Okay, maybe that’s not exactly how the quote goes. But it certainly applies to this entry.
Over the past weekend my wife and I have been painting. This has been on my wife’s ever expanding ‘honey do’ list for some time now.
Now, I’ve done a fair amount of painting in my time (and yes Jon, the readers do appreciate that would be quite a long time. I don’t think they need you to point that out. At least not every time.). My wife Azra hadn’t had any experience painting prior to this.
I pointed out that we had a good deal to do before we could start painting. First we had to move all the furniture to the center of the room. Then we needed to remove all the switch plates from around the many outlets and wall switches in the room (approximately 237 or so it seemed after dealing with all those tiny screws). Once done with that we had to put down drop clothes and cover everything.
Azra was not happy to hear that she’d have to do all this before she was able to start painting.
And there was more preparation to do before the painting started. We also had to tape all the edges. This would allow us to move quickly and easily, doing most the major section with a roller, as the tape would protect the edges. But this also meant we’d have to, in painters’ terms, ‘cut in’ the edges (painting the edge with a brush, because the roller can’t get in there).
With an impatient Azra wondering if she’d ever get to actually paint, we finished getting the room ready to paint. The preparation took us more than 2.5 hours.
Finally, we were able to start painting. Azra had all sorts of fun, and as you’d except of a novice painter, ended up wearing a fair amount of paint herself (let me know if want wish to see the pictures). And in no time at all (about 45 minutes, the first coat was up and on and the room had been transformed (for those who care about such things we had painted Bright Biscuit #456-98 over the original Oyster White #SW764).
Azra was quite amazed at how little time she’d actually painted, and how much time we’d spent on preparation.
As with other entries, I need not point out the obvious parallels, right? :-)