The Power of Paint and Prep

Painting!

I enjoy painting. Or, rather, I enjoy the results created by paint. Paint is the cheapest way to remodel your house and give it a fresh look.

And I don’t mind the actual painting itself. I find it soothing. However, I’ve learned over the years that I will be patently unhappy (read-obsessively) with the results if I don’t take the time to do the part I don’t care for all that much: the prep work.

Ugh.

So first, I take the before picture. I’ll want to remember how transforming paint can actually be. You might need this motivation to get through the prep part.

Then you need to do two things. Remove EVERYTHING. And clean EVERYTHING.

This is the boring part. So I usually do one section at a time. Right now, I took all the decorative objects and curtains down and removed the hardware. Then, I’m going to give it all a good cleaning. I personally like TSP (or a TSP substitute) because it’s a degreaser and deglosser and it really cuts any crud that would make your new paint not stick nicely. However, it is a chemical and you need to wear gloves with it. There is a probably a non-chemical alternative involving vinegar, but I just haven’t bothered to investigate that yet.

After I’ve washed the walls, I can go back and spackle any holes or dings or scratches in the parts of the walls that have dried. Sand down the high spots and bubbles from the last paint job. Wipe down again.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

It helps to either listen to one (or several) of your favorite movies or your favorite music. Enlisting company helps, too!

Reward yourself after this step is done. It’s the least fun and it makes everything look worse before it looks better, but it’s sooooooo important. Did I make that clear enough?

Synthensia

I’ve blogged a little bit before about an interesting condition I have called synthensia. Here’s a wiki article on it.

I haven’t given it a whole lot of thought because it’s just the way I am. I suppose if anything, I was surprised other people didn’t see letters and numbers and music in color and taste shapes. But I think it’s fascinating the way our brains work and all the variations of that. So when I was reading one of my favorite blogs, ColourLovers, and saw this article on synthensia, I wanted to share it.

The blogger’s experience is different than my own. I don’t see colors as distinctly as she does. My are more like halos or glows, I guess. It’s a bit hard to describe. And I couldn’t map all of them out the way she does. What’s interesting is that we see letters and numbers as different colors. For example, her color map actually hurts me to look at it, almost like fingernails on a chalkboard, because her colors aren’t “right.” They’re not the colors I associate with those words and numbers and it creates this discord in my brain that is almost painful.

But I love how she, also a graphic designer, talks about how her condition affects her work. I’ve never really thought of it that way, other than knowing some colors just didn’t work in certain situations. It was fascinating to me. And maybe to you too.

Book and Color Lover


Photo by: Chotda

To keep up with the world of design I read blogs. Big surprise, huh? One of my favorites is Colourlovers.com. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, go check it out. It’s a feast for the eyes.

The picture above comes from a post about organizing your bookshelves by color. And they’re serious! This particular line caught my eye: “If you’re really anal, you can create sleeves for your books and code them by color (fiction=yellow, textbooks=blue).”

I love color and organization, but I am NOT that anal. I have to admit to loving the effect though.

Book and Color Lover


Photo by: Chotda

To keep up with the world of design I read blogs. Big surprise, huh? One of my favorites is Colourlovers.com. Even if you’re not a graphic designer, go check it out. It’s a feast for the eyes.

The picture above comes from a post about organizing your bookshelves by color. And they’re serious! This particular line caught my eye: “If you’re really anal, you can create sleeves for your books and code them by color (fiction=yellow, textbooks=blue).”

I love color and organization, but I am NOT that anal. I have to admit to loving the effect though.