Ever have one of those projects that in the beginning seemed simple, even when you knew it would involve a little elbow grease? Like, "Honey, I think I'll paint the kitchen this weekend." Easy enough, right? Ha! This is the scenario I created in my own little world..... (insert tingly, time-transporting music and a fade-out)
- Pick the color.
- Buy the paint and supplies.
- While the kids have all gone off to clean their rooms and do homework, skip around the kitchen like Cinderella singing and painting.
- Clean up, wash-off, make dinner.
Here's how it really goes down...
- After three months and repeatedly mentioning it to "honey" and the best friend, finally decide to buy the paint and supplies. Get several rolls of blue painter's tape - why mess with trying to be neat, you just gotta get in there and paint.
- Look at the paint in the garage for about four or five days.
- Put it on the to-do list with a "definite" date.
- Put it off for two more days because the poor kids came down with a stomach bug.
- Jump in on Saturday with a "Let's do this!" attitude.
- Take plates, pictures, and light switch covers down.
- Pull out nails.
- Get out supplies.
- Notice that the blinds sure could use a good cleaning. And the lace curtains.
- Clean the blinds.
- Take them down and realize the hardware needs to come down also.
- Go get more tools to take blinds down.
- Wash curtains.
- Ask "honey" and the kids to go find something else to do besides be in the kitchen.
- Start taping - everything you don't want painted.
- Time for lunch.
- Clean up from lunch.
- Decide that's boring and begin to paint.
- Time for dinner.
- Clean up from dinner.
- "Honey, do you think this yellow is too lemmony? I was going for light buttery."
- Move stuff around as you paint (Use kitchen chairs lined up in a row to move back and forth. Who needs a ladder?)
- Repeat two more times - it needs three coats!
- Get excited and pull off painter's tape as I go. Validation.
- Yell at "honey" and the kids to pleeeeeease go find something else to do besides be in the kitchen.
- Partially take down light over the sink so I don't have to tape around it and hope I can re-hang it later.
- Get about half of the walls done and give it up for the night.
- Spend 30 minutes getting paint out of the roller.
- Start over the next day. "I'm jammin' now!"
- Move more stuff around.
- Move refrigerator - "Holy mother of ?!"
- Clean behind refrigerator.
- Time for lunch.
- Clean up from lunch.
- Continue, always looking at what's been painted, not what still needs painting. That's like looking down when your afraid of heights.
- "I didn't realize I had this much paintable space. Huh."
- Finally finish, rip off the tape, step back and pat myself on the back.... a lot.
- Clean up.
- Replace hardware for blinds.
- Re-hang blinds.
- Re-hang curtains.
- Re-hang light over sink.
- Replace light switch covers.
- Put tools away.
- Go to bed - tomorrow is Monday again.
So, my advice is this.... If at all possible or feasible - hire a contractor, ship off the kids, go to a B&B for the weekend, and come back when its been taken care of! I love to do this kind of work myself, really I do. But, somewhere in between projects I tend to forget the reality of it!!!
Previous wall color (my Martha Stewart years):
A little bit of all the colors (looks like a 1980's Benneton ad!) I told you I like to use blue painter's tape.
New color! So cheerful and a little whimsical. See my new high-dollar Target dishes? Happy Birthday to me, ya'll!
Now that my kitchen is all perky and happy, I have a problem. I have committment issues - about putting things back up on the walls. "Should I put this back here? Or mabye over here? Maybe just give it away and start over. A new chandelier? I'll look online. That's silly. I'll just wait......" So, I've been brainstorming and trying to come up with some new things to do, make, try out.
Let me know if you have projects like this... or am I the only one?!
:) Mona Pin It