Captain’s log, December 7, 2014, 10:18 p.m.
I have conquered the first step of project kill the paneling.
I do believe it is downhill from this point forward. That coat of primer seems to be adequate and took 8 hours to accomplish … so that’s all we get.
I raced over from the potluck at church to wash the walls and start trimming. I hated to skip out, but since I haven’t had the gas turned on (task #1 in the morning) I wanted to get as much work done with the sun up as possible for heat purposes. It’s also great not to accidentally blind yourself 278 times by staring at the lamps, so it doubled as good light.
I ran into the trouble of getting the paint to cover the indention where the cracks meet the trim. It basically became a process of “slop this paint on, smooth it out, smooth it out, it’s still running smooth it out again.”
Cracks do not like to be painted. It’s just a fact of life. A better paintbrush and a fluffier roller helped combat that.
I also ran into a trim problem at the windows.
What happened was this room originally had one window and a nice, thick window sill. Then they put new windows on the inside and mounted the metal to the trim, leaving this teensy tiny area to frustrate me.
Ultimately, I think I’m going to take the windows down, paint the trim and sill, and put them back up. But when it’s warmer. And when I have help. And power tools. So they’ll just be a little tacky for now.
Lessons learned today:
Paintbrush quality matters.
There’s vinyl under my vinyl. I’m just going to stick more vinyl on top.
If you run Pandora on your phone for 6 hours, it will die.
This house is very close to the train tracks. I practically made eye contact with conductor today. Whoops.
Tasks for tomorrow:
Fix the holes in my bedroom walls
Fix the holes in the paneling
Paint bedroom ceiling
Prime bedroom — which should be CAKE compared to the living/dining areas
I’ve decided on all but my kitchen paint colors. I know what I want, just haven’t looked since the kitchen isn’t in my top 3 rooms to complete before I move in. I left the swatches at the house, but I’ll try to snap a picture tomorrow :)
And a panorama, just because it’s so pretty.
This post brought to you by Starbucks and Lowes, without both of whom I’m probably be curled up in a ball in the living room, rocking back and forth as I tell myself this is all a good idea…