The stair well was especially bad. Whenever I get sick of Abby and Miranda's shoes piling up in the entry way, I chuck them downthe stairs. Hence all the scuff marks. I won't be doing that anymore.
Another before shot of the trim going down the stairs.
Wall and trim painted! It looks so much better.
Paige rolling on the new paint. I was concerned about this wall since at the peak it is 15 feet. I wasn't sure if we could get up that high. Thanks to a handy dandy ladder we rented the task was completed.
The other hard part was edging the stairwell. Paige was brave. She said it wasn't bad if you didn't look how far down the bottom of the stairs were. Of course cute little Leslie was on hand to check things out. We kept her pretty busy making us pretend food out of Play Doh. She makes a pretty good blue hamburger.
This is Paige up the tall ladder. She is touching up the ceiling. There were spider guts up there and we painted over them. And while we had the tall ladder we vacuumed the ceiling. There were a lot of cobwebs up there!
This is the back wall in the livingroom. The new paint looks a lot lighter than the old, but it actually dries very close to the old.
Now after looking at these pictures, one might think Paige did all the work. I actually helped too. Paige is just the expert at edging so she edged the top edges and was up on the ladder. I edged the bottom edges where I could crawl along the floor and take my time. I am not nearly as patient as Paige when it comes to details. (Thank you Dist. 91 summer paint crew for teaching her how to be a great painter!)
I really appreciate that I have such great kids that are so willing to help me out. Isaac took his machete to the yard and cut down all the dead hollyhocks and sunflowers. He also mowed and weed whacked the grass and it was tall grass. I though we might need to bring in a baler for the clippings.
The next big project will be new carpet in the family room downstairs, bedrooms and upstairs hallway. Too bad we are doing all this so someone else can enjoy it. The house will go on the market in Feb. or March.