April 13, 2005

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Paint Fumes The weekend painting party went pretty good. Thank You Thank You Thank You to Steve H., Maria Cristina, Alejandra, David, Jonathan and Steve L. for coming over and helping out. Both Emma's and Alexander's rooms are almost done. And, while I really want to take a break tonight and not paint, the fact that both their mattresses and all their boxes are in our room and I can't find a damn thing is annoying me enough to put my head down and get at least one room done tonight. And while I certainly am not Debbie Travis, I have learned a few more things about painting. 1. Do the fucking trim first. I didn't do that and now I have to tape the walls and try to get a straight line where the two colours meet up. This in an old, poorly repaired house where there isn't a straight wall (horizontally or vertically). 2. Use a tinted primer under red paint. The trim in Alexander's room is red. And after two coats, it looks like we'll need at least two more. There will be no more red in this house (despite the fact that I love red walls). 3. Don't be afraid of colour. Though my children's rooms clearly follow traditional gender lines (big time) the bright bold colours rock. And I promise I'll have photos when they're done. 4. Choosing fancy techinques is great, but not when you have a whole house to paint. I decided to paint some circles on Emma's wall, and it'll take another weekend to get that done. I was seduced by the cool brochure. I will be wary of this in the future. Now to work, which seems perfectly relaxing and paint-fume free. And at three I'm off to see friends who planned a "Springtime is for drinking beer" gab fest. Mmmmmm beer.

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