Friday, May 23, 2014

Wrapping Up The Paint Week

What a week it’s been. I’ve done more painting in the past seven days than I’ve done in my entire life. I’ve got aches, pains and paint stains to prove it. But I’m pleased with the results.

I finished painting eight doors. Washed them, and gave them each two coats of white paint. They look great. There are still five more to go. Five more, people. I live in a frickin' house of doors; they are all over the place. It’s enough to drive you mad. I’ll get to the remainder a little later because I’m making next week garden week.

I also completed my bathroom cabinet. I gave the whole thing two coats or primer and two coats of paint. I just need to apply a couple of coats of topcoat, which I’m doing this morning. Then. It’s. Over. No more painting for awhile.

And here are a few things I learned this week:

1) Primer is your best friend. Use it. Especially on ugly bathroom cabinets that you desperately want the paint to stick to.

I love you, primer. You complete...my projects.

2) Cover your paint trays with aluminum foil before you pour paint in them. When you’re done, clean up consists of removing the foil and tossing it away. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

I discovered this tip on this amazing blog: Live Love DIY

3) No matter how cute they are, or how much they want to help, do not give your cats a paint brush. They will mess up the project. Sooner or later they’ll leave to take their nap, so ignore their nagging meows in the meantime.

Cats are lousy painters. Don't let them help.

4) Remember to stop and enjoy life. I stepped out into the garden, now and then, to get a breath of fresh air and clear my head.

Life is happening as you paint, so take a break and notice it.

And above all else, don’t forget your blogging pals. Go online when you can, and say hello! 'Cause you do miss them.

Wishing you all a beautiful weekend.

35 comments:

  1. LOL you had me giggling at primer....oh is that how it works, no wonder I'm so lousing at painting anything, and then I laughed harder cats aren't good at painting, let them miaouw eventually they will fall asleep oh my and going outside for a breath of fresh air, I tell you who needs Dear Abby lol , that was wonderful Martha have a wonderful day!

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    1. I can't help myself, Lorraine. I have to add humour in almost everything. Life is full of funny moments each and every day, and I seem to notice it all. LOL... You don't always need primer, but I find it make huge difference in pieces that are difficult to paint. And when you want to paint a lighter colour over a dark one, it's an absolute must!

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  2. Enjoy a blissful weekend. You earned it.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. It's been a very relaxing weekend so far.

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  3. Wow eight doors?? Five more to go means you are over 60% done though! So that's good progress. And you made me laugh by saying not to give the cat a paint brush. Yep that might end up a bit messy. Have a great weekend Martha :)

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    1. That's the way I look at it, too, that I'm over the 50% mark. Gotta be optimistic in these situations...or go batshit crazy! LOL... Yes, never give a cat a paint brush. Bad idea! :)

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  4. Wow - I wish you had painted before I did. I love that hint about the tin foil. What a great idea! I used sandpaper on my bathroom vanity seeing as it was just a cheapo & it worked really well - I was going darker so i didn't need primer! Time for a well deserved week-end off, Martha!!! (I also found those samples at Home Depot - they sell them for $5 were more than enough for my vanity. I was so grateful to the salesperson for hinting around about it - otherwise i would have had to buy a big tin for a small job!

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    1. I know! That tin foil idea is amazing. So obvious when you think about it, but it never would have crossed my mind. I accidently ran across it while researching about painting cabinets, and I'm so grateful I did. My bathroom cabinet was kind of dark, and the primer was a must, but you are right; going from light to dark wouldn't require primer. Those $5 sample sizes are the best! I didn't know about them either until recently.

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  5. What a great post to end the week. Congrats on getting so much done and I forgot to tell you, that both Wiggy and Bug, did/do have yellow paint on them. I didn't give them a brush, but little Bug jumped up shattered the window, knocked out the screen and got herself yellow-walled.

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    1. Oh...hahaha... I guess it's not really funny, but in my head it plays like a comedy scene! Well, I hope she wasn't hurt. I bet she was quite traumatized. Poor little Bug...

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    2. She wasn't hurt, she's a tough little Bug. It was funny, after I realized everything was okay. As I write to you, they are both passed out under my desk.

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  6. Oh thanks for the tin foil tip! I've got some projects coming up.

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  7. Martha,
    Some great tips on painting, I will put them to use and hubby and I are going to be painting some bedrooms next weekend.
    My, you have been busy, that's a lot of doors to paint, doors are not easy.

    Love the photos, your cat is too adorable.

    Have a great weekend.

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    1. Doors are not fun, but I find that cabinets are a little worse, especially when you paint the drawers. I don't really mind painting, though, I just don't like the preparation and cleanup; takes too much time!

      I hope you are having a lovely weekend!

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  8. My mom painted the kitchen many years ago, and I'm pretty sure she didn't use primer. Came out really ugly.

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    1. Perhaps she rushed it. Or maybe the colour wasn't right. Or she didn't have that much experience? Could be any number of reasons. Good thing about painting is that you can do it again.

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  9. Painting inside kitchen cupboards is the worst!

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    1. You bet, Red! But with a little patience and determination, eventually the job gets done.

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  10. Hey Martha,
    So your paint week was successful! That's good :)
    "Sooner or later they’ll leave to take their nap, so ignore their nagging meows in the meantime"..... You always make me smile. I really like your subtle humors. Garden picture is so vivid.

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    1. Humour is what keeps me happy...and sane! LOL... It just makes life much more pleasant.

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  11. Well that is just odd because my cat loves to paint. He did the downstairs bathroom and the kitchen. He wants to do our bedroom in what he calls "grey tabby". I am not sure. Something about stripes.

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    1. That is one heck of a cat you got there, Birdie. I wish mine could be that useful. Most of the time they just get in the way. I don't know about that "grey tabby" colour. Sounds suspicious to me :)

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  12. nothing worse than a nagging cat! … great tips if I weren't so freaking lazy

    Hope you have a FUN weekend … smelling posies and seeing birdies and naming clouds and hugging trees and smelling fresh cut grass and having an iced freshly made from scratch lemonade and a soft inside but kind crusty on the inside freshly baked lemon cookie….

    yep

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    1. Ooooh...all good stuff, Carolyn! I've been taking it easy all weekend. Today we will run away and spend the day outdoors. A little adventure and some photography....that's what makes me happy. I hope you are having a beautiful weekend.

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  13. We'll just call you 'The Door Lady' from now on!! lol
    I LOVE to paint, I find it very relaxing. Yes primers are very important and THANKS for that aluminum foil tip! Why didn't I ever think of this?!! Great idea!
    have a good weekend and fun i your garden!

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    1. That foil tip seems to obvious, doesn't it? And yet, it never occurred to me. Oh well, at least we know about it now. I like painting, too. It's somewhat meditative. I listen to music while I do it, and it's quite enjoyable.

      Yes, I'm the door lady! LOL...

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  14. You're a very skilled, Martha ... so many doors to paint ... Great work ...
    Sorry for my absence ... I was not very well physically but it seems that it will be better ......
    Thank you for your comments
    Enjoy weekend ... ...

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    1. It's wonderful to see you here, Viera! No need to apologize. Visit whenever you can; you are always welcome. I'm sorry to hear that you were not feeling well. I hope things are much better for you!

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  15. Sounds like you are very good. Now, come and paint at my house!
    My Richard is the BEST painter, truly he has a gift for it. Good thing, since I am so bad! HA!
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. If you've got Richard, you don't need me! LOL... Sounds like he really knows what he's doing. I'm not a pro, but my painting jobs are not too bad.

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  16. 13 doors to paint with two layers? Oh boy, that sounds like a ton of work! But it's so satisfying once you're done, right? :)
    I had to paint a kitchen wall last week because I dropped a jar of tomato sauce - my cat wasn't interested in helping but very much in messing the place up lol That foil tip is awesome - why did I never think of that?? ;)
    I hope you have a wonderful, relaxed Sunday!

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    1. It sure is satisfying when the work is finished! It was worth all that trouble. There is still quite a bit to be done, but at least things are getting done.

      That foil leaves everyone wondering why they didn't think of it. Such a simple thing to come up with and yet...

      Cats, cats, cats... Troublemakers, but we love them :)

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  17. How many doors? why not just knock them down and have more of an open view home? imho - I don't like doors. i prefer open spaces. are you sure the cat is not knocked out by all the paint fumes? lol! cheers!!

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    1. I thought of that, but we won't be staying here permanently, so it's better not to do any major renovations that the next owners might not like. Whoever buys the house after us can not down whatever they want!

      My cat wandered off to snooze. It's not paint fumes...it's slothfulness...LOL...

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