Let me begin. I came to win. Battle me that’s a sin. I won’t tear the sack up. Punk you’d better back up.
That’s right, I got some painting done in a few painting sessions last week and over the weekend. I thought of House of Pain the entire time, especially when I told E he’d better back up. He has a tendency to lean against the cabinets (or climb in them), getting wet paint on his hands. That’s what we get for having an open floor plan.
Anyway, back to the painting. The bar cabinets in the living got a coat of Behr’s Vermont Cream Two in One paint, the same paint we used for the upper cabinets in the kitchen.
True to my nature, I was in a hurry to get the cabinets painted and did a few things backwards. Like painting before I had filled and sanded the screws in the sheet rock. It wasn’t a big deal though, I just got a head start on the cabinet painting.
I decided on white because it matches the entertainment center cabinets and the white below the chair rail in the rest of the living room. (And your votes pointed to white) For better flow, we agreed to paint the wall part white to mimic the chair rail. The real truth? I’m the one painting and I was lazy and didn’t wait to dig out the gray paint and tape off the cabinets. So everything got a nice coat of white.
If you’re wondering what the boys do during my painting sessions, see exhibit a:
While I’m talking to them, they play in the living room, make a giant mess. The kitchen doesn’t get as much action, but you can see I’ve
neglected put off cleaning until cabinet painting has come to a close.
After one coat of paint on the cabinets, I broke down and filled the screw holes. I let everything dry, sanded smooth, filled any holes again. Let it dry, sanded smooth, vacuumed up the dust and painted another coat of white paint on the cabinets and wall. Then again. And yet again.
I was so excited to pull up the tape. And that’s where I got a little annoyed. I used Frog Tape along the edges, which did limit paint seepage. But the Behr paint is so thick and dried quickly (which can be good) which made it impossible to pull the tape up while the paint was wet. So little chunks of paint peeled off the cabinet right along with the tape. I guess I’ll have to remember that and peel the tape off one small section at a time.
Enough of my whining though. Did you notice Ben installed the shelves in the cabinets? And do you see how nicely the bar stools pop against the white wall?
But that’s not all the painting I finished. No siree. I painted the half wall and the white chair rail walls around the back door.
No more Frankenwall.
It’s nice to see that wall a solid color again. No more nicks, nail holes, or mismatched trim. Plenty more trim painting to do, but I’m waiting until Ben sands and paints the ceiling. Then I’ll have the pleasure of painting what feels like miles of crown moulding and casement. Sometimes painting in phases is annoying; cleaning up each time can get old, but it also has benefits. By limiting myself to small areas, I can get painting done quickly (often during nap time) and I don’t have to keep the boys away from the entire house.
Do you like to get all your painting done in one go? Or do you work in small sections like I do? Did you do any painting this weekend? Install any shelves? Maybe you sat on the couch and watched the football games? Cough Ben cough. Okay, he didn’t watch the entire game, he did install the shelves and started sanding the ceiling and walls.