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Manic Energy
I painted my bathroom last night. It all started the night before, when I worked late ('til almost 9), then decided to stop at Home Depot on my way home. What I really wanted to buy there was an outdoor above-ground firepit kinda deal. They didn't have any. So I started wandering around...home improvement stores can be addictive.

I've been contemplating painting my bathroom for awhile, so I looked at paint stuff. I've never painted anything in my house. I've painted other people's houses, so I know how it's done, but I've never done a full painting project from start to finish. Also, I have no painting equipment.

They sell little kits, I discovered -- everything you need to get started in one convenient package. hm, maybe I should just do it! My bathroom is old (1958), and has funky black and yellow tile. I've never much liked it, truth be told. But I always figured if I don't get it redone, I should go with the black and yellow concept and paint it in a whimsical bumblebee theme. So I went looking at wallpaper borders. I found a cute Pooh border, with pictures of him dangling from a balloon with bumblebees flying around him. Perfect! Very whimsical! I was all inspired. I have a small bathroom. I should just do this! Why not?! So I bought myself the border, a painting kit, and a gallon of yellow paint. (Turns out a gallon is way too much. Anybody need some yellow paint?)

I went home, and read my home improvement book on painting. Then I started removing stuff from the bathroom. Unfortunately pulling some nails and screws out left some pretty big holes in the wall. My book says you're supposed to spackle those, but I had no spackle. So I decided to call it a night, since it was already way past midnight by then.

On the plus side, I made an interesting discovery! I've always lamented the fact that my bathroom has absolutely no storage space. No drawers, no shelves, no medecine cabinet, nothing. I had a huge flat mirror on my wall. When I removed it, I found hidden behind it a large medicine-cabinet-sized hole! I could install a cabinet there if I want!

Well. Last night I went skating. Then I went to my parents' house for pizza. While there, I borrowed my dad's spackle. Then, after 9pm, I went to Home Depot again, and looked at medicine cabinets. I picked up a cheap one for now, although I'm still debating a larger one. Then I came back home. I changed clothes. I spackled. I removed all the shower stuff and whatnot from the bathroom. I washed the walls (although I did a poor job). I taped off the edges. Then I questioned my sanity. It was nearing midnight, and I wanted to paint my bathroom?! So I removed my watch.

I opened up the paint, and poured it into my new paint tray. This is it, I thought. Once that first bit of yellow is on the wall, there's no turning back. I dipped in my brush, and put it on the wall. Yellow. It was cool-looking!

So anyway, I painted my bathroom last night. Tonight I need to put up the border and my new medicine cabinet. And put the shower-stuff and whatnot back. And pack. Because tomorrow morning I leave for Baltimore, to attend my cousin's wedding reception!

Current Mood: exhausted exhausted

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endogenousardor From: endogenousardor Date: August 22nd, 2002 08:44 am (UTC) (Link)
"...home improvement stores can be addictive."

More than nicotine and crack cocaine... combined.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2002 10:28 am (UTC) (Link)
So true!!
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2002 11:22 am (UTC) (Link)
Yikes! Well I guess I meant old as in "not modern". So now your bathroom has deep turquoise walls, with pink cabinetry? Wow. A disco ball and strobe light would be fun, but I don't think I could handle it while brushing my teeth first thing in the morning.

Thanks, I will!
guingel From: guingel Date: August 22nd, 2002 09:42 am (UTC) (Link)
wow--I applaud your. . . I don't know. . . energy, I suppose. lol.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2002 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! "Craziness" might be a better term...heehee.
guingel From: guingel Date: August 22nd, 2002 07:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
hehe :) Well, that's good too!
woz From: woz Date: August 22nd, 2002 11:13 am (UTC) (Link)
You've lost me on one part there - whats a "spackle"?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 22nd, 2002 11:28 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, it's for repairing minor damage/holes in a wall. it comes in a little plastic tub, and it's soft like toothpaste or something. You take a putty knife (flexible flat knife) and put the stuff on the wall and in the hole, then scrape the excess off so it's flush with the wall. It hardens within a few minutes. If done right, when you paint over it the hole will be invisible. (A couple of mine dimpled in, and you can still kind of see where the holes were. I shoulda done two applications, but I was impatient.)
woz From: woz Date: August 22nd, 2002 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Ahhhh right - I thought as much!

I think we call it "Filler" or "Polyfiller"!

I'm not that much of a DIY man so I don't really know! hehe!
thenisaid From: thenisaid Date: August 22nd, 2002 02:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
...and then when the paint dries you put new holes in the wall and hang pictures in front of the old holes and then it doesn't matter so much that the spackle dimpled. Enjoy you beethroom!
encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: August 23rd, 2002 01:43 am (UTC) (Link)
And for your next project, change all the tile - yellow and black? A friend here, whemt to replace a few loose tiles in her bathroom, then found out that the walls needed to be replaced, ... (weeks later is was done), then a few brief months later, she moved out. And you've probably heard of S in Ferndale's bathroom problems when she bought her house and found the walls were rotted through.
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