I had the house re-stuccoed last week. We changed the color some but still maintained those SW earth tones. One thing that needed to be done was to repaint the trim. The houses we looked at to determine what color we liked the best all had white/light trim. If there is one house project I really hate it's painting. It's a messy job and requires a lot of prep work. Paint is also a very visible thing, so it also has to look damn good i.e. you have to do a great job for it to look good. Do a crappy job and it shows big time. I decided to start on the south side of the house since the weather is just going to keep getting warmer. Yesterday was a nice cloudy morning so I decided to tackle the task. I really think the house has never been repainted over the past 30 years. The wood was really crappy in spots and required wire brushing and sanding. Finally I started the painting. I tried to rush the job, and it started to look like shit. I then tried to adopt a zen attitude and just concentrate on small areas. I got into a peaceful zone and just took my time. The sun came out and it started to get pretty warm, but I just concentrated on my little area I was working on at the time. Before I knew it I had completed the goal I had established for myself for the day. Mission accomplished. If I do the job in little bites I should have the job done before summer. It won't matter as much when I work on the north and west sides of the house. The east side will be the bitch because I'll be 20'+ off the ground. I'll definitely have to get an early start for that one.