Friday, February 5, 2010

Painting handrails and Preds games...

Well, it has been a couple of days. Can you tell I went back to the grind??? After 5 days off, the kiddos were a bit loopy, but we survived the week...barely. :) Although I have some "crazies" this year, I think this may be my favorite class of kids. They have been so sweet and supportive this year amidst the big changes in my life. I love 'em!!!

The home improvements are still in the works. I thought I'd post a couple of pics of our latest project. It was a small one for a change. Our handrails leading upstairs had been painted completely white. I'm a huge fan of black paint...after all, each room needs at least one black item to help ground it (Mom will be so proud). So, Andy and I decided to paint the railing black.
I was a bit afraid that the rail may have been painted with oil-based paint. The issue being that I couldn't use my latex black paint on the rail if it had been painted with oil paint. So Andy and I got online and Googled what to do to test the paint. We found that you can either use rubbing alcohol or nail polish remover (with acetone) to rub across the painted surface. If any paint comes off with the solution, it is latex...if not, it is oil. So I rubbed a bit of nail polish remover on the railing and found that no paint rubbed off with it...therefore, we had OIL paint on our hands.
So off I went to the store AGAIN to buy paint. I think the Lowes people are getting used to seeing me around. Well, needless to say, we taped off the area and started painting. For the record, oil-based paint smells like you've snorted a Sharpie and rubber cement all in one. :( Our house still stinks!!! I think we may have stunted Duncan's growth with all of the fumes. But, I really like how it turned out. I still love my black paint! Here are some pics of the project...

Duncan likes to stand back and manage the projects...

Andy painting the hardware on the railing black...with his ring on!!! I should have been watching more closely. :) Notice Duncan overseeing the work...

Andy trying to force Duncan to "limbo" with the rail. I promise we don't always abuse him!

Andy is quite the taper...very focused with his work. I'd much rather paint!


The old white-on-white look...

Yet again, before the painting...

Our new and improved railing!!!

A very small, inexpensive change--but I love it!

Just so you don't think that Andy and I only stay in the house and paint, we did go to a Predators game last night. We got free tickets from school and they were such great seats! We were just a few rows from the ice! We did leave early, because sadly, I'm not the fan that I used to be (too tired on school nights!). However, we did get to see 4 goals before we left. And yes, I sang with Tim McGraw after each goal scored, and I yelled "You suck!" with all of the other true hockey fans. If you have no clue what I'm talking about, get yourself to a Preds game...STAT!!! For those that may not know, our first date was to a Predators game. Needless to say, hockey will always have a special place in our hearts. GO PREDS!!!

















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