We closed about 2 weeks late, on September 23, 2008. The contract period was pretty uneventful. The house inspection turned up only one issue, which the sellers fixed. Although it was stressful at the time, settlement went so smoothly it was hard to believe that somewhere in that 45 minutes we bought a house.
And so began the hectic months as new homeowners.
With the help of family and friends, we moved in the weekend of Sept. 27-28.
In the weeks that followed, it turned out that painting was more appealing than writing about painting, so things were pretty silent around here. Now that we have much of it under control, though, we hope to post some of our before and after shots.
Painting was an easy choice for early-on work, because
– we didn’t have much furniture yet, so it would be easier now than at any other time,
– it’s something we wanted to have done before we replace floors,
– it’s a pretty inexpensive way to make the whole house feel like “ours,”
– most of the walls looked like they hadn’t been painted since the G. H. W. Bush administration (and the wallpaper was almost assuredly mid- to late-Reagan era), and
– we were psyched to ditch the “landlord white” color scheme.
Over the summer, we chose colors for the house, some of which we ultimately used, and some of which we didn’t. The original palette looked like this:
After we moved in, painted a couple of walls, and got a better feel for how things would translate from “1×2 inch chip” to “entire room,” we did some adjusting to the plan:
* The yellow that we actually used is Behr’s Song of Summer 340A-3, but Behr’s paint chips aren’t conveniently linkable. SW’s Friendly Yellow is almost exactly the same color.
So far, Sleepy Blue (family room and downstairs half bath), Creamy (kitchen, halls, foyer, staircase, dining room above chair rail), Mountain Air (upstairs bath), Gratifying Green (our bedroom), Song of Summer (guest room and office), and Filmy Green (extra bedroom) are up. We hope to have some photos up soon!