Finally, progress has been made! I know I've only been a homeowner for 10 days, but it feels like a month since I haven't gotten that much done.
With the living room and dining room primed, I'm finally feeling a sense of accomplishment - along with two very sore arms. I had to sleep with two ice packs on my right arm on Sunday night. I felt like a huge wuss, but hey, it hurt!
Sorry for the poor picture quality, there's not a lot of light in the house at the moment.
The house smelled like smoke, so Kilz was in order. Plus, it seems everything in this house is painted a different shade of yellow-y brown. A fresh coat of paint will make it feel less dirty and more like my house.
The front door will be painted eventually, but I'll do that on a day when there are more people in the house so I can take it off without worrying about being robbed. Yes, I'm a little paranoid, but I will be a little paranoid until I'm in the house a little longer.
Ok, here's the timeline -
Friday night, 6-10pm: Prep
– cover floors
– remove curtains
– remove nails/screws/random hooks from walls
– spackle holes
Saturday, 8-10pm: Caulking
– more caulk
Sunday, 12-7pm: Priming
– cut in
– paint trim
– paint walls
Thirteen hours for two rooms. Yikes. BUT! It was worth it to do it right - or so I keep telling myself.
Part of the reason it took so long is that Kilz is THICK. I was dipping my brush into my bucket every three strokes when cutting in. I really had to push hard to spread it around.
I used oil based paint for this since the woman at Lowe's told me that would give me the best smell/stain coverage. The paint itself is pretty stinky. Once I started painting you definitely couldn't smell the smoke anymore. There's an odorless option of this paint, but its $4 more a gallon. Since I'm going to be using around 7 gallons, I'd rather paint with the windows open then spend an extra $28.
Next up - the kitchen. The kitchen has been prepped and now needs some paint. It will be much faster than the living and dining room - there's no baseboard and there's only trim around the windows. I'm confident that it wont take