Painter’s Progress


I STILL HATE PAINTING, but not so much. The guest room is done — not yet dry, but done. The job got less miserable as it went along because I felt closer to the finish line, though painting this small bedroom — it can’t be more than 100 square feet — took me the entire week.

Here’s what I mean:

  • Last Sunday, I primed the new sheetrock walls and ceiling.
  • On Monday, 2 coats of Ben Moore’s China White on walls and ceiling, except for one short wall.
  • Tuesday, 2 coats of Ben Moore’s Rhythm and Blues on the short wall. Pleasant color – it’s growing on me.
  • Wednesday, I decided to paint a second, longer wall blue as well (and I’m glad I did – it makes the new window pop, and it’s lovely to catch a glimpse of blue down at the end of the hall). That took two coats, naturally — and rendered the two previous coats of China White on that wall unnecessary, but what can ya do.
  • Somewhere mid-week, I put one coat of China White semi-gloss on the window moldings and one set of shutters.
  • On Thursday, I decided to paint a rusty red iron bed glossy black: 2 coats plus touch-up. That was the only oil-based paint I used, with disposable sponge brushes.
  • Finally, today, having come thus far, I went the distance. I painted the worn tongue in groove wood floor white — Painter’s Select Sand Powder, to be exact. Of course, that took two coats, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.

In between, there was much spreading of newspaper, painstaking placement of blue painters’ tape (still visible in these pictures), and washing up of brushes and rollers.


But it’s done, hooray! I have a feeling of accomplishment and renewed appreciation for painters — not so much for the level of skill involved, but for the Zen mindset required to get through it.

That final floor-painting, when I could have just washed the scuffed floors for now and thrown down a couple of area rugs, turned out to be the most pleasurable part, probably for being the last. But also because bending down with a roller is easier than reaching up, and the paint went on very smoothly and quickly.

Beyond that, covering that last bit of surface area with fresh paint seemed to exorcise the ghosts of the previous occupants, in that room at least. Since my neighbors told me recently that some of them (a series of short-term renters) had serious mental and hygiene issues, it feels especially good to have them outta there.

As my friend Debre pointed out, “Painting makes the room glow. I think it is as much energetic as it is a new surface finish.”

I so agree. Now for a badly needed manicure.


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7 Responses to Painter’s Progress

  1. Mary-Liz says:

    It looks great & I think you are amazing!!

  2. Terry Kearns says:

    Something magic about painting the floor: you don’t have to worry about spilling paint to the floor. No dropcloth either.

    What kind of floor paint? I used BM porch and floor couldn’t have done 2 coats in a day.

    We’ve beaten up the painted floors pretty bad. They are slippery on stocking feet. I really really like them.

  3. cara says:

    A hardware store brand of latex floor paint. Went on real smooth. It doesn’t have to be that hard-wearing for this room; anyway, I will put down rugs.

  4. kathleen says:

    Fantastic job. The room looks wonderful, and it’s never a bad thing to exorcise the prior occupants. Especially, the ones your house had!

  5. cara says:

    Thanks to all of you in my amen corner. Now I’m trying to figure out the best way to place the bed…

  6. Nancy says:

    Your work ethic and energy continue to astound me! Great job!

  7. Eileen says:

    Love the blue – what a happy room! I think the bed needs to be near the single window…

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