NO!  Although it felt like it for about a month, thanks to the gas company’s delay in making the tap for my house.  You’d think they would have wanted the business, but they took their good old time.

No Heat = No Progress

With fall here, the inside house temperature was swinging up and down quite substantially causing a huge variance in moisture.  The carpenters informed me that hanging doors and trim with such a cool, moist internal atmosphere would result in gaps and negative results when the house dries out and heats up.  So, we waited, and waited, and waited, and harassed the gas company, but ultimately they took over a month to make our connection.  I would never recommend Columbia Gas to anyone, if they have a choice.

Where Were We?  Aaah Yes, Drywall!

The drywallers finished up very quickly.  They have some work left to do in the way of fixing up some corners and small dings, but they were done much quicker than I thought they’d be.

They did a great job and did some very cool texturing on the ceilings that we requested.  The owner of the drywalling business does free-hand designs in the joint compound, leaving a very cool, and custom medallion around light fixtures.  I will admit, they are very hard to photograph due to their depth and lighting. 

Here’re some shots and a video:

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Painting

Although the carpenters weren’t around, I was able to paint the house in about a week.  I had some help from a local painter on the trim and some big areas of the house, but I painted over half of the house myself.  It was quite a job, especially with one person.  All together, I painted:

  • All upstairs closets
  • The play room
  • My oldest daughters room
  • The laundry room
  • My youngest daughters room
  • The spare bedroom
  • The kids’ bathroom
  • Master Closet
  • Master Bath
  • The study (my office)
  • The mudroom
  • Downstairs bathroom
  • The dining room
  • The living room

It was a ton of painting and really late nights, but I got through it.  If I’d have known that the gas company was going to take so long, I would have taken it a bit easier.  I had the painter do:

  • Family room
  • Foyer
  • Downstairs closets
  • Upstairs hallway
  • Kitchen
  • Breakfast nook
  • Trim & doors
  • Some outside painting

Aura Paint By Benjamin Moore Is The Best

The painter I hired to help also has a paint shop in my town.  He’s a Benjamin Moore dealer and was really excited about their new Aura paint.  This paint is said to coat any room, even unprimed, fresh drywall in 2 coats.  It’s supposed to self-prime, and never flash when repainted or touched up. 

It has a color-lock technology that is supposed to be very durable and washable without flashing.  I was intrigued by the product, especially if I could save going around each room one time, by not having to prime. 

The paint is NOT cheap, but if you figure in no primer, and 1 less trip around the entire house, it’s really not that expensive.

This paint is quite honestly the best paint i have ever used.  It covers like you wouldn’t believe!  I highly recommend it!

More to Come

Now that the carpenters are back, hanging doors and trim, along with setting the stone on the fireplace, I should have more regular updates…  I hope.  My job is really busy right now.  I’ll try my best!