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Hard work truly does pay off

October 13th, 2008 at 01:01 pm

Phew. It was a long hard weekend, but it's finished. the house is painted and it looks great. We primed (with rollers, because our free sprayer leaked) on Saturday, then got wise and rented a power sprayer and finished painting on Sunday. Mom came over and cooked cheeseburgers on the grill for my rag-tag painting crew ( a resigned hubby who hates painting, my sister, and my in-laws. I worked the sprayer.)

With tool rentals and paint, it still cost us only about $500 to paint the house, about $2,000 less than our cheapest professional bid.

I figure I'll use that $2,000 to build a beautiful patio next year.

Doing it yourself is so much more satisfying than paying a pro. I love my house even more after every project I do.

5 Responses to “Hard work truly does pay off”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Good for you! I feel the same about DIY projects, but find them to be such a pain while working on them. We are so NOT enjoying our flooring project, but we know we'll love the finished product. I couldn't imagine hiring someone to come in and do this. Laminate is so easy to put down. It's moving the STUFF that's the hard part. Thankfully, just one more turtle to move since the first two got evicted immediately after the "flood".

  2. Rugbymatt Says:

    I think that $2k savings should go into the tiki bar fund, unless of course you are going to turn the patio into a tikiroom like I did.

  3. thriftorama Says:

    I wouldn't put it in the tiki fund because I don't consider savings or discounts to be income. Maybe I;m old-fashioned!

  4. scfr Says:

    Nice work!

  5. Dawn Says:

    The house looks great! I'm jealous - I have an ancient Victorian (1874) that needs painting this spring. That's one I won't be able to tackle myself.

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