Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy...


This time I have a GOOD excuse for not blogging!!!
I simply haven't had the time...

Sometimes in life you just know...
now it's time to do what have been on the mind for years...

And this time...we did something that I am so happy and thankful for...
I don't think I can thank my children and Jimmy enough for all the help they have given me with my crazy and totally wonderful idea....

The starting shot was Lars going away for nine days to Stockholm...
We have a saying here in Sweden that goes like this...
"When the Cat is away the Mice dance on the table"

And so we did...;0)
(Lars did know our plans...so he wasn't totally unknowing...)

So what did we do...a white make over of the first floor!!!!
You all know how I love the light...not dark dark dark...
so Viktor said why don't we "white-ify"

So the 22nd of February...
right away after Lars leaving the house...;0)

operation WHITE-IFY started...

All furniture that wasn't going to be painted was moved to Lars bedroom...don't think we could have squeezed in something more into that bedroom...:0)

Saturday morning we all were prepared for painting!!!

We had chosen a colour called Light and Space..."Artic Light" a colour that reflects daylight up to 40 % ...can you see me smiling already!!!!!:0)

I thought I had pretty white walls before the painting...
But as you can see...they were NOT!!!

Jimmy was the king of ceilings...
The Paint king as he told us...;0)

Petra was fastest of us all...
Without her speed we probably would still be painting!!
The most brave ones were put on the risk painting areas...:0)
5 metres up to the second floor...in the stairs...
Not an easy task!!!

We had had our thoughts on how the dogs would react to all this...
But I must say that they behaved most wonderful..despite all the mess and little space they had to be at!!!
BRAVO!!!
Viktor got the most difficult areas to paint...
We needed a small and limber person for that...
I'm NOT!!!

Linda was a rock when coming to fix us all something to eat...
and serving us all day with food and "Fika"
And she was the specialist on all things small!!!


Here goes one of the last green walls...
Can't say I'm sorry!!!
We saved the worst part till the end!!
The stairs!!!
We had made such good plans on how to be finished by the time Lars were to be home...
But ...the plans were no good!!!

First coat...no problem...
We happily painted that stair from (hell) with
Such a good mood...
Petra, Jimmy and I...

Second coat of paint...wouldn't fix on first coat....
Aaarrgggggghhhhhhh!!!

I won't say what some of us said!!!
And worse...
They have never ever had this problem at the store...
No problem at 99,9%
But that didn't help us!!

So...we had to sand the paint down...grrrr...
Test paint after some days....grrrr..
Still the same problem...
GRRRRRRRR!!!!

Back to store...
Now they held their hands on the head and closed their eyes when seeing me...:0)
A phone call to the head office...
With a tip to sand the paint lightly before painting...
And wait one more day so the new coat fixed!!

Tap tap tap...
Time ticking...
Sigh...

But now it fixed!!!
JIPPIEEEE!!!
Thanks Petra for all the late night painting!!
( poor girl...working and studying and full time work at mums place)

A BIG THANKYOU to all
I couldn't have done this without your help!!!
Viktor
Linda
Petra
Jimmy
...Molly and Zorro...

THANKYOU

Was it finished by the time Lars came home...
NO!!!
This is how he had to check his email
On arrival day...:0)))

But lets say...
He was very surprised by how everything looked...

Back with pictures on the finished first floor!!

---XOX---

13 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see the finished results. Bet it will be bright and airy. :-)

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  2. Wow...what a wonderful painting crew you had there, and how fun to tackle such a big project. Can't wait to see the it all together! Great job crew!

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  3. Hooray!! So much work! Lovely family to help so much!! Looking forward to seeing it when you put things back!! GOOD JOB ALL!

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  4. Härligt!!! Vilket jobb ni har gjort - fantastiskt! Det kommer att bli så vackert och ljust med allt det vita omkring er. Ska bli så kul att få se resultatet när ni har fått allt på plats igen! Vad duktiga ni är allihopa! :-)
    Kramisar

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  5. That black and white photo of you is simply gorgeous. I hope you will frame it and put it on your wall somewhere because you do look so happy. It makes me happy. Big hug to your crew.x

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  6. You all had done a lovely work and I can say it looks fantastic at your home with all the light :) I like it very much :)

    hugs from Me

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  7. Looking forward to seeing the finished rooms! It will make such a difference for you :)
    Oh....by the way....great photo of you!

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  8. What a big job....so glad you had great help! I can't wait to see when its all done...it looks wonderful! Have a great day!!

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  9. Wow Stina, how wonderful to have such willing workers! Looking forward to seeing the room in all it's whiteness!
    PS love the black and white photo of you, looks gorgeous!

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  10. What an exciting make over Stina! A great idea with great help... what a fun bonding thing to do! Your home looks fantastic... can't wait to see more pics and the finished stairs!!! Poor thing, that was an unfortunate bump in the plans.

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  11. What an adventure !!!
    Florence

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  12. Wow, what a HUGE job! I can't wait for the reveal!

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  13. I loved all your before and after pictures. I am sure Lars was totally surprised.

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