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Sunday, December 17, 2006  

True Colors

With the help of pretty much everyone we know, we finally got all of the upstairs painted. Want to see pictures?

Now, I know I promised that I would document each stage of the construction, but the sheetrocking and taping and mudding and sanding all took so long that I kept thinking I'd already done it. And even if I hadn't, you know that expression, "Take a picture, it'll last longer?" I didn't want to be the one to prove it false.

So here are some pictures after the painting, but before trim and the doors and the fixtures and the floor and the...oh, God, we're never going to get to sleep above ground again, are we?

Here's a shot from the top of the stairs the day before construction started (Page 24 of my Flickr photostream, just to let you know how long ago this was):



And from approximately the same angle, today:



As in almost all of the shots, the new space is being modeled by M. Small.

Here's a pre-construction view from the south end of the house:



And today:



Not a particularly helpful angle, except that you can see we stuck with similar colors. We sleep well in green rooms. This gives you a clearer picture if you can overlook the individually illuminated dust motes:



And here's a reverse angle:



The colors we used are called "Secret Garden" and "Luscious Moss." The latter led me to suspect that some hues are named after porn actresses.

My aging shop-vac appears in this picture as well. Even though it's not on and not plugged in, it's probably still loud enough to have blown out your computer's speakers. Sorry about that. Here's the bathroom:



Oranges are tricky. You might shoot for "terra cotta" and not know until it's already on the wall that you've landed on "Paris Hilton." I'm pleased with how this turned out, though. This color is called "Amber Coast," which I suspect is also the name of a porn actress specializing in Paris Hilton spoofs.

By the way, the lighter color on the other walls? We carefully chose something that would complement it, but not be too washed out or overpowered by it. This was too pink, that was too yellow, the other was named "Vanilla eXtasy." It was probably the single color we debated most. And then we mistakenly painted those walls with a five-dollar bucket of somebody else's mis-tinted paint that we picked up for the hell of it. We actually like it better.



M. Small in his new bedroom. He would like you to know, "THAT'S BLUE!"



Also his new bedroom. Check out the photographic effect I created by...oh, hell, I have no idea what happened.



M. Small demonstrates the optical illusion caused by the slanted ceiling being so close to the closet door frame; it makes the top of the closet door look slanted. I have suggested remedying this by painting a black-and-white grid pattern on the closet door when it goes up, but like all my best ideas, Trash has vetoed it.



M. Small enters his playroom.



M. Small ditches his dad in his playroom. Want a closer look at what's going on in the bottom left corner?



Chalkboard paint. Trash's stroke of genius. She didn't feel so smart when she was spending Thursday night and part of Friday priming and painting this cramped in a half-squat and ending up with enough paint in her hair to give it a third coat, but this makes up for it.

So the end is in sight. If all goes well this week, we might just be able to sleep in our new bedroom before the first of the year. Even if we have to use an air mattress.

posted by M. Giant 9:36 PM 5 comments

5 Comments:

With the hammer in the playroom, it looks like M.Small is about to demonstrate what happens when plastic ponies don't pay their gambling debts.

By Anonymous Kate, at December 18, 2006 at 12:41 AM  

Clearly child labor laws mean nothing to you people. M.small isn't even wearing a weight belt. I may have to report this.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 18, 2006 at 5:31 PM  

Should we assume that the hammer is an extra-light one, so as to not tire M. Small too much?

By Anonymous Anonymous, at December 19, 2006 at 10:45 AM  

The terra cotta color looks great! Do you mind posting the brand? I tried to put a similar color in our bedroom, but it turned out to look more rosy than I wanted. And way more rosy than my husband wanted!

By Anonymous Mandy, at December 20, 2006 at 7:02 AM  

Mandy - it's Glidden.

By Blogger M. Giant, at December 20, 2006 at 8:46 AM  

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