I want to skip this! – Prep work is boring. There is no instant gratification. It takes twice the time with no visual reward. Skipping this step punishes you severely in the end. I know.
OMG! That’s not the right color! — The beloved husband is used to hearing this. How can you tell if it’s the right color after you’ve done a stroke or two? The old wall color is peeping through and you have that blue (or green) painter’s tape contrasting with everything. The color was darker than I expected. I didn’t factor in a windowless room. Makes a big difference but not enough to repaint. If I can’t get used to it I will sponge a lighter color on top for a mottled effect.
Step away from the caulk gun – Caulking takes a skill set I left behind at my last home along with my favorite tree (which was promptly cut down by the new owners). It’s like the blob. It creeps everywhere. As soon as you turn your back it starts oozing out of the tube at high-speed (yes, even if you pulled the plunger thingie). I had less than 15’ to caulk in a straight run so how did it end up on my elbow, knees and everywhere but in the crevice?
Aw crap! – Everything is put away when you see a missed spot. In this case a periwinkle blue was peeking out of a camel wall. Yes I had to go to the basement, get the can of paint and fix it. Although I didn’t see it for 24 hours, once I saw it I couldn’t take my eyes off of it.
I was lucky – None of my current cats were interested. That’s a good thing. I once painted a bedroom pale yellow only to find pale yellow paw prints all over the house (including on the totally black cat).
At the end of the day, it was completely done (and cheaply!); I will get used to the color; and it works with my towels so I don’t need to buy new stuff.
So how was your week?