This is what the dining room looked like when I bought the house. The color - not my favorite. The curtains - had to go. The border - oh my.
Things are really looking up! What a difference a little paint makes! And by "a little" I really mean, several gallons. Everything was primed from floor to ceiling. Then I moved around the room painting white semigloss onto all of the trim. Once the trim was done I painted the walls.
I will need to go back through and paint the windows, but I plan to do that after I move in. So while both of the rooms are done for now - there is still some painting left to do.
I spent all day Friday and Saturday at the house painting. This is what it looked like when I got there Friday morning. It's so nice to see the house during the day and see all the light that comes into the rooms. It's lovely.
Oh, hey Charlie. Do you plan on helping today? Or do you just prefer to lay around? Yup, that's what I thought. Go about your business.
Taping is my least favorite thing to do in paint prep, so I usually just don't do it. Plus, this house being so old, nothing is really straight anyway - taping would just be a huge headache. I'm not too shabby at cutting in, so I'm fine with doing it sans tape.
All the trim in the room was previously yellow and so was the ceiling. So when I say I painted from top to bottom, I wasn't kidding. I don't regret a single bit of it, because the white trim and ceiling have made all the difference. I'm very excited to take to brown paper off the floor and see the new color with the wood flooring.
And since I know you're all just dying to know what Charlie does, I'll tell you. She does nothing. She goes outside, pees, comes back inside, sniffs, goes in the basement (where I'm pretty sure she's peed several times - marking her territory), lays on her rug, sniffs, sighs, lays in bed, sleeps, repeat. I bought her a few toys to keep at the house; one of which has a treat in it that she never touches.
She doesn't quite understand why we are there. I can tell she's confused. I could leave her home, but it's nice to have her there. Even if she can't do the work, she might as well keep me company!
Esther asked me "Are you enjoying all the house stuff or getting tired?" Such a good question. While I do get tired each night that I spend there working, I'm so excited to get back the next day. When I know a task I'm about to start is going to be big and take a long time, I usually put it off. Once I dive in, it's full speed ahead! I've really been enjoying getting to the house as much as I can and making it mine. Plus, now that I have a couple of rooms done, I have a sense of accomplishment that is keeping me going. And audiobooks, lots of audiobooks (you know, since Charlie can't actually talk back to me).