16 December 2015

Was it the Painter

I had seriously told myself that I was not going to write another post until I had real news to share.
Well, who would have thought that I would already have some.
My husband has been telling me that I talk non-stop so I guess I really do have something to say.
I will leave it up to you if it is worth reading or replying to...if not delete and disregard.
I truly will understand.
Moving and Christmas may have altered my rational state...





They power washed the front and garages of our new home today, it is so dusty and has all the residue of leftover mortar and such, and mud. 
Yes, we did get more rain.
Honestly, it is such a mess and I just know that we are going to be cleaning and recleaning for months and months.



Then the painters began to touch up the inside, the baseboards, cabinets, crown moulding and all marks on the walls.
Well, I had been washing the kitchen cupboards and noticed some spots in the cabinet drawers that I felt needed some touch up.
I went to one of the nice painter men and showed him my concerns.
He looked at me a little skiwampus and told me this.
I can touch it up for you, but it won't do any good, because it is the grain of the wood that your are seeing. 




So, he painted the areas of concern very reluctantly, with a big ho hum and rolling of his eyes, while I genuinely smiled and thanked him.
Tomorrow will tell the tale...was it really the grain of the wood, a neurotic new homeowner, or a lackadaisical mindset.

What would you have done??

xoxoxo

Jemma@athomewithjemma
Jemma@athomewithjemma

Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

37 comments:

  1. Ignore his attitude. You want to get it right and that's the bottom line. You're allowed to be neurotic at this time- building a home is a big deal!

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    1. Thank you Liz, I really appreciate your input. This one painter actually had me feeling as though there was something wrong with me wanting things done correctly!

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  2. OH MY GOODNESS! Well, first of all, I would have done the same as you did. You'll see as the paint dries whether or not he was correct, but WAIT, WAIT! YOU ARE IN ALREADY? Forgive my huge, capital font here, but I need for you to know how excited I am to see a glimpse of your house! Those beams Jemma, and do you know that your dining room chairs are just like mine?

    Are you comfortable showing us more of the house? I CAN'T WAIT! OK my friend, you are in.....it will take time for you to get everything in place, so I guess I need to be patient to see the rest! Off I go to school, but I will keep close...

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    1. Well, I am glad to hear that you agree with me, this painter has me feeling uncomfortable in my home own. I ask him questions so I will know what is touched up and what isn't and it seems that he always tells me NO, NO!!

      Well we were going to sleep in our new home last night, but my husband suggested we keep the Hotel room one more night, so here am I writing to you, my last morning here.
      Isn't that exciting! From here on out dearest, I will be in my own home.

      Today all of the household goods arrive and it will be exhausting and wonderful all in one single bursting moment!

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  3. I would have asked that it be touched up or re-painted also. It's YOUR home and YOUR money being spent on it so it should be done the way you want it. I once kicked a crew of granite installers out of my house... they were going to install a piece of 'repaired' granite in my kitchen instead of a new piece of granite... grrrr. I asked them to please take their granite and their tools and kindly leave my house. We fired them and got a new granite company. Never accept second rate work. xox

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    1. Ok, this makes me feel better, because by the end of yesterday I was beginning to feel as though it was his home and not mine!
      He sort of snarls through the rooms, and gives me uncomfortable sullen stares.
      Today I am going to demand that he paints those kitchen drawers over and anything else that I find as well.
      Thank you for sharing your experience with me, it is empowering to know that it is not just me!
      xoxo

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  4. I think you did the right thing. It is better to ask for something to be done while they are there, rather than having to call them back later! I have learned that the hard way!

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    1. Got it Deb! I think it was his odd and negative behavior that had me thinking I had to accept things as they were.

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  6. AnnMarie,
    This makes me feel like moving full steam ahead and that there will be no holding back today on the things I see!

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  7. You are paying for a perfect paint job so if you want something touched up they should do it without hesitation. Dont give it another thought! xo K

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  8. Hi Jemma, I would have asked for a touch up too. Hey, it's your house and should be done right! Some workmen, have a way and attitude about them that is less then acceptable ~~ but the painter is working for you, not the other way around.
    Love these first pics and I just know your home is going to be gorgeous. Congrats on getting to this point. Enjoy decorating and settling in my friend.
    A true Christmas gift!! Blessings, xo

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  9. You definitely did the right thing and may have to continue to as things pop up. You didn't build your home to your liking just to let the details slip through your fingers. It's ALL in the details! Own your power and your home. It is the dwelling place of love, gatherings and memories and deserves to be the way you want it. God bless your day as you settle in.

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  10. Absolutely, you did the right thing...and with a smile on your face! Been out of touch so this is the first I'm seeing of your lovely home, and it is beautiful! Back to the cabinets... better to ask now than regret not asking later. The great thing is, you're about to take over so any painter with a lack of passion for his work will be a distant memory for your home as it absorbs all the beauty from your loving touches.

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  11. Tell him to do his job, that's why he gets paid. You definitely did the right thing. Plus, if the grain color is showing through? Ask him why he used the paint he did, paint is supposed to cover the color of grain, so if he had primed it properly he wouldn't be going back over it.

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  12. Why not have it touched up? If the grain comes through, fine -- you know. But right now -- when they walk out the door -- it should be exactly the way you want it!

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  13. He works for you & should follow instructions. Period. No guilt over giving some guidance. It is your turf. He was just being a grump. Forget him & enjoy this process of creating! So excited for you & to see it all come together. Be sure & rest frequently. Can't accomplish as much when you're worn down. Merry Christmas dear friend!

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  14. I am quite particular about these things and based on my own experience of my own instincts and the way that some tradespeople work I would have asked for it to be painted! After all, it is a coat of paint and if it doesn't make any difference then he is right and it will not do any harm and if it does make a difference then you were right and it needed doing. So either way nothing is lost is it! Go with your instincts I say! As you know, I am new to your blog, so I need to go back and read a bit, but you have obviously just moved to a new home, so I wish you well with your first Christmas there! xx

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  15. This is your new place that you have waited long and worked hard for...I say, speak now, while they are there. You would regret it if you didn't try. xo

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  16. Well I'll tell you what happened here. My island is built of alder wood and it has knot holes that I don't like. When I told them I didn't like those holes they acted like I was crazy. They filled some of them but honestly 3 years down the road....that wasn't probably the right thing to do.

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  17. Jemma,
    I am so happy for you being in your gorgeous new home. The painter just should of suggested hitting the marks with a coat of Kilz and then reapplying the touchup paint coat and perhaps it would cover the grain. Gosh it's your home, your punch list and he needs to please you, that would be the professional thing to do.
    Jemma your dining room is gorgeous, I can't wait to see your entire tour of your new home when you are ready to share. Christmas will be magical for you.
    xoxo,
    Vera

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  18. I'm so excited for you that you are FINALLY getting to move into your new home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sorry for the million exclamation points but seriously, I am THAT excited!! So, aside from punching the painter in the nose? You did the right thing. xo

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  19. Yes mam you done the right thing...Sister girl...if it was my money I was spending you can take it to the bank I would have said something. We can be nice and still get to the issue at hand and sometimes my problem of being TOO NICE and SETTLING with 2nd best has cost me LOTS of money in the long run! You go girl! Hugs and blessings, Cindy P.S. My man says I talk a lot too!!!!

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  20. Absolutely you should point it out. I find it frustrating dealing with painters, etc. who give such answers. Years ago when we bought our first home, I had all the wood floors redone before moving in. I questioned the sanding of the edges because they had circular cuts that were noticeable. He was angry for me even asking, and said it wouldn't show. Well, of course it did! In fact once the stain went on, it showed more than ever. I was young and let him intimidate me. We moved in and I lived with it. After that, I learned to stand up for myself with workers and contractors. So, good for you. It's your home, and you should be in charge. Hope it works out to your satisfaction.
    Yippee, for the move in. I know it will be tons of work, but happy work settling in to a new home.
    Congratulations! Merry Christmas in your new home!

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  21. I would have done the same thing. We have some things we want our builder to come back in to fix and the first eye that rolls from them...they will get a kick in the shin. You paid for this, it is your home, they should do whatever you ask! :-) Hugs!

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  22. Your long-awaited home,your $$$,your call! I say you did the right thing!

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  23. SO you did move in - your house is GORGEOUS! Okay not what that is settled - I can't imagine anything more stressful girl - take it easy.

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  24. I would probably get a second opinion. Ask someone else to look at it and see what they think. It's a lot for you to deal with right now. Sending you extra hugs!

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  25. Well, I think if there is anything that you want touching up, now's the time to ask, because later you'll have to take care of everything yourself. That's what we did. They were very good when we bought our new home and made a punch list. Went over all the details with me and took care of it all.

    Hang in there, Jemma. It won't be long now. Keep loving the season and staying in the Christmas spirit as you do, my dear friend.

    love, ~Sheri

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  26. If it bugged you today, it would have bugged you every day until you finally called the painter back and asked if he could fix it. I think you did the right thing in asking the painter to see if he could fix it while he was there ~ much easier! He's probably just as anxious to get the job finished as you and saw this little detail as a hindrance to getting it all finished up. But he's not the one that will have to look at those spots and wonder if it was done right. You're in the final stretch Jemma, and your nerves must be stretched to their limit by now. Every small step is that much closer to fully moved in. Big hugs to you ~ you can do this ;)
    Wendy xox

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  27. Well, you were right to ask him to do the touch up. One never knows. Your house is gorgeous. How exciting. You keep giving us a peek and we are so happy for you. You deserve perfection in your new home. xo

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  28. It's your house, Jemma. That's honestly the bottom line and if he doesn't like it too bad. Ask him this... aAe you the one that's going to live here? Would you talk to your wife that way? I'll bet not.

    Anyway, the house looks beautiful and I know you're going to be happy there.

    Merry Christmas, my sweet friend.

    xoxo,
    rue

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  29. Jenna, how exciting!
    I am so excited for you
    I have had such adventures with painters.
    The last one played the soundtrack from Saturday night fever full blast and non-stop!

    Merry Christmas!!
    Laura

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  30. I hope this works out for you..I think you did the right thing. I am worrying about the cabinets we are having done at the lake. I chose a stain made by another company and our guy is going to try to match it. Very scary...you want to have it done right. Still, I'm excited for you. You guys are really making progress !

    Jane xx

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  31. Joyce, I've been thinking about you! I hope you are busily unpacking and having the time of your life. ♥

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  32. I hope you had a very nice Christmas, dear Jemma. May the new year bring you so much joy in your new home. :)

    love, ~Sheri

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