Monday, June 30, 2008
On Friday Matthew's folks, Oma & Opa, came up from the southwest part of Wisconsin. It was nice to have them up for the weekend. They did a lot of little jobs to help get ready for the party.
Oma and Anna made some cupcakes for the party and Opa helped Matthew hang Anna's birthday banner. Matthew makes a banner for the kids' birthdays every year. Anna stated that she wanted a tractor on her banner so that's what she got. Anna also mentioned how she wanted a hot dog party so that's what we ate.
We had my folks and sister over and some other friends and family over for a hot dog party at lunch time. Anna enjoyed playing with the SIX other little girls that came over. I was very thankful that the weather held out all day for the outside party we intended to have.
We had a super fun weekend and it was just such a thrill to see Anna's pure excitement over everything. She called it her "3 party".
Happy Birthday Tootsie, we sure love ya bunches and bunches.
Friday, June 27, 2008
He just came upstairs and asked me a question.
While doing a crane pose like Daniel in the Karate Kid movies he asked, "Mama, do poisonous spiders do this?"
I said, "No not necessarily, why?"
"'Cause I saw one do that."
In a very calm yet terrified of spiders voice I said, "Downstairs?!?"
Then in my most responsible parental voice I said, "Did you GET IT?"
Then realizing I was talking to MY son who is not the least bit interested in entomology, I said, "How?"
"With my Light Saber, he's dead."
Thank you George Lucas. Whew!
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Northridge Ranch's guest room is now taking reservations.
The color never really shows up accurately. I know for Anna's room a couple folks commented on her "lavender" colored bed. In actuality the bed is painted a blue color, like a dark cornflower blue, if that makes sense.
Anyhow, this room is done and after Anna's 3rd birthday party on Saturday I'll contemplate the next room.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Thank you Laura for thinking of me. How nice are you? I went to the Tractor Supply Company today and used the gift cards I received for Mother's Day. (I requested the gift cards, my sister thinks I'm nuts to have asked for gift cards to the Tractor Supply Company but, I'm a farm girl now)
I not only got some shorts and T-shirts that were on sale but snagged up some of their summer decorations that were on sale as well. Although these were in their seasonal decoration end cap I figured they'd look cute on my new shelf. I put Matthew's cowboy hat on one of the hooks and voila, entryway finished.
Thanks again for thinking of me Laura but, this was actually pretty simple. Yee-haw!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
I ended up fixing the walls as best I could with spackle and sanding the rough spots. I primed the walls as it was bare drywall and one needs to do such a thing. The paint store tinted the primer for me so Matthew and I looked at the walls with a very close match to the color of primer to decide if we wanted to add the grit to the paint.
We opted for the grit so the walls are rather rough in some spots but it does mask the damage that was done to the drywall and the messed up wall that the previous owners ruined while putting in an electrical socket.
I think I'll finally be able to sleep tonight now that the majority of the work is finished regarding the walls themselves. As I said I do need to clean up the woodwork and touch up the walls. I did this project by myself and I'm nowhere near as good at cutting-in as my mom. I'll have some fixing to do but I'm done for today.
I'm excited to get some more decorations for the entryway. I went to a craft sale a few weeks ago and was able to find this shelf with hooks and the welcome sign. The shelf and sign are those Americana red and blue colors. I've never used that color scheme before and am excited to go hunting for some accessories.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I painted the ceilings and the walls while my mom cut-in around the trim and the ceilings. She doesn't even need painter's tape!
Anna's room is a green, Little Leaf, to be exact. It feels so very good to have both rooms done. The entryway is still an "in progress" project.
When I get the guest room put back together I'll post pictures of that.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
From sun-up til sun-down on Saturday Matthew and I worked on steaming the paper. This was pretty frustrating and as more and more of the drywall paper tore off with the wallpaper itself I became more concerned.
I've sanded the bottom half of the walls and judging by texture I think all will be well.
We'll stop at Home Depot today and get some primer that will hopefully fill in some of the spots where the drywall died. With the Spackle, primer and textured paint I'm very optimistic that my walls are not irreparable.
All other "painting" projects, I'm sure, will be exponentially more fun then this job has been. I'll post the prettier pictures as I progress.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Up until now he's had hand-me downs. Not that that's bad but, as I said, it was a desperate attempt.
I actually made this promise TWO SUMMERS AGO! When Isaiah was five I really started the encouraging talks regarding the fun that one has on a two-wheeler. My dad and I desperately tried to encourage the boy.
Isaiah was just too timid and didn't feel comfortable. I thought last year was his year and we again encouraged him to do this fun thing. No such luck.
This year, I had had enough. I really wanted to go on a family bike ride and I didn't think the trails here would be very kind to a bike with training wheels. Also, Isaiah is the type of kiddo that, when not wanting to do something, will never attempt a scary thing. He needed to just bite the bullet and go. I had to actually push the boy to do this.
I shall spare all of the gory details. I will say, however, that at one point in the training session Isaiah accused me of trying to kill him. .....sigh. It was not pretty. He finally got it. He now never gets off his bike and as promised finally received a brand new 20'' bike.
Due to the fact that the paper was hung without using a primer on the wall the drywall is still coming off in places. I will deal with that obstacle once the paper is gone.
I'm thankful that Matthew got the steamer as the paper is coming down faster. I don't know if this makes sense but, it isn't coming down any easier. I had visions of the paper coming off in sheets, backing and all. It's not. We still are only taking little pieces of at a time but they are coming off faster due to the steam. Faster but not easier. Whatever.
The paper will be off this weekend and then I can figure out what to regarding the damaged parts of the wall.
I'm hoping the spackle I have helps for the majority of the problem area. Also, I'm considering using textured paint to hid the imperfections that will be on the wall. I've had a few suggestions of textured wallpaper that is meant to be painted. I am NOT wanting to go the wallpaper route ever, ever again.
Do any you have any thoughts on the textured paint? Love to hear if you've had any experience with that type of thing. Do you like how it turned out. Did it hide any imperfections on your walls?
Thanks for being interested in the entryway fiasco.
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I've really not progressed any. I've tried everything and have reached my last option. I'm begging my dear husband to surprise me with a steamer. I was not originally going to use this idea as I wanted to be as kind to the drywall as possible. Ha! If you could see the the state the drywall is now in you'd understand that, at this point, I DON'T CARE. I just want the stinking wallpaper down and gone forever.
In the meantime I've chosen the paint color for the entryway. Sherwin Williams' Camelback. Also, I've finally chosen the green color for Anna's walls, Crayola's kid room paint in Little Leaf. I was going to wait to choose colors as a treat for getting the entryway paint ready, however, I needed a little pick me up.
I'm hoping Matthew picked up on the hint I gave him.... I was completely subtle.
I simply said, "Matthew, you'd score big time points if you bought, rented or ripped-off a wall steamer so I can take the ridiculous mess off the entryway walls."
Thursday, June 5, 2008
On Tuesday we tossed or readied for Goodwill clothing that was too small and toys that were not used anymore. Wednesday, we did the same thing for Anna's room. Today I rearranged and made less cluttered the playroom downstairs. Tomorrow we'll make a run to Goodwill and drop off what we do not need anymore. Such a good feeling.
Yesterday I also started my list of my fixer-upper items. I want to paint the entryway a darker color but before I can do that I must strip the painted over wallpaper. This is so un-fun that in an email to my husband I stated that I may work on our new budget plan as a break from the wallpaper picking. It was at that point I realized what a cruddy job I have taken on.
Matthew asked why I just don't repaint the painted over wallpaper. I said it was not the correct way to do things. Initially I thought the paper would come off more in strips, unlike the "specs" I'm taking off now. When Matthew mentioned his idea I was 4 hours into a painfully
The first photo shows the color of the paint. It's showing up much darker in the photo than it does in real life. Because the entryway faces the south the sun just brightens the shade too much for my taste. It appears off white rather than tan.
The second photo shows the paper. They previous owners had a coat hook that I took down and voila there's the paper pattern in all it's 1993 glory.
The third photo shows the wall I've been working at for. hours. and. hours! That is only the top 1/4 of the wall.
I believe the trouble is caused by the lack of size that was put on the wall. Typically one would size a wall before applying the wallpaper. It works like a primer for the wallpaper and also makes the removal much easier. This wall was not sized. Besides the difficult removal some of the drywall paper is coming up as well. Not much but enough that I'll have to Spackle more than just nail holes before I paint.