OK, so I know I lamented about Dan’s decision to do work himself rather than pay someone to do it. I know I said I was going to pay a large sum of money to have my bedroom-turned-closet walls done-up to remove the wallpaper and wallpaper glue, and to have them painted — meaning no work for me. However, I felt a little uneasy about spending so much money to create my closet — it would eat into a lot of my closet-filling shopping budget. So I decided to check with another contractor about the project. Luckily a coworker referred me to someone who could do the hardest part for a decent price, then I could do the slightly easier work myself.
In the end, I only threw some money at the problem.
I removed the wallpaper myself. The contractor assured me that it would be easy, so I gave it a try. Luckily he was right — it only took about an hour to pull all of it down. My contractor came over for a few hours the next two days to remove the glue and prep the walls for painting. My mom and I primed the walls on Saturday morning, did one coat of color on Saturday afternoon and then I painted the final coat on Sunday afternoon.
I had forgotten how much I hate painting. I hate all the prep work. I hate painting around the trim, windows and doors. I hate using the roller. And even though the clean-up process means you’re done, I especially hate the clean-up process. Maybe it’s because I’m already exhausted and sick of doing work, yet I have to figure out a way to get all the dirty brushes and rollers into a sink to clean them without getting paint everywhere. It’s like I’m so excited to have finished that last section of a wall, only to realize I have another 15-20 minutes of dirty work ahead of me. I think I get more paint on myself and my clothes during clean-up than I do while painting.
What’s even more annoying is that I’ve pinned several articles for tips about painting, yet I didn’t review a single one prior to my project.
But my walls are done and I saved $500 in the process. Now I can use those dollars to buy shelving.