The Office: Week Three

My big move this week was to clear the floor at the end of the office, the part in front of the couch and the back door, and begin painting there. Except for some reason, I didn’t check the can of Rustoleum White that I picked up. It didn’t go very far and when I finally put my glasses on, I saw that I’d found the only can of boat paint in the house. It looks just like the latex I’d bought except there a very small boat on the label. The good news is, that stuff’ll last. The bad news is, it’s oil based so I can’t put latex over it without a lot of prep. So I ordered four more cans of the stuff (not cheap) and it’s coming on Friday. It takes forever to dry, so I’ll be moving into the front of the house while the floors back here cure. And it has to be done this weekend before the temps get so low again that it’s not above 50 degrees on the back porch.

In other words, I made progress but . . .

15 thoughts on “The Office: Week Three

  1. I think that’s the way it goes with projects like this. Good that you made progress. My laundry room project is bogged down at the opening job of emptying the shelves that are coming down. It’s amazing how much can go on a shelf.

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  2. It sounds like we’re similar in that we don’t wear our glasses when working. Mine always slip and annoy me. Guess my face gets sweaty when I do hard labor. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did a similar thing when freshening up the kitchen and used a flat instead of a semi-gloss on one half of a wall and then had to re-do. Fortunately I didn’t need to re-do the entire room.

    Hope the temperature stays up so you get to check off this chore from the must do list.

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  3. I painted my entire house cream when I moved in (except the mudroom entry, which is a cheery yellow, to deceive people into thinking they’re coming into someone else’s house). The walls were matte and the trim was semi-gloss. So one day I looked around and saw a bunch of spots in the dining room and living room that needed a touch up, found the old paint, and walked around dabbing it on the problem areas.

    Except when it dried, it turned out to be the semi-gloss, not the matte. So now I have walls that in a certain light look very odd…kind of a spotted gleam-y matte. Someday I will repaint the whole thing. That day is not today. It is not looking so good for tomorrow, either. (I probably did this about six years ago, which tells you how much it bugs me.)

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    1. Don’t know if it’ll work, but if you paint stripes of the same color alternating matte and gloss, and it can look really good.

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  4. I kind of worry about your asthma with the paint. I’m hoping it’s low VOC and that you have an air purifier until it cures. I painted a living room once about seven times (pre-kid years, long story), and I developed some allergy issues on top of my normal ones. I have to be super careful about chenicals now, so please ventilate, ventilate, ventilate!

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    1. I am very careful and absolutely up to date on my meds, plus having inhalers stashed in every room of the house. No worries.

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