Painting: What I Love to Hate

Today is a day for CELEBRATION (get your groove on here)!!!

Every celebration needs cake, right? 

Wait — I’m actually more of a pie girl.

Mmmm…that’s better.  Virtual slice, anyone?

Okay, now I’m really hungry.  What’s this post about again????  Oh, right, CELEBRATING!  What am I celebrating, you ask???  Well, let me tell you.

Not only is this my 10th OFFICIAL POSTING, I also managed to finish painting both of my kid’s bedrooms during the last few weeks.  Woot woot…(I’m raising the roof, as we speak).  Yes, it’s true, I am super proud of myself.  Honestly, this is the most active I have been in a very long time (you can read all about how I challenged myself to paint two rooms in one month in ‘P’ainted Love).

In honour of today’s celebrations, and due to the fact that this is my 10th post, I thought it would be fun to come up with 10 things I LOVE about painting and 10 things I HATE about painting (can you tell that I have painting on the brain?).

But before that, here are the pictures I promised of Liam’s fancy green (Benjamin Moore’s Rosemary Sprig, to be exact) bedroom.

First, let’s take a quick look at what his room looked like before we began painting…

Remember how Liam’s walls were filled with a gazillion holes???!!!

Looking at Liam’s room now, I can’t believe his walls were so spotty!

To quote Lady Macbeth, “Out, damn’d spot! out, I say!” (from the Scottish PlayAct 5, scene 1, 26–40).

If you are interested in learning more about Liam’s bedroom revival, check out: Collection Chaos, It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Green, “Check” Me Out, The “Hole” Shebang, and Green With Envy.

Liam’s room is definitely coming along.  However, there’s still lots to do!  Here’s what’s left on his checklist (I’ve added a few more items to the list — they are listed in bold type).

Liam’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces (correction: we actually sanded and brushed off surface particles with a small broom — this was a tip from Michael’s brother, a professional painter) CHECK
  • prime hole patches CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have — refinishing work needed) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers & 1 desk
  • create headboard out of reclaimed pallets/ “skids”
  • purchase new bedding
  • purchase and/or make shelving & storage units for collections
  • purchase and/or find vintage maps & images to use
  • purchase and/or find jars and containers for collection display purposes
  • pull out carpet
  • install new flooring
  • purchase or re-use rug
  • put it all together

I realize that the last few posts have mainly looked at the progress of Liam’s room.  To refresh your memory of my almost 11-year-old daughter’s bedroom, let’s take a quick peek at what her room looked like a couple of weeks ago.

Lily’s room has very little natural light.  After much consideration, we decided to lighten it up a bit by painting the room white on white.  And, lo and behold, our aim to create a fresh, bright, and pretty pre-teen’s bedroom was achieved.  Here is a teaser photo of Miss Lily’s painted bedroom.

Benjamin Moore’s French Canvas, perfect for a young artist’s bedroom!

Trust me, her room looks way brighter than the above picture demonstrates.  I will post more about the ins and outs of painting her bedroom next week.  Feel free to jog your memory further by checking out ‘P’ainted Love: Part Deux.

Here is the list I created for Lily’s bedroom project.

Lily’s Bedroom Checklist

  • take pictures off walls CHECK
  • organize toys, clothes, etc. CHECK
  • tidy up bedroom CHECK
  • move some furniture & other items out of bedroom CHECK
  • cover up furniture left in bedroom CHECK
  • patch up & sand holes in walls CHECK
  • sand & wash walls, trim, & ceiling surfaces CHECK
  • prime walls CHECK
  • paint trim & door CHECK
  • paint walls & ceiling CHECK
  • install new ceiling light fixture
  • figure out what dresser & desk to use (decided to re-use what we have — refinishing work needed) CHECK
  • refinish 2 dressers, 1 desk, & 1 shelf
  • purchase new bedding
  • purchase and/or find colourful animal art and decorations to use
  • purchase new rug
  • put it all together

YAY!  I’m done painting — for now, at least.  I still have lots of fun painting projects ahead of me, including refinishing and distressing some dressers and desks.

WOW….call me Listy VonListenstein, ’cause here we go with two more lists.

As I have previously mentioned (here), I have a love/hate relationship with painting.   Ah painting, how I love to hate you.  Here are the top 10 things I can’t stand about the whole painting process.

TOP TEN THINGS I HATE ABOUT PAINTING

10.  THE DRIPS ON THE CAN AFTER POURING

9.  DRIED GLOBBY BITS IN THE PAINT

8. HAVING TO RELOCATE FURNITURE, THINGS, & PEOPLE

Lily and Liam (and most of their worldly possessions) have taken up residence in our room.  Our master bedroom looks like an episode of Hoarders!!!

7.  THE SECOND COAT

The second coat always requires more concentration and attention — no one wants to do touch up jobs, or, heaven-forbid, a third coat!

6.  CUTTING IN

Cutting in requires skill, patience, and a steady hand (and a supply of damp cloths for mess ups).

5.  WHEN YOU REALIZE YOU MISSED A SECTION

Nuts — we missed a section!  This photo is enhanced to show a section we missed.  This seems to happen a lot when painting with white or lighter colours.

4.  WHEN YOU ACCIDENTALLY PUT TOO MUCH PAINT ON YOUR BRUSH OR ROLLER AND IT GOES EVERYWHERE

3.   PAINTING CEILINGS AND AWKWARD AREAS

My neck hurts just thinking about painting ceilings.  Fortunately, attaching your roller to a painter’s pole helps (broom poles sometimes work as well).

2. PREP WORK

Sanders and primers and tools, oh my!!!

And the NUMBER ONE thing I HATE about painting is:

1.  CLEAN UP

Seriously???  After all the work I just did, I have to clean up, too???

Okay, okay, okay…to be fair, there are a number of things I really enjoy about painting a room.

TOP TEN THINGS I LOVE ABOUT PAINTING

10.  ALL THE MUSCLES GAINED FROM YOUR HARD WORK

I think I need to paint a few more rooms first (lol).

9.  OPENING THE PAINT CAN FOR THE FIRST TIME

ANTICIPATION…so exciting!  Will I like the colour???

8.  THE FIRST STROKE OR ROLL

7.  THE LAST STROKE OR ROLL

DoneFiniEnd of the line.  Hooray!!!

6.  LISTENING TO YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES WHILE PAINTING

Using a paint brush as a microphone, who doesn’t do that???  

5.  PAINTING WITH A BUDDY

Four hands are always better than two! 

4.  PAINTING A HIDDEN MESSAGE ON THE WALL

Translation: I love Lego!

3.  FINDING AREAS THAT DON’T TECHNICALLY NEED TO BE PAINTED

No one will ever know…hehehe…

2.  THE FIRST COAT

Unlike the second coat, putting on the first coat is fun because you get to see what the colour will look like, but not have to worry about being overly precise.

And the NUMBER ONE reason why I LOVE painting is:

1.  STEPPING BACK TO SEE A ROOM TRANSFORMED

Thumbs Up!  Job Well Done!  Good Work, Buddy!

Well, there you have it folks — my top 10 reasons I HATE and LOVE painting.  What about you?  What are the things that you either LOVE or HATE about the whole painting process?  And, more importantly, do you prefer CAKE or PIE???

Images found here and here.

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