Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fiddly Bits

 
Here's a short list of things to know about me:  I don't like painting trim.  I'm at the age where I have to look over the top of my glasses to see things up close.  I detest doing little fiddly things that take hours and hours and require me to concentrate really hard. 

Y'all knew all that stuff already, right?  I sure did.  I mean, I know me.  I know how I am.  I know what makes me want to scream and throw things.  And yet, painting the little fiddly bits of the porch posts three different colors and painting the brackets to match still seemed like a good idea.  It stopped seeming like a good idea about halfway through the first afternoon.  

By the second afternoon, I was questioning both my intelligence and my sanity.  So was my neighbor Floyd. 

"Dark gray stripes on white posts," he observed.  "Boy, you're brave, aren't you?"  

"No, I am not." I said.  "I am out of my mind."

Friends, that dark gray stuff about did me in.  

However, I managed to keep some shred of my sanity together long enough to finish the porch posts and brackets, even though I wanted to throw my teeny-tiny paintbrush into the street. 

Believe me when I tell y'all, I am very glad there are no more posts and brackets on this house.

10 comments:

  1. Looks amazing. I am consumed with envy.

    I have two glasses prescriptions. One for walking around and driving. One for up close. Normal people get bifocals, but I figured those would make me seasick.

    Free associating, I remember it was a substantial leap forward when I was told I could get glasses customized to a specific distance, not just distance and reading glasses. I got some customized to the distance from my computer screen.

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    1. I really need new glasses! I'm pretty sure they'll tell me that I need bifocals and I will fiercely resist that. lol Thanks for the idea about two pairs of glasses!

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  2. It's looking wonderful, and posts like this remind me of how brilliant my decision to build a whole new building was (which'll also need painting) to better delay all the stripping and painting I was supposed to be doing this summer!

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    1. Haha! That's one way to avoid stripping and painting! :)

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  3. But it looks so nice :) Have a great Sunday.

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  4. Love love love the little dark bits.

    Seriously, I think the grey color shows off the details i.e. stained glass, wood posts etc better than the gold color.

    For some reason the grey also makes the screened in area look more appropriate (for lack of a better word). Before it looked like an add on but now it looks like it might have been original to the home. Either way.....I's luv it.

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  5. To your own reply on Twitter about the window weight... that's why old and worn ropes go snap and the window goes BANG... just as your old wavy glass will shatter. :(. From Sept. 20.

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  6. That looks AWESOME ... and kind of like my house! :-) (The mother chose a dark gray some years back to pain the shed and then used it as an accent on the gingerbread outside.) You noticed I didn't say that I painted it. There's a good reason for that ... your post has pretty well summed it up!

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