Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Landed in Virginia

I have finally landed in Virginia and feel like I am actually getting settled into the new house.  We have had lots of company (which I am so thankful for) and this new house already looks like home.  But of course, I have a zillion projects in mind.  The first was the outside shutters.  They were maroon.  While I tried to focus on the fact that it is "Redskin Red", the truth was it was aggie red.  And I just could not have that.  So 24 hours in, I had Dad and Stephen up there taking those things off so I could re-paint them.  I am VERY happy with the result.  

Here is the before....

We painted Sherwin Williams Mt. Etna.  I actually had it matched at Home Depot.  One Gallon painted the doors, shutters (3 coats), numbers and half of the fence.  


Dad was a great contractor.  "He went to college so that he did not have to paint. " But, he was not above staining the window boxes that my incredibly talented Uncle Curt made for me. 

I never would have painted the fence, but sweet Noah insisted on it.  His Painting Name was Accawitoka Coolia Sawyer.  We actually had the best time painting.  I wish I had gotten a picture of Noah, the warrior, covered in paint.  When we ran out of paint, Noah tricked Stephen into taking him to Home Depot by saying, "if we have the paint, the first one up in the morning will finish painting, and you know that will not be you Stephen."  It worked, but then Noah was so excited to finish that we all finished the fence with the last rays of light.  

Curt just whipped these up for me one day.  I am amazed.  It added the perfect touch to my house.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them. 

And finally.... here is the finished outside.
Total cost of this project...

paint $45
plants --I think around $15

It makes me smile every time I drive up, and that is a good thing.  

Inside pictures coming soon!