Weekending: Paint Everywhere

My weekend left me sore, exhausted, excited, triumphant, and covered in paint. It was busy and full of laughter. It was fun. But it was exhausting. And did I mention the paint?

Seriously though, we've had some pretty epic weekends now two weeks in a row. Last weekend it was the Bunbury Festival, and this weekend I bought a new day planner (yep, already. We have a lot of stuff coming up in the next 18 months, which is going to make life really busy.  A day planner was a must-have!), visited the cats at the shelter I volunteer at, and we hosted one of Allen's out-of-town coworkers for the afternoon and dinner on Saturday night.

Hectic? Sure. Fun? Yes. But the real fun and hectic events didn't get started until mid-Sunday afternoon, when we started to clean and dust the walls in our bedroom to get them prepped for some satiny gray-blue paint we picked out a couple weeks ago. There was a lot of moving of furniture not moved since much earlier this year. Lots of dusting and sweeping and vaccuming. Laying dropcloths. Then, we got to the painting, only an hour after we started (hey, bookshelves had to be taken out of our room. The bed had to be moved, and the dressers? Well, we had to work around those.).

So, the last time we painted was before we moved into our old apartment. That was five years ago. It was quite the undertaking. Painting is hard, you guys. I took painting in college and let me just say: the techniques are way different. For one, there is a LOT less shading, and probably a lot fewer colors. For another? Painting outside the lines means spots on the ceiling. Thank goodness for white paint.

Now, how did we get our room painted? Well, that's for a step-by-step to tell, because well, there was not a lot, and quite a lot involved:

  • Clean the walls with a dust rag and vacuum away any cobwebs. Magic eraser the scuff marks. Before the paint is even mixed, wonder just exactly why you decided painting would be a good idea. Remember that it's because you really don't like beige.
  • Move all the furniture away from the walls. Dust some more. Decide to move a bookshelf into the hallway to maximize space. Dance with the cats as they decide that the only room you don't want them in today is the onlyroom they want to be in. Because they're cats.
  • Lay your dropcloths out. Cover the bed because, well, it's your bed. Open the windows and pop a fan in to keep the paint fumes at a minimum. Realize that even low-odor paint is fumey, even when it comes without VOCs.
  • Tape everything off. You have a lot of wood trim in your house, so this will take a while. You might want to put some music on. Take down any switchplate and outlet covers that may be otherwise covered in paint. Make sure you put the screws and covers in a place you'll be able to find them later. This is important.
  • Paint! Well, actually, open the paint, mix it, put it into the tray, and start cutting in the edges. Then start painting the walls. Try not to get it on the ceiling, and remember you taped your edges for a reason. Remind yourself that white paint is exactly for covering up where you missed and got paint on the ceiling. It's OK. It's just paint - you can paint over it.
  • Midway through painting, stand up and trip and get paint all over your elbow in an attempt to catch yourself on the freshly-painted wall. Mutter something under your breath. Be grateful that was the first coat.
  • Once the first coat is done, check the first wall for dryness. When it's deemed dry enough, start the second coat. This time, you'll step in paint drips on the drop cloths. This is only a problem if you decide to step off of a drop cloth. Again, be thankful for hardwood floors. In the future, remind yourself to grab a few damp rags for just those moments. Grumble when you get paint on the floor. Grumble more when you almost paint your hair. Be very glad you're almost done.
  • When you're finished, take a shower. Rub off most of the gray paint. Realize your elbows are elephant-colored but the walls are a dark blue-gray. Only slightly darker than you anticipated. Look at the mess around the room. Decide to eat dinner and worry about it later. Leave the window opened, the door closed, and the cats out.
  • Finally, go to bed in the newly-painted, far-less-fumey and far-more-homey room. Love the color and the woodwork against its new background. Realie you intend to do this in another room in about a month. Vow to buy some beer for next time For after. Because you don't want to mess up such a pretty color in your bedroom.