Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Meanwhile, what's new at the house?

Yesterday I decided the time was right to paint my front door (here is my post on doing projects with kids around...).

Here's the front door, before. It's fiberglass, I think - nothing special. Very weathered.

Here are my supplies - Rag, drop cloth (in this case I'm using some awesome brown paper left by painters at my house), disposable brush (don't think you will EVER get black out of a regular paintbrush). The color I used is French Bulldog Black - (Martha Stewart color) in Valspar Duramax exterior satin from Lowes. I like using satin rather than high gloss for doors and woodwork because it doesn't show mistakes (aka interruptions by little ones for popsicles or to turn on the sprinklers) as much.

Masking tape and rag - because you WILL hit something you're not supposed to. Here it is, a few popsicles, sharing "interventions," and can't-get-the-swimsuit-on emergencies after:

I tried to get the panoramic view...you can't see the color, but you get the idea. You can see my itty-bitty tree there on the far right, and where Neal-13 is (not very excitedly) helping me dig a hole for another tree (bought with a gift certificate - yea, no budget implications!). It's supposed to be 104 today, so we decided to wait until sundown. Or maybe midnight. That dirt is hard as rock and I don't like to sweat, even if my job is only to supply iced tea to the muscle-y laborer.
Meanwhile, the girls were sunning themselves. Ruthie-4 is obviously not happy about Annie's choice of songs as they share earphones on Allie-14's ipod.And Neal was experimenting with making a motor with batteries and magnets. Electricity, fire, and music. Those are his passions. But he's strong, so he can still help me dig.
I think Allie-14 was un-highlighting her hair (Or was it highlighting? So confusing). No, wait, she waited until 9:30 p.m. to do that. Libby-10 decided to give Cowboy the Schoodle a bath, after which Ruthie-4 said, "He feels like cotton candy!"

What a great day.

16 comments:

3cookieday said...

Your door looks classy! I love the black.

Jen said...

I love the color of the door...it looks great. The girls by the pool look so cute....some is really flying by.

Raquel said...

awesome door, it looks beautiful. when we looked at our house the first thing i noticed was the red door, i new the minute i saw it the house was for me =)

my 10 year old really wants a ipod

Susanne said...

Good job on the door. It pops nicely against the brown brick!

104!? I can't imagine. I'm melting at 85! I don't know how you do anything on those kinds of days!

Kellie said...

I was just wondering what the ring is Neal is wearing? A promise ring or something? Just curious.

Beck said...

That looks gorgeous! I'd never have thought of painting a door black.
And look at your kids! THey look like they've settled right in.

Debbie said...

Katherine, you're amazing. The door and the whole house look great. Thanks for all the "relatable" (is this a word?) posts lately. I haven't commented much because life is just insane right now. But keep up the great job and know that I really appreciate your encouragement from this blog.
Hugs!

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Kellie,

Neal's ring was a gift from us. It has a cross on it. It's our tradition on our kids' 13th birthdays - my husband Dennis took him out to a nice dinner and talked about (in between moments just being crazy together) the kind of man he is becoming and gave him the ring. He never takes it off.

I guess I didn't write much about it, but here it is,
http://raisingfive.blogspot.com/2007/12/week-wrap-up.html.

Betty-Jo said...

I love the door..you did a great job.

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Donna said...

Will you come paint my door? Looks awesome!

lindsey kate said...

Oh, I'm so motivated to go do something about my super ugly front door. Have had all the suppies for MONTHS ... just waiting on the right amount of motivation. Thanks for providing it! Your door looks super.

Ginger said...

I'm very impressed! I didn't even know you could paint a door and it turn out looking that good!!! Great job!

Jennifer@DoingTheNextThing said...

The front door looks awesome. Kudos to you and the kids for getting so much done outdoors in the summer heat! Cute pics, too.

Wendy said...

Looks GREAT!

Natalie said...

Great Change! The door looks wonderful!