This week the painters started the tedious tasks of caulking, sanding and taping, which means for the first time in months, I have no progress photos of the house because no one wants to see a picture of caulk.
To that end, our paint color choices were rolled onto the walls and ceiling in the dining room, as were the two trim choices. When we saw them, we said, “What were we thinking?” so it was back to the drawing board.
The cabinet stain sample finally appeared this week, too; although it was a bit dark with the wrong finish. Fortunately, while we were at the house yesterday, we met the guy who had made the sample and talked with him about the modifications. Talking one-on-one with a vendor is not encouraged by our builder, and to a certain extent, we understand why. However, there are some compelling reasons for putting vendor and client together. In the few instances where this has happened, we were able to get enough questions answered and make a lot of decisions in a short period of time, which is good, because everyone wants to get to the finish line as soon as possible.
We also learned that he had the wrong information about how he was to stain the stairs, which was a bit unnerving. When we got home, I found the email from five and a half months ago detailing what we wanted done with the stairs. When stuff like this happens, in no way do I feel guilty for speaking directly with a vendor.
In the meantime, we did something completely different and totally fun last night. Earlier in the week, we were offered four free theater tickets, so we met a couple from work to have dinner at a nice restaurant and then go to see the play Pippin.
It was an excellent production, complete with music, dancing, comedy, circus acts, magic and two puppets making out. The set and costumes were beautiful; all great fun, making us realize how much we’ve been rotting since we moved back here a year ago. That’s not to say that we’re not busy, but we came out of this convinced that when our second job of building a house is over, we will definitely be getting out to enjoy more of what the fourth largest city in the country has to offer.
Have a good week and thanks for stopping by.