Scraping: How do I loathe thee…

Since the weather has been gorgeous the past week or so, we’ve been working on our outside projects–you know, “making hay while the sun shines” or whatever. One of our projects to complete before the weather gets cold is to paint our windows and trim. They needed some new paint (and caulk!) pretty badly, and that’s just one of those projects you don’t put off or it will end badly. So, we borrowed the IL’s power washer the other day, and blew off a good portion of the paint yesterday. I would recommend it–it’s not 100%, but I can work with the remaining 30% and not be too unhappy about it. Well, maybe….have you ever experienced that unique feeling you get when you scrape your knuckles on brick? Or the fabulousness that is attempting to scrape caulk off of the brick and do any sort of a neat job? If not, volunteer to help someone else–it’s an eye-opening experience. πŸ˜‰ Bonus points for attempting to remove silicone that some genius thought was a good idea…*rolls eyes*…

Anyway, I thought I would post some pictures of our progress for you. πŸ™‚

I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so we’re taking these down to pretty much bare wood (in case you couldn’t already tell). I hate it when people repaint and the paint cracks out right away. I want my new paint to look like new paint. After scraping, we’ll sand a bit to help blend the last little bits of paint that didn’t come off. Then we’ll caulk, prime, and paint. My color choice is a very light teal, with a darker accent teal on the endcaps. πŸ™‚ It looks good on my front door, so I suspect it’ll look good everywhere else too. πŸ™‚

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