Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Home Improvement Project: The Tale of Our Red Door

In April we will have been in our new home a year - can you believe that?!

Me neither.

And I haven't updated at all about any of the home improvement projects we've done. So this will be a series of posts.

The first project we knew that we wanted to tackle: The Front Door.

The glass block windows weren't really for us.


So we decided to have them replaced with white windows.


Looking better already, right?

But we really wanted the door to "pop".

So we decided to paint it.


{This is the part where I tell you about how I like to paint everything and some people gasp when I tell them, you may have just gasped yourself. People have a hard time swallowing painting of wood for some reason. Everything I have ever decided to paint, always looks better (in my opinion), no one wanted us to paint our kitchen cabinets at our old house, but that was one of the best things that we did to updated our old kitchen. Don't be afraid to paint things, it is the easiest thing to do to give something an update. I want to paint our current fireplace white, people are gasping about it}

Sherwin Williams Exterior Acrylic Latex Gloss: Pompeii Red

No going back now!

I used this tutorial, from one of my favorite home improvement blogs. I did three light coats with a foam roller.
Two coats done, but still not completely covered.

And now it's time to sidetrack from a red door project to a little story about Liam....

I had done coats one and two of the door during the kids naps. When they woke up, I wrapped my roller in saran wrap (to use later for coat three) and *thought* I placed it out of reach from them.

About an hour later we were all playing in the living room (which has off-white carpet, by the way).

It seriously happened in a split second. I got up and turned to walk into our study and Lily started yelling "Liam's painting the carpet red!"

Yes, you just heard that right.

I spun around half thinking Lily was joking and half thinking, holy sh!t what if she's right.

And that's when I saw him, using a roller to paint our off-white carpet red.

Seriously, I can't make this stuff up.

Like, so red there was a "paint puddle".

Let me repeat: Our son Liam had painted our off-white living room carpet red.

I totally freaked the HELL out!

Liam misread my freaking out as being really happy about the paint, he started slapping his hands in the paint puddles.


This was one of those mommy moments, where I had to ask myself "Is this really happening?"

Yup, it totally was.

I picked him up, threw the roller in the sink, wiped off his hand and clothes and sat him down at the kitchen table. Did I mention I was yelling and am pretty sure I said Holy Crap, in front of my kids (maybe Damn too - I can't make any promises)...I had no control at that point people, I can't make excuses. I sat Lily down, got out the big tub of Play dough (the only thing sure to keep those two occupied for the 24 hours it was going to take me to get paint out of our carpet). I took a box of graham crackers and dumped them out all over the table.

I directed them to "PLAY and EAT!" and "Don't leave this table!"

I told you I was totally freaking out, right??!!!

My mind was racing a mile a minute. I knew that I had to act fast. I wish I would have taken a moment to think before I started throwing every single cleaning product we had on the spot.

But, I didn't.

These were the irrational thoughts spinning in my head, as I scrubbed the spot:

  • Chris is going to think I don't watch our kids
  • Is it even possible to get this much paint out of a carpet? I didn't think so.
  • How much would it cost to replace the carpet in our living room and study? Too much. Chris was going to kill me.
  • No one is going to believe this, should I take a picture? Absolutely not, no time and this is not coming out, we didn't need before and after pics.
  • Chris will never want to have another baby
  • Can I get this stain out before Chris wakes up in 6 hours? Probably not possible.
  • Is it possible he will never have to know about this situation? Only if he didn't live here.
  • Will Chris want to leave me? Probably depends on if I can get the stain out.
  • Could we move a throw carpet in this spot to cover this? Um, no.
  • Have I just scarred my kids for life? Definitely
I used dish soap, oxi-clean and clorox wipes and was scrubbing so hard my hands were raw for days. Once again I would just like to point out that I was not thinking clearly at this point. I kept looking at it and standing back and looking again and thinking, is it getting lighter, or am I just imagining things? I couldn't tell.

I had such tunnel-vision on the huge spot (it was about 1.5ft x 1.5 ft) that I didn't even notice he had also painted our area rug and there were other spots on the off-white carpet.

I would say about an hour into this fiasco, I knew what I was doing wasn't working, the spot was growing (not good), and I decided to take a minute to google, "how to get paint out of carpet?"


I love vinegar.

I started blotting with a vinegar/water mix and a paper towel and the paper towel got more and more red and the carpet started getting pink - PRAISE THE LORD!!!

I did this for hours. My kids kept busy at the table (I think they were probably even scared to speak). My hands were raw. I never let the spot dry completely, I just kept it wet and kept blotting and scrubbing.

I called Billie at some point to tell her that I had red paint on my carpet and she said "of course, Liam must have done that". Of course.

Finally after I put Lily and Liam down for bed, I used a Bissell Carpet Cleaner/Steamer that we had borrowed from Billie and Steve.

I couldn't even see the spot anymore (but wasn't sure if I was just delusional).

When Chris woke up I told him what happened and asked him to look for the spot, it was really hard for him to find. He couldn't even believe the story I was telling him.

I was totally exhausted.

I couldn't believe I had successfully gotten red paint out of the carpet - I totally wish I would have taken a before picture! Dang!

See, I don't always have good days with my kids. This one was definitely going down in the history books.

So, back to the red door...

I finished the third coat the next day and it was looking good!

We got some nice outdoor chairs, red pillows and a small red table for the porch to tie everything together.

Now, I just want to paint the railings white and the shutters black for some contrast and get some new address numbers. Oh, and maybe get some plants that are alive?? Not sure why I kept those dead plants out?


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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Disney Day 3: Epcot

If you haven't yet, read these three posts first:

Disney: The Drive
Disney Day 1: Hollywood Studios
Disney Day 2: Magic Kingdom

Day 3 we headed out to Epcot and had a breakfast reservation at Akershus in Norway with the princesses. We picked it for our Character Breakfast, because we figured, since Liam was so small, it would probably be the only time Lily would get a Character Breakfast with Princesses (also because the menu looked really good).

Lily woke up with a smile on her face and it wasn't raining. It was already starting good!

all smiles

Our breakfast wasn't until 10:30 a.m., so we went to the Finding Nemo ride first (Lily loved this last time we were here).

Unfortunately there were some tears when we were getting on the ride (she was scared), but she ended up liking it. Liam loved it. We played in the aquarium for a while after that.

Then we were off to our Princess Breakfast.

She was really shy at first.


Cinderella meets yogurt-faced Liam

Then it was time for the Parade of Princesses.

Liam could have cared less about the Princesses, he was all about the food.


Character Breakfast was totally worth every penny. It is the most interaction with Characters you can get while you are there.

There were two things I wanted to check off my "2012 Disney Bucket List" while we were at Epcot. I definitely wanted to get chips and guacamole while we were in Mexico (I had them last time we were there and then craved it my entire pregnancy with Liam) and I wanted to get a Grand Mariner Grey Goose Orange Slush in Paris (I saw it on the travel channel and knew that I would need one while we were there).

While we were walking to Paris, Lily found a little fountain near a bathroom and it was so sweltering hot, that Chris decided to stay there with the kids while I continued to Paris for my drink.

As I was walking back with my drink, there was a family of six to my left posing for a picture. All the kids were posing and their mom was trying to take the picture. They ranged in ages from about 3 years-old to about sixteen. They were all crying and yelling at their mom. "Just take the picture already, I can't hold him anymore!" All of the smaller children were crying and screaming. The dad was telling mom "Just forget it!". And there she stood, trying to get the shot. I heard her say "Please, I just want one nice picture of the four of you".

That's when I realized...all of us mom's, were just trying to make the vacation perfect for our kids. I probably wasn't the only who shed a few tears and that my kids definitely were not the only children melting down. As I passed she looked at me and I gave her the "I know what you're going through" mom nod.

Something changed for me in that moment and I had a whole new outlook on our vacation. I realized I was not alone, every where I turned there was a mom that had dreamed of this vacation and kids who were losing it. I felt comforted by that fact that I wasn't alone, I was part of the "Disney Mom Vacation Club". The Club where moms plan and dream of the perfect Disney vacation and then our shocked back into reality by the behavior of their own children. It felt good to feel part of something.

And I decided to just let it go, who cares, right? We would see what we could and if Lily didn't want to go on something or was feeling tired and crabby, oh well.

The high that day was 91 degrees, and the thing about Epcot, there's no where to hide from the heat, there really is no shade there. So after walking to get my drink we headed to another water feature and let Lily play (Liam was sleeping), while I sipped my drink.

After about an hour, Lily was soaked, but I am sure it felt so good! Then she danced in the entrance of Epcot for some time. It was hilarious. She was happy!

(sorry about the piece of dust on my lens that was magnified during this)

After we walked around a bit more, we decided it was hot and time for a nap. We headed back to the resort, so Lily and Chris could take a nap and Liam and I walked around the resort.

These birds will get so close to you.


He was such a trooper this entire trip.



We searched for Gecko's, one of Liam's favorite things to do at the resort.

When Lily and Chris woke up we headed to the pool and to get some dinner.


And we caught the fireworks at Epcot from our Pool at Caribbean Beach.

It was a great day. The next day we planned to hit up Animal Kingdom.

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