Hooray!!!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Hooray!!!
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Sat, 11-10-2012 - 12:12pm

The painters are done and gone!!! It is so nice to have my house back---no masking or drop cloths, no messes to track around, and the odor of paint is receding. They did a very nice job and I like the wall color we chose (Cottage White) and the painter's recommendation that we take it up to 150% for more contrast next to the Swiss Coffee on the wood trim (of which this old house has a lot).

We still need to mop the hardwood floors before arranging the furniture (the painters cleaned well but there's still a fine grit on the floors probably from them sanding the trim) and a bunch of unpacking boxes for the bedroom and office; and then there's a short list of misc. tasks and fixes to get to... but at least the big projects are done--yay! 

I've been noticing more and more that the exterior of the house needs to be painted so I'd better put that on the slate for next year and start saving, its going to be a big job.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
In reply to: elc11
Sat, 11-10-2012 - 6:31pm

Our exterior is all wood except for stucco on the foundation, so there's a lot of scraping and sanding and prep work involved. Part of the house is two stories with a very steep roof line (inside of the second floor rooms the ceilings have diagonal sections [like rooms with dormer windows do] but there is "crawl space" behind them). The last time we painted the exterior they were able to do the highest parts with just a ladder--I think they sprayed it.

We will have the painter (who just did the interior) bid on it, and get a couple of other bids too. We got the phone number of one of the crew who worked on this job, to do little jobs. We don't know any independent guy who would want to do a job this big on his own, and I can't imagine how long it would take someone working alone. 

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Registered: 01-03-2001
In reply to: elc11
Sat, 11-10-2012 - 12:26pm

Congratulations (and I know what you mean about sanding grit --- it seems to persist for weeks!).

Yeah, outside painting is costly --- I suspect it has to do with the need to a) powerwash, b) scrape, c) build scaffolding (which may require bonding adn special OSHA insruance) and d) paint! A couple more steps than one has to do inside! Anyway, competitive bids is the way to go, I think... unless you know a pro (or semi-pro like my husband was) who wants to put in someextra time working on his own...