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Bad Start to our Home Improvement Weekend

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After the cheap primer debacle Chris and I agreed that in the future, we would not pinch pennies when it comes to paint.  So when we ran out of white trim paint, Chris ran out to ACE and picked up another gallon.  He went with the intention of buying the same kind we had already used, Behr Ultra Pure White in Semi Gloss.  He came back with ACE trim paint, because ACE doesn’t carry Behr.  It was not the cheapest in the store, the opposite actually, so we figured it would be fine.  We were wrong.

As if the door debacle wasn’t bad enough, poor Chris somehow got paint all over his hair.  At least it wasn’t his beard, that would have really made him sad.  Although I’m not sure exactly how you would go about getting paint in your beard in the first place.

But wait, it gets worse.  We are on a tight schedule to get the house in tip top shape for our housewarming party so we decided not to let this incident get us behind.  Off to Home Depot on a Friday night we went, to buy some Behr paint this time!  When we got back home, I went to paint a second coat of the good stuff on the bathroom door.  And thus begins our first home improvement disaster.

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You get what you pay for, or Cheeky Bastard.

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Next on our list of to-do’s is to paint the office and guest bedroom.  We have a general idea of what color we want them to be (light blue-green) but before we can make a decision (paint color is a very important decision in a home owners life) I need to test several samples on the wall so I can see how the color looks in different lights, etc.  Since there was already paint on the walls in these rooms, we need to paint them with primer first.

The task of buying supplies from Home Depot usually falls to Chris, as he works very close to it and can easily swing by on his long lunch break.  I made him a list (I am the list maker in the family) which included, among other things, primer and paint samples.

Primer was on sale that fateful day, so this is what he brought home with him:

Worst Primer Ever.

Worst Primer Ever.

My dear friends and family, please promise me that you will never use this brand of primer.  No matter how cheap it is.  Promise me!!

This is what happens when you buy this primer: (and please note the stick with which I am stirring said shitty primer…Chris is not only so cheap that he buys crap primer, but refused to buy me a paint stirry thing so I had to use a *stick* from the backyard)

Stirring Stick.  Literally.

Stirring Stick. Literally.

Maybe this will work after all?

Maybe this will work after all?

No, definitely not working.

No, definitely not working.

I guess you really do get what you pay for.  Here’s a video of attempting to paint with it:

And here is a video of my husband being a lazy, cheeky, good for nothing:

I still love him though.  Cause he’s so darn cute when he winks, don’t you think?

Mission Accomplished

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We really went to town this weekend with painting!  To prepare for our new bed we painted the entire master bedroom:  ceiling, molding, walls, 3 closet doors, main door, and baseboards.

This took us about 7 hours to do.  I think our bedroom looks great, but I think I need a break from painting for awhile…

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We have 6 french doors in our house and lots of windows.  Our house has such a lovely light and airy feel to it because of the abundance of natural light they give.

Living Room w/o trim painted

Living Room w/o trim painted

The downside to this is that they have a combined total of 225 individual panes that need to be taped off using some magical non-tape liquid called “liquid glass mask”, painted (not once but twice, or else it’s streaky) and then scrape off the glass mask goo.  One door with 15 panes took almost 2 hours.  *passes out from painting exhaustion*

Notice my smile...I had no idea what was in store for me!

Notice my smile...I had no idea what was in store for me!

And it begins...

And it begins...

Painting is Hard.

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I naively assumed that painting would be quick, easy, and fun.  How hard can it be to put some tape up and roll some paint onto a wall?

So it turns out that it is not fun, it takes forever, and it’s harder than you think. Here’s a tip for any do-it-yourselfers out there: don’t ever paint at night, especially if you’re using a light color.  I learned this the hard way, after painting the dining room and hallway and then having to re-do them both because they turned out so streaky.  Chris can tell you, I was NOT happy about that.

We picked a lovely neutral color called Seaside Sand for the living room, dining room, and hallway.  We also painted the ceilings and trim.  Up next:  the bedroom! And right quick too because we’re having our *new bed* delivered next Wednesday.