My arms are sooooooo tired.
Today I began a home project that I have been needing to do since we moved in to this house 2 years ago and I have had the supplies for since last MAY. Yes, 10 months ago I purchased paint at Home Depot with the intention of finally painting the hideous paneling in my living room. I brought the paint and tinted Behr primer home with perfectly good intentions. I sat the 2 gallons in from of my desk on the floor and they have been there, right where I left them, for 10 months. So sad. Since my former employer decided to grant me the gift of time for 2 weeks, I decided it was indeed time to pick that paint up and take it back to Home Depot so they could shake it up for me and I could get to work.
I bought a cool little tool at the suggestion of the little Home Depot paint department guy for doing the edges of the walls. We have moulding up and I really didn't want to take it down to paint, but I also didn't want to tape off everything...that would have taken at least an hour, after all. He told me to get this paint pad thingy and I could avoid taping the moulding. Wrong. This little thing soaks up the not only on the bottom but also on the sides.......so that meant that I was still getting paint on the parts I didn't want to. Who designed this thing? I had no choice. I had to use some blue painter's tape. I was annoyed but I figured I might as well. I still used the little pad against the tape, but since tape was the one thing I was hoping to avoid it didn't help all that much.
Today I focused on the primer. I have never painted paneling before. I knew the ridges were going to be annoying, but I figured as long as I kept the roller wet with paint it would work okay. Turns out it was a lot more work than I expected. (Seems to be the theme here, yes?) So...I ended up taking a small brush and painting every single little ridge with that first. Ugh. Then I was able to roll the rest of the walls. After we watched American Idol tonight and I watched the new episode of Millionaire Matchmaker on Bravo I decided to start painting the little ridges with the actual paint color, which is slightly darker than the primer.
My arms and shoulders are really tired. I feel like I've been sitting at one of the bicep/tricep machines at Curves all day. Painting is hard work! I get to finish it tomorrow. Secretly I'm hoping that the paint color only requires one coat since I used a tinted primer. I really don't want to have to roll the walls twice.
My cat is on edge though...she keeps creeping into the living room and stepping ever-so-lightly on the big sheets of plastic. She's not quite sure what's going on, but earlier it was funny watching her sniff the walls. Maybe when I get everything put back she'll be okay. I just hope she likes the color.