Color My House Inside and Out!

Where is it written that houses must be beige? Any dun colored house would look better if painted pineapple, cream, ochre, or even a smart sage. ~Frances Mayes

When I last posted we were cleaning up that drywall dust in the house and the siding guys had just finished installing the siding. Let me continue how our month has gone since then.

Monday, February 3, the stone guys returned and finished up the exterior including the columns.

Finishing up the stone on the exterior by the garage

Finishing up the stone on the exterior by the garage

Columns with stone

Columns with stone

Unfortunately, Bill and I did not like how our stone columns turned out. We messed up on the design. We take the blame on this one. Originally we had bought very large capstones and returned them for the 18″x20″ size. I had chosen the size of the frame. But, the frame Bill built and I approved turned out to be too small for those new capstones after the stone was applied. We ended up not having any capstone overhang. And, it just looked strange close up.

Goofed up column shape

Goofed up column shape

Bill really didn’t like how the column looked. And, the more he didn’t like it, the more I disliked it. So, Bill put his thinking cap on and he came up with some ideas. Bill called Rick the stone guy and asked about ordering larger capstones. We thought about putting a larger capstone over the smaller one. I really didn’t like the look of that and Rick said something about he didn’t like installing a second one on top of the other one. Plus, Jim thought that if we just increased the height one stone level, it might look like we messed up where the height was supposed to go. Originally, the capstone was at the same height as the ledgestone on the house.

So, Bill thought maybe he could build another section above the capstone; have Rick cut slits through the capstone to make it look like it was several stone pieces and put mortar in those slits; and then use a larger capstone on the upper section which actually extended over the stone section. So, I played around on my computer to see if I could create a present and future picture of what we wanted. I came up with the picture below. What do you think? It can’t look worse than it is now, right? I hope not. Anyway, we sent the picture below to Rick and he said he could make it happen.

Changing the columns

Changing the columns

The stone guys also put mud on the fireplace on Monday so they could start stoning it the next day. I couldn’t wait to see if they were going to be able to re-create the fireplace I had designed on the computer. In the pic below, there is a piece of paper on the hearth stones. Guess what it was? It was the photo I had sent to Rick after I had created the design of the fireplace!

Mudding the fireplace

Mudding the fireplace

Fireplace all ready for the stone

Fireplace all ready for the stone

Tuesday, February 4, the drywallers came back to install their second coat of mud on the garage walls. They came back another day that week and completed the final sanding. Bye bye drywallers. Glad you are out of here! Poor Bill ended up cleaning up the garage of all that drywall dust that coated everything.

Tuesday morning the stone guys also came back and started putting the stone on the fireplace.

Boxes of stone

Boxes of stone

Starting to really look like what I wanted!

Starting to really look like what I wanted!

Fireplace almost stoned

Fireplace almost stoned

And, here it is when they finished it.

Our stone fireplace (minus the mantle)

Our stone fireplace (minus the mantle)

They did a terrific job re-creating my design. Yahoo!

Digitally designed fireplace

Digitally designed fireplace

Earlier in the week Bill talked with Mark Brand, our painter, to see when he could start. We scheduled to meet with him on Thursday, February 6. I had picked out colors I wanted to paint on some sample drywall. They were all from these two Benjamin Moore sample color strips. The interior designer at the furniture store had suggested “dry sage” for the family room. I wanted to use “icicle” for the ceilings; “gray mirage” for the entry, main hallway, kitchen and dining; “natural elements” for the two front bedrooms, hall bath, and laundry room; and “moon shadow” for the master bedroom; master bath and hallway leading into master bedroom. As you can see . . . I like green! 😀

Color strip for bedrooms and baths and laundryColor strip for family room kitchen dining and hallOur painter said he liked using Behr paint. We checked out Consumer Reports and other online reviews and the Behr Premium Plus interior paint was one of the top rated paints. A couple of days before we met with Mark, Bill took all the numbers of the Benjamin Moore paints and had Home Depot matched the colors with the Behr paint.  Bill also stopped by Kight lumber and picked up a sample of our Marvin Integrity window exterior bronze color to see if they could color match it along with the sample he brought of the Norwegian Wood color of the soffits.  We might as well get the exterior paint colors settled, too.

We had an ice/snow storm the afternoon of February 4 and the grandkids had a snow-day the following day. This winter was being relentless. Bill cut up a piece of drywall into sections and set up a painting station so I could paint all the house colors on large pieces of drywall and take them into each room where I wanted that color and make decisions before we met with the painter the next day.

"icicle" for ceilings

“icicle” for ceilings

"dry sage" for Family Room along with cabinet sample (on bottom) and trim stain color (on right)

“dry sage” for Family Room along with cabinet sample (on bottom) and trim stain color (on right)

"natural elements" for spare bedrooms, hall bath, and laundry. In addition to cabinet sample and trim, I added granite for hall bath.

“natural elements” for spare bedrooms, hall bath, and laundry. In addition to cabinet sample and trim, I added granite for hall bath.

"moon shadow" for master bedroom and bath. In addition to cabinet sample and trim, I added granite for bath.

“moon shadow” for master bedroom and bath. In addition to cabinet sample and trim, I added granite for bath.

"grey mirage" for entryway, hall, dining and kitchen

“grey mirage” for entryway, hall, dining and kitchen

Three of the colors side by side to see if I really needed all of them.

Three of the colors side by side to see if I really needed all of them.

I guess I didn’t take any pictures of the exterior paint samples. However, Home Depot did a good job of matching the bronze but the clay color was a little off.

Anyways, Mark showed up at the house on Thursday, February 6. We did a walk-through. I handed him my list of colors (and Benjamin Moore color #s) and where I wanted each color. He suggested that he use the color “icicle” as the base coat on everything first. He also said he likes to use the ceiling paint color in all the closets, too. Okay, that was fine with us. And, he asked if it would be okay to paint the garage in the ceiling paint. Worked for us! He then said he would pick up some 5-gallons of the “icicle” colored ceiling paint and start painting the next morning. And, so he did.

Mark rolling on the paint.

Mark rolling on the paint.

Hall ceiling painted

Hall ceiling painted

Family Room ceiling painted

Family Room painted with base coat

I had emailed Mark Goad at Fehrenbacher to let him know we could accept delivery of our trim package when they could deliver it. Our painter said to have them stack the trim package on the family room floor. I don’t think he knew how much there would be when he said that!

On Tuesday, February 11, our trim package arrived.

Interior doors coming off the delivery truck

Interior doors coming off the delivery truck

All our trim (baseboards, window and door trim, beams, and interior doors) is in poplar.

All our trim (baseboards, window and door trim, beams, and interior doors) is in poplar.

Bill covered all the trim with plastic because Mark Brand was coming the next day (Wednesday, February 12) to do more painting.

Trim covered in plastic

Trim covered in plastic

Doors covered

Doors covered

Since that ice/snow storm the week before, Bill had set up shop in the laundry room so he could glue up kitchen cabinet doors. It was so cold in the pole barn even when Bill ran his heater. At least the house was staying at 55-60 degrees with the portable furnace.

Bill gluing and clamping up cabinet doors

Bill gluing and clamping up cabinet doors.

Notice how many clamps it takes? I guess Bill is right . . . “You can never have enough clamps!”

One door clamped together

One door clamped together

Impressive, right?

Impressive, right?

One of the smaller upper wall cabinet doors

One of the smaller upper wall cabinet doors

Stacks of cabinet doors all ready to be sanded and stained!

Stacks of cabinet doors all ready to be sanded and stained!

In addition to Bill’s cabinet making, he also decided to build a massive spraying station for the painter and him to use to finish the trim and cabinets. When Mark Brand said he would be spraying the polyurethane finish on the trim in the open area of the family room/kitchen and dining area, Bill said he didn’t want that finish going everywhere. Bill said he had too much experience to know how that spray traveled. We didn’t want that poly on our newly painted walls, windows, and doors. Hence, Bill built this.

The Spraying Station!

The Spraying Station!

Bill has a roll of heavy-duty plastic that he will drape over the structure to contain the spray. The painter was a little hesitant at first but I think Bill and him have worked out the details how they will use it.

Mark and/or his helper Shayna worked Wednesday, February 12, and everyday last week. They were able to get a second coat on all the ceilings and 12 inches above where our trim headband will go in every room. They also got one coat of wall color on every room except the family room. And, they painted the garage and all the closets with the “icicle” color.

One of the front bedrooms in "natural elements" and icicle for above headband and ceiling

One of the front bedrooms in “natural elements” and “icicle” for above headband and ceiling

I love the colors on the walls. They are all greige (grey/beige) colors with green undertones. Depending on the light – they look different. But, you always see the green come through.

Another view of "natural elements" in a bedroom

Another view of “natural elements” in a bedroom

"grey mirage" in the entry way

“grey mirage” in the entry way

Master bedroom in "moon shadow." We are not doing a headband in the master bedroom as it has a vaulted ceiling.

Master bedroom in “moon shadow.” We are not doing a headband in the master bedroom as it has a vaulted ceiling.

Master bath in "moon shadow" and the closet (straight ahead) in "icicle."

Master bath in “moon shadow” and the closet (straight ahead) in “icicle.” The shower is to the right and it will be tiled.

And when they couldn’t paint the family room since all the trim arrived, they started staining.

Beam material stained

Beam material stained

A piece of trim up against the stone of the fireplace. Matches really well.

A piece of trim up against the stone of the fireplace. Matches really well.

Stacks and stacks of stained trim

Stacks and stacks of stained trim

The painters were glad we knew about the same stain used on different kinds of woods and how it could look different. They said some clients get frustrated when it looked different after they picked out the stain color. To show you what I’m talking about, look at the photos below. All of the pieces of wood have the same color stain applied on them. In the first photo the upper pieces are pine tongue and groove that we are using for the front porch ceiling. The second piece is mahogany plywood that Bill is using for parts of the kitchen cabinets and island. The third piece is poplar trim. The fourth piece of wood is mahogany wood that Bill is using for kitchen cabinet/island frame fronts and drawers. And, since this stain works so well and better than any Bill had previously worked with, he is going to use it for all the cabinets he made. I haven’t seen what it looks like on the maple for the laundry room, but I’m sure it will be beautiful.

Trim and kitchen cabinet samples

Trim and kitchen cabinet samples

Window interior (pine) stained

Window interior (pine) stained

To our surprise, the painter came today and worked. He unstacked all the stained wood that had dried. And, he started staining the doors. I took the picture below right when it was getting dark out this evening and we turned on a work light.

Stack of 5 stained doors. The front one is one of a set of double closet doors. It will have dummy handles screwed on. Hence no door knob hole.

Stack of 5 stained doors. The front one is one of a set of double closet doors. It will have dummy handles screwed on. Hence no door knob hole.

Bill has called our floor and tile sales rep to tell him that they can start tiling the two bathrooms and could lay the laundry room floor. We are still waiting on when that will get scheduled.

And, Bill built the upper part for the columns part 2 install. Thought I had a picture, but I don’t. Bill did call Rick last week and he said the guys would be out when they could get here.

Bill is getting very close to being done building cabinets! He started on the island last weekend and finished all the frames for it last night. He set up the island in the garage. He had to un-box the trash compactor and dishwasher and place them in the island to make sure everything fit and our measurements for the plumbing we had done were correct. Thank goodness they were!

So in the front view pic of the island below from left to right – trash compactor, sink base cabinet, dishwasher, three drawer cabinet.

Front frame of the island

Front frame of the island

Each side of the island will have a bookcase – one shelf in the middle. And the back of the island will be framed out with mahogany plywood. We will have an area for two stools in-between the bookcases.

Left side of island on the back side

Left side of island on the back side

Right side of island on the back side

Right side of island on the back side

We will have granite over the whole thing. It will look something like these inspiration photos except we won’t have a curved section above the bookcase part. Bill will trim out the bottom with molding.

And, we decided we would go with Sherwin Williams Duration exterior paint for the siding and trim. Which meant we had to get Sherwin Williams to color match what we wanted. Since we said we would buy the polyurethane for the painter and he used the poly from SW, he placed his order and we picked it up on Friday, February 21. We had them do our color matching for the exterior at the same time. They did a good job on the bronze. At first we didn’t like the clay color. But after Bill painted two coats on the primed siding sample and we put it in the sunlight, I guess it will work. It sure beats the greenish “baby poop” primed siding. Although some would say it looks the same! 😯

Clay and bronze on siding and trim samples

Clay and bronze on siding and trim samples

Bronze trim color next to exterior of bronze window

Bronze trim color next to exterior of bronze window

The crazy part of this color matching is that the sample quarts are flat paint – not the Duration paint. Sherwin Williams says the $6 quart flat paint is what they use for samples. But, then we wouldn’t want to pay $50 for a gallon of sample color Duration paint. So, since we have decided on these colors, we have to bring back in the sample quart formulas and they will match them to the Duration paint. I hope they come out the same! Oh well, it will have to get warmer before the painter will be painting the exterior. I think we have a little time.

We are getting closer to getting this house done. Jim sat down with us earlier this evening and we went through what was left and worked on our timeline. It’s looking like the end of April/beginning of May when we might be moving in!

Dust in the wind . . . and in every nook and cranny, too!

When your dreams turn to dust, vacuum. ~Author unknown

Yes, there is dust, dust, and more drywall dust in our house. Not sure why we didn’t sub out the cleaning of drywall dust. It’s bad. And, it’s not a fun job getting rid of it.

Tuesday, January 28, I got an email from Mark from Fehrenbacher Wood Specialties that our project was ready to ship. He asked if the weather had slowed any of our contractors down. He said he could hold our trim, beams, and interior doors for a little while if we needed him to do that. “Yes, please!” I quickly replied to him.

Bill immediately got on the phone and called Bart, the drywall owner, and told him they needed to be out of the house by Monday, Feb. 3. That did the trick. The mudders came Wednesday and Thursday. We had yet another drywall crew who came and worked all day Friday to do the final sanding in the house. The siding crew worked Wednesday and they were getting more and more siding out of the garage. For some reason the mudders only did a bit in the garage and told Bill they needed a different tool to mud the garage. Bill just shook his head. Not sure what tool they would need special! ❓ Drywall is drywall, right? 🙄 Who knows when they’ll come back to finish the garage.

Okay, back to the drywall dust. Cleaning this drywall dust and excess mud was something else. I do not know if what we did is helpful to anyone else or not. I don’t know if there was anything that would have been a better or faster method. All I know is what we did. It appears to have worked out okay so far. Here are the steps we took.

First Bill took a large dust mop and ran it over the walls and whatever ceilings he could reach. Then I swept each room into mini drywall mud and dust piles.

Here’s what it looked like throughout the house minus all the junk they threw in the corners or anywhere they pleased which I picked up first. (Don’t get me started on all the rotten banana peels, frozen dinner packets, bottles and cans, and empty sauce and ketchup packets, etc. I threw away in the big trash can that was sitting right in the middle of the family room for their use!)

Drywall dust, excess mud, and debris

Drywall dust, excess mud, and debris

Here is what it looked liked after I swept mini piles of debris and dust. Notice that it doesn’t even look like I swept the dust! I used three different brooms and still got the same results.

Piles of dust and excess drywall mud

Piles of dust and excess drywall mud

Lots and lots of drywall dust

Lots and lots of drywall dust

Little difference after sweeping

Little difference after sweeping

I went back throughout the house and swept the piles into our snow shovel which we used as a dust pan and then into the trash can. We bought drywall dust filters for the shop vac. Highly recommend those. I think Jill and Jim messed up their shop vac during this phase of their build.

Bill then vacuumed all the window sills, around all the corners, and all the openings for light fixtures or outlets. Then, he vacuumed the laundry, kitchen/dining and family room floors with the shop vac. He’s on his second shop vac filter. He may have to buy another one to finish the bedrooms and baths floors today. I tried to help out by vacuuming, but that’s when my back gave out for good! Ouch!!!

Like the video, the pic below shows the bottom part AFTER I had swept and picked up with a broom and the snow shovel. The top part shows after Bill swept with the Shop Vac. Bill & I both agree that the process is a back breaker.

Before and after vacuuming with Shop Vac

Before and after vacuuming with Shop Vac

Laundry Room on top (vacuumed), kitchen on bottom (not vacuumed)

Laundry Room on top (vacuumed), kitchen on bottom (not vacuumed)

As I sit here nursing my back, Bill is down at the house vacuuming the rest of the house . I’ve already emailed Mark at Fehrenbacher to let him know he can deliver the trim package anytime. Yay!

The other good news this week is that the siding guys finished up yesterday!

The front Hardie cement board installed on the front of the house

The Hardie cement board installed on the front of the house

Now, remember, this is NOT the color that the siding will be. Hopefully, we are aiming for the color to be the same as the clay-type color (official name – Norwegian Wood) of the soffits and fascia (shown on the gables).

West side of the house installed

West side of the house installed

Back of the house siding all installed

Back of the house siding all installed

Looks like they knocked off the stone ledgecap on the corner. Oops, that shouldn't have fallen off!

Looks like they knocked off the stone ledgecap on the corner. Oops, that shouldn’t have fallen off!

So, while the guys were working on the front porch area, Bill decided he did not want the fascia material on the porch ceiling. He said he would prefer having tongue and groove beadboard.

Sample of beadboard

Sample of beadboard

So, Bill had the siding guys install osb on the porch ceiling.

mdf on porch ceiling

mdf on porch ceiling

Yesterday morning, Bill and I went to Menards and bought pine beadboard. We are going to have the painter stain it to match the front door (mahogany) and we’ll have the trim carpenter install it. I’m excited! I’ve always liked the look of the stained beadboard (never told Bill that) and would never dream to ask for that on the porch. I’m so glad Bill suggested it!

Friday the siding guys started and finished the installation of the shakes in the gables. They are Certainteed Cedar Impressions 9″ Double Split Edge Staggered Shakes in Sable Brown. So happy with the looks of them.

The first gable with the shakes going up

The first gable with the shakes going up

Two gables done

Two gables done

All three gables in the front complete

All three gables in the front complete

Close-up of shakes in the gable

Close-up of the shakes in the gable

And, the back all done!

And, the back all done!

Close-up of the back

Close-up of the back

Here’s a view of our house and pole barn driving from Jill and Jill’s house. You can see Jim and Joan’s red barn to the left of our pole barn.

View of our house driving from Jill and Jim's

View of our house driving from Jill and Jim’s

View of pole and house

View of pole barn and house

The guys started working on the columns and Bill had me approve the height before they built the second one. Originally, we were going to have larger columns, but I felt they were going to take over the front porch. I wanted to have room to maybe put a chair and table or flower pots or whatever. If we went with the larger columns, I think that is all you would see. So, back to houzz.com to look at columns – sizes and shapes. So, this is the size I chose.

Column being built

Column being built

Wood post on top of column stone cap

Wood post on top of column stone cap

The guys finished up building the columns on Saturday and covered the wooden posts with the wood grain cement board trim. The stone guys will stone the columns on their next trip back here. We’re going to have the painter paint the posts in the bronze color.

Columns on the front porch

Columns on the front porch

Bill is going to call Rick, the stone guy, either this evening or tomorrow and tell him that we are ready for them to finish the exterior stone work and to begin stoning the fireplace surround. I can’t wait to see if the fireplace surround design I created on my computer will look okay. I’m no designer. Never done anything like this before. We’ll see how close they come to this.

My fireplace design

My fireplace design

Since the weather was so cold on Monday and Tuesday last week and Bill could not work on the cabinets, we decided to get some other things accomplished. On Monday Bill and I made a trip to a store called Finders Keepers in Princeton. We had seen a carved top table in that store once and we thought maybe it could work for the other side of our entryway when you came in from the garage. I was looking for something we could use to put mail, store keys, set land-line phone (if we decide on that) and maybe where we could plug-in our cell phones and iPad. I had already decided I wanted to put several hooks on the short wall where I could hang my purse and maybe a jacket. We ended up finding a unique antique desk with a drop-down top. Bill is going to strip it and stain it a darker stain so it will blend in with the new chest we purchased for the other side of the entry. I’ve also convinced him to cut off the mirror at the top. He’s not happy about that, but I don’t like it. He said he could use his router and put a nice edge on the back to match the edge on the front. It also has a large drawer under the drop down section.

Antique desk

Antique desk

View with the top dropped down

View with the top dropped down

What I mainly like about the piece is its smaller size and it basically has all the functions we need for the space. Not a big fan of oak but with a darker stain, I think it will be perfect!

Tuesday, Bill and I had an appointment with Brian at BK Flooring to finalize our flooring and tile selections. We made two changes. Bill liked the tile color I had selected for the hall bathroom better than the one I had selected for the master bathroom. So, long story short, I ended up making the tile in both bathrooms the same. It really wasn’t a big deal. The spare bathroom only has tile on the floor. It’s not that big a room. The master bath has tile on the floor and a tiled shower with a bench. We are using four different tile shapes and sizes in the shower/bench and will use the same tile on the floor as the spare bathroom. The cost for the tile didn’t change since it was just a matter of color change.

However, the change did involve our granite choice. So, I had to call Lee, granite guy in Indy area, send him an update of our vanity drawings and get a quote for the Golden Sand granite for the master bathroom vanities (same as what we were using for spare bathroom). You might know the Golden Sand was a higher grade granite than the one I originally had picked out for the master bathroom. I had Lee send me pictures of other granites that would be in the same price range, but the colors were off. I had the Golden Sand sample piece and it had specks of green in it which I liked so we decided we knew it blended in well and I didn’t want to take a chance on something I might not like later.

Here’s what the master bath mood board looks like.

Master Bath Mood Board

Master Bath Mood Board

The second change was the flooring for the large laundry/pantry/computer room. We decided to go with Congoleum Duraceramic Dimensions Blend 12×24 Luxury Vinyl. We are not going to use grout in-between the tiles. I was looking for something warmer and softer to stand on versus ceramic tile. Plus, it’s a laundry room!

12x24 luxury vinyl

12×24 luxury vinyl

Oh and Bill has started cutting wood for our kitchen island. He decided he wanted to glue up the kitchen doors in the house after the drywallers were done. So until that happened, he started on the island. Here are the views of what we designed. Bill has some ideas of how he is going to frame it all out.

As soon as our trim package has been delivered, we will call the painter and see how soon he can begin staining and painting.

So, another busy week.

Darn that Punxsutawney Phil and his prediction. I guess we’ll just plug along with this crazy winter weather. However, since we have the exterior of the house almost done, maybe we will be okay and concentrate on the inside.