7/6/11

Painting, paint fumes, paint colors....

Three solid days of painting are now under my belt. I should - I say should - be able to finish up most of the important painting today. One more coat in Alexa's room (she decided to go from her standard pink to a new, vivid and bold "Twist of Lime" paint which looks sweet, but requires a lot of coats), some touch up in the recreation room, a repaint of Alexa's bathroom (the Lowe's paint didn't even come close to matching the original color - that's how much they have changed the color code since last year for the same paint), and 1/2 the storage room today. Also up for task today is removing all of the nails and staples from the baseboard that was removed from the perimeter walls, and then dusting and cleaning it to get it ready for installation. Busy day for sure, but nothing 12 hours of manual labor can't accomplish. However, I am physically running on fumes being day 4 of this work.

Measuring at 11 a.m. by yet another carpet installer to get a competitive bid. Tara, Alexa and I head out on Friday for New York - so my original goal of getting all of this done before that trip now has to be given a new target date. The dry wall and framing took 5 days, instead of the contractor's estimate of 2 days. The Better Basement Tech work took 4 days, instead of the original estimate of 3 days. The painting is taking 4 days, instead of what I thought we could do in 2 days (and I've got plenty of help from Tara and the kids down there will all of us painting up a storm). It's just a huge basement to paint with primer, cutting, rolling, trimming, coat 1, coat 2, etc... . So, it was just impossible to get it all done and back together before July 8th. The new target date will now have to be sometime in the week of July 18th - 22nd. Of course, that all hinges on the schedule of the carpet installers as they may already be booked solid for that week. Okay - it will be done when it is done. Then we'll need a good week to get everything back down in the basement and the rest of our house cleaned up and like it was before. I'm growing tired of not getting a vacation in the summer with all of these major damage issues from Ma Nature. Ma - cut me a break. How about a decade of nothing to restore for a change?

Enough of that, back to the basement for another 12 hours I go...

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