i’m exhausted. there’s no other word for it. every day for nigh on two weeks now any spare second not at either of my jobs has been spent at home depot, lowe’s, wal-mart, or at the new house slaving away, each night ending at 11 pm or later. it was one thing to say, “oh, sure! paint the house? no problem! love to!” and quite another to get down to the nitty gritty of doing so.
each room, with the exception of the kitchen, has an 8″ baseboard and a 3″ crown molding. plus a billion inches of wall space. each room has needed two coats of paint to get in the nooks and crannies of plaster walls. the master bedroom, formerly a lovely forest green (ick) had to have three (3) coats of primer before the two (2) coats of paint. all of the baseboards and crown moldings and door frames and edges and window frames and edges have all needed to be cut in by hand by yours truly with a 1.5″ brush. the guest bedroom had oil-based or latex BLACK paint on all the trim, which i wanted gone. chemical stripper and the rev wielding a belt sander later and i had blank canvas. then the rev and an assistant slathered on primer. then, six hours of painstaking labor later (just for my part doing the trim), i had white trim in the room from hell. you guest people, you better just sit in that room and admire the white trim. for your whole visit.
tonight is going to be trim finishing city so that the house will be ready for cleaning tomorrow night and MOVING DAY friday. this will start with a brief tutorial by me, professional painter extraordinaire, to teach the rev and his brother dupont all of the mad painting skillz i’ve honed over these past couple of weeks for the fine detail work. unfortunately, i doubt they’ll let me do what i did last night: blast lady gaga as i finished the guest room, taking several happy dance moments as pieces got finished. have to tone it down in front of others, i guess.