In the mean time, we have been attempting to do some things in the house ourselves -- like my most recent project of painting the laundry room. When I thought to myself, "Hey, I can paint the laundry room no problem," I must have been intoxicated. I think Pinterest made me do it.
DIY stuff is hard! Here's what they don't tell you -
|My house looks like this right now...|
2. These blogs never say how long things REALLY take. Yeah, I can read all the steps online - Wipe down really well, vacuum, patch any holes, sand rough spots, tape, prime the walls, paint two coats, touch-up, enjoy your work - but it takes about 3 times longer than you think it should.
I originally had my laundry room project done by Sunday afternoon in my brain. Instead, it's still ongoing. I haven't even painted the floors, trim or cabinets yet...
3. Wood paneling is really the worst thing to paint ... ever. They tell you to prime it (check), buy a good quality paint (check), and the buy a heavy nap roller to really get in all the crevices (check). But, it still took 3 coats of paint on the ceiling and I'm not sure I'm happy yet.
|I wanted to buy these at Menard's ... but I didn't.|
5. Painting with your significant other is challenging in and of itself. Last night we put coat 3 on the ceiling and walls and although boyfriend only helped me for about an hour ... I think I counted at least 50 eye rolls on my part. Let me tell you something -- boys want to rush,rush,rush and girls want to take their time and make sure it looks good.
I know I was wrong for assuming (and I apologized for my bratty behavior), but when someone tells you they like painting and are halfway decent at the chore, you assume they know to go with the grain of the wood when painting paneling. You assume they know to smooth out their brush strokes and to get all the way to the edge. NOPE. But don't worry, we worked through our issues and hopefully all we have left is the floor and cabinets and trim...
|My favorite part of the project? The wall color is called "whiskers!"|
This is a vicious cycle people.
The project isn't done yet. So I promise to post more pictures when it's actually "camera ready."
Tell me folks, what are your painting or DIY tips? Comment below with what you wish the blogs and self help people would have told you.
P.S. - Thanks to my friends and mom for helping me paint this past weekend. Turns out I am not very good at making decisions on the order of things. My mom is a saint and has all kind of patience. My friends are awesome for driving all the way to Rensselaer just to smear some paint for a few hours.