Exterior House Work, House and Acreage Restoration

Hardy Paints the Hardie Board

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The product we are siding the house with is called….wait for it….Hardie Board.

How perfect is that?

We have like….two tons of this stuff sitting in our yard. (Neither T nor myself can figure out why the siding was dropped off in the yard instead of the driveway).

It’s cold outside. Did you know that?

By the way, did you know what color we are painting the house? Red. Really, vivid red. The color of blood. The color of passion. Apparently…the color of the homestead.

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So, I have to paint inside the house because of the cold. For those of you who know anything about me, you know that I am not the neatest person when it comes to doing anything. I make a huge mess whenever I cook, the same is true for painting. The painting looks fine, I just also happen to cover myself in the process. In fact, I somehow managed to paint both my nose and chin today.

Though I did almost get “fired” from painting this weekend. My set-up allowed for drips to congeal on the end of the boards during the drying process. I was trying to put on one layer of paint with a brush instead of two layers with a roller and got a little messy.

Part of the Set-Up for Painting Inside
Part of the Set-Up for Painting Inside

I finessed my set-up to help the painting process. Because you can’t stack “tacky” siding. The paint has to dry….to cure. Or it can stick and flake off. Somewhat difficult in 30 degree weather. With the windows in, the house is buttoned up and two electric heaters are present to aid in the process. (We also have now purchased a propane heater that looks like a gun with a fire canon-which I will be posting about later).

Another view…there are three painting areas in the house and one in the porch…allowing me to paint fifteen pieces at a time.
Another view…there are three painting areas in the house and one in the porch…allowing me to paint fifteen pieces at a time.

In a full day (with the heaters), I can turn out maybe 30 boards of siding. (Though since I was almost fired from painting, I have had to scale down my system and now can only get about 12-15 boards down in a day).

One of the little heaters…a gift from Tyler's late uncle Jim.
One of the little heaters…a gift from Tyler’s late uncle Jim.

So….with seven tons of siding I should be done in like….eight years? (I did VERY poorly on the math section of my ACT).

At the very least, I’ll have painted my painting clothes to look like a candy cane in time for Christmas.

 

 

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