Painting the Office / Herzberger Doggie Daycare!!!

April 1, 2011

For the last three + years every day I sit at my computer and look at butterflies – our office was obviously previously a little girl’s room so it was purple with a butterfly border πŸ™‚ Every since last summer I’ve thought about painting it and with my first wedding next weekend (!!) I knew if we didn’t do it now it wouldn’t get done for quite some time….or ever πŸ™‚

It’s becoming a rule in the Herzberger house that we need to have at least one extra dog staying with us for each painting project. Grit & Cole witnessed our living room painting and Sadie was over for the bedroom makeover. We decided to go for broke when we painted the office- we had a total of FIVE DOGS in the house…..yowzers πŸ™‚
Can you TELL how excited Jeff is about our weekend project πŸ™‚
The first picture is how he really felt. The second picture was me telling him that he at least had to look excited for a blog picture. I couldn’t resist posting both πŸ™‚

While we primed the dogs played and wrestled. Grit and Sutton became fast friends so Strider, Sage, and Cole were left mostly in peace!

Our house isn’t big enough for five dogs!!

On Sunday morning knowing we had a full day of painting ahead of us I walked everyone to get them tired out. The fields where we walk had flooded over the weekend so instead of just five dogs we had five wet smelly dogs….we lit some candles πŸ™‚
But everyone had a blast tearing around through the water and frolicking which is the important thing!

It’s amazing how quickly the water rises and recedes – we were lucky to find a narrow path out to the fields so we could still play!

Our usual path was impassible but at the back of the fields it still looked like winter….go figure!

Handsome Grit poses for a picture

Back at the ranch (literally) we started painting while Cole and Strider took a nap

Is this going to take a long time??

We painted and painted and then Cole & Grit’s Mom Sarah arrived to help us finish the job- good thing because both Jeff and I were pretty ready to call it quits. Sarah did a fabulous job painting the trim while we started to clean up around her

I am planning to make valances for the windows (we’ll see if that happens!) so since I hadn’t yet picked the fabric out we went with a very neutral color – Benjamin Moore Pottery Barn’s Manchester Tan HC-81. I find picking paint colors to be a bit overwhelming because of all the various shades – I like Pottery Barn’s collections of paint because instead of 50 shades of tan to choose from there are three.

It’s a very warm simple color and is a HUGE improvement over the butterflies! Three weeks later we are still living with bare walls while I decide which photos to hang so you’ll have to wait a bit longer for the big reveal.

We only had a minor casualty – Sutton touched his nose to the door right at the end – doesn’t he look sorry πŸ™‚

A wet washcloth took the paint right off!

Grit supervising the trim painting πŸ™‚

The next day I stuck my head out the window while Sarah was out with the dogs….right after this picture Strider (who was still inside) jumped up on the table below the window and hopped right out – it was classic πŸ™‚

Have a great weekend everyone!

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