Hey-O! I’m back, fine people of the internet! Hope you have all had an amazing wonderful summer. We sure a nice one. School started yesterday, and I’m excited to get back to a more regular schedule of projects, taking photographs and blogging. I have to admit, I’m a little overwhelmed by all the possibilities of what to do next that I just had to decide on one thing and JUST DO IT. I have managed to work on projects this summer and take some photographs, it’s the whole blogging thing that I didn’t seem to have the time or space to focus on. Now I’m playing catch up and want to get you all up to speed on what’s been going on.
Today I’m sharing the cabin’s new dark lewk (that’s cool to say still, right?)! As it seems to be with all trades people in northern Wisconsin, nothing happens when they say it’s going to happen. The cabin was supposed to be painted in June, and here we are in September still waiting for a few punch list items for our contractors to complete before it’s really done, done. For instance, we are still waiting on the front door AND if you have a keen eye, you may be able to spot a few places that the painter forgot to remove the painters tape from. I just couldn’t wait anymore, and wanted to fill yas in on where we were at.
Believe it or not, I actually learned a few things from this experience about what I think you should look for if you’re ready to hire a painter.
It’s not necessary, but I would highly recommend asking your painter if they have a carpenter on our their team. Our painter had his carpenter replace some rotted trim around one of the cabin windows. The carpenter also replaced wood batten strips that butted up against water-prone concrete steps with PVC to prevent future rot. At our home in Minneapolis, our paint contractor had a carpenter to install new corner board for us prior to painting. Random carpentry jobs and house painting go hand in hand, so make sure that your painter has someone to help with those small details.
P.S. Our painter’s go-to carpenter was a woman!
In contrast to our house, the cabin was painted with two coats of a well reviewed high-end paint, Benjamin Moore Aura. The B.Moore Aura paint has such a lush finish. I’m obsessed. The finish is nearly as good as the paint color. Before the paint even touched the cabin it was coated in a heavy duty tinted primer (XIM Peel bond mixed with the Aura tinted paint), the primer was sprayed on and then followed up with a roller coat while it was still wet. Every brand of paint has a cheaper option. You get what you pay for.
Contractors go at their own pace, they are often juggling a handful of jobs at one time and your isn’t always going to be top priority. Our painter was also painting a 10 bedroom cabin in another part of the state, and obviously that was his priority because that was the job that paid more. Not only that, it was a very wet summer, the weather windows available were few and far between. I was disappointed that we were low man on the totem pole, but in the end was so happy that we went with a contractor who really knew his stuff. I’m hopeful that the cabin will look as great years from now as it does today.
I’m still debating as to whether or not I paint the aluminum sliding doors matte black on the exterior side. We’ve already invested in quite a bit of money restoring the glass in the doors. The vapor seals on each door were broken so the windows were fogged from the inside before we had the glass replace (see photo). I have this soft spot for these sliders because they are original to the cabin and they have cool 60s wood and aluminum door hardware. I worry about painting them because they are in such a high traffic area, I would hate for them to chip, but at the same time, I feel like they kind of scream for attention as they sit.
We also plan on adding two triangular windows on either side of the square window. We are in the middle of the woods, so the cabin doesn’t get a ton of light, and we all agree it could use a little more.
Total cost of the new paint including carpentry and prep work was $4500. Let me know if you have questions and I’ll try my best to answer them.