That loud noise you just heard...

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...was me yelling and beating my head on the wall. I'm painting the very last room. The very last. (Unless I decide to take down the wallpaper in the dining room. And really fix up the attic. But not this year.)

I'm painting a room I spent very little time in for the past 13 years so I had NO idea how poorly the PO's painted it. We've now turned it into a master bedroom (Ginormous walk in closet!) so after the carpet went down and I got over whatever it was I did to my back, I'm back on the ladder.

I'm not a perfectionist (anymore) but I used to be and realizing the way they painted was to roll the brush upwards until it hit the ceiling is making me buggy. (White ceiling, turquoise walls) The baseboard radiator is covered with paint. The moulding around the doors and windows is covered. The walls were pink the first time around and they missed a fair bit of that by trying to paint the ceiling that lovely southwest color.

One more coat of the dreamy cream color I'm painting 3 of the walls and then I go back and touch up the ceiling. Some of the paint is 5-6" out from the wall. How could someone do that and not wipe it off or touch up? (I ask this of people who drilled a hole to the outside to run TV cable and never caulked around the gaping space which lets in cold air and bugs. On the list to fix up once I'm done.)

My new carpet got restretched today. Yippee! What a mess that was before. All straight now. Furniture goes back in when Gomez returns. Can't do it myself as I don't want to wrench the ol' back again.

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A newbie here in town was explaining her 'rainy day' project of cleaning out the previous owners' paint (yes, it had gone back to 1994 - 2 past owners). Here's what she found:

*13 5-gallon buckets

*3 2-gallon cans

*53 1-gallon cans 

and she stopped counting the quart cans at 20! surprise

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I limit myself to 1 gal and 1 qt sizes. I couldn't pour from a 5 gal pail.

That's a lotta paint she found!

I will say there is a can of 'melon' color in the cellar that can go anytime. It's way too orange. We don't have a place to dispose of paint here. I should ask next time I'm at the paint store if they know where to take it.

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Morticia wrote:

I will say there is a can of 'melon' color in the cellar that can go anytime. It's way too orange.

I have to laugh, that sounds like some colors I've used recently. Years ago I purchased some yellow for a job that looked too yellow when we started, but mixed with several gallons of white worked well, you may just need some white to go with your melon.

Around here you are not allowed to dispose of "wet" paint, but I think you can let it dry out in the can for an extended period and trash it when it is hardened.

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We had a 'Rover' in VT that would park at the town hall every few months. You could bring all your 'hazardous' materials there and they would dispose of them.

If you didn't want to wait, there was a permanent installation in Burlington. If you were adventurous you could go home with a 5 gal pail of 'paint'. They dumped all the latex paint in one hopper and all the oil paint in another. You got whatever the color of the week was.

I reorganized all the paint last year. I have a 4 shelf bookcase in the basement. It's about 5 feet long. It's full. But, that is the limit. Something has to go before the new paint comes in.

Just bought new paint for the front door - cranberry. It's only a quart. There's room for it...

I grabbed a gallon of paint from the cellar that had been down there for probably 7 years. Shook it up, opened it, and slapped it on the wall. Looks great!

Love my colors.

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With as much as I gave to the art teacher at the high school, to the future museum, to the kids plundering through the workshop, dolls to daughters & granddaughters, and art supplies to daughters - I still have rooms full of stuff.

I went to show a guest (return) a flintlock Himself made and it was gone. I went bananas. Fortunately before I screamed at anyone, I checked with Finland to see if it was one he had taken home with him. It was not, but he told me where he had put them - out of temptation zone of the too many hands that were here. Was able to show it at breakfast to someone who appreciated the craftsmanship of Himself.

I have someone coming next week to look at tools and dolls. Found out my $125 kerosene lamp purchased in an antique shop 30 years ago is now worth maybe $40. Sigh. I am trying to downsize now, not later.

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we are trying to be strict as had  been hoarding lots of stuff in "case it came in for next door" now we know it won't so it has to go! 

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Painting? We have no fewer than 3 dozen cans of used paint in the basement. One thing I've found incredibly liberating is to forgo the white ceiling and paint it the same color as the walls! Another is to bite the bullet and pay a little extra for the paint with the primer in it.

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Aussie Innkeeper wrote:

 Another is to bite the bullet and pay a little extra for the paint with the primer in it.

I should have realized. The PO's used a lot of cheap stuff. It would have been so much easier with the primer.

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Ditto on the number of cans. I have them all labeled with the name of the room. I can't do chocolate ceilings, just too dark! Eye-wink

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Monica, I'm sure it looks great.

 I knew darn well when I should've (wished I could've)  taken more time with things but afterwards I'd stop and look and think 'I did a helluva job!' and you did, too.

 

 

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haha! Guilty!!  Well, not that bad ... maybe.

But as I was crazy rushing to finish painting before opening that first time, I was painting like a crazy woman sloshing paint around. And when I peeled the painters tape off some of the trim, paint had got down behind it. I scraped off some but there was a place I still remember I said 'to h*** with it and pushed furniture up to hide it, planning to go back later.  I also accidentally got paint on a few things I didn't intend ... so painted them. I could have used another $5g and another month to get that place ready. Who knows what the next painter thought of me. 

At my parents' house, they hired painters to come in. The painters painted over nails and picture hangers ... also a corner cobweb!! 

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I'm at the point today where I just looked at the room and said, 'I'm done.' Yes, the next people will wonder why I didn't do one more coat (I've done 4 and I can still see the green paint) and why I was so sloppy with the green paint to start with (not MY green paint!).

I'll touch up the ceiling tomorrow after I get my office put back together.

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Sounds like you are ahead of us, we still have four guest rooms to paint plus anything we might do in the apartment.

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This is my space I'm finishing. Hallelujah! 13 years and I'm finally finished fixing up MY space. New curtains, new bed, the whole shooting match.

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Difficult job, but tends to make life brighter

Glad it is coming to gether.

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Just put up the new blinds and drapes. Added a nice comfy chair, pillow and throw (found it at my parents' house - hand made in Ireland years ago). What a difference!

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Want to fix up my place. I can't see the living room floor for stuff in the way. And just in case I didn't have enough cutlery (flatware for those south of the border), my mother gave me another set that is gold plated. Like you can actually use them! I'd have to count them after every breakfast... to make sure people didn't walk off with them. Totally and utterly useless cutlery.

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Every time I go to NY I come home with at least 10 boxes of stuff. I still have no idea HOW there was so much stuff in a 700 sq ft house. And I don't even bring home the furniture.

Last week I brought home 3 boxes. I give myself a day to calm down from the stress of going thru everything and then I empty the boxes and give the things a new home.

Next month there will be another 5 or so boxes. It seems like no matter how much I remove it multiplies while I'm gone.

Yes, I brought home a serving box with silverware.

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Congratulations.

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Good!   You NEED your personal space.   Enjoy it.

And who paints like that?   Sooooo lazy!

I once touched up a room with an artist brush because the line between the ceiling and walls was plaster and we could see the ceiling color mixing so slightly onto the walls.  Took me days, but, to me, it was worth it.

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TheBeachHouse wrote:

Good!   You NEED your personal space.   Enjoy it.

And who paints like that?   Sooooo lazy!

I once touched up a room with an artist brush because the line between the ceiling and walls was plaster and we could see the ceiling color mixing so slightly onto the walls.  Took me days, but, to me, it was worth it.

Gomez's daughter caught me painting with two paintbrushes, one in each hand. The walls were navy and the ceiling was white and I was making sure the line was perfect. She thought I was nuts. I'm not like that now.

The best painting advice I ever got (from a contractor I could not wait to see the back of) was to not try to follow the exact line of the plaster where it meets the ceiling but to chalk a line and paint to that line. Your eye sees a straight line on the wall and ignores that the ceiling is going all over the map. But, yes, I did touch that line up where I saw bleeding.

 

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I could have used that advice!   

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Yeah! It will make a more happy innkeeper this summer!

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Lee2014 wrote:
Yeah! It will make a more happy innkeeper this summer!

One less thing on my plate.

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Maybe you will spend more time and enjoy the room more.... wait a minute, what time?!?

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