August 19, 2011MCM Home Improvement: On The Home Front, Part 1
By Sablemable aka Jan
Well, nothing has been done around here this summer. I started out calling area masons and painters and nobody returned my calls. This was back in May.
Then on Monday of this week, I decided to call different contractors and got immediate replies from two. The painter, Ken Blaske of Ken’s Painting Service in Sister Lakes, Michigan, 1-800-350-0791 came by last night to discuss my painting needs. Now, I’m not one to automatically hire the first person that darkens my doorstep, but, I am going to make the exception with Ken. He did a thorough job of assessing the exterior trim. Of course, good ol’ Bob was there to listen and ask questions. But……..
Houston, we have a problem. The entire gutter system and downspouts, all 1955 originals, all steel, are rusting out, but what Ken saw and showed us that SOMEONE HAD PAINTED OVER THE RUST, DISGUISING THEM! I do believe I know who did this, but it wasn’t the original owners, nor was it me and Bobby.
Ken was very honest in his assessment and said it would be a waste of time and money to slap paint on the gutters. Anyway, we decided to get the gutters and downspouts replaced ASAP, then ring up Ken to come a-painting. I’ll be able to give you a cost estimate on the painting and the cost of new gutters next week.
But, on a happy note, I believe I have found the color I wish the trim to be painted. Behr Paint calls it Asparagus and in the photos I’m about to show you, the color shows up lighter than what it is.
Here is your chance, readers to help me decide if I should paint the entire garage overhead door all the same color or do a pattern. Take a look.
I truly value your suggestions and comments, readers, so feel free to interact with me.
Next Monday, August 22, a mason will pay me a call regarding stone work.