2018-04-11 / Here's the Scoop

The quest continues

Well, another work-end has come and gone. In between some “real” work and a few other obligations, I continued my quest to paint our entire house before the first daffodils sprout.

Given the facts that our house is a decent size (I now measure it in gallons of paint, rather than square footage) and I only became inspired to get started on my “winter painting journey” a few weeks ago, this is a tall order. On the other hand, unseasonably cold weather and intermittent snowfalls have the daffodils hedging their bets.

I previously detailed the unfortunate episode in which the bathroom paint job “ended” up being a bit counterproductive after a collision between myself and the toilet paper holder. The good news is, there were no injuries — unless you count painter’s pride.

Since then, I’ve also completed the mudroom and am happy to report no major incidents. Now, it’s on to the kitchen and dining room. Some folks might think it’s best to get the bigger rooms out of the way first, but I prefer to build a bit of momentum.

Because the kitchen and dining room feature more windows than walls, I was pretty sure I could knock out these spaces in short order. My wife suggested that I tackle these rooms on separate days. She’s almost always right about such things, so I agreed to this “slow paced” course of action. Secretly, I felt I could finish both rooms in a day — sandwiched around ample nap time. I was wrong.

This is time consuming

The “moving of objects” alone took way more time than I anticipated. Factor in numerous trips to the basement to gather supplies and I was short of breath before opening a can. Once I actually started applying paint, I realized that I had again underestimated the task. The simple fact is, after a decade of wear-and-tear, paint shows its age.

On the bright side, a new coat of paint works wonders. The results were kind of inspirational. Too inspirational, actually. Before confronting the work at hand in these large rooms, I had justified keeping the job within a reasonable timeframe by skipping the high parts that no one ever brushes against and that never are faded by the sun. This seemed like a great time and paint-saving theory. Except it didn’t work.

I guess it’s sort of like treating your children differently, but I couldn’t justify not painting sections just because they are out of normal view. I think it’s kind of like when parents tell their children to change their underwear daily — just in case there’s an accident and a trip to the hospital is necessary. Super embarrassing.

Painter's pride

My wife would have been OK with me skipping those hard to see places, but I couldn’t stand the thought.

“What if a guest climbs on top of our tallest cupboard and discovers shoddy paint coverage?” I wondered.

“We’ll politely ask them to leave,” she responded.

Despite her insights into proper houseguest etiquette, I was not to be deterred. It was all or nothing for me. As a result, I’ve spent the better part of two more weekends bringing life to old paint – whether anyone will see it or not.

Did I mention that this is taking forever and I still have a long way to go? The good news is I’m down to only bedrooms, the living room, hallways and two bathrooms that are in need of a fresh coat of paint. Maybe these rooms will still get refreshed this season — only the daffodils can take the bloom off my painting project.

— Brian Sweeney

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