March 02, 2006

Are We Done Yet?

Every night, we put the kids to bed, I throw on painting clothes and paint something. Not art work. Casing. Or walls. Or plinth blocks. Or something else of that sort. Our project list seems neverending and I already am longing for the day when I no longer have half a shelf in my refrigerator devoted to well wrapped paintbrushes.

Not that that day is coming any time soon. In the faint hope of moving things along a bit, I did send the girls outside to play in the lovely spring weather and instead of doing what I wanted to do and sit in the sunshine and weed my flower beds, I painted baseboards and put another coat of paint on one wall. At least with that behind me, I think we can put a few rooms back together tonight.

Then, although we're far from done, we will get a bit of a break, because we'll be having a house guest for a week or so who is allergic to paint fumes.


Even houseguests serve their purposes ;-)

Posted by: Patricia at March 2, 2006 08:47 PM

I hate painting.
They make it look so fun and easy on the decorating shows.
I guess you don't see the crew they have behind the scenes doing the work!

Posted by: Mary at March 3, 2006 08:09 AM

Sorry for the stupid newby question, but why are your paintbrushes in the fridge?

Posted by: skinnydan at March 6, 2006 08:01 AM

If you know you are going to be painting over the course of many days, you can wrap a paintbrush tightly in plastic and stick it in the fridge to stop it from drying out quickly. With oil paint you can even freeze the brushes for some length of time and come back to a project. This way you don't have to clean the brushes thoroughly every night when you stop. If you are just stopping for a few hours, you can also just wrap a damp rag around a latex-infused brush to keep it moist.

Posted by: Jordana at March 6, 2006 08:36 AM