Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. Given the occasion, I have to start with a quick note of love.
Thank you all for reading, commenting and following along on our adventures. I feel like I’ve found so many new friends, even though many of us have never met. Your warmth and support makes my day everyday, so today I have to give some of that love back. I can’t send you all chocolates and roses, but I can say a very sincere thank you.
Valentine’s Day means that we’re halfway through the month, so it’s time for an update on my February goal of painting the main floor hallway and kitchen.
Here’s what was on the to-do list for the first half of the month and how we did:
Patch and sand holes from chair rail. By Feb. 7.Final coat went on Feb. 4, although I didn’t manage to sand it until Feb. 7. Doesn’t matter, though, ’cause it got done. Buy paint. By Feb. 7.Done Feb. 6. Wipe down the trim. By Feb. 7.Done Feb. 7. Remove cover plates on plugs and switches, take down old light fixtures and install pig tails. Feb. 8.Done Feb. 8. Paint the ceiling. Feb. 8.Done Feb. 8. Prime the walls. Feb. 9.Done Feb. 8. A whole day early. Paint the trim. Feb. 14.After 5 1/2 hours of painting spread out across the past four evenings, I can say this one is done as of last night. Another whole day early.
Plus two new additions:
Remove the old doorbell chime box and patch hole.Mostly done Feb. 9. This is Matt’s add-on that still needs one more coat of paste, but it shouldn’t delay this weekend’s plans. Paint a second coat on the ceiling.Done Feb. 9. Expecting a single coat of paint to cover our filthy ceiling ended up being a bit of wishful thinking.
Even with additions, everything–every single thing–is on track.
After the frustration of 2013 where I was not very successful in accomplishing projects around the house, the progress we’ve made this month makes me tremendously happy. Sure wiping down all of the baseboards and trim (9 doorways, remember) was not my ideal way to spend my Friday night, but I did it, it’s done, and I made my deadline. Planning every step and setting deadlines have been super helpful.
Some soundbites from last weekend:
- “This ceiling is disgusting.” (Matt) It totally, complete was, but no longer.
- “Why didn’t we do this sooner?” (Matt) Ummmm… we killed ourselves on the basement reno?
- “This hallway feels wider.” (Julia) “Wider or whiter?” (Matt) “Uh… I guess both?” (Julia)
Here’s an illustration of our disgusting ceiling. The white circle is where the light fixture used to be.
We’ve only primed, but it has already made such a difference. I’m excited to add colour this weekend. Here’s what’s coming up next:
- Paint the walls (two coats). Feb. 15-17 (a three-day weekend).
- Install new light fixtures. Feb. 22.
I’ve learned that it’s just too easy for me to procrastinate and push projects off. So far with my new technique of mapping the steps out in detail and scheduling each stage, I’m staying on track. This is a major breakthrough for me.
And people, I am so excited to see the final product and to share it all with you. Will the reveal be an acceptable late Valentine’s gift? I think it’s going to be even more awesome than I expected.
What have you been up to this month? Care to share your mid-month update? Do you have any special plans for Valentine’s Day? I think my present will be a night off from painting. Happy weekend, everyone. And happy Valentine’s Day.