Where the Painting Contractor Attempts to Kill My Will to Live.

11:14 AM Katy 19 Comments

I really truly think that I have changed. In a deep way. This kind of thing used to make me breathe in a paper bag and Flip. my. shit.


I hired an amazing landscape designer (Maryanne White) to fix the exterior of this house, and she sent me the above photos to give me an idea of what she was thinking. In the process of re-designing the exterior, I had a painter give me an estimate for painting the brick:
because it is a very yellow beige brick (you can't tell from this photo) and I was trying to decide where the renovation budget should be allocated. I knew that the bricks needed re-pointing, plus we need the driveway and back patios redone. We're trying to determine the source of the window leaks as well, so everything is in "pre-game forecasting" mode.
As of this week I've had a gas line moved, a water spigot moved, the mason is coming for the first estimates, the roofer has come out to fix another hole, and we have torn up the master bedroom ceiling:
yes those are the attic stairs hanging from an extension cord. We had to relocate that and also move all the spotlights and the HVAC vent in the ceiling to make way for my riDONKulous built in closets (coming soon. I hope.)

Anyway back to the painter. And his estimate. DRUMROLL!!!!

$75k.

Now, to be fair, there was some "power washing" involved so it wasn't *just* paint.

Back in the day I would have cried and thought that all of my schemes plans were never coming true because one contractor has ruined everything and how can paint possibly cost that much!?!?!?

But instead, I just snorted, laughed, and moved on. Seriously that is pretty impressive for me.

I can't wait to hear the masonry bid this Friday. (actually the mason is pretty important so I hope to God he is a little more reasonable. The paint was just an optional thing, whereas fixing the brick and patios is a "must do".)


I absolutely hate cleaning the kitchen 20 times a day. So sometimes I make the boys gather sticks from the property, build their own fire, and I toss them a bag of hotdogs. If only they would catch their own fish next -- I could stop going to the grocery store every 5 minutes.

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19 comments:

  1. YIKES we are definitely in the wrong business!! Fingers crossed your mason man is more reasonable!! HAHA Great minds think alike. I used to have bonfires for the kids after school and we would roast dogs too. They loved that, but I loved it more cuz it was so effortless!

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    1. looking forward to being able to reminisce about these days, and have a clean kitchen every day :)

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  2. Katy you are fabulous! Love these little bits and pieces but more importantly you're taking care and making it your own and that's what matters.

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    1. Jaime you're the fabulous one, you build more stuff than I can think about in a year, lol. thanks. xo

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  3. Holy crap, I knew you were building up to a ridiculous figure, but I didn't expect that! Can't wait to see it all come together, but man, you have your work cut out for you with that house - I think that view makes it all worth it...

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    1. i know, that's what i say to myself. But then again, that's what I said about the beach house too. The location was worth it... sigh. Good luck with your new venture, too. :)

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  4. I think he was thinking 'i can take the rest of the year off if she agrees" . yowsa!!

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  5. Crazy... 75k... time to laugh that one off! Hey was looking at the front of your house and had an idea.... how about some substantial french-y looking shutter on either side of the large window on the right side of the front door? Maybe mimic the same shutter on the window over the garage??? Just a thought;-) I am sure knowing your creative self you will make this house the gem it is dying to be... just as long as you don't die doing it! And a closet.... can't wait to see it all come together!
    Dee Dee

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    1. Dee Dee you are on the right track... i think the front of the house will be very "french" looking... the back a little more contemporary! So yes I'm shopping for shutters! xo

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  6. I was thinking I could come and paint it for that price!

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    1. YES, I was thinking what have I been doing all my life?? Shoulda been painting brick?

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  8. Seriously!!?? You could probably re-brick the entire house for less than that! Sometimes, I think these contractors look at a house like that and think to themselves that the owner must have gobs of throwaway money. They aren't thinking that you are trying to stretch investment dollars.

    (We need our siding cleaned and repainted and sections replaced. Now I am hyperventilating because my boss got into a screaming fit and I walked out of my job!)

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  9. ?! Yes it is stressful trying to replace siding when you are unemployed, ask me how i know 😫 I hope you will be ok!

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  10. Good grief, if he didn't want to do it, why didn't he just say so?

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  11. We just signed papers on our fixer upper today. We had a large home in California, but we had bought it at a steal when the market was down, then it leveled. We took a loss when we had to relocate for my husband's job. Everyone thought we were loaded when they came for bids on projects. It is a well known tactic with contractors that they show up, then glance in your driveway at your car brands and make an assumption on a bid before they even look at your plans. I'm guessing this is your problem. There were times my husband got a quote and I got a different, higher one from the same company. In this case with the paint, since it's not necessary, play some hardball and casually mention that fact and also mention you have a few more contractors giving you quotes. That usually makes them start talking reasonably. That is WAAAAY too much for painting. We had our interior and exterior painted for $3500 and we were in Orange County I might add. Good luck and don't let them get away with that.

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  12. Lorrie good luck on your new fixer! Oh and yes, I am starting to hate asking people for quotes because I know they will be ridiculous and it must be because they look at the property and assume we have money to piss away. We drive very old beat up cars though, so it's too bad they don't take a cue from that!!

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  13. That is an amazing price. I am a painter and while it's hard to talk "averages" if I did an interior and exterior on an average, one story, three bedroom house, it would be at least 5k-6k.

    Her big brick house looks like it's in the $15-20,000 range.

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