One thing that I love about my beau is that he is very handy. He can do pretty much anything, and if he can't he has a friend that can. He can fix cars, houses, cook, clean, paint, garden, landscape, and even decorate... like I said, just about everything.
The other day we decided to invest some of our tax refund money into fixing up the house. We have been wanting to paint the exterior of the house for awhile, so we went ahead and got some house paint and new outside lights. G's dad came up to visit on Friday and my mom took the baby to the botanical garden, which gave the boys several hours to paint while I was at school.
When I got home they had quite a bit done, however, I wasn't sure if I liked it. It's clear that we'll need a second coat, and it's hard for me to imagine it how it will look and not how it does look. Since Friday, a lot more has been painted and even some of the second coat has been applied.
The color of our house right now is dark blue. The reason we hadn't painted the house sooner is because we couldn't decide on a color. First, G wanted to point it black, then white--neither of which I liked. We settled on a blue color called Morning Glory. It's a very pale blue. At first, it looked almost white, but after the second coat it is more bluish. I think I like it now. We started on the back of the house. I can't wait to see it finished.
Since we have started painting it has effectively rained several days, which has kept us from progressing too much. :( It will get done, though.
We just finished another outdoor project, which I am really happy about. We have had this wooden outdoor patio set for over a year now. We bought it from The Shop Around the Corner, resale. When we got it we planned on weatherproofing it, but never got around to it. G finally sanded down the chairs and the table, and weatherproofed it. It looks really nice, and prompted me to get some new chair cushions (which we didn't have before) and a new umbrella.
We got the cushions and umbrella from Garden Ridge. They have really nice products for really inexpensive. We discovered this store several years ago, and if you can get past the sometimes disorganized part, it really saves money. I told G that we couldn't put the cushions or the new umbrella out until the house was painted, and it would be our reward for finishing up the job. We'll see how that goes.
I'll have to figure out how to post pictures on here, so you can see before/after pics. I didn't take a pic of the table/chairs, but you can see how nice they look without knowing what they looked like before.