The first couple of hours or so, I spent my time taking the doors off the walls (closet, bathroom, and bedroom); taking the TV off the wall; removing the light and socket covers; moving the furniture to the center of the room and covering it, filling in holes in the walls from screws; sanding and washing the walls. Then, I did a coat of primer, which took FOREVER. I had to carefully prime the trim around the windows, doorways, along the floor, and at the ceiling. By the time I was done with a coat of primer, eight hours had passed!
I had been thinking that I would need two coats of primer and two coats of paint to cover the previous dark color (with a light yellow). Once I finished that first coat of primer, I wanted to just quit the whole project and go back to how it was before, haha. My back was killing me, and my muscles were just aching. Not to mention that I was ravenously hungry (how is it that painting takes so much energy?).
After a quick Google search, I decided to chance it with just one coat of primer. I figured if worse came to worst, I could just use a third coat of paint. Painting the trim white was even more tedious than priming, because I had to be careful not to get the white paint anywhere other than on the trim (when priming, I just covered the walls and trim together). Finally, when the trim was done with one coat of primer and one coat of paint, I decided to do the walls and hopefully be good with just one coat.
The second I brushed on some of the yellow paint, I thought, "Oh, crap, this looks like Easter!" I wasn't imagining an Easter-yellow--more of a sunny yellow. Jerry got home shortly after that (the twelfth hour at that point) and he really loved the color. I really didn't want to change the color, because I was just ready to finish the whole thing, so I continued with the Easter-yellow. The more we painted (Jerry did the rolling while I painted around the trim), the more the color grew on me. I really like it!
I don't have any real "before" photos, but looking back through my pictures on my computer, I found this one that will at least give you an idea of what it looked like before:
And now, partially done (still working on the window treatments, and some pictures for the walls):
|Estelle's favorite place is on my bed|
I'm trying to figure out what to do with the windows. Before painting, I was thinking we'd have to get white blinds, but I discovered that I actually kind of like the contrast of the dark brown ones (they look black in the picture). I hung one curtain rod this morning, but I'm not sure what my plan is yet as far as window treatments, so I'm going to figure that out before I hang the other rod. Suggestions? Should I switch out the blinds for white?
We finished painting at 10:00 pm (I had started at 8:00 in the morning). Once we moved the furniture back, and hung the blinds back up, I was completely exhausted. I didn't cook dinner, so Jerry had picked up a pizza on the way home. I scarfed down three pieces--it was like I couldn't even eat them fast enough. It's so odd! Even after running 10 miles, I don't feel that ravenous. Painting is exhausting.
When I woke up this morning, every muscle in my body was groaning. Painting the bedroom was a better strength workout than any other I've ever done. And today is going to be just as challenging--I have to hang the doors back up (and possibly paint them, I haven't decided yet); hang curtains; hang the TV; hang a ceiling fan; and hang a mirror. The final part of our bedroom project will be new carpet, but that will probably have to wait until next year, because it'll be expensive.
Anyway, that's what has been taking up my time this week! I did my weigh-in this morning, and I really like using the average moving weight. Today's average moving weight was 128.6. If I had gone by my actual weight this morning for my official weigh-in, I wouldn't have been very happy--I had pizza last night, and put on two pounds overnight from the sodium! (There are two foods that always make my weight jump by 2-4 pounds overnight--pizza and buffalo wings.)
Not putting on my typical 10 pounds of "spring" weight (I always tend to gain weight through the spring and summer) has been pretty challenging so far. Yesterday, it was 90 degrees outside! As I was working on my bedroom, I was thinking about how good a few Summer Shandies would taste, but I'm going to try and limit the alcohol to just social situations this summer, so I don't wind up with lots of extra calories on a day-to-day basis. Alcohol and ice cream are two things that tend to get me in trouble with my weight every summer.
Jerry and I are starting a food challenge today, which I'll write about tomorrow. I had the whole post about it almost done yesterday, but like I said, I just got too busy to finish. It's kind of a fun challenge that we've done before, and I'm looking forward to it!