September 7, 2009

Chores of a Homeowner

I hope you've all had a lovely Labor Day weekend. This is what I've been up to...
I've started with the ceiling first. Two new coats of paint. Weekend after next, comes the walls. Sometime down the road after that, the trim. I'm so over that beige color that came with this house. My shoulders and neck are killing me, 10 foot ceilings will do that to you. Painting is hard work, but I love that you can see the results immediately!

Remember my brick wall? Ew, you can even see a corner of my purple kitchen wall in this photo. Yes, the kitchen came painted LSU purple. I think the beige bothers me more though. But believe me, the purple will be next to go! Anyway, I tried a new technique that involved leaving the stripper on for 24 hours and then sanding. It didn't work. This brick wall is killing me. How on earth are you supposed to get that paint off? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! The first layer comes off fine. The second, third and fourth ones don't even budge. I'm thinking I might just have to live with a half painted brick wall, like this photo below:
If you look on the back wall it looks amazing right? Maybe it's just that killer rug that is so amazing. Ok, I better get back to work...

17 comments:

Laura Casey Interiors said...

My husband is from Baton Rouge, he might have moved right in :) Keep up the good work!

Devon said...

Not to sound too Polyanna-ish..but...you have high ceilings! Definitely a diamond in the rough.

Meg said...

Hahaha Laura! I am also from Louisiana, my Dad freaked out over this kitchen! The walls are so ugly, to put it nicely! Any LSU loving man would love to cook in here though, my father included!

Yes Devon, these walls are high!!!! They had me at hello!!!

paula said...

oh my what a chore, but I am sure it will be amazing. Love the last room image too, gorgeous.

Southern Exposure said...

You could try to sandblast the brick wall. It may get all of the paint off but if not, it should at least make it look similar to the brick wall in the picture. I love sandblasted brick walls - I think they are beautiful!

Meg said...

Thanks S.E. Can you sandblast inside? I've heard that is what I should do, but I think it's a real mess right? I'm willing to take on the chore though!

Her name was Lola said...

KILLER rug. I love it {almost as much as I love this blog!}.

Cheers.

Southern Exposure said...

You can sandblast inside but it does make a huge mess. I don't know if you follow the blog Stephmodo, but they sandblasted an interior wall in their home in France. Here is a post about it:

http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/06/once-every-200-years-sandblasting-at-la.html

It sounds like it was a mess and time-consuming, but worth it in her opinion. I have only sandblasted glass inside a contained unit, so I don't know the details regarding brick. I just really like the look of sandblasted brick. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Southern Exposure said...

You can sandblast inside but it does make a huge mess. I don't know if you follow the blog Stephmodo, but they sandblasted an interior wall in their home in France. Here is a post about it:

http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/06/once-every-200-years-sandblasting-at-la.html

It sounds like it was a mess and time-consuming, but worth it in her opinion. I have only sandblasted glass inside a contained unit, so I don't know the details regarding brick. I just really like the look of sandblasted brick. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Southern Exposure said...

You can sandblast inside but it does make a huge mess. I don't know if you follow the blog Stephmodo, but they sandblasted an interior wall in their home in France. Here is a post about it:

http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/06/once-every-200-years-sandblasting-at-la.html

It sounds like it was a mess and time-consuming, but worth it in her opinion. I have only sandblasted glass inside a contained unit, so I don't know the details regarding brick. I just really like the look of sandblasted brick. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Southern Exposure said...

You can sandblast inside but it does make a huge mess. I don't know if you follow the blog Stephmodo, but they sandblasted an interior wall in their home in France. Here is a post about it:

http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/06/once-every-200-years-sandblasting-at-la.html

It sounds like it was a mess and time-consuming, but worth it in her opinion. I have only sandblasted glass inside a contained unit, so I don't know the details regarding brick. I just really like the look of sandblasted brick. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Southern Exposure said...

You can sandblast inside but it does make a huge mess. I don't know if you follow the blog Stephmodo, but they sandblasted an interior wall in their home in France. Here is a post about it:

http://www.stephmodo.com/2009/06/once-every-200-years-sandblasting-at-la.html

It sounds like it was a mess and time-consuming, but worth it in her opinion. I have only sandblasted glass inside a contained unit, so I don't know the details regarding brick. I just really like the look of sandblasted brick. Good luck with whatever you decide!

Southern Exposure said...

So sorry for posting that about 10 times - my computer froze when I hit the post button!

Meg said...

Hahaha, no problem! I thought, wow, I've never had so many comments before! Hahaha! Thank you SO much for your advice! That is so sweet, I haven't seen that blog, but I'm headed there right now!!! xxxx

pink-to-green said...

Meg, I'm loving your updates! The hardwork will all be worth it when it is finished, I'm sure. Have you painted your furniture yet? I keep meaning to ask you about a recommendation for a black laquer type paint like you mentioned.

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