February 19, 2012: Living Room, First Coat

Medifast Status: Day 292, Down ~76.5lbs (23.5lbs to go)

The painting of the living room began first this this morning.  We have a lot to do.  A good portion of the painting must be done from high up on a step ladder.  So Dominica has been focusing on the ground level painting while I am doing the high level painting from the ladder.

We painted most of the day interspersed with periods of cleaning.  So much to do.  We pretty much took the entire weekend off to deal with the preparations for this coming week.  Thank goodness that this turned out to be a surprise holiday weekend and I have tomorrow off from work so that I can be home to focus on this.  There is no way that we will get this done today.

From the very first coat of paint we can tell that this was a good choice.  The old paint in the living room was a taupe colour that seemed decently light with nothing to compare it to.  But now that we are painting a light cream colour over it we can really see just how dark it really was.  We thought that the blinds really made a difference in making the house brighter but now that we are applying this lighter paint to the largest room in the house it is getting far brighter still.  The difference is far more dramatic than we had anticipated.  It is going to look great.

I don’t think that it is easy to express the level to which we have made the house brighter than when we first came to look at the house fourteen months ago.  The house was painted dark, there was extremely dark wood finishings and nearly all of the windows were covered with large furniture items.  It was, needless to say, dark.  Now all of that has changed.  The house is open and airy, the paint is light, the blinds are gone, the carpets have been cleaned and everything really pops.

The new paint makes the house really scream for some colour.  We’ve decided that we are going to address that through the use of really colourful, Dutch modern styled 1960s furniture.  Dominica has been shopping for some and has some good ideas.  The first item on our list is going to be bar stools.  We are going to get the bar up and usable before moving on to addressing anything else.

We got roughly two coats of the living room done today and are in good shape to complete the room tomorrow.

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