Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ta-Da!!!

After what feels like months (wait, it was months...) of working on our house, the exterior is finally complete! You can see the "before" photo here. The roof was finished in November and the painters just finished on Monday. It feels so good to have the old place spruced up. Reminds me of the scene from Wizard of Oz where everyone gets new polish, stuffing and a pretty red bow.

The Weather-Gods smiled on us with several nice days in a row for the painters to get things wrapped up. They must have sensed my impending mental break down, because they really cranked it out. Two weeks of having all of the windows in the house covered with paper and painted over is enough to drive anyone to the funny farm. As my friend Liesl put it, " You begin to feel like one of those scary cases from CSI..."

And then there was the issue of the wrong body color which covered about two-thirds of the house for a few days. That was the stressful incident that I referred to in my last post. What you now see as a nice leafy-green, was instead a pukey yellow-ochre-gold. I was so worried that somehow I had given them the wrong color, but in fact the paint store messed up the mixing. And good old Sherwin-Williams made it all better. It really is amazing, though. The two colors didn't look that different side by side on the wall, but when magnified the difference on the house was phenomenal.

So now it's done! And I am very happy. After many, many years of brown-on-brown this good old house has earned it's time to "pop" with vibrant color and life. I know that my grandmother (masterful color-lover that she was) is looking in on us and loving this new incarnation.

You can see more photos here.

7 comments:

beki said...

It looks great! What a sense of relief you must feel. We've been in our house for 2 years and have yet to tackle the exterior. Maybe in about 5 years (we seem to move at a turtle's pace) I'll know that feeling.

jojo* said...

What a beautiful home. You are so good at choosing colors inside and out. We are going to do some exterior work too: new paint this year and new roof the next. I'm already stressing out about it. I can see how it was a tough couple of days for you living with the wrong color. Glad they straightened it all out!

BTS, my husband just walked by the computer and said, "Your friend Meegan lives in a huge house!"

jojo* said...

BTS? That's supposed to be BTW. That'll teach me not to post at midnight next time....

rebecca said...

it looks fabulous, Meegan!!

tasha said...

beautiful! thanks for posting the picture!

alicia said...

Look at that adorable house! And the porch on the side- oh, yes! And it was your grandparents house? I LOVE before and after house pics.

Alicia P. said...

Excellent -- congratulations!