Another nice aspect of painting your own house is that you get to do as much of it or as little as you want.
In our community, the homeowner's association requires a painting permit each & every time you paint the house. This involves submitting a form, using their color palette, and then posting their permit prominently on your property while the work is in progress (but for no longer than 30 days!).
Lo & behold, it's a mystery why nobody in this neighborhood paints their houses. I'm sure the HOA is considering hiring a forensic accountant to compare their paint-permit files to their street addresses so that they can send "paint letters" to the miscreants.
We think we've found the solution to this bureaucratic conundrum. We no longer paint the whole house at once. We "touch up" using the paint colors that have been previously approved (over a decade ago). Spouse paints the garage door one month, and then doesn't do it again for years. She'll paint a portion of an exterior wall another month, and then won't get back to it for years. And so on. Each paint session lasts 1-2 hours on a cooler day in an area that's in the shade at that time of day, preferably with a tradewind and a cool beverage. We'll continue this "touch-up" process until the HOA sends their paint police.
Originally Posted by Lsbcal
Right, doing the work yourself can save $'s and is a source of satisfaction too -- after all the work is done, in my case
. Also you know the job is done well. Also I can add "painter" to my ER resume along with gardener, maintenance man, financier, etc.
OK, the curiosity is killing me-- did you paint the house with oils? Acrylics? ... or with watercolors?
And when you're done painting the house do you take a photo of the house, or do you paint a picture of it?