Tuesday, January 30, 2007


What Goes Around Comes Around

I remember as a kid driving through the California desert on my way to visit my grandparents in Arizona. My brother and I used to look up from our Game Boys to point and snicker at the poor unfortunate souls with cars broken down by the side of the road in the 100 degree heat.

No, this posting isn't about being broken down by the side of the road...it's about stripping paint. Long have I roamed the online message boards reading the horrific accounts of others who had to strip paint from beams, bricks, and even a diving board. I sat smugly thinking to myself, "Self, isn't it nice you don't have to strip paint?" Yup, no scrubbing, scraping, or screaming for me. But alas, what goes around comes around.

So this weekend I decided to just remove a little paint from my fireplace. You guessed it: I scrubbed; I scraped; I even screamed.

DURINGAFTERI have a new-found respect for those who brave the Citristrip and a BBQ brush. But I really like the results. It turns out the fireplace was painted several times. So I'm left with this cool layering of red, olive green, black, and tan.

Monday, January 15, 2007


Something Cool...

Some of you may know that I've had some ideas for doing something bigger than just my house alone. I thought it would be great to try and build something just for people who own Cliff May houses. So here it is:




Long time...no see?

It's been a while, and that isn't to say I haven't been working. In fact, I've been working a lot. I don't want to dilute what's going on so I'll keep for the next, separate, post. Anyhow, here's something I've learned for future projects. Whenever you are building bookshelves, cabinets, or any other type of built-in, BE SURE TO MAKE THE SHELVES REMOVABLE!!! Otherwise, it takes forever to paint by hand, especially when you need two coats for proper coverage. Okay, I'm done. Here's what went on:

Wide Angle
Showing the HallwayAs you can see, there's still a lot of work to be done. Despite my obsessive compulsive tendencies, I'm not really a fan of white walls -- too sterile. So I'm slowly working my way through the living room, dining room, and kitchen. Also, do note: wood floors always look better in photos than in reality. I've had several people comment on how good they look -- it's just an optical illusion.

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