Sunday, December 9, 2012

The Woodwork

14 in 1 painter's tool.
What do I use all those
curves and holes for?

It turns out it's not all that simple.   Painting the trim, putting the decorations on the cake, if you will, has been a growth experience.  As one hitches along the perimeter of a room, first taping the edge of the carpet under the baseboard, then painting the baseboard (not the wall, thank you.  It's already done and is Pale Honey in eggshell, not white in enamel), there is plenty of time for contemplation.  If one is paying attention and finds joy in details, there's a lot to be learned.

The big curve on the right of the painter's tool cleans at
least a half cup of paint out of the roller before it is ready
to be washed!  Washing up goes so much faster.

At the beginning of this painting project (you remember it all began with washing the windows and deep-cleaning the kitchen floor), the work list said simply "paint the ceiling Air, paint the walls Pale Honey, paint the woodwork White."

Kitchen corner BEFORE

So the baseboards became white.  The woodwork around the windows was a different matter.  Cracks and dried calk between the window sash and woodwork needed to be cleaned out and recalked.  Mini blinds were taken down.  The sashes were cleaned.  And the woodwork was finally painted.

The mini blinds went back up--temporarily.  They are old.  They are dirty.  They are slightly broken here and there.  And they look hideous in the newly painted window frames.

Kitchen corner AFTER

So one of the Things I get to do today (or tomorrow) is shop for new curtains.  What a slippery slope this has been!  How truly fabulous it is to have rooms feeling clean and vibrant instead of heavy and dirty.  Who knew?

PS.  This what I was doing when I was not blogging.


  1. A job worth doing is worth doing right and it appears that's what you did. Hit the nail on the head, so to speak. Or, is that a little heavy handed. Ha ha.

    Beautiful job. I'd be tracking down the first person to put a nick in that paint and showing them how to touch up.

    1. Thanks, Joanne. I'll keep the brush and paint handy (will probably be THAT person myself!) Teaching myself so much these days--hope I'm paying attention!

  2. Everything looks great. I don't love painting, but I sure enjoy the finished "product"! Have a nice day.

    1. Thanks, Melynda. I love taking my time and doing a good job. Painting can then be "loved." Blessings for your day as well.

  3. What a difference paint can make!

    1. You are SO right! Aren't we all glad it is as easy as a brush/roller stroke.