Over the last two weeks, and it looks as though there will be a week three, we have been having our house interior painted. If you've ever done that, not just a room at a time, but a project that begins with the intention of not stopping until it is all painted, including the ceiling, then you know the pressure, back pain, sleepless nights, second guessing, and the joy of knowing your house, closets and all, are truly clean and freshly painted!
We up at 8 each day, waiting for Ruth and Ken to arrive at 9 with the paint and eager to begin. Judy and I sit finishing our breakfast watching them scurry in and out getting their gear ready, and dreading getting started ourselves.
We naturally have to work ahead of them, getting each room ready for painting. One of the first acts we did, ended in a small disaster. The cheap plastic framed garment rack broke under the weight of my clothes. Luckily Judy's bed caught them and held them there for two days until we got a stronger steel rack and transferred the clothes.
All the light and plug plates have to be removed. All the furniture has to be moved to the center of the rooms. All the curtains and hardware have to be taken down, and all the dusty junk hiding on the shelves in the closets have to be moved to a staging area. I was amazed that I threw away three 39 gal. bags full of clothes and shoes! Goodwill will love me!
Then all that stuff has be put back in its original place so there will be room in the rooms to be painted next.
Right now they are about half finished, having moved into the living room, heading for the dinning room, kitchen, and laundry rooms!
My back is killing me from bending over so much picking up the wallpaper border, and now wallpaper, that Judy is slowly peeling off the walls. Our lesson learned is to never use wallpaper border again. The removal process isn't as easy as the Diff instructions let on it is! It is coming off in small strips the size of a putty knife blade. It drops wet and sticky to the floor where I sweep it into large piles and put into a garbage bag. We've filled four now, and, like I said, we're about half way!
There was border in every room of our house, with the exception of Judy's bathroom. I even had a "car" border in mine, if you remember this post! It all had to come down!
Judy had to say goodbye to her "pink" living/dinning room color. She called it something else fancy, but it's pink...that's all it could be!
Anyway, I apologize to people I had promised to things for this week; people like Randy and Pam, but as you can see, I was trapped here in the rubble that was once a comfy home!
So, let me sign off, take some back pain meds, and get some rest. It's not long until 8AM!
Just remember...never, never, ever use wallpaper border. For that matter, never use wallpaper! It will break your back one day and laugh at you all the way to the dump!