Of course, we did have to acquire some painting equipment over the years, but this has easily paid for itself as we have used our own time instead of hiring painters. We also buy quality paint (Benjamin Moore) from a local store with wonderfully helpful, knowledgeable staff (locals, email me for my recommendation if you want). It's not worth it to me to have cheaper paint, especially coupled with the hit-or-miss customer service you get at a big box store.
For example, I've been painting exterior surfaces recently, and I was asking the local paint store
So when I get down off the ladder (soon! the porch floor is the last hurdle!), I will have some sewing projects to show you and some thoughts on food preservation.