We bought our house on Friday from a lovely couple who had actually grown out of the home that we are calling our Forever Home. Evidently you can grow out of this home…when you have 8 kids. Especially when you are pregnant with #9. While I spent the majority of the time trying to imagine what it’s like to have eight kids, I also spent a tiny bit of the time a little bit jealous. That part of me? Is the KRAZEE part, I do believe.
We spent the weekend prepping for painting. Removing outlet covers, light switch plates, taping windows and spreading plastic. I think that’s the most annoying part of painting to me, the prep work. It’s so tedious and feels absolutely pointless as it helps you make NO progress. However, as my husband is constantly reminding me, if you prep the right way? Painting sucks a whole lot less. So that’s our goal. Less suckage. We set such high standards, you know.
LilZ and I went to the house last night and started painting his bathroom. Our goal for the week is to finish his bathroom, bedroom, and the playroom. That’s actually a lot of walls (His room is 23-feet long! That’s 14-feet longer than his current room.) and trim and I’ve not been sleeping well as I’ve been up worrying about how we are moving in less than TWO WEEKS. There are a lot of walls that need to be painted in that amount of time. We actually hired someone to help us with the common areas as there are a lot of tricks spots my husband doesn’t think we should trust to amateurs. This is fine with me as it helps us stick to the two-week timeline, and also takes some of the painting off my plate. As it is, however, LilZ and I are still responsible for a lot of square footage. On top of the three rooms this week, we want to finish NikkiZ’s and AndyZ’s next week and if we’re up for it? Start on the upstairs hallway.
You know what does NOT help with painting? Insomnia cause by anxiety. It’s a horrible Catch-22. I need to sleep so I can be a more efficient painter so I don’t spend two weeks just fixing my own mistakes, but the anxiety over making the deadline is actually keeping me from sleeping. Which means that at this rate? I’ll still be painting LilZ’s room the weekend we move. *sigh*
So…what are your best painting tips? I haven’t done a lot of painting in my life, but I’ve done enough that I’m partial to certain brands (BEHR) and sheens of paint. The flat enamel we covered our walls with in our current home has really held up well considering the wrecking balls we have as children. It’s also tough under the Magic Eraser, allowing us to scrub the walls without chipping paint. I also have a favorite paint brush. But I didn’t discover the .99 pour attachments you can buy for your paint cans until this weekend. GENIUS. I wish I had been using those all along as I feel like I would have wasted a lot less paint with drippage down the side. They make pour nozzles for the 5-gallon buckets as well which means I don’t have to carry that heavy bucket around with me. Do you have any painting tools you couldn’t live without? That 1-gallon attachment is now mine. Well, that and diet coke – of course.