Archives for the month of: July, 2011

Armor on. Ready for battle.

There’s been satisfying entertainment value at the house recently. This is another way of saying that there’s a lot going on. From painting to siding, and applying lacquer to hanging doors, we’ve been finding ways to fill our time. Somehow the rest of life doesn’t seem to slow down either, but hey, it makes life interesting.

At the moment I don’t have the endurance to write a post about everything that’s been happening and it would require a serious attention span for you to read it. So let’s start with what went down two weekends ago.

After drywall wrapped up we spent a couple of days in a humid cloud of paint fumes, transforming the house from primer white to White Dove. What a difference!

Picking out a color, especially if said color is white, can be a bit torturous. Ultimately we settled on Benjamin Moore’s White Dove OC-17. We’re certainly not the first people to use this color and won’t be the last, but it’s a fantastic shade that has the right balance between shades of red (which can get too pink), blue (potentially too icy) and yellow (potentially too…urine-like).

It’s good to know we’re not the only ones over-thinking the right shade of white. Here’s a link to an article on Remodelista highlighting their favorites.

Rather than use Ben Moore paint though we bought our goods at Home Depot, using a Behr low-VOC option that was color-matched to White Dove. HD has this color in their computer so it’s a foolproof way to go. We’ve had good luck with Behr paint and it’s about 50% less expensive. Given that we sprayed over 40 gallons this isn’t an insignificant savings.

We sprayed the paint using my father’s Titan 440i sprayer. My dad sprayed, I backrolled the ceilings and Kristy took care of the walls. If you’re new to this process here’s how it works. The first person sprays. We started on the ceilings, then worked down in sections. The person rolling can fill in any spots that was missed by the sprayer, and the rolling creates a very smooth, hard surface once it dries.

For our 2,200 s.f. house, two coats took two long days. Even with high quality respirators (Sherwin Williams is a good source for these) we all had white paint end up on a kleenex when we blew our noses. Thankfully this isn’t a career for any of us.

So how do things look? Amazing. White Dove. Much love.

Buying fiber cement saw blades, caulk and Protecto Wrap is not NEARLY as fun as buying new platform sandals. Just sayin’.

Dark gray siding. Fir posts and beams. Galvanized metal. Orange windows.


There’s been big entertainment out at the job site.

First, we’re deep into siding. A four-day weekend created opportunity for a lot of labor from our end. I worked away with Jesse on Friday, Kristy and I picked things up over the weekend, then Jesse spent the 4th of July with us instead of relaxing at the lake like normal people.

Can you blame him though? Can you imagine anything more inspiring, fun and invigorating than roasting in the sun with me, K and a nail gun? Didn’t think so. But seriously, thanks Jesse.

The siding looks incredible. We’re using Hardie lap siding. This is fantastic stuff made from fibercement, which is a good choice for us given fire concerns and the impressive range of weather conditions we get in Spokane.

The one concern with Hardie is the toxic dust created when it’s cut. But there’s a nice fix for this. Behold, the Rigid fibercement saw. This is a slick little unit that has a built in vacuum system that suck up the dust as the blade cuts. Very cool and very handy, especially in places where our sloped roof meets the wall, which requires making long cuts along a thin piece of siding. Totally worth $169. And I might decide to keep it (vs. selling it at the end of the project) since it might be nice to use as a 5 1/4″ trim saw with a built in dust collector.

The best part is that this model is called the “Fuego.” This is spanish for fire. Every time I used it the phrase, “yo soy en fuego,” kept popping into my head. Fire. Fire. Fire. I am on fire.

Anyway, below are some early pictures of our work. More to come.

And before signing off, check out K’s new high heels. I’ve known

for a long time of her fetish for couture footwear, but this is going a bit far, don’t you think?

Only K could get away with this. I'm not sure Craig would have quite as much patience with me.

Extension cords and concrete floors. What could possibly go wrong?