Random thoughts while painting the bathroom

by DaniGirl on April 30, 2007 · 16 comments

in Life, the Universe and Everything

As I’m painting our main-floor two-piece bathroom, I’m blogging the entire thing in my head. I have no idea why I think anyone in the blogosphere needs a scintillating stroke-by-stroke account of me painting the bathroom, but here you go.

  • I like painting. It requires a meticulous mindlessness that is peculiarly calming. Just the right parts of my brain are being engaged in making sure I don’t get excessive paint on the baseboards and ceiling.
  • I like the detailed bits, taping around all the edges and the fixtures, cutting the edges with long strokes, and how just when you think you will never be done – because in a 5 x 5 bathroom with two fixtures it takes five times as long to cut as to roll – you haul out the roller and you go from not even close to done in about seven minutes.
  • We have lived in this house for almost four years, and are just now getting around to painting over the pepto-bismal pink and cream colour of the main-floor bathroom. We tore down the pink and blue flowered wallpaper border more than a year ago. We are, on the whole, fairly lazy about home improvement tasks around here.
  • When we moved in, the whole house was dominated by a pink-and-blue colour scheme, with several variations on a floral wallpaper border. I’m so not a pink-and-blue-with-flowers sort of girl.
  • Five foot eight inches seems to be about the perfect height to be able to reach the ceiling cut line with a handheld roller, without having to stand on tiptoe. Conveniently, I am exactly 5’8″.
  • The people at Home Depot need to take a page from the people at Ikea and provide some sort of diversion for kids if they want to maximize parental spending. Mischevious three year olds do not have much patience for the selection and preparation of paint and primer.
  • It is nearly impossible to paint a 5 x 5 bathroom without getting paint on your ass.
  • Whomever said you shouldn’t fret over choosing a paint colour because you can always just buy another colour and do it over again obviously never painted with a three and five year old in the house.
  • The average preschooler can ask approximately 3,923 questions about paint, colours, masking tape, rollers, brushes, sponges and rocketships in the time it takes to paint a bathroom.
  • There is no easy way to paint behind a toilet, and it is simply impossible to paint behind a toilet without getting paint in your hair. It’s been many years since I spent so much time in such intimate contact with my toilet.
  • If the paint drips into your coffee, it makes your coffee taste very, very bad.
  • Long after both boys are potty trained and we leave the world of diapers behind, I will continue to buy baby wipes. I used them to dust the top of the door frame, wipe paint drips off faucet, get smeared paint off the towel bar and wipe the black ink off my feet from standing on newsprint.
  • Writing a post about painting the bathroom takes up exactly the right amount of time to let the first rolled coat sit before you roll on the second coat.
  • Blogging about painting a bathroom seems like a much better idea when you are painting the bathroom and thinking about blogging than when you are blogging and thinking about painting the bathroom.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 alison April 30, 2007 at 1:44 pm

It’s not only the 5 x 5 bathroom….I painted my largish bedroom last month and still managed to get paint on my ass (although none in my hair – baseball cap). I like painting too. Next up, the girls’ rooms.

2 ali April 30, 2007 at 2:58 pm

i have a random thought…
since you like painting so much…wanna come over and paint a little bit over at my place?? i will bake you cookies!

3 Ingrid April 30, 2007 at 3:00 pm

So.. what colour is it? Do we get pictures?

4 Valerie April 30, 2007 at 3:28 pm

As Ingrid said – what colour is it? Can’t believe you wrote a whole post about it and no mention of the finished colour? πŸ˜‰
To paint behind the toilet, you can remove the tank. Just a couple of bolts, much like removing training wheels. πŸ˜‰
I’m with you on the wipes – they have many many uses and we’re not likely to give them up soon (how did we ever function without them?).

5 Marla April 30, 2007 at 3:29 pm

Yes, colour please?
And thanks for the inspiration to paint out bathroom!

6 crazymumma April 30, 2007 at 3:35 pm

I like painting as well. I go all into a trance and my mind finds some neat hidden spots I usually keep well covered up.
Maybe thats why my kitchen has been half painted for months…

7 suze April 30, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Hmmm. I need to paint my little main floor two-piece bathroom too. It is also pink with a flower boarder that the cats have decided to try ripping down. It’s that hideous. And it’s been like that for the almost three years we’ve lived there as we are lazy when it comes to the home improvement as well.
Care to come over and paint it for me?
Yeah, I didn’t think so…

8 Claudette April 30, 2007 at 6:41 pm

My bathroom ceiling needs painting. And if you really want to, you can redo the walls too…
So….I’ll sit the kids and you paint to your heart’s content!

9 trixie April 30, 2007 at 6:46 pm

Pink and blue with a floral border is *exactly* what I’ve set my heart on for our bathroom makoever.I’m royally offended.

10 Sharon April 30, 2007 at 7:31 pm

Great. i remember you saying how much you hated that colour. I don’t your two boys can match how much My boy can ask and drive me nuts when I’m painting.

11 Phantom Scribbler April 30, 2007 at 7:40 pm

I think you deserve some sort of parenting medal for painting while dodging a hail of preschooler questions. I don’t trust myself to do it, that’s for sure. I suspect I’d paint at least one child’s mouth shut.

12 BeachMama April 30, 2007 at 9:28 pm

LOL, Hubby painted this weekend (our kitchen) and we keep J busy with his own pail, roller and brushes. We don’t let him touch the wall once painted but, while Hubby is cutting he is right in there thinking he is doing a great job. He also likes to hold the ladder and pass you things you need.
And yes, what colour??

13 julie April 30, 2007 at 11:24 pm

I think it’s quite appropriate to blog about your home improvement projects. I love, love, love painting. Unfortunately, I rent and my landlord does not want anything but eggshell white on the walls. Someday…

14 liz May 1, 2007 at 2:09 am

Baby wipes are the only thing I’ve ever found that will remove red fingerpaint from a white wall without also removing the white.

15 Kim May 1, 2007 at 12:39 pm

Dani, you are just too funny! I love this post! πŸ™‚

16 Sue May 2, 2007 at 3:34 pm

I love the zen of painting. I tend to start all of my holidays by painting a room or two – it helps me get my head out of the work stuff.

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