Monday, September 3, 2007

Labour Day

It's been a perfect long weekend in these parts - warm and sunny.

Alan and I worked all weekend, but we had today off, so, as usual, we headed out to breakfast. Then we came home and I went back to bed, which I haven't done in ages and which, as far as I'm concerned, makes this the PERFECT holiday Monday.

When I got up, the weather was still fine. A great day to do some outdoor painting, in fact, so we loaded up the supplies and headed on over to the triplex.

It's a lovely red-brick house, but from the first time we clapped eyes on it, we thought it was odd that the trim was an exact match of the next-door neighbours' trim. And that, at some point in time, the neighbour on the other side must have thought, "Hey! I want in!" So now you have three different houses with exactly matching trim. And, I don't know, but I want MY house to be special...

See How the Trim Matches the Trim Next Door?

I did manage to find one of the colours we're using in the mistints section of our local Home Hardware. And I'll use up some leftovers on the front door and ceiling of the porch. I lose points for buying the cream paint brand new, but I wanted porch and floor paint, in a specific colour and I wanted it quickly. Hurry seems to be the biggest enemy of environmental friendliness.

Sometimes, when I'm buying up the mistints, the people behind the counter look at me just a little funny, like "Don't you care what colour you use??????" I guess they're used to people agonizing a whole lot more than I do.

So I was really pleased to read a story in Saturday's Globe and Mail about a company in Quebec that does what I do, but on a really big scale. Boomerang Paint collects leftover paint, mixes it up into really lovely colours and sells it as an environmentally friendly way to spruce up your home.

I'll probably keep mixing my own, but it's nice to see that there's something out there for people who want to do the right thing, but might not have enough confidence in their colour-mixing abilities.

It'll take awhile to get the porch done, I think, but you know I'll be showing you pictures!


Kiley said...

I went out for breakfast today too! I love a good breakfast. I was also going to go back to bed, but unlike you I rent and my neighbors tv was up way to loud to sleep.

I hope that all your house work goes well! My mom is in the middle of remodeling and I know how much work it is!

Barb McMahon said...

Thanks Kiley! Remodeling is a lot of work - fortunately I really enjoy it!