November 3, 2013 by briantshock
One of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your house or apartment is to slap a new coat of paint on the walls. While this is true, it says nothing of the annoyance carrying out this task brings. While it always starts off sounding like a fun idea, there’s nothing that will plummet your enthusiasm faster except maybe walking into your own intervention. I won’t gloss over any of the details, so let me drip some painting facts on you.
FACT # 1 – TAKES FOUR TIMES LONGER THAN YOU EXPECT
“It really shouldn’t take that long to paint this room; it’s not that big.”
– Someone who just lost his or her entire afternoon and evening
There’s always going to be all those spots that need touching up and all that time spent debating on whether or not you think you need that “second coat” (Hint: You probably do). However long you think you’ll need to finish your painting project, it’s best to just go ahead and multiple that number by four, because this crap gets ridiculous and out of hand FAST.
FACT # 2 -MAKES A HORRIBLE MESS DESPITE YOUR BEST PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES
I don’t care how careful you are. I don’t care if you buy that blue tape and meticulously mark the edges of every surface you plan to paint. I don’t care if you lay down sheets to cover your floor and valuables. By the time you are finished, there will be paint splatter; on your clothes and on those parts of the floor and valuables that you “were sure were safe”.
I recently fell into this painting trap, and decided it would be a good idea to paint the ceilings. I made sure to put down the cheap plastic tarp on the floor before I started. When I was pulling everything up, I had still managed to get paint UNDERNEATH THE TARP. Explain that one to me!
FACT # 3 – ENDS UP BETTER WHAT YOU STARTED WITH BUT NOT AS GOOD AS YOU EXPECTED
After you’ve finally finished and cleaned up all your errant paint spills, all that’s left is to sit back and admire your work. That is, until the inevitable conversation happens:
“Wait a minute, this color swatch sure looked different in the store. Are you sure this is the one we picked out?”
“I thought it was going to be lighter/darker than this.”
“Well, I guess we’ll get used to it…”