My Love/Hate Relationship with Painting



I think I have a love/hate relationship with it now. I love painting on a new color to freshen up a wall. I hate how long it takes and all the effort involved. I suppose in a perfect world, I would just hire someone to do it. But, then again, there’s a special type of satisfaction that comes from doing your own projects and using your elbow grease.

And painting is another activity that can test your relationship. Just like assembling IKEA furniture. First, there’s choosing a paint color that you can agree on. I had originally gone to Home Depot to choose some samples, and to be totally honest, the test spots have been on the living room walls since DECEMBER. We finally settled on a compromise, a shade between our initial preferences. And I think that if you can have a painting marathon (3 rooms, 3 days straight) without killing each other, it’s a definite good sign. Because trust me, I had moments.

I’m so glad we did it though. When we moved in everything was beige. I know that neutrals are great for selling a house, but I’m SO not a beige personality.

So now, the living room look so much better and brighter. The guest room looks much more inviting. And Cent’s man cave? Well, it looks more like a cave.

But how about some Before photos first:

Before Images of the Living Room

From the living room to the dining room, with the beloved table and chairs:

The accent wall. It was way too dark for my taste. And that soffet-esque thing? Yeah, it pretty much has no purpose. It’s weird.

And the side with the front door. I spent the weekend before taping everything. I love the Blue Painter’s tape.

As you can see, there are the test spots, that have been there for a long time.

Next week, the After photos!

Happy Friday!

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  • Reply Beth 07.24.2010 at 2:06 am

    Truth: “And painting is another activity that can test your relationship. Just like assembling IKEA furniture.”

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