Patience is a virtue, that's for sure. We live in an 1823 farmhouse (since 1981) and the last time our living room and library were painted it was 24 year ago! The plaster was cracking and there were chips in the paint here and there.
1. First we had to move the furniture (started in the living room) away from the walls and took down all the artwork so Gary could fill the cracks. All the rugs were dragged upstairs and I put all kinds of little stuff in that wicker trunk.
2. Then he primed the walls and all the woodwork. Of course the windows were a pain.
3. After that, two coats of paint on the walls, woodwork and ceiling. We chose to paint all of it the same color.
4. Next came the library...what a disaster! We had hundreds of books and ended up giving away 10 boxes. Took FOREVER to decide what to keep.
The living room was painted, but still a mess as we had to move furniture back there.
(Yes, I love plants-the hibiscus must have loved the light as it had several new blossoms during this transition)
This was my side of the room and I had all kinds of stuff to get organized. So, I went down to Big Lots and got a bunch of boxes. Now everything is hidden.
It took us hours to organize the books...poetry, gardening, local history, big books, fiction, and more. BUT, now we know exactly what we have, so it was worth it.
(Sharon Creech has her own section)
5. All done! Gary painted almost every single day for 2 1/2 weeks. Same old furniture, fewer books and not so many paintings on the walls...it seems like a different house. There is something to be said for light walls...I feel like I am in a loft.
It's so nice not to have everything all topsy-turvy.
To see other Random Friday 5 posts, click on Random 5 Friday in my sidebar.