Thursday, July 10, 2014

Attention Michelangelo: here are my thoughts on painting

By Mary Jane Maffini aka Victoria Abbott

I love color. The saddest year of my life was when we moved into a house with soft grey walls. It was like living in a raincloud.  I was too depressed to write until they were painted yellow.
Now it is time to paint again and I realized when looking at my favorite paint chips that all my walls are painted in food colors: baquette (a nice bread crust shade), guacamole, butter cream, and vanilla.  In the last house, my kitchen was asparagus.  I don’t care if the contemporary style is beige or grey or greige or white, I want color.  I have it too. 

I  really love Leann’s red door. 

Having said that, I don’t want to be the one to PUT that color on the walls. My painting history is not a happy one.  There was the time I stepped in the paint tray.  And the time I knocked the paint can over.  You get the picture, before I even mention the time my dog’s (the late lamented Smudge) lovely big furry tail got into the paint can and, on hearing screams, the panicked pooch fled up two flights of stairs spraying paint everywhere on the walls and hardwood stairs.

Wasn't me!!!! It was some other dog.

So I’m nervous. Not only do I have to paint, but I have to paint some walls white. By the time you read this, I’ll be at the cottage changing our blue kitchen walls to white. It’s a long story and I’ll show and tell next week.  

Will you wish me luck?  I’m sure even if the walls turn out white, the air will be blue. I can’t figure out how Michelangelo managed the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel without killing himself, but I’m sure he didn’t step in the paint,


What about you? Are you a skilled painter? Please supply your tricks of the trade, such as don’t put feet in paint tray. Don’t let me be alone in this. Share your horror stories and opinions. And hey, where’s the paint remover?


Mark Baker said...

Good luck. I'm not a good painter at all, but I'm sure you'll do great.

lavendersbluegreen said...

Best of luck!
Remember to wear clothes that are just for painting and or cleaning though. Otherwise you will have speckles and globs to explain. Same with your shoes. Or bag them, and be careful when walking.
Use only quality paint, and a primer if you are covering that blue with white. Or you could get a sponge roller for texturing and have some of the blue peaking thru... that might be lovely!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the boost, Mark! Time will tell.


Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great advice! You sound like the voice of experience. Luckily, we have clothing just for gardening/painting etc.

I'd never thought of 'bagging' my feet. Will give that a try.

We got good paint with a built in primer - we'll see how that goes.

Have a great day!


Maggie Sefton said...

MJ---You're brave. I don't paint anymore. Years ago I used to do ALL that stuff, mainly because it saved the family money. But I did enjoy transforming rooms. But, boy oh boy, it's a lot of work. Walls are easy, but trim is different and you have to be meticulous. Plus we always used a semi-gloss for trim. Since we had four kids, we had mucho fingerprints on walls. :) But nowadays-----I'd rather hire others to do that work. The last painting was having my house exterior painted and new gutters installed. Big work.

Dr. Mary Kennedy said...

MJ, I'm with Maggie--you are VERY brave!! I'm such a klutz, I've never tried to paint anything. I tried decoupage once (what was I thinking--a neighbor dragged me to a class) and I Super-Glued my hand to the lid. Yowsers!! I think I'll just admire art work from afar. Good luck, I know you will do well!!!!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Big work indeed, Maggie. We've had painters do our interior and exterior work forever. But the cottage is in the middle of nowhere and we figure we could paint the kitchen with less effort than to find someone to do it. I'll report back on whether that's accurate. The Little Mister will be doing the trim. Hee hee.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Mary! Decoupage is the most fiddly work - I LOL'd when I read about your Super_Glueing your hand. I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time.

My painting won't be art work - but maybe it will do the trick. Unless ...



Anne Lovell said...

I always want to do a great job painting, but it never looks as good when I get done! good thing I have a neighbor who can help with the mistakes.

Unknown said...

I love color and I love painting. My only trick is that I do all of the edging first, with a flat bristled brush from the painting section of a craft store. When that's done and I roll on the color, the transformation is satisfying. Takes awhile, but I've gotten much better results this way than trying to do the edging at the end. Good luck!

Nancy said...

There was the time I painted my bedroom a dusty rose - I thought. It looked a lot darker than the color chip, but my husband's friend who I was helping (low parts for me) told me that it would get lighter as it dried. Nope. It dried into a magenta mess. Very dark. I waited a couple of weeks then painted over it, twice, with white. It was still deep pink.The last time I hired someone.

Anonymous said...

Bagging your feet or shoes is a good idea if you want to save the shoes but be very careful it can be slippery and lead to accidents. I've learned to bag my feet, wrap duct tape around the bag/ankles and then tear out the bottom of the bag so I'm not walking on slippery plastic....still leaves your shoes protected by a plastic tent but you won't slip.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Send her over! Thanks, Anne. I am the same way.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Great tip, Diane. Will try that too. Thanks for coming by!



Mary Jane Maffini said...

Eeeek. I hear you, Nancy. We once ended up with a bedroom that was the color of the old pancake make-up. Couldn't sleep.



Mary Jane Maffini said...

This is an amazing idea. Thanks so much. I was worried bout our slippery floor. Now, where's my duct tape? Hmmm.