Thursday, September 8, 2011

A lesson learned?

My life, past and present, can often be summed up in one sentence…“It seemed like a good idea at the time.” You see, mostly out of necessity, I’ve always been something of “a do-it-yourselfer”, and I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve started a project, then half way through wound up asking myself what in the heck was I thinking?? For example, the time I decided to paint an English ivy border…complete with shaded leaves…around my entire kitchen. Or when I ripped out the carpet in the master bedroom and laid six inch wood tiles by myself. Then there was the time I tried to create a unique look in my entryway by painting the walls one swatch at a time and then pressing crumpled up newspaper into the wet paint to give the room a mottled effect. I’ve always completed these projects—never been one to give up on something once I’ve started—but I always seem to underestimate the amount of time it’s going to take to get the job done and as a result, I’m heartily sick of the whole thing by the time I’ve finished.

Well, now I’m in the middle of it again! Three weeks ago—I think—I can’t say for sure—it’s all kind of a blur—I decided to paint the trim on my house. Not a big deal. It only took a couple of days. But then the siding looked shoddy so I decided I would clean it and borrowed my oldest son’s pressure washer. Bad idea—when the force of the water hit the siding, patches of paint from the lower third of the house started flying through the air like dried leaves in a windstorm. Okay, now I had repaint the house. Simple right?

Not really—after painting a small section, I noticed the missing paint had left a ridge that showed through the new layer. Not a good look. I had to fix it. One new orbital sander, a new finishing sander, twenty packages of sandpaper, a gallon of primer, plus hours upon hours of sanding and dabbing on primer, and I think I’m about ready to finally paint the house.

What have I learned from this experience other than NOT to use a pressure washer on painted wood? Maybe that I should look before I leap…put a little more thought and research into a project before I rush willy-nilly into the fray? We’ll see, or will I still be saying “It seemed like a good idea at the time?”

I’ll let you know!

That’s all for this week—have a good one! I’m off to Bouchercon next Wednesday so I’ll see you all again on the 22nd.



Kylie said...

Have a fabulous time at Bouchercon, Shirley! Wish I could be there. I want a full report.

Sharon said...

I've done things like that too . Good luck with the painting. At least the weather is starting to get cool again.

Have fun on your trip :)

The Teenage Life Of Emma said...

LOL my mom is always doing stuff like that :P