- The professionals are painting parts of the house while I do the kid’s rooms. They paint doorways and windows and chair-rail FIRST with no taping. Then walls (with taping). Then baseboard and crown-moulding (with taping). I definitely see the logic in that as it allows for the cutting in at the easiest points (in my opinions) but going from white to color back to white again would KILL ME.
- I walked in our master bedroom yesterday and the walls were painted there and in my bathroom. I hadn’t even taken “before” photos in there yet! THAT made the investment worth it right there. Just finishing up my day of painting (and cursing and crying) and walking into a different room that looks 10 times better requiring NO effort on my part. Yeah – the money could have bought us furniture but instead? It bought me sanity AND joy. Totally worth it.
- Several of you ask why we have to paint before we move in. I’ll tell you why. See this fantastic wallpaper trim above? And by “fantastic” I mean “kinda ugly” – it was on our bedroom walls when we bought our current house five years ago. The walls were cream-ish and the trim and door were MAUVE. We ran out of time to re-do it and swore we’d do it after we moved in. Well, we’re doing it now. Because we’re selling it and moving out. If we weren’t going anywhere? It might have been another 5 years before we got around to it. This time? Since we’re hoping this is our Forever Home? We’re doing all rooms first we’re even considering doing in the near future. Because we know that the truth is – once we’re in the house? It will be pushed back for ninety million years.
- The owner of the business doing our painting told MrZ yesterday that he peaked in the rooms I was painting when he was looking for me and they weren’t “bad at all.” That made me feel very good because I think I’ve made no less than nineteen million mistakes. I’m already planning what to hang where in the playroom to cover up my errros so they wont eat at MrZ’s brain forever. But still – Not bad at all! From a professional! Yay, Me.
- What are your thoughts on painting over wallpaper. We have some in our upstairs hall where my sewing nook will be. It’s on the walls pretty good so we know we won’t be able to tear it off without damaging the drywall. Have you painting over wallpaper before? What lessons did you learn? Would you do it again or do you wish you had just taken it down and dealt with the damaged drywall later?
I promise I will do a real non-bullet point entry soon. The paint fumes have temporarily muted the part of my brain I used to form cohesive thoughts.