white·wash  (hwtwsh, -wôsh, wt-)(verb)
to cover or whiten with whitewash
to conceal, gloss over, or suppress

This past Saturday, the galley (kitchen) received a wash of primer, covering up the dirty yellow walls and ceiling and gave the new drywall a base for the new paint.


Even the blotchy wash looks better than the nasty yellow that it covered.  Ironically, the color of the walls above the beadboard will be yellow, albeit a soft buttery, “summer sun” yellow. The ceiling will be white.  The old cabinets (made from 1/4 inch plywood, no telling how long ago) will be barn red. No need to replace something that’s not broken, we simply give it a little sprucing up. A little “whitewash” if you will.

The smokehouse / storage shed also received final touches with the addition of potato vine to its planters. My step-mom commented that the shed looks like Little House on the Prairie and that someone might live there.  Someone does – a wee little chipmunk who has yet to disclose if he likes his renovated digs!

     “Oh come, now, you don’t mean to let on that you like it?”
The brush continued to move.
     “Like it? Well I don’t see why I oughtn’t to like it. Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?”
     That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth—stepped back to note the effect—added a touch here and there—criticized the effect again—Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed. Presently he said:
     “Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.” –The Adventures of Tom Sawyer