Sunday, May 17, 2009

Painting 101

I've learned to paint since we've moved to Mississippi (which has been one year ago tomorrow) and not just "the middle" either (which was my only painting job I was given), but real "I'm gonna paint this living room if it KILLS me" painting.

Well, today I've tackled the upstairs bathroom. And I'm learning some interesting things about painting. I'm documenting them so that I'll remember not to repeat the mistakes AGAIN.

1. Wear old scarf in hair. I have paint at the end of my ponytail from where I've turned my head in a small, confined place.

2. Wear shoes. Because it is the bathroom, we had to move the toilet to paint the wall behind it. I don't know if you've ever moved the toilet in your house before, but when you move a toilet it smells very bad (plus it's my boys' bathroom- if you catch my drift) and there's "liquid" that seeps from the inside of the toilet onto the floor. I was wearing shoes, but I spilled paint onto them (number three coming up) and took them off to rinse them and then promptly stepped in "liquid seepage" and closed my eyes in disgust. Niiiice.

3. Do not place tray of paint precariously on the edge of the tub. This may seem obvious, but apparently it did not occur to me at the time. And then it fell over. Butter side down, of course.

4. Do not use the edge of tub as a step ladder. This may also seem obvious, especially because I'm a wee bit accident prone, but I'm content standing on my tippy-toes to reach the wall above the tub. I did come downstairs to get my phone though, in the hopes that, if I did fall, I would be conscious enough to call 911. Isn't that a good idea?

There. Documented. Now I'm going up for coat number two. And some bleach to clean up the seepage.


Anna said...

I was just wondering this afternoon when you were going to post again - I'm glad you did!
Three years ago, Jim and I spent 3 full days painting some rooms in my dad's office. It took three weeks for all the paint to come out of my hair. :)

Kait said...

Cute! True stories :) I'm one of those clumsy ppl who should follow ALL your steps, however whenever I paint, I do so with great success and minimal pain.... kinda like how I'm the wildest child in the family but the only one who hasn't broken a bone :P

care-in said...

It really made me laugh that you would take the time to get the phone but not a step ladder!! Love your stories.

Crissy said...

are we painting this week?

Amy said...

ya just scare me!