once-brown paneling.

  4. Buy tile for master bathroom

    Marble basketweave tile for the floor and ice white subway for the shower walls.

    Marble basketweave tile for the floor and ice white subway for the shower walls.

  5. Hang pictures in upstairs hall

    A family photo gallery is planned for the long upstairs hall wall on the right.

    A family photo gallery is planned for the long upstairs hall wall on the right.

  6. Paint yellow trays

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

    My first attempt at painting the yellow trays was hideous.

Additions to the list for September:

  1. Start going to the gym on a regular basis. Begin with a walking regimen.

    My gym

    My gym

  2. Power wash house exterior

    The back of the house needs to be powerwashed then painted.

    The back of the house needs to be powerwashed then painted.

  3. Paint exterior shingles

    We've actually begun the house painting. (Left side is the new color.)

    We’ve actually begun the house painting. (Left side is the new color.)

  4. Install master bedroom shelves and baseboard

    The bedroom shelves are painted and stacked in the living room.

    The bedroom shelves are painted and stacked in the living room.

  5. Stain back stairs

    The back stairs will be stained grey after the house is painted.

    The back stairs will be stained grey after the house is painted.

  6. Plant hydrangea cuttings

    The cuttings are well-rooted and should be planted in the east side yard by the end of September.

    The cuttings are well-rooted and should be planted in the east side yard by the end of September.

  7. Paint side door

    This door should be painted.

    This door should be painted.

  8. Paint wood trim on house

    The original trim on the eaves and windows of the house needs to be scraped, primed, and painted.

    The original trim on the eaves and windows of the house needs to be scraped, primed, and painted. The new trim is Azek and never needs to be painted.

Thirteen items should keep us busy.

Are you back-to-school this fall?

Question for You

Front porch door

Front porch door

Now that the front door is painted I have to make a decision about painting the side porch door.

The side porch has been painted Sandy Hook Gray. That's me in my paint clothes in the reflection.

The side porch has been painted Sandy Hook Gray. That’s me in my paint clothes in the reflection.

We have painted the shingles Sandy Hook Gray.

A true-to-color photo was difficult to achieve but the paint and stone look great together.

A true-to-color photo was difficult to achieve but the paint and stone look great together.

This color grey complements the variegated shades of the bluestone porch deck very well.

This side of the house gets only the afternoon sun.

This side of the house gets only the afternoon sun.

Now I need to decide what color to paint the side door.

The large porch on the west side of the house is our main entrance.

The large porch on the west side of the house is our main entrance.

This is the entrance by the driveway which we primarily use.

The former kitchen door was painted dark blue except for the window trim.

The former kitchen door was painted dark blue except for the window trim.

Before the renovation our “kitchen” door, which looked exactly like this one, was painted dark blue like the front door.

Conservatory French doors.

Conservatory French doors.

The only other exterior doors are the French doors leading from the conservatory which I have no intention of painting since they are finished in a weatherproof material.  They are white.

The porch needs to be painted.

The porch door needs to be painted.

So what do you think? Blue? White? Grey?

Paint me!

Paint me!

Thanks for your input.

Front Door – First Coat

I was hoping things would get done yesterday and I wasn’t disappointed.

The outside of the front door really needs to be painted.

The outside of the front door really needs to be painted.

I thought I could paint the front door.

Grey (on the left) is the new house color.

Grey (on the left) is the new house color, Sandy Hook Gray.

First I wanted to paint the shingles in the porch area being careful not to drip on the bluestone porch deck.

I painted the door with a brush.

I painted the door with a brush.

Painting a first coat on the door was not difficult since it’s the same color it was before the renovation, dark blue.

Before

Before

After

After

I’m liking how the color palette is coming together.

What color is your door?  Are all your doors the same color?

Getting Ready for Another Weekend Work Session

I woke up yesterday morning (at 4:30 a.m.) just itching to get into some project before heading off to work at 8 a.m.

The outside of the front door really needs to be painted.

The outside of the front door really needs to be painted.

I thought I could paint the front door.

The front door used to be reddish.

The front door used to be reddish.

When I moved in 18 years ago it was a maroonish barn red color along with many other accents both inside and outside the house.

I changed the door from red to blue.

I changed the door from red to blue.

I had painted it dark blue which I always liked.

Before painting the door I washed it with soapy vinegar water to get off the old grime.

Before painting the door I washed it with soapy vinegar water to get off the old grime.

Since I wanted to use the original door on the house our contractor sent it out to be fitted into a weatherproof door frame. The process included filling in the hole for the old knob and lock and moving the hinges to the opposite side.

The X-shaped windows are distinctive.

The X-shaped windows are distinctive.

The planing and sanding helped the old color to show through.

See where I started the painting?

See where I started the painting?

Instead of getting right to the door I swept down the cobwebs on the porch and tried some house color (Sandy Hook Gray) on the shingles.

I'm excited about the color change.

I’m excited about the color change.

So the plan for today is to finish the front porch, shingles and door, then move to the side porch.

The color I originally chose for the porch ceiling was too vivid.

I’m planning on Blue Heather (Benjamin Moore) for the porch ceiling.  It’ might have to be cut with some white to make it lighter.

I also bought a can of paint to change the primed white porch ceilings blue.

Got plans?

The Paint Sprayer

I’m becoming incredibly handy with the paint sprayer. Sounds conceited and self-involved but I was afraid to even try there for a while.

After about 3 containers full of paint the internal filter seems to clog.

After about 3 containers full of paint the internal filter seems to clog.

Now I know it’s better to work it for about 3 containers full of paint than to make a marathon out of it.

This tiny piece is the key to a successful paint spraying session.

This tiny piece is the key to a successful paint spraying session.

No matter how carefully I strain the paint, the tiny filter in the spray gun clogs after that much usage. (I strain the paint through a piece of screen.)

A ladle is easy to use with one hand and helps determine the amount of water without guesswork although I generally go by consistency..

A ladle is easy to use with one hand and helps determine the amount of water without guesswork although I generally go by consistency.

The paint must be thinned with plain water to about the consistency of whole milk before using in the sprayer. I use a kitchen ladle to add water to paint in a bucket of paint designated for the paint sprayer. (I don’t thin all the paint just in case I want to brush some on for touch ups.)

All the windows and French doors in the conservatory get trim so most of the furniture will need to be moved out of the way.

All the windows and French doors in the conservatory get trim so most of the furniture will need to be moved out of the way by Saturday morning.

I have a firm commitment from our carpenter that he will be coming on Saturday to install more trim. In the mean time I’m going to paint as much casing lumber as I can before it goes in.

My plan was to paint some trim everyday this week but the weather has had a different plan -- RAIN.

My plan was to paint some trim everyday this week but the weather has had a different plan — RAIN.

When cleaning the spray gun ,which by the way was about $16, I don’t use mineral spirits even though the directions call for cleaning the sprayer with mineral spirits.

I figured out how to use the disposable paint cups -- the one that comes on the sprayer must first be removed -- DUH!

I figured out how to use the disposable paint cups — the one that comes on the sprayer must first be removed — DUH!

Since I am using latex paint, the mineral spirits would need to be totally cleaned from the gun before starting a new project. Instead I spray water through the apparatus until it runs fairly clear. When I’m through using it on a regular basis a coating of mineral spirits will deter rust.

The paint gun is easier to pull apart than to put back together.

The paint gun is easier to pull apart than to put back together.

Then I take all the removable parts out of the gun, wash them, and let them thoroughly dry.

Are you planning a project for fall?

The Exterior Painting Gets Started

I chose our new outdoor house color and had the opportunity to buy 5 gallons of it at a 20% discount.

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

Sandy Hook Gray by Benjamin Moore

Yesterday I picked up a 5 gallon bucket of Clark and Kensington exterior paint in the Benjamin Moore color “Sandy Hook Gray”.

The house was due for a new coat of paint even before the renovation.

The house was due for a new coat of paint even before the renovation.

I couldn’t wait to see how it would look on the shingles so I ladled about a gallon in a smaller bucket, picked up a paintbrush, and headed out onto the master bedroom porch.

Notice the change in shingles on the window wall -- 3 new rows on the bottom, old ones on the top.

Notice the change in shingles on the window wall — 3 new rows on the bottom, old ones on the top.

Much of the rest of the house will need to be power-washed before painting but the porch area is very clean. As with the rest of the house, old and new shingles are mixed on the same wall so everything had to be painted.

The original color on the left is

The original color on the left is “Glamour Gray”, the new color “Sandy Hook”.

We’ll probably use a paint sprayer on a some of the larger walls after they have been cleaned.

As the paint dried it was much darker than the original color.

As the paint dried it was much darker than the original color. (Dry paint on right, wet paint on left.)

Sandy Hook Gray is certainly a greige tone.  When I first opened the bucket it looked pale beige, almost cream.

Before

Before

Half painted

Half painted

After but still drying

After but still drying

It painted onto the wall a pale putty color but as it dried the color darkened and the beigeness became greyer.

The only painted area is the second floor porch although it's difficult to tell.

The only painted area is the second floor porch although it’s difficult to tell.

It looks great with the new roof.

Before

Before

Excuse the cushions, they're drying from recent rain.

Excuse the cushions, they’re drying from recent rain.

I can’t wait to see it on the other porches that have bluestone decks.

Are you surprised by the chameleon-like characteristic of paint?

Yesterday’s Yeas!

So finally we accomplished something on a Saturday.

We must lay a floor before the linen closet gets permanently set in place.

We must lay a floor before the linen closet gets permanently set in place.

First we set the bottom of the linen closet in place.

The hinges and hardware were aged brass.

The hinges and hardware were aged brass.

In order to reattach the doors I needed to paint the old brass hinges and screws.

When the new knobs and pulls are installed I'll recheck the color of the hinges.

When the new knobs and pulls are installed I’ll recheck the color of the hinges.

The new color for the hardware is Charcoal Metallic.

The newly grey cabinet fits nicely in the space.

The newly grey cabinet fits nicely in the space.

Charlie helped by carrying the cabinet from the backyard to the master suite and by attaching the hinges.

Nine 16-foot, 10-inch wide boards -- painted grey for bedroom shelves.

Nine 16-foot, 10-inch wide boards — painted grey for bedroom shelves.

While I waited for the spray painted hardware to dry, I loaded up the paint sprayer again with home-mixed “Secret” and gave the bookshelf boards for the master bedroom another coat. (I’m getting the hang of the paint sprayer.)

Clark's Hardware Store in Ellicott City, Maryland

Clark’s Hardware Store in Ellicott City, Maryland (from their Facebook page)

We let them dry while we attended Customer Appreciation Day at our local hardware store which was celebrating its 170th anniversary. We got a 20% discount on 5 gallons of exterior paint and a free lunch.

I separated the newly-painted boards with spacers.

I separated the newly-painted boards with spacers.

Upon our return home Charlie carried the painted boards back into the living room.

I'm waiting to see the master bathroom vanity hardware before choosing drawer pulls and door knobs.

I’m waiting to see the master bathroom vanity hardware before choosing drawer pulls and door knobs.

Since the temperature was 93 degrees we both decided to take a break in the air conditioning. When I reread this post it sounded like most of our day was spent waiting for paint to dry, but we didn’t just twiddle ours thumbs.

Halfway through August are you getting things done?