Is there a saying out there that the homeowners job is never done? Because if there isn’t, there needs to be.

Anyway, phase 1 of the home improvement projects is over (although far from finished) and I am even further in debit to my parents for all their help.

The three of us are returning back to St. Pete at the moment, so both my parents can return to their regularly scheduled lives. I’ll hang out in St. Pete for a few days and then head back to T-town on Friday to meet with a carpet installer and continue the painting projects.

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So what did we end up accomplishing?

Here’s a flashback to my bedroom pre-painting. Note all the wood trim, the wood closet doors, and the general darkness of the room.

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Now, here is the room painting in my funky teal, grellow, and tan.

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The white closet doors and molding really brighten up the whole room and make the colors pop. I’m still happy with my lime green. An important lesson was learned when I painted that wall lime, but thankfully it did not turn out to be a tragedy. I’m just happy that I didn’t paint a whole wall downstairs that color.

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The second bedroom/office is still a work in progress. Most of the trim and doors have been painted in their final coats of bright white, but I need to add color to the walls. Since the trim is the tedious part, the wall color shouldn’t be too difficult.

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Downstairs wasn’t the priority this trip, but we were able to do some wall color and priming.

This is the entry wall and stairs leading to the second floor before we did anything.

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Here’s what it looked like after I finished painting the stair wall teal.

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Then, at the last minute, we decided to throw some primer on the staircase before we left.

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I think the white stairs and white window sills really open up the living room. It looks a bit sterile with the white walls, but once I paint my colors onto the walls, I’m hoping the whole place will be bright and happy.

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My mom commented that the wood trim, etc. was sucking up a lot of the day light and I don’t have a lot of natural day light to spare inside. I want to add painting the inside part of the front door white, to my list of things to do.

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The last thing we did on a whim, was painting the wood under the kitchen counter white.

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What do you think?

While it opens up the living/dining area a lot, I’m worried that it’ll turn the kitchen into an eye sore, due to all the dark cabinets. Somewhere down the line, I’d love to redo the kitchen, but for now, it’s definitely not in the budget.

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Little by little the house is coming together. I wish we had accomplished more, but the prep and priming is the hardest part. The bedroom looks like a whole new room, so I’m sure the rest will look radically different once I’m done.

This trip I didn’t have any time to work on the outside or start any gardening projects, but my parents gave me this nifty flower pocket. It’s made out of recycled cloth that I can fill with soil and plant either flowers or herbs and hang it from my porch railing.

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I really want some bright colorful flowers on my porch, but the prospect of fresh basil available whenever I want is more alluring than pretty flowers, so I’m going to plant basil and parsley in the pockets.

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Once I’m going to be in T-town consistently, I’ll put my pockets to use and report back on how they look!

For now, I’m heading back to the beach for another couple days before I resume the house projects.

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