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Project update June

Project update June

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So here is as best a picture I can get for you of the final product of this tiny room that while small on space is LARGE on purple. The wall behind the door is white, while the end walls (door/window) are that lighter shade or grape and well....yeah then there is that dark one. EIGHT COATS of dark purple I might add....atop 4 coats of white. =__=

ANYway yep yep...another project under my belt. Next summer I tackle my own bedroom with a helava lot more weird angles, 4 x bigger and all wall papered drywall that wasn't sized so it will be a LONG project to remove the 30+ year old floral print stuff before I attempt the joy of painting.

I think...I will be using a roller on portions of that one.

But that's in 2010. For now I can say *I did it* and move onto painting the front porch in July aswell as the parging along the base of the house.







Here's the cement step that my father (and I) worked at pouring. Hard to believe that's 5 bags of cement. MY GOODNESS what does it take to do more than one level XD?



If you squint hard enough you can almost believe that this yard is under control. Naturally for the first time in a dozen years the grass seed took. I'll be edging it fiercely when I return but I'm not worried about the pumpkins or zucchini and the tomatos really only have to contend with the remains of the Forget-me-nots and those are a spring flower so they like the violets are allowed to stick around instead of getting weeded out.




The front vegetable garden is hemmed in on the far end by the daylillies ~ the roots keep in the soil till I get a wall built at the end and the leaves provide a wall to retain the heat for the tomatos. Carrots and cucumbers at the far trellis are up but I've had to replant the cuckes at the closer one and if they don't take then the pumpkin that planted itself can have the space (you can see the leaves undert the trellis. I'm hedging my bets and not rooting it out until I have to.

The sugar snap peas are doing well.







  • 1- Wow, strong shade of purple^_^ Why did take so many coats of paint?

    2- 5 bags of cement for ONE step?

    3- *looks at garden* You're a miracle worker, my dear.
    • It's so unfair to show this room when the sun isn't shining because the purple is a really rich tones and not at all garish. Near impossible to present with a flash but ...you get the idea.

      The reason for so many coats is that it was drywall under the paint. Usually you have paint on the walls and can just cover that but drywall is a sponge, and with no barrier previously put down the colour just gets sucked in and muted.

      I also refused to pay for tinted primer (undercoat) because I had THREE colours in this room and wasn't going to do 3 seperate cans soooo long story short it's one coat of primer and then I realized it was not ever going to be enough so went straight to a strong good quality white paint for 3 more coats and that in the end makes the colours really POP. I don't mind the extra work ~ it's not like I had to get this done in 2 days ;)

      As for the cement...yeah...5 bags. I probably should have been another half but we didn't want to crack open another bag unless we had to.

      The garden is easy this year....warm and cool with sufficient rain is easing me back into the swing of things. :)
  • The walls look terrific! But then I love purple so... :)

    Even if it's only one step, that looks like you and your dad did a lot of work to make it so well.

    I'm envious of your garden this year. Mine is so over run with the bindweed. Hopefully, we can get a few days with no rain in the forecast so we can start with the weed spray soon. You'll have to keep us up to speed on how your garden does. That's a great start you have :)
    • I like purple too...I just pretend to not be so keen.

      I was so entranced by this shade that I've been contemplating it for my bedroom...but that would then totally throw off all the other plans I've had for it. None of the light purple stuff...just white and that dark purple alternating on the walls. OH yeah..that would look fiiiine :)

      *smacks self in head*

      Hand mixing cement is ...not easy. OMGoodness......upper body strength would be nice and is wasted on just the men I tell ya!


      I will keep you up to date on the garden and good luck getting the weeds dealt with. I think it would be so frustrating having to battle that on top of the wildlife!! Obviously the universe doesn't want you out in the garden wrecking your knee ;)
  • The purple is gorgeous! I'll be painting my old house this year, so that is inspiring.
    • Flash photography does not do that dark purple justice.

      It is really a lovely shade. Absolutely stunning rich tone....

      You will definately have to spam us all with your redecorating when you get to it :)
  • Love that colour in that room, and I love the hardwood window frames.
  • One of the things I did learn in my lame-o Home Depot paint class is that you can get dark gray primer that's better to use under dark paint. You would have only had to do a couple coats. O.O
  • Wow! You certainly have been busy right before your trip!!

    I love the purple. I'm sure the girls will love it too. (And sometimes, it's best to just let them hash out the furniture placement themselves... *snicker* Stepping out of that discussion can only be good for your sanity.)

    I like the angles in the room... you have a Victorian house? Is that right? How many stories is it? Do all the rooms connect to each other? Do you have any circular rooms? Do you have a window seat anywhere? (Nooo... I don't have a secret desire to nose around and explore a Victorian house... why do you ask? *laugh*)

    The concrete step and the garden both look fabulous! The step is a bit thicker than most, so I'm not surprised it took so much cement. (Hmm... what's the difference between concrete and cement? *goes to google* Result: "A very easy way to differentiate them is: Concrete is a MIX of cement, sand and water." Hmmm.... that's cool. Okay, tangent over.)

    Is that a... dragon lounging on those stones? *grin*
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