Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Painting the shutters white

If you sing it to the tune of  "painting the roses red", you could almost be fooled into thinking it's not that big of a job.  Almost.  It's a big ol' bear of a job!!  But, one that has to be done.  Here is my living room with the oak shutters.
I taped around the moldings and removed the shutters from the frame.  Zero wants to know why I moved the couch so far away from his favorite view.  Then I wiped them all down with a deglosser a couple of times so the paint will stick better.
After painting my office shutters with a brush and Hating. Every. Minute.  I decided there has to be a better way.  That better way is a spray gun.  I watched some videos online of how professionals paint shutters and learned a few tips.  One of them is to nail some long nails at each end to rest the shutters on while you paint. Genius.  This was the first time using a paint gun for me.  It took a little getting used to.  It goes through paint pretty fast, but I really only had to do one coat because it goes on pretty thick. And it's paint and primer in one.  I use Behr from Home Depot.
I also learned to use a ladder to put the shutters on to dry.  One of the videos was a company that makes plantation shutters.  They said the most popular shutter color is Swiss Coffee.  That's the white I use on all of my doors and trim in my house!  And that's what these shutters are painted in!
It's been a few days of work, but I'm excited to see them up and see the transformation.
Stay tuned.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Adventures of Zipper

Zipper: "I sure would love to have one of those sweet potato fries."
"What do you say, can I have one pleeeeeease?"

"How about you, Brownie?  Wanna toss me a fry?"

"There's gotta be a way I can get me one of those!!"

"Hey thanks!"
Chicken: "What the freak just happened?"
"Snarf, snarf, chomp"
A daily occurance in the life of Zipper