It is late when I come from painting the other house, readying the bed and breakfast for guests. There is so much work to do and the budget was not overly large from the insurance claim, though it is not entirely settled yet.
I painted the downstairs but have to do a second coat on the rec room and paint the new sink cabinet. The flooring will come next week and it will be great. Once I paint the house, I have to stain 1 x 4s for the baseboards and door casings. The ceiling upstairs is pine, and I am not sure just yet what colour I will do, but it will be a wood stain.
The paint I have been using is 6 years old, Bioshield , made in Germany, but from my green lifestyle store in White Rock. When I closed the store I kept the paint and wood finishes and have been using them. This paint is organic clay paint, made from clay , earth pigments and water basically. It does not adhere to semi gloss latex very well and sanding is recommended first, but I could not see sanding the entire house. I just have to do two coats of the lighter colours. The colours are cool greens, sky blue and light yellow so far. I have mixed some of the paints together and created new colours, however; they all coordinate beautifully and the clay finish is a soft warm non shiny flat painted surface - lovely! The best part is there is no odor because there are no chemicals in the paints and it is non toxic, so clean up is simply washing in the kitchen sink. It does not stay on my skin either and clothes can be washed and the paint will come out.
The paint does not wear particularly well and is not washable, but seriously, when did you last wash your walls? In areas, like the bathroom and kitchen, I will add a clear glaze to ensure that water will not damage the paint. Grease is the worst culprit, because the clay absorbs it. Grease can be sanded out, that is the paint with the grease on it, sanded and then new paint reapplied to that spot.
I cannot decide whether to paint the master bedroom a soft clay red or light aqua yet. I am leaning towards the red with a pinkish bathroom. The rest of the house is mostly blues and greens in the public areas and the master suite should be unique and special.
I have also been fighting with my new phone, trying to get it to communicate with the imac computer. That took hours and hours on the phone and chat with both Apple and Samsung, but it is working finally. Whew.
The garden is planted except for a few things, the window boxes are painted and ready to plant, the screen doors are ordered and progress is being made. The screen doors for the houses are really neat. They have a removable screen and window, so in the summer it is a screen door and in the winter it is a storm door. I would love to make my porch a screened porch one day so I could actually sit outside and not fight mosquitos.
And, I have sent an inquiry to a BC company that raises insects that lay eggs in flies and the larvae grow in the flies and kill them. I cannot stand the flies this year with the perfect weather for them and the mosquitoes are out in droves. I don't think they have any mosquito killing insects, but the fly killers are for me if they are affordable.
So, I have not forgotten. Life just got extremely busy all of a sudden with a deadline for painting and the gardens to be planted in addition to the regular every day chores. What do you think? Should the master bedroom be a soft clay red or a light light blue?