Sunday, May 20, 2012

Brushing Up


 I imagine more than a few of you will be happy to see that I'm doing house project posts again, instead of relentless chicken and garden stuff!  Just joking, I know ya'll enjoy those too.  I, however, am VERY happy to be doing house project posts again.  I'm ecstatic to have something to post in that area.  I took just a bit of a break from the pottery, as I had a little inventory built up, and used the time to start anew on the house.  Now to just keep up that momentum but still take 3-4 days a week to do pottery.  As I have some money saved up I can devote a little more time to the house and not be having to scrap every minute to make money.  Of course, not really having any bills helps too.  And having Jack here.  And having the garden in full swing for food production.  Our grocery bills should be minimal for some time.
So, my first priority is to finish the outside.  Every last bit!  This shouldn't take too long actually.  It's mostly just painting, which I actually enjoy.  I know most people detest painting a house but I like it. I like how fresh everything looks.  In fact, I have to resist the urge to paint stuff that really doesn't need going over again.  I know; I'm whacked in the head.  I have been alternating between finishing this south wall and the clerestory wall that you can see just a tad of.  The upper part was really done but it needed a little touch up on the caulk and trim.  I was very happy at how well the caulking etc. is holding up in that area because it receives the brunt of the weather and sun in the winter.  I always use a siliconized latex caulk with at least a 35 year warranty. (I've actually seen some with a 50 year but it's harder to find).  The siliconized caulk is flexible enough to move with the building without cracking, and the structure is going to expand and contract with the weather.  I will say though that it works better if you apply at least a 1/4" bead to cracks, joints etc.  Smaller, thinner beads do tend to split with excessive heat/ cold.  The silicone paired with the latex base makes it paintable.  100% silicone will resist paint, so keep that in mind.  You can get 100% silicone in a variety of colors though, although you may have to go to a specialty company.  This has been one item that I have tried to be very conscientious of simply because passive solar houses are designed to be exposed to so much sun. 


I've been painting off a ladder a lot so it's handy to use a hook like this to hang your paint can and it leaves your hands free to caulk or hold onto the ladder!  I just had a thick piece of copper wire that I bent into an "S" shape.


I also love these little mini roller screens designed to fit a gallon can of paint.  I hate using a pan and avoid it whenever I can and many times if you are painting the exterior of the house you don't really have a flat place to sit those pans.  You can get these for 5 gallon buckets or these gallon sizes and they are much easier to use and faster to clean up than the pans and all that crap.
So, I'm going as quickly as I can on the outside because that means I can then start on the kitchen!!  Actually, I can start doing a few prep things on the kitchen in the evenings after supper and I'll show ya'll a few of the things I'm working on there.

11 comments:

Allen Thrasher said...

~~~and don't forget the stone work that still needs to be done!!

edifice rex said...

Oh crap!!! I had forgot!! well, that's just gonna have to wait until my kitchen is done. lol! hey, speaking of that stone work though, I need to get your opinion on something next time you're down here. It might involve putting that stone off until something else is done on the exterior!

Frugal Canadian Hermit said...

Go Annie go. And now the stone work too? It never ends does it Annie? Wish someone told me that before I started mine. lol. You just about gotter though.

Woody said...

Ughhh! I really need to paint here. I'm not looking forward to starting THAT project. Now getting the barn going? I'm all in for that one. Soon.

Carolyn said...

Ah. Man's work is from sun to sun but Woman's work is never done. This seems to apply to you precisely. Hang in there and enjoy every moment; its all coming together very well. Called Progress!

I love my tiny dishes! So glad for the variety of glazes. Do you know of blue clay? I learned there is a stash of it a few miles from here. That's all I know though.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Painting is not my favorite house project, but I agree with you, Annie, on the results looking so worth the effort. Also dislike using a pan for the brush. Hope you have good weather for the outdoor stuff as we have several days of rain coming.

HermitJim said...

Looking good, my friend...looking good!

Another fun filled week!

edifice rex said...

Hey Mark! No, it never ends!! lol! This is getting close but I had completely forgotten about that stonework. bleh!

Hey Woody! Yeah, I was wondering when ya'll would be starting your barn! I look forward to seeing that!

Hey Carolyn! Yay! glad you like the dishes! I'll send the other 2 soon.
I have seen some blueish clays but they are generally not true clays or what you could use as a clay body. They are usually bentonite or such that is used as a clay additive.

Hey Bea! The weather here has been good so far! thankfully! It's been overcast today but that's good to me.

edifice rex said...

Hey Jim! thanks man!!

Adrianna said...

I love your house projects, keep them coming. Are you going to do concrete counters?

edifice rex said...

Hey Adrianna! thanks! yes, all my kitchen countertops will be concrete.