You Missed The Painting Party

Only one person R.S.V.P.’d to my painting party. God Bless Patricia! She flew out from Santa Rosa, CA., to vacation in sunny Potlatch. And what a vacation she’s having.

Oh…and my Mom came by to visit. She provided a ladder, packing materials, and entertainment while we worked.

Anyway, Pat climbs the ladder and paints the high places, and she paints the ceiling, and the walls. What, you may ask, am I doing? Well, she has the roller and I’m using a brush on the moulding. And my house has an abundance of moulding. Small moulding at the top, big moulding on the bottom, and medium-sized moulding on the windows and doors. I’m just sayin’…I’m working, too. I’m not convinced this is how you spell moulding, but Pat says it is and I want to keep her happy.

We’re using an oil-based paint on the walls, because they’re lathe and plaster stuck together with seven layers of wallpaper. If you take down the wallpaper you have to deal with crumbling plaster. And, water based paint make the wallpaper saggy. It just so happens that the oil-based paint is odor free. It’s my water-based, trim, paint that’s smelly. But it looks beautiful…so I’m a happy girl.

It turns out the biggest room we’re painting is the hallway (shown above). It has the most wall space – four full walls and seven (7) eight (8) – if you count the closet – doors. With moulding. And may I just say that doors are not my friends. Needless to say, I foolishly left them for last. I should have knocked them out first and just gotten it over with. That’s why you can still see the ugly, green doors the previous owners left me. You think that’s bad? You should have seen the green wall paper. And for the record, I prefer satin trim paint rather than super, duper, glossy paint shining on the door.

Two rooms down…two to go. Pat’s leaving on Sunday and I’ll have plenty left to do after she’s gone, but we’re getting the difficult part done now. For instance, the walls and ceilings all need color. Thankfully, I have a few friends who have volunteered to help me. But that’s for another day. Right now, Pat and I are having too much fun.

This painting project is supported by many small cans of Mountain Dew (Pat’s beverage of choice) and large glasses of 1/2 iced tea, 1/2 lemonade (mine).


8 Responses to “You Missed The Painting Party”

  1. Paula C. on June 28th, 2008

    I completely sympathize with you! I had to paint one door two weeks ago and I’m still recovering!
    It sure looks good though! That moulding (?) is really nice! You don’t find that a lot in new houses these days. . .

  2. lucyzoe on June 29th, 2008

    Hey Paula,
    Whew! Good to know I’m not the only one with “door” issues. And Pat’s having second thoughts about the spelling of moulding. I should have known she’d cave after I posted it. Or…it’s paint fumes.

  3. Mackenzie on June 29th, 2008

    I drag my doors out to the lawn and roll them down. Which might explain why some of them have small gnat graveyards. We just bought a playhouse, want to come paint it with me?

  4. lucyzoe on June 29th, 2008

    If the playhouse is unpainted by the time I finish with my house, I’ll come help you. Mind you, it’s taken me four years to get this far.

  5. Valerie (Kyriosity) on July 2nd, 2008
  6. lucyzoe on July 3rd, 2008

    Thanks, Valerie. The burning question has now been answered.

  7. Mackenzie on July 3rd, 2008

    Well, I like moulding better anyway. It looks less like your house is growing a fungus.

  8. lucyzoe on July 3rd, 2008

    True. I should be thankful my *moulding* isn’t plagued with *molding.*

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