March 27, 2006

Scraping the Bottom of the Paint Can

If you haven't painted recently, Sherwin-Williams' Duration paint is really excellent stuff. If you haven't painted recently, you may not know that it costs a fortune and they don't sell it in sizes smaller than a gallon.

For our recent spate of painting, I picked up all the paint I thought I would need while it was on sale during the month of February. Unfortunately, we failed to take two things into account. The color we have been using needed either a tinted primer or three coats of paint (which took us a while to figure out) and we have 11 1/2 foot ceilings. On Saturday I had to go back for a third gallon of paint. Saturday as I was putting a second coat of paint on the three walls of the dining room we were painting before moving all the furniture and painting the fourth wall, I began to worry. I could tell we had almost enough paint, but it was going to be close.

On Sunday afternoon, Justin put primer and a first coat of paint on the final wall. We still had a little bit of paint left, but it looked to be definitely not enough. After church on Sunday evening, we put the kids to bed, hauled out the painting paraphenalia again and while Justin painted, I scraped out every last bit of paint from all three gallons with a spatula. We "found" just barely enough paint, but it is done. I may still go buy more so that we can have paint for touch up spots, as the need arises, but the primary painting in our downstairs is done. I cannot begin to say how great that feels.


Are you going to do a photo album or anything?
I would love to see what it looks like!

Posted by: Mary at March 27, 2006 02:35 PM

Congratulations! I'm also glad to know that even the good stuff requires a second coat. I always wonder if paying more for the paint would save me time, though that hasn't been the case with the top Porter paint we've tried.

Posted by: Meredith at March 27, 2006 02:41 PM

I honestly do not believe in one-coat paint. I think there are some colors in some paints that can give you a fairly even first coat, but if you want it to look really good, I think it always needs at least two coats. The expensive paint was worth it to me, because it is very hard and scrubbable and because it is low odor and low-VOC.

Posted by: Jordana at March 27, 2006 04:54 PM

Oh and Mary, yes, I am going to eventually take photos. I have been awful about taking photos or downloading the photos I have taken. I do need to do that though. Don't get the impression that our house is really perfect, clean or something worth paying to see on a home tour though. We are honestly on it because they didn't have enough other volunteers.

Posted by: Jordana at March 27, 2006 05:12 PM

Congrats!! I hope your hubby knows he won the wife jackpot. I'm not letting mine know that other women climb stepladders and paint while pregnant with 3 additional little ones running around!

Posted by: Lenise at March 27, 2006 07:47 PM