I have a confession, but I doubt that this will come as a shock to anyone.
You know how my plan for this year was to finish my living room, entryway, and dining room completely, and then make every other room in my house presentable? Well, I’m not abandoning that plan. I do still plan to stick to it as closely as possible. But let’s just say that I’m finding it way more difficult that I had anticipated.
We all know what happened when I headed into the hallway bathroom to take care of item #61 on my master to-do list — cover the floor with peel and stick tile. I had the best intentions, but one thing led to another, and now that bathroom looks like this…
It just made more sense to me to do things correctly if I’m going to put the time and effort into it. The idea of peel and stick tiles on the floor, and covering up the tiled walls, just didn’t set well with me.
But I’m sure there are still things on my list that can be taken care of quickly, right? Two days ago, I thought I’d try to take care of one of those seemingly quick and easy projects — #86, paint the bedroom walls. So I got started, rolled the paint onto about one-and-a-half walls, and stopped. Here’s what it looked like…
Can you see that awful texture on the wall? It’s horrible! When I walk into this room during the day, the first thing I notice isn’t my new headboard or the pendant light I worked so diligently to finish. Nope, I notice that texture on the walls. It really is the first thing that grabs my attention from the door.
The walls in the condo have heavy texture on them, but they’re a standard knockdown texture, and it’s at least consistent throughout. I didn’t like it, but because it was standard and consistent, I was able to live with it. But this texture is bumpy, random, and inconsistent.
I used a satin sheen paint. I supposed I could have used eggshell, or even flat paint, but it won’t matter. The texture is very noticeable even on the walls with the original flat antique white paint. I don’t now why I expected a fresh coat of paint in a dark color to hide it better, but I did. And it failed.
So I stopped, and now I have a bedroom that is about 1/3 navy blue and 2/3 old antique white. What is the point in wasting time, effort, and paint, if the outcome is going to look terrible? I tried to convince myself to just get it finished so that I can mark something “easy” off of my list and get on with things, but I can’t seem to make myself do that. If I’m going to paint the walls, I want them to look great when they’re finished. That’s not unreasonable, right? 🙂
Now this seemingly quick and easy project has turned into something that’s not quick at all. I want to skim coat the walls to reduce the texture, prime, and paint again. Since I’ll have to live with this for probably at least three years while we save up for our big remodel, I want it done right, and I want it to be something I’ll actually be proud of when it’s finished.
Please tell me I’m not alone in this. At least some of you agree with me, right? If you’re going to a job, do it right, even if that means it’ll take a bit more time and effort.
So all of that to say that I have a feeling quite a few of these seemingly quick and easy projects won’t be quick and easy after all. I’m still going to do my best to get through as much of my list as possible this year, but I’m just not the type of person to compromise the quality of my work in exchange for quick, easy, and done. Living in a house filled with new, poor quality finishes and poorly done, rushed jobs would irritate me far more than just living in a house filled with decades-old, outdated finishes that I know I’ll eventually update.
I’m trying. I really am. Don’t give up on me, or my “make it presentable” plan, just yet! 🙂