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Carol Perkins: A small job grows into a month of work
A small redecorating job grows until the whole house has a new look
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By Carol Perkins
"Did you really want your den painted white?" one of the guys asked when I met him in the garage as he was cleaning his paintbrush. I thought he was joking. He wasn't.
"Yeah, right," I said. He pointed to the house and said, "Go look. That is the color you told us to paint it."
Had labeled the cans with wrong instructions
Sure enough, the room was white. Immediately, I knew what I had done. I thought I had carefully labeled the paint cans, so the darker color would go on the main walls and the lighter color at the entrance. I even put the cans of paint by the door, knowing I was not going to be there when they arrived.
What I didn't realize that one of the cans was not what I thought it was. The day before I had dashed to town to buy a gallon of trim paint. Instead of labeling the can of paint for the den, I picked up the trim paint and labeled it instead. They were following my directions, but somehow they knew that I had messed up.
"I almost called you to make sure this was right, but you had done such a good job of labeling, I didn't!" At least it was the first coat of paint, but what that meant was that I ran out of trim paint and had to buy another gallon.
The man who usually does the painting should have been grateful
Trim paint is not cheap. My plan to have a few rooms in the house painted led to a month of work for the crew of two. After finally choosing the colors I wanted, I turned the job over to them, and the man who usually does my painting (Guy) should have been grateful I didn't ask him to do these jobs, but his comment was, "Do you think I can't paint anymore?"
"Yes, when you nearly fainted trying to paint the ceiling in the bathroom, I was afraid an entire room would put you in the hospital." (His blood pressure is the culprit.)
As each newly painted room was done, another was added
As the men finished one room and I was so pleased with the change, they went to another and then I added another.
Soon I had rounded the corner from two bathrooms, a bedroom, and the hallway only to decide that I might as well go ahead and redo the den. They weren't surprised. "I think I'll also put new floors in the living room while I'm at it."
I have not had the incentive to do the work that should be done in my house until lately. As long as I was working, the wall color or the floors didn't matter too much.
However, when I was home every day, I began to think of changes. "You need to get a job," Guy said.
When I was younger, I changed wallpaper, bedspreads, and rearranged furniture periodically.
Had gone through a stale period
I have gone through a stale period, but when I found Pinterest and all the decorating shows to HGTV, I became inspired. My projects are just about completed and soon Guy will be able to find the remote without looking under and around boxes moved from room to room.
He said just last night, "I hate to admit it, but all of this work does make the house look better." "Thank you; thank you very much."
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