Monday, February 23, 2009

What I did this weekend....

When we first moved into our house, I went at warp speed getting things painted and put together. And then I just stopped. The basement family room was one of the rooms that was neglected. And this is odd, because we spend a significant amount of time down there, particularly in the evenings. But the walls have remained white, a few boxes lingered in the corner, and it just felt cold. So when our quick trip to the Chicago 'burbs was halted by snow on Saturday, we decided to bite the bullet and get the painting done. Better now than in June.

First step, take multiple trips to the paint store to pick up samples. We were originally hoping for a light gray.

What we did this weekend

Next we quickly apply paint samples all over the room, and then realize that the grays all look blue. Pick a taupe-ish color from Benjamin Moore (Bennington Gray, actually, though it is really un-gray). Drive back across town and pick up the paint (this was not an eco-friendly) project.


We managed to get it painted, and we are so happy to have that done. There's still a little bit of finishing up to do, and then the reassembling. And we still need to make that trip to Ikea for a bookshelf.

A question: Does anyone know how you are supposed to dispose of old paint? We found quite a bit in our basement when we moved in.

Things have slowed down on the knitting front. I'm still knitting, just not at the speed I have in the past. Which means I'm not a very prolific knitter these days. In the meantime, to keep you entertained (um, right?) I'll be featuring some odds and ends and a few recipes. Mostly, because I've come to realize that the blog can be a really good reference tool in case, for instance, you need to remember when you started your seeds last spring.

Oh, and though these pictures certainly don't prove it, I now have Photoshop Elements, so I'm trying to figure that out. It's making me humble, as I realize I don't know anything. But everyone knows the main purpose of Photoshop is to make disturbing or embarassing pictures of your friends and family and post them on Facebook. Right?

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Debbie said...

Sounds like a big project!

You can take paint to the Hazardous Waste Facility. I think they let people pick through the dropped off paint, so it might well even get recycled.

I love your "unfortunately, Libby" list!

Bridget said...

The people who lived at our house before us left a paint store in the basement. Dad told me that all you have to do is open the lid and let them dry out and then you can just throw them away once dried up. We did that with about 20 cans when we had the dumpster at our house for the roof.

Garrett said...

They sell paint dryer too, it's like a rocky substance that allows paint to dry out. I would suggest buying some cat litter and dropping it in the paint can. Keep the lid off and it'll dry out, and like Bridget said, you can throw them in the trash.

Abby said...

I third Bridget and Garrett.

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