I am a notorious carpet ripper upper. I'll tear that nasty stuff out any time i can and paint whatever is underneath - I don't care.
When i showed my daughter a photo of my painted stairs this weekend she told me how much she used to hate it when they were younger and lived with me - and i tore up carpet and painted the floors.
Ok... you know, after the fifty million traumas they put me through - I guess i can just live with them not liking that habit of mine
Anyway - they still need some touch ups and some sealer but
here they are!
I don't have any before photos, but just imagine an off white berber carpet that was about 12 years old and looking gray and dingy -
Here it is all taped off
Doing the whole thing was more about patience than it was about being difficult. I hired someone to rip up the carpet because it was so totally worth it to pay $20.00 an hour for the hour and a half it took to pull out the carpet, tack strips and staples
Then i painted the stairs white with floor and deck paint - which for some reason took 4 coats - that was torture
then taped it off
had to choose the stripe color
Sooooo, why is choosing a paint color for walls and or stairs the hardest possible thing in the universe?!!!
FINALLY I narrowed it down to two colors, started with one of them - nixed that, and then painted them this gray that looked like it would be perfect
IT WASN'T PERFECT!
It was just OK
You know how you do something and you try really hard to like it - and then you go #&!?%#?! because you know you aren't ever going to like it...
That was me
In the photo below can you see that the stripe on the left is more gray?
that is the color i did not like
the rest of the stripes that are more blue gray are the stripes i had repaint by hand AFTER i had pulled up the tape
patience patience patience ... grrrrrr
It is pretty fun though to walk in the front door and see these pretty stairs, so it was worth it
Alrighty then, enough about the stairs!
Check out "Willow"!
She is around 9 months old and she is so grown up!
This is a photo of Willow when she is being good...
I swear this cat has attention deficit disorder - seriously - i know cats are active, but she has no attention span
she will snuggle in with you, get all just right, and then 4 seconds later she's over it and up doing something else
leave it to me to get a cat with ADD
...and she can be so very sweet, follows us into each room we go into... so happy to see us after work and full of purrs
she's fine with face petting, and face kisses
rubbing her back is ok sort of if she's in the right mood
but don't even think about touching that cute furry tummy
i just want to get all in there, but it ain't happenin because i don't want to loose an appendage
Willow wants nothing more in the world than to go outside, but she's supposed to be an inside cat.
It seems so wrong not to let her out to walk in the sweet spring grass - she flings herself at the storm door trying to catch moths and get outside
it's sad and it just doesn't seem natural to me
have any of you ever tried an electric fence with cats?
I'm thinking about it and could use some advice
and now i'm turning into a person who talks about their cat
still ... electric fence with cats? anyone tried that?
Anyway, the phlox and candytuft and viburnum are blooming and it is just all to die for...
hope you all are having an amazing spring...