Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Works-For-Me Wednesday

Painting Party!
For those of you that read my blog regularly, you know that this summer has been devoted to improving my house. I had gone back and forth over the last year or two on whether we should move or whether we should commit to staying in the house we currently own. We decided to stay for a variety of reasons. I declared this the "Summer of the House" and one of the big improvements I wanted to do was to paint virtually every room. Nothing makes a bigger visual difference than a fresh coat of paint.

So two weeks ago we threw a painting party. I sent out an Evite to a bunch of friends saying we would be willing to return the favor to anyone who helps us. I hired a babysitter to play with all the kids in the yard and we ended up with a bunch of parents (and their kids) in the AM and one trooper friend who stuck around for the afternoon.

The goal was to paint the dining room, the living room, the stairway/hallway, one wall in the playroom, and the wardrobe armoire. We were doing lots of dark, bright colors which took lots of coats, so nothing ended up getting 100% finished. My other WFM tip is how to finish everything: last night, after the kids went to bed, I worked on the finishing coats of the hallway. I've decided to do a little bit every night. Looking at everything that needs to get done is overwhelming - break it down into manageable chunks. That's what is currently working for me!

Go on over to Rocks in my Dryer for more tips.


Chaotic Mom said...

Woo hoo! That sounds like it was fun and that you accomplished a lot. I can't wait to see it! ;)

Eagles Wings said...

Thanks for the tip, I'll have to remember when we go to paint. Just wanted to say hello, because I am also a mom of identical twin boys 17 months old. :-)

PastorMac's Ann said...

Painting party sounds fun! And I totally use that special time when the kids are in bed to get ALOT of stuff done - a little bit at a time.

M-j said...

baby steps. It always come down to breaking it into smaller, more manageable chunks. I am glad it is workign for you!