I can’t quite explain to you how dark and scary the new house was. It is all concrete, which we didn’t realize how dark it made everything, until we got a few coats of paint up. And wow! What a difference a few bright colors made! I can actually say after a solid week of painting, it no longer looks dark and ominous… but rather bright, cheery and inviting!
It was so wonderful to have help, let me tell you. Charl and I did all the painting, and after just one day on our own we got smart and hired Claude to help us out too. He did all the ceilings, bless him, and we three sure made a great team! Charl trimmed non stop, I rolled with a massive roller the size of door, and Claude craned his neck to do all the ceilings. I will say though, as much as I needed Charl’s help to simply get all the rooms done, her help, advise and expertise in the art of mixing sure was wonderful. Turns out, we are a regular ol’ pair of mixers, making all sorts of fun colors for each room! Did you know that with just three colors-white, yellow, and red- you can make a lot of fun colors?? And of course it was important to have another woman, who actually cared about the colors! It was so annoying cause we’d ask the boys what they thought,and they would just mumble something and move on. So, because Charl was here, I actually got help and input about something as silly as paint colors-which if you ask me is a serious thing. Who wants just boring white? And you also don’t want scary mixed colors either! Thankfully, Bob shipped in tons of excellent quality paint, which made the process go much quicker-Haitian paint soaks in so bad to concrete, that you usually have to do three or four coats to get a nice even look. Not this stuff-one coat and we were off to the next room!
While Charl and I were busy with the very important painting, the boys were off playing around in the water. Okay, not exactly-they were working hard to figure out the maze of pipe that we call ‘plumbing’ to try and see if we would actually be able to get water all throughout the house-and they did it! HOOOORRRAAAY. Running water to all bathrooms and the kitchen, what an amazing thing that was.