Saturday, July 2, 2011

Do you DIY?

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

When did DIY become rocket science?

Honestly, all I want to do is paint some paneling.  My friend Mary Jane Maffini and her daughter painted every piece of paneling in their summer cottage, and she sent me a picture of one of the bedrooms and it looks lovely, so I know it can be done. 

In order to get the job done, I figured I should pick MJ's brain, which I've been doing for the past two years now.  She told me the kind of primer and paint they used, and the final color.  It's great.  Except for one thing.  They're in Canada and so are the brands of paint they used.  I'm across the lake (diagonally) and I've ended up at Home Depot and Sherwin Williams.

I was all prepared to paint the room, even put painter's tape up last weekend (the green kind that lasts 21 days--just in case you get sidetracked in the middle of the job) and then I thought . . . hmm . . . maybe I should see what has to say about painting paneling.  Holy smoke!  I need to De-GLOSS the paneling first.  So I jumped in the car to get some de-Gloss.  Only they didn't carry it.  Go to Sherwin Williams.  So I went there.  They were out!  Come back in a few days after they restock.  So the room has been in an absolute state of chaos for a week now, with the furniture all bunched into one corner.

They finally had the de-glosser in yesterday.  But I got dire warnings with it.  Make SURE you follow ALL the directions.  Make SURE you paint during the VERY SHORT WINDOW OF TIME the de-glosser works.  MAKE SURE your primer will stick to ANY surface because the de-glosser MAY NOT WORK ON YOUR PANELING NO MATTER WHAT HGTV SAYS.

Okay, so now I'm living in dire fear.  What if it doesn't actually de-gloss?  What if the primer won't stick?  If it doesn't stick, neither will the paint.  Will I be ripping down paneling and hiring someone to fix the drywall?  And why did people ever put up paneling anyway?

Okay.  I'm trying not to have a meltdown here ... especially since it's supposed to be at least 90 out with 90% humidity today.

Will someone PLEASE reassure me that DIY projects REALLY work and that my office will turn out beautifully -- because I'm about to spaz out.

Thank you.