Friday, June 8, 2012

Living in the land of "one thing leads to another" (& winner)

This has been a wild and crazy week, and I know I haven't been around the blogosphere much because of it.  For many years, we talked about putting a wall and french doors in our useless front room space, in order to create a more private den/office/guest room space. (I can't wait to have overnight guests!!) We are finally doing it!!  We will be starting construction  in about a week.  As we looked at french door options we realized that the trim in our house was either going to get painted white to go with white french doors, or we were going to need to stain french doors to match our existing trim. (Echh yuck!)  Let me tell you a little something about myself.  Because I'm sure you aren't aware of this.  I love white paint.  It freshens and cleans up everything. Ever-thang. 
 So... I made the decision that if my man would unhang all the doors in our house, giving me a front row view of his hard working arms in action, I'd begin taping, sanding, wiping, priming, and painting every. dang. piece. of. ugly. beat up. stained. wood. trim.  (I'll admit I've had more fun ideas in the past, and I'm referring to the painting part, not the watching my man's muscles part.)  That said, it is changing every single thing in this house.  I mean it feels like a brand new house.  It's kind of soothing too.  So I'll be working to get that finished before the hoodlums last day of school, over the next week or so. 

Which leads me to teacher gifts.  I wanted to get them finished a little early because I figured they probably get bombarded with coffee mugs on the last day of school and I love early presents myself.  Stands to reason most people do, right?  I'm dropping them off tonight so they can enjoy them over the weekend, so all I can give is a sneak peek... (because we don't want to spoil any surprises in case they peek on here today!)  I can tell you though, that these two women have meant a LOT to me this year.  I went from a fearful, worried homeschooling mama, knowing public school was the right choice, to eternally grateful for the answered prayers of wonderful, nurturing, kind, loving, and caring women who have taken the best care of my babies hearts and minds this year.  Words of thanks will never be enough.  I appreciate them and their work more than I can say!  Don't worry, I'll show you more next week in case you're stumped for a cute gift idea. 

With the looming construction and such, I've been planning and preparing and it's going to open up our new hallway wall for another gallery space... so I'm slowly working on it.  It will be filled to the brim with moments by the time I'm done and holes in a wall don't scare me a bit.  That's why they make spackle and paint!  I'm giddy.... and before I go, I have to say a big thank you for your wisdom, encouragement and words on the post about letting go of our kiddos as the time for extending bits of freedom comes.  I've truly savored your words and if this week and next weren't so crazy I'd have responded to each of you individually.  I'm so sorry I don't have the space in time for that, just know I appreciated each word and nodded my head a lot!



And now for the winner of my giveaway, chosen my random.org, Carmen at Old House Kitchen! Give me a shout at lemonademakinmama@comcast.net to claim your prize girly. 


Okay back to painting I go....


23 comments:

  1. love the white trim!! we built a new house last year and chose the white trim and (gasp) white kitchen cabinets amongst an area that has the oak trim everywhere. i love it and so do others when they finally see it all put together. can't go wrong! good luck to you on all the painting! that is a pain for me as i am painting our entire basement right now myself! oh the projects i get myself into...

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  2. I even kept my son's trim white when I painted his room in a rainforest motif. Sad, but the white contrast with the bright green is so cute. I had begged to keep it tree-less. Maybe in a few years.

    White trim is so pretty.

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  3. I think white paint makes everything look prettier too. When we painted our entry way a pale gray and then painted the trim with the white it reminded me of a summer beach cottage! I don't know where you find the energy to do everything you do...I am completely jealous!

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  4. In the same process. i use a product called Rust Scat by Coronado (owned by Ben Moore) and all I do is clean, prime and paint. Hard as a rock and has saved many steps, not latex either, doesn't chip or peal.

    Check it out!

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  5. Beeeeen there!! One of the first things we did in this house was yank out every square inch of trim board and sand and paint them all... 2,200 sq. ft. never felt so big! ha ha BUT, agreed...love love love it and it admittedly DOES make it feel brand new! Happy painting! ;)

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  6. every time i see your house i just fall more and more in love with it! the teacher gift sneak peek is too much. i'm sure you will have put us all to shame in that department. they already look amazing! you are so talented sasha! i adore how open and honest you always are, you are just too sweet!!

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  7. Rather than painting our old, ugly 1970's trim . . . my husband bought new trim, painted every piece bright white, and retrimmed the entire 3400 sq. ft. house (adding a bit of bright white wainscoting, too). I LOVE it!

    Just finished our wall gallery, on our newly painted deep violet hallway wall. Pics will be coming soon.


    Hope your weekend is BLESSED. Off to the city ... I'll keep my eye out for you at Target or thereabouts.

    :) :) :)

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    1. Hahahahahaha! LOVE white trim... if we were super handy, we would have just done the replacing thing too!

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  8. dearest, darlingest, craziest Sasha...

    I did the same thing. Painted EVERY PIECE OF WOOD in our house before we moved in. Every. Darn. Piece. And you know what? I'd do it all over again to have white trim. I LOVE it! I cannot WAIT to see the end result! :)

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    1. Amen to that sweet thing!! I hope the end result comes soon. I'm soooooo tired. LOL

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    1. I'll make sure the bed is made girly! :) Seriously... I would. And you would be MOST welcome. :)

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  10. Oh man! Moving in a month, and guess what..we have a WHOOOOOLE lot of trim painting to do! Any chance you are going to be in Pennsylvania in July? Haha Im looking forward to the end result, but kind of dreading the process.

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  11. So much hard work for such wonderful results. You're going to love it and be so happy you did it! I'd say book a massage for yourself for the "after".

    xo
    Pat

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    1. LOL I love that idea!! Except I'm terrified of massages. LOL Go figure.

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  12. I am getting ready to do white trim on the outside of my new house and found that there are about 436 shades of 'white'....which one did you choose? I will also have LOTS of white inside the house...I don't what screaming white, but 'milky' white....help!

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    1. Oh Donna I have the perfect white color!! I chose "Creamy" from Sherwin Williams. I love it! It's the color of all my cabinets and the other cream I love is called "Navajo White" also by SW. I chose it for my table base and chair legs... it's warmer than the creamy color.

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  13. you are just such a go-getter, aren't you?? :) i love that about you. we painted all the doors and trim in our first house...except we hired somebody because i had a 1 year old. ya, it was not happenin'. i am really wondering what's in those teacher gifts of yours too. kinda wish i would've taught your babies this year!

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  14. Glad I pushed you over the edge. It's gonna be gorgeous! AND if you ever try to sell again. It will help:)

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  15. I am with you on the white woodwork...just makes me feel better about everything! Can't wait to hear the details of the teacher gifts...

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  16. oh my...a lot of work ahead! but whoa, will it all be worth it!!! i cannot wait to see it finished. your home is just beautiful anyway!!

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  17. fyi: i always live vicariously through your fancy projects. this sounds super fantastic! we have an area that we'd love to do this to one day (only all we'd have to add would be a door - it just needs to be cut specially because it's an odd size) so i have a feeling you're going to make me want to do this all the more. cannot wait to see it!

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  18. you guys are seriously going to be busy, but it'll be soooo worth it!
    You're a hardworking girl, friend, and you do a wonderful job of uplifting your man {and his muscles!} :)

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