The Cottage Gets a Facelift

The Cottage this morning

The Cottage this morning

My wrists are aching and I am worn out!

Ladders in place, folks at the ready, time to get started!

Ladders in place, folks at the ready, time to get started!

But thanks to my amazing family, friends, neighbors and more – here is what we managed to get done today.

I tried out several paint colors before settling on the sage.

I tried out several paint colors before settling on the sage.

Nearly the entire house has its first coat of paint, and some of it already has the second coat.

If houses could talk, what would she be saying right now? "Paint me, oh please, PAINT ME!"

If houses could talk, what would she be saying right now? “Paint me, oh please, PAINT ME!”

Several people stopped by to tell us how gorgeous it was and I had to agree. The green looks phenomenal!

My eldest, Dee, diligently working on the white trim

My eldest, Dee, diligently working on the white trim

Painting the brick was challenging. Everything you see here had to be painted by hand – and getting the coverage on all the spots was difficult. We still have at least another day’s worth of painting ahead of us. I’ll probably try to do some tomorrow and then more later in the week.

Our neighbor, Kevin, was kind enough to tackle the scariest section of the painting. Thank you, Kevin!

Our neighbor, Kevin, was kind enough to tackle the scariest section of the painting. Thank you, Kevin!

Every time I look out of the window, I smile. The soft sage green combined with the white and the brand new roof just looks sharp. This house has taken a lot of work – and there is still a lot of work to go – but I think it is looking absolutely gorgeous!

Scraping the ceiling of the front porch had yielded a LOT of paint chips after repeated attacks. It was great to see a fresh coat of paint going back onto it.

Scraping the ceiling of the front porch had yielded a LOT of paint chips after repeated attacks. It was great to see a fresh coat of paint going back onto it.

A huge thanks to our neighbors, Kevin and Michelle. Kevin got up on some pretty tall ladders and Michelle watched over my youngest.

Just LOOK at that green going on!

Just LOOK at that green going on!

Also Stephanie Adams, my cleaning client and fellow Northeast resident who came over and spent hours painting away, you ROCK!

Michelle was knocking her section of painting out of the park!

Michelle was knocking her section of painting out of the park!

 

Also, Jay and Michelle who scraped, fixed some rotten spots, and painted like mad. Amazing work today!

Things are looking up for this old lady (and the house looks good too)!

Things are looking up for this old lady (and the house looks good too)!

A huge thanks to another couple in the community, Michael and Lisa Donnici, who brought by this super-tasty chicken curry salad (everybody LOVED it), croissants and crackers. How awesome was that?

As the sun slid lower in the sky, we had plenty of hard work to be proud of.

As the sun slid lower in the sky, we had plenty of hard work to be proud of.

Then there was Dee, my eldest, who painted and painted and painted – and was patient with me as I ran around like a maniac this morning, pointing at things that needed to be done and helped keep me relatively calm.

I love the new look!

I love the new look!

And of course, my husband Dave, who juggled running errands, hosting, painting and being on call for work with grace.

All of the windows will be installed by the end of the month.

All of the windows will be installed by the end of the month.

I had a great team of people to work with today. And I couldn’t have asked for better weather.

The front door will be painted a lovely red color.

The front door will be painted a lovely red color.

The work will continue tomorrow!

Tuckpointing some of this gapped brick is also on my list of "to-do's"

Tuckpointing some of this gapped brick is also on my list of “to-do’s”

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