Wednesday, April 2, 2014

What DIY Websites Don't Say

We bought #FlemingFarm about 4 weeks ago. Progress has been slow, but we hope to be moved in by May 1 ... as in 29 days from now. WHOA.

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...
1. Painting makes you feel muscles you didn't know you had. My sides ACHE. The middle of my back is SCREAMING. And my triceps ... WOWZA.

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.
4. Make your own decisions at the home improvement mega-store of your choice. I ended up with a giant roller for the ceiling and tiny paint trays ... because that's what the semi-adorable 19 year old paint department worker handed me. So, the roller doesn't fit in the tray and you have to kind of wing it until you get enough paint on the roller. Of course one doesn't realize this until the roller is open and you've already committed to the idea. Oh! And said roller is for the ceiling and weighs 4534 pounds when filled with paint. (I think I know why my triceps hurt).

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.


  1. I feel your pain, I painted our whole house as well (with little help from RD), my body ached! I'd have to say the purple color I went with in the kitchen is my favorite "raspberry truffle" it gives a little wildcat cheer in our new home! Good luck, DIY sucks! I sanded and refinished our porcelain bathtub, pretty sure I'm still coughing up the dust.

    1. Sadie -

      I'm glad others agree. All these blogs make it seem so easy. And the work itself isn't that hard, but once you sit down you realize how much it kicked your butt! I slept like a baby last night.

      P.S. - I want to see pics of the raspberry truffle kitchen. Nick was paranoid after the first coat of "greige" in the living room it was going to be purple!

  2. I am feeling your pain as well! In the last year and a half I've done 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom, and the kitchen. Currently working on the nursery. All rooms are wood or flower-power paneling. Luckily my sister did the ceiling of the nursery so the pregnant lady didn't have to get on a ladder (she's s lifesaver, but she did complain the entire time). I'm over the nursery project already and I still have trim to paint and put up and laminate flooring to put in. I agree that it's Pinterest's fault and it should be banned (like that'll happen). Happy home-improving!!

    1. Chelsey! Glad you handed off the heavy lifting to your sister --- she probably is not thrilled however.

      Got a few months until Baby Peterson is here, so if I were you I would put off painting and installing flooring a little longer ;)


  3. On your paneling, brush the crevices then roll. And the paint and primer Ine one from Ace Hardware (Clark Kensington brand???) works wonders! Painting is awful yet always sounds like a great idea.

    1. Oh! That's smart. I usually roll first, but this way --- you know you've got those crevices covered. I'll try that! Thanks Mrs. Ewing :)

  4. If you still have painting to do I use a large disposable metal pan, line it with foil and then use that as my paint holder. I always have them around and they are cheaper than what you get at the store, the foil comes out in one piece and it is easy to dispose of cleanly! I hate painting and we are fed up with our DIY as well...good luck!

    1. Thanks for the tip! I am almost done. Going to dominate some trim later this afternoon I hope! I've been following your pictures and your DIY looks fantastic! Congrats on home ownership.