Thoughts of the Lady in the Tower
2005-02-21 - 9:35 p.m.
Hugely productive weekend! A summary:
Paint has been purchased, and planned for next weekend with mom:
Still to pick colors:
Ceiling fan in guest room, not done.... I've got the ladder, so I'm tempted to try and do it myself. It's got instructions and the house is already wired.... how hard can it be?
My wrists are killing me. Mom's hands bother her, so she couldn't roll. She did lots of prep and cut-ins, but that left me to do the rolling (while Dad did electrical stuff). Dad rolled the second coat on the living room, but the rest of the floor was rolled by me. Plus a bunch on the foyer. Owie. Going to bed with an ice pack again tonight, but I should be fine tomorrow (judging from this morning).
Major casualty: my wallet. Wow, it's the best $500 I've ever spent (and I'll get about $75 back in rebates), but it still hurts to see the money go. However, the decorating shows all say that the way to get a ton of impact for a little money is PAINT.... I'm a believer! Supplies to redo the laundry closet probably ran about $100-125, so for $325 (after rebates) I changed the mood of the whole house. Fantastic!
Painter's tape dispensers are AWESOME if you have scaffolding on wheels.... dad set it on the ceiling while Mom and I pushed him around the room, wonderfully taped ceilings (okay, not perfect, but a HUGE time saver).
Plan at LEAST 3 coats of any saturated color when you're using a tinted primer. At about a foot you can see the (tinted) primer showing through on the chianti. At that point I said 'no one should be looking that close anyway; I'm done'. If the primer hadn't been there, the white would probably have showed through enough that I would have felt obligated to do another coat.
I discovered that a major problem with my house (or any unpainted space, really) is that there was no difference in color between the walls and ceiling... and with 9' ceilings, they felt like they went on FOREVER. Painting the walls (ceilings were left alone) gave the ceiling (much needed!) definition. Feels like there's a roof now! The ceiling fan helped with that, too.
Home and Garden show at Dulles Town Center with Mom on Saturday. It's HUGE! It'll take all day to get through.
Painting with Mom on Sunday. Probably start with her guest bath (which needs it!), then move onto my office (which means I need to excavate this week.... UGH). I'm worried about my stairwell. There's a section I can't figure out how we'll get to.