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Friday, April 12, 2013

Watching Paint Dry

Definitions of watching paint dry run the gamut, and most usuallyIMG_5087 refer to an extremely boring activity, defined by personal preference, such as watching golf, listening to opera, waiting in line . . .

BUT, here at The Frog & PenguINN, it wasn’t boring  because Grenville was really waiting for the paint to dry to see places he missed, whoops meant to say those needing touch-up.

As regular readers of this blog know, we are selling trying to sell our eastern shore VA home which we dubbed The Frog & PenguINN. We bought this classic 100+ year old Victorian in streeet views (3)2003 and spent the first couple of years travelling from NJ to VA on holidays and summers while we renovated and modernized. The house was not this color scheme, but  very typical eastern shore colors - white house, black shutters.

Now that was b-o-r-i-n-g.

We also repainted much of the interior, choosing pastel colors over the dark colors and/or wallpaper that was in it. Lighter colors, except for the yellow morning sun paint in the kitchen (my choice); a fitting color as that room DOES get the a.m. sunlight.

But, I digress, so back to painting. The dining room was a pale yellow and we had a display of family photos on one wall — nothing obsessive like the ENTIRE wall, but a portion. However, as many sellers know, one of the first things a realtor says, besides de-clutter, is REMOVE personal items, like family photos. The theory being that prospective buyers “can’t see themselves” living in your home IF your family is there — in spirit?

BUT, when the photos came down, frame outlines remained. Up until now we were going to leave it “as is” since folks say “new owners will want to choose their own colors.” But, those outlines along with some nail, and a couple of nail pops were annoying us and since we are still living here, Grenville was painting today. AND, as there’s an open house set for next Saturday — repainting couldn’t hurt.

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We’ve been clearing items from the room, placing some in storageIMG_5079 and listing some for sale. Everything that was in the dining room earlier today was moved to the living room. That disassembled and wrapped piece is going to storage this weekend, my job today.

But, we won’t be watching paint dry since we’re going out to eat — no place to sit in the dining or living rooms.

And, that’s SO not boring at all !

17 comments:

Grenville T. Boyd said...

Sounds like Sushi Time to me!!!!!!!

Country Gal said...

I would prefer to watch paint dry then watch some things in life lol ! Lots of fun looks like . Hope your viewing goes well ! Looks good ! Enjoy your supper out ! Have a good evening !

grammie g said...

HI B...I have been wanting to do some painting here so if Grenville gets on a roll...send him by!! Just noticed on a roll..haha..get it paint roller..no pun intended! Now I sound like Grenville hahahaha!!
I love the color scheme you used on the outside when you moved there!
There are some thing I wouldn't think about in selling a house, good luck with the work!!
Grace

Don't unplug your hub. said...

Will there be another Frog and PenguINN?

CountryDew said...

When we are trying to rent our old farmhouse we let out, I am often told I should make it smell like chocolate chip cookies baking.

Good luck with your open house.

Out on the prairie said...

When I did open houses I put a cherry pie at low heat and enjoyed the smell.When it was finally done,serve it.

Anvilcloud said...

Good luck on the Open House.

Sandra said...

great idea to paint and get rid of personal things. i sold RE for several years and could not get homeowners to believe me. hope your open house brings you a buyer. my list of things like watching paint dry is very long... anything with the word sports or games in it for a start.

Karen @ away for the weekend said...

Best of luck with your open house!

Montanagirl said...

Good luck with your open house. I think you'll do well.

Charlotte Wilson said...

A fresh coat of paint is always a good idea. My husband just finished touching up the paint in our rental house and it just smells "new". And besides looking good and clean.
Good luck on your open house.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Good luck with your open house! It's a beautiful house and I'm sure someone will buy it soon. The painting and removing personal photos is a great idea. I'd much rather buy a home that has been freshly painted myself!

HermitJim said...

Hope all goes well for the Open House!

Doris said...

Love the look of a freshly painted room. How I hope and pray a buyer will come see your house at the Open House....it's so BEAUTIFUL!

There's another showing at our son's home today. No offer yet but, oh my, lots of showings! There has to be an offer for them soon!

OldBikeRider said...

Are you running an ad in the Newark News? Might be another sucker, I mean interested buyer, like you still up there? And the price will look like such a bargain!

Daisy said...

Selling and moving to another place is always such a huge job. We've done it a few times and may be doing it again in the next year or two. It seems there is always more to do. Eating out is always good though! :)

Lois Evensen said...

I agree with you about dark colors on walls. When we moved into our home in 1979 the wall paper, wall cloth, and paint were all DARK. Yuck!

I also agree that a coat of paint is always good when you are showing your home. :) Even if they want to paint it a different color, they'll surely feel more comfy in a neat and tidy place with smooth walls.

All the best for your open house!

Lois

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