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OMG it's almost done. The mudroom is scraped, stripped, scrubbed, de-epoxied, thoroughly cleaned (several times) and primed. Today, after a full week of "painting," I'm finally going to paint.

Here are some things I've learned, re-learned or proved to my complete satisfaction:
  • Liquid fabric softener, which is nearly as toxic in its own way as some of the other substances I've been working with all week, really does make latex paint slide right out of paintbrushes and rollers
  • Light-reading audiobooks and fun podfic make the job go faster, but surprisingly, serious non-fiction audiobooks work well too
  • Rockite is my new favorite thing
  • It always takes longer than you thought it would
  • Four ibuprofen just before bed are like a really good sleeping pill
  • Posting "before" photos really motivates one to get to the "after" photos
  • Once you are soaked with sweat, you can stop worrying about being sweaty

Okay. Paint! Pea green, deep navy blue, and cream. We'll see how it looks.

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executrix
Jul. 10th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if it's actually true, but I read that empty cans of *latex* paint can legitimately be discarded in the garbage, whereas empty cans of *alkyd* paint are supposed to be treated as hazmats.
emeraldsedai
Jul. 10th, 2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I think that's correct. I never use oil-based paint--the cleanup is too difficult. It's a problematic area all around, really: rinsing that latex down the drain is certainly not good, and down the storm drain, even less so. I've poured some of it into the more untamed parts of my garden, but I don't think there's a great solution.

Hey! Another reason not to paint very often.
roxymissrose
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:12 am (UTC)
Ooooo! what's this about the fabric softener?
emeraldsedai
Jul. 11th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
Oh, this is a neat trick! You get the excess latex paint off the brush or roller, then you pour liquid fabric softener on and kind of rub it in a little and let it sit a few minutes.

Something in the chemical makeup of the fabric softener makes the paint let go of fibers, and it washes out ten times faster than with plain water. I learned it from a Home Depot painting seminar that roseambr went to.
roxymissrose
Jul. 11th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
*clouds part, sun shines through, birds sing*

What a great tip! Thank you!!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 11th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Anything to make life easier, especially where painting is concerned.
starfishchick
Jul. 11th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Go you!! You are so inspiring!
emeraldsedai
Jul. 11th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
I'm longing to have this project finished. Geez! It's been quite a pull.
feed_your_muse
Jul. 12th, 2010 09:15 am (UTC)
You make me feel exhausted just reading about all the manual labour you're doing! My bathroom is waiting for me to layer on the paint at some point now that the paper a previous tenant slapped on the walls has been removed (and the non-damp environment paint they put on the ceiling has been sanded off).

Merry =^..^=
emeraldsedai
Jul. 12th, 2010 03:01 pm (UTC)
Oh dear. I was just saying to scribblemoose that these former-owner (or cheap contractor) problems are a pain in the ass. Wallpaper in a bathroom? Dude.
llaras
Jul. 13th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I'm starting to get excited to see how it all turns out! Hee! Hope you're getting some rest!
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