Would this not make a lovely painting?
This summer our home has been a work in progress project for me. I’ve wanted my living room and kitchen painted for two or three years but haven’t had the courage to start the painting myself like I used to. I just didn’t have the energy! When hubby asked last December what I wanted for my birthday and Christmas I told him I wanted professionals to paint the living room for me. The darling man told me to find who I wanted to paint and to get a quote for doing our master bedroom ceiling (I painted the walls last year), living room and the kitchen! I was so excited so I called my favorite painter in the county in May and Eddie approved the quote he gave us!! Pallette Painting started the job on September 29th and finished the following weekend! It looked fabulous, clean and bright! It took another week to get everything put back together and I’m one happy camper!!! Here are before and after pictures:
Bare in mind that our wonderful home has been in the family for almost 200 years and we have lived in it since 2002 and I’ve only painted it once. I clean a lot but you can only do so much.
The living room is small but comfortable and has a wood stove in it for heating it and our bedroom. The kitchen is huge and has clapboard on one end of the room, wide wood boards on the other three walls with two different kinds of paneling halfway up the walls. I LOVE MY KITCHEN! It’s dark due to an enclosed side porch on the east side and a family room on the west side. I need and want lots of light!!! Here’s what I got:
I am a happy camper and love my old farmhouse very much!
What an awesome long weekend I just had (Memorial Day Weekend). I worked my tail off but the end results were so gratifying. On Thursday afternoon and evening of last week, I moved everything off my front porch and swept down the walls, porch floor and steps. Then I took a very stiff brush with a long handle and knocked down all the debris from spiders and other bugs and peeling paint from the ceiling and walls. I worked until dark but even got it all mopped with a solution of two gallons of water, 1/2 cup of bleach and a cup of laundry detergent. It still looked pretty rough but it smelled good and there were no more spiders and their nasty webs. The wind was blowing about 20-25 miles an hour so I knew the porch would dry by the next day when I would start painting. Here’s my “before” pictures:
On Friday morning I took a trip with my beautiful daughter to Roanoke/Salem area and we visited four spots looking for flowers for my gardens, stands, gazebo and porch. We had such a great and much overdue trip together. Those beauties will be shown in another post after they’re where they need to be and taking root.
On Friday afternoon, the paint brushes came out and I spent about five hours painting the columns and wooden trim and part of the ceiling. Most of the ceiling is a very pale blue siding but it’s has a wide section that flows from the porch columns up to the siding and it’s wood. I painted it as well in the brilliant white that I put on the columns. They looked so good but while on my step ladder I realized how dirty the ceiling was and the white siding didn’t look so white so I went at them with a vengence and what a difference. Everything dried overnite while I worked in the yard on other projects and hubby built me another shelf on the entrance to the porch just like the one on the opposite post. We use these to sit our binoculars for watching wildlife on the mountain.
On Saturday morning I started putting the stain and water repellent on the porch and it took about four hours because I used a brush and got down on my knees to make sure everything was covered really good. It was dried by 8:00 p.m. but no furniture was to be placed on it for 24-48 hours. On Sunday afternoon, I cleaned up all the furniture and put felt pads on everything. Here’s the results:
The end results and very nice, clean porch that has been washed down, painted, weather proofed and furniture minimized and cleaned as well. Out damned spiders!! Not sure how long it will look this nice with two cats and a dog always on it and muddy feet when it rains but it is so gratifying at the moment and a little swish with a broom and a mop to wipe off tracks and we’ll be set. We’re already enjoying the evenings listening to the quiet!!
My secret project is complete!! I’m so excited to show you my latest project. I have in the last few years developed a passion for the beautiful barn quilts I’ve seen as we’ve took drives through the gorgeous farmland in West Virginia.
I decided about a month before my vacation in May that I was going to have one on the barn at the entrance of our farm. Needless to say I didn’t think it was going to take two months to complete it but I finally did last weekend and my wonderful husband had a carpenter friend of our put it on the barn on Friday while I was at work. I was absolutely flabbergasted when I came home from work on Friday afternoon and it was staring me in the face along with the “CALDWELL FARM” sign I had painted and our “Century Family Farm” sign. You’ll see pictures of all three at the end of this post but first I thought I would write about the steps it took to get the “quilt” finished.
When we told the kids what I was working on my son-in-law wondered why I thought a quilt would last very long nailed to the front of a barn in the wind and weather. He did not realize that the “quilt” was being painted on a board and attached to the barn. We all got a kick out of that!!
First I had to decide what the block/quilt would look like. I had so many favorites and it took as much time to choose one block than it did the whole process of painting.
I chose this design because it resembles my first quilt project and the block was called “morning star”. This block is just a little different. The colors I started to use were red, white and blue but when I actually marked the pattern out I decided to go with my favorites which are burgundy and hunter green.
Next I had to cut the plywood (3/4″ good stuff”) but my husband did this for me after we measured about 10 times. Then I painted the board front and back with a high quality exterior high gloss white paint. I put four coats of paint on with a 24 hour delay between each coat. Once the last coat dried I divided the board up into one foot squares, drew in the design from the picture above and marked it off for the first color.
You can see the pencil marks I drew as a guide where to place the tape. Once it was taped up I painted another four coats of high quality exterior paint within the lines of the design. It was easy for me to see where the design was going but hubby was totally confused and just couldn’t see it coming together.
I added the additional colors step by step and it took about six weeks just to get the painting complete and then I covered the entire board front and back with four more coats of a high quality polyurethane and let each coat dry at least 48 hours between coats. Here is the finished quilt before mounting on the barn and after mounting on the barn. The last photo shows the farm sign, barn quilt and the century farm sign. I’m just thrilled with the results and I think my barn quilt is the first in the county!!
After three weeks of patiently taping, painting, drying, taping, painting, drying, taping, painting and more drying my barn quilt is finished. The block is called morning star and it’s not on the barn yet but hopefully will be in the next couple weeks. I may have to wait until hay season is over but I’m just so glad it’s finished. It will be placed on this barn which is at the entrance of our farm.
The colors chosen are my favorite though some family members says it looks too much like Christmas colors. I’m thrilled with the results and I’m anxious to get started on the next one. It may possibly be the first one up in our county and I’m hoping more people will join the “barn quilt trail”!!
I’ll post more pictures when it’s on the barn!!