Chris and I had a work day on Saturday. Never mind that it came about 2 years —no–wait—a year late. Let’s not make it any worse than it actually is. We needed to do some outside painting. We contemplated hiring someone to do it but decided that we were able bodied and almost in complete control of our faculties so why not try it and be productive.
The project: paint exterior areas that needed touched up or just totally redone. I got elected to do the mailbox post, window sills on the sunroom and the real project that needed to be done was to paint the gap between where the old deck used to be and where the new deck (as of one year ago) ended up being. There was a gap as our new deck made of the wonderful Trex composite was significantly lower than the original new deck. Chris got the job of painting the columns and front door and man door to the garage. Two trips to Fleet Farm for paint and a near disaster when I discovered in the check out line that Chris had had the ‘paint expert” mix up Kodiak Brown instead Dark Mocha and our adventure began. (What was he thinking, btw? Everyone knows that I would want Dark Mocha!!!).
All supplies were assembled and Chris dives into his assignment. I had more time spent taping and preparing the areas by using the wire brush so when he was happily working away I was still doing prep work. Oh and fighting off wasps. You see MY area of painting ended up having 3 wasp nests to combat. I am NOT a fan of wasps. Fortunately we had spray and I was able to douse the nests generously but not without an epic “leaping from the ladder and running from wasps and falling on the ground” episode which I hope and pray no one in the neighborhood saw!!! The last nest I had him spray and as he sprayed the mother of all nests he reported that it was a foreclosure as nothing seemed to be in it anymore. Lucky me to get the ones that were multi family dwelling units….
My painting went well and I am happy with the results. Chris’s painting, on the other hand, went well but we are not happy with the results. Sometime during the drying time in our 400 mile an hour Iowa winds something less than magical happened. Chris reported that our door had zits. Not just little pimples but full blown acne. And it isn’t pretty. Anyone got any Accutane for doors? I am feeling a bit spleenful about this whole adventure. (Had to use my word of the day somehow!!!)