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I was starting to have withdrawls

It’s been waaay too long since I painted something. So yesterday, while my Mom came over to help, I finally FINALLY tackled Patsy’s doors. It was the last thing on the to-do list for her room, besides little things like hanging stuff on the walls. Of course it couldn’t go perfectly though. Here’s the story:
Lily went down for an awesome, epic nap! I got all the supplies ready, which was easy since I left them just on the other side of bug’s room in the nursery. I even had the right paint unlike last time. Except I couldn’t find the 2″ angled brush. It’s far and away the best for trim. The darn thing lived on the kitchen sink for months and months. And then I got the bright idea to put it away. I have a very clear memory of storing it somewhere safer. Except I have no idea where that “safer” place is. Whatever, I was working on a deadline! Had to be finished by the end of the baby’s nap. So I used one of those paint pad things. It worked ok. It gave a nice, smooth finish, but took a long time.

After the first door, I moved onto the second. This time I used a brush to try and get the paint on faster. With the 2″ angle brush MIA, I grabbed a straight edged 4″ one. It did get the paint on faster in the small areas, but the streaks were awful. ?Oh well. They did smooth a bit as it dried, but I really wish I would’ve been able to find that darn small brush. After a quick second coat on both, I washed things up and thanked the Lord for long baby naps. I helped Mom and Patsy finish on the porch (they swept then sprayed down the whole thing and the furniture in preparation for a little party tomorrow). I was so proud and excited about FINALLY getting a room DONE!

As soon as Joe got home from work (at 4:25! I love his schedule at his new job!), I rushed him into bug’s room to see my handy work. The only thing he said: “What about the 3rd door?”

WHAAAAA?! Oh. yeah. The fact her room has 3 doors, not 2 somehow managed to completely escape me in my rushed painting extravaganza 2012. So, yeah. We have 2 pretty painted doors in her room. And one ugly primed one. Awesome. So, not done yet. Who knows when we’ll get another epic nap from Lily and a bug sitter so I can get to painting again, but it’ll happen. Sometime. Maybe. Possibly. In like, another year.

Lessons: Paint all the doors in a room, not just 2/3 of them. Yolo Colorhouse paint is awesome and I love it. Smooth, thick but not too thick, zero oder, zero voc’s (really really, not like the brands that claim to be no voc, but lie and add even more when you add colorants), and pretty. Definitely my favorite paint. Also, margaritas. Need to include margaritas next time.

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Fail.

Both girls are napping! AT THE SAME TIME! I have a huge urge to get some trim painting off the to-do list. So, I got supplies: brush, paper towel, flat head screwdriver, even a dust cloth. I decided to attack Patsy’s doors since that’s the only unfinished element in her room. We might actually have one room officially, completely, totally D-O-N-E (for now… she’s declared she doesn’t love green. Only PIIIIIINK!). Found paint in the right color. Awesome. It was a good thing I grabbed the dust cloth. Apparently that’s a chore I don’t do regularly enough…. oops. As I started to open the can, the following conversation occurred in my head:

“Hm. I really thought we had more of this left in the first gallon. We only painted her room’s trim in this. We couldn’t have used an entire gallon just on one room’s trim. Oh well, maybe it got mixed with other paint as part of the oops. There were after all, lots and lots of oops painting moments. Huh. That’s funny. This says FLAT. Haha, that’d be for ceilings or something. I wonder what recipe I should use for pot pie crust. Maybe we could make granola bars. Did I empty the litter box? Wait. Flat. Ceilings. Doors are definitely not ceilings. Crap. Crappity. Crap. This is the wrong paint.”

A thorough search of the usual paint hiding spots turned up bagillions of gallons of paint, but no Yolo Colorhouse in Air in SEMIGLOSS. Or paint her trim another color. Maybe I should do them in pink?

Lessons: Read paint cans before painting, and clearly, I need more sleep. Oh, and I need to dust.

Rumor has it

that tomorrow will be the day primer, and dare I say it…. PAINT might start to appear somewhere other than in buckets in the coat closet or holding up a window a/c unit. I think Patricia’s room is going to be the lucky one that gets to look like a real room again. Two of my aunts called and announced they wanted to paint this week…. so why turn down free labor? 🙂 Aunt Marcy has already been a huge help, lending both Big Bertha and her own blood and sweat (but no tears!) to us on a few occasions. Aunt Annie has yet to see our little project of a house.

Patsy Lou had a grand time showing off her new house to her Aunt Allie last night. She’s in town for a conference, and the unexpected visit is a nice treat. Patsy ran laps like a crazy toddler, I chased (well, waddle-walk chased being I’m nearly 35 weeks pregnant), and Joe gave the official tour.

In already in progress news: my parents have been going gang busters on the trim, and it looks great! Paint remover followed by a pass with a belt sander seems to be the ideal method for preping the old trim for new paint. The top layer of paint on everything peels away in huge chunks. It’s fun to sit around and pull at it…. which means it’d be even more fun for a toddler to sit around and pull it off, and then probably eat it. So, it all must be re-done. Oh, wait, I forgot. Not all of the paint peels easily off the paint below. Sometimes, they just painted over painter’s tape. Not even kidding. Definitely another “Who  does that?” moment. We have lots of those in this house.

Anyway, hopefully photos to follow after tomorrows priming/painting fun.

22 gallons

We bought  5 gallons of primer for new drywall and 17 gallons of paint. Hopefully that’s all we need for the walls and ceilings. Not sure about trim yet, but wowza. 22 gallons of primer and paint is expensive. $703 with tax expensive. However, I like the colors we picked, and I love that our family will be surrounded with VOC free walls. The eco hippy paint really wasn’t much more than big box store brands would’ve been, about $5 more per gallon. Small price to pay for fewer toxins around my babies.

Long day. Tired. Still feeling like more needs to get accomplished today. I’m going to try out the paint stripper I bought last week on some trim I think.