Around Christmas my 11 year old asked if we could paint his room. I had recently finished my extremely long kitchen project and wasn’t interested in ever seeing a paint brush again. I promised I would get to it some time after the holidays, but reminded him that he shouldn’t hold his breath waiting on it to get done.
Spring Break rolls around and I was excited that we would be staying home for some much needed rest. I had just sat down in my favorite chair to read a book when the tween comes bee bopping in with as much enthusiasm and energy only a kid his age can have.
“I have the BEST idea ever! Why don’t we paint my room during Spring Break?!?!”, he said.
I LOL’ed because I thought it was the most ludicrous idea I had ever heard…
but then I saw the hurt in his little eyes…
and I knew that I couldn’t put it off much longer;
however, it still wasn’t going to happen over Spring Break.
It Started with a Fresh Coat of Paint…
A couple of weeks ago as Stew was finishing up his big deck project, I decided out of the blue to start painting Peanut’s room. We were just finishing up a 4-6 week project, so why not hop right into another one?
Sometimes it better to do it that way. Just jump right in without much thought. I find it takes away the dread factor in most cases.
So, here we go…
I didn’t take any before pics, but I have gotten a few along the way.
Reid helped me paint and took great pride in his work.
The room is painted. Now what?
After finishing up the room, I decided the huge walk in closet needed to be painted. So I sorted through his clothes and toys to donate to Goodwill as I was emptying out the closet. We’ll call this a project within a project.
Here’s a slight mess in his room from cleaning out the closet, but it overflowed into the hallway, and another room before all was said and done, not to mention the bags of stuff in the garage to be donated.
I have a thing about clutter so by this point I was starting to lose it. Things were stacked everywhere and nothing was close to being completed…
As I took down the wire closet organizers I noticed it was covered with a very sticky residue, so I ended up scrubbing them with 3 different degreasers in order to get them clean.
Good grief. You remember this was supposed to be a simple paint job, right?
Well, I painted the closet, got the racks back in, and guess what?
How about the attached bath?
The attached bathroom looked like it needed to be freshened up.
I then moved onto painting the Jack and Jill bath…
And the vanity was looking rough so it’s in the middle of being painted black like the kitchen cabinets…
The dark vanity base is adding some much needed contrast to the light counter tops and flooring.
The project that keeps getting bigger…
During the two weeks I’ve spent in Reid’s room, my allergies started killing me and I knew it was the old carpet causing the issue.
Yesterday Stew and I ripped out all of the carpet so that next weekend we can lay the new flooring.
The finished project?
Wouldn’t you love to see the after pics? Yeah, me too!
Nothing is completely done yet.
I have touch ups on the ceiling, the vanity doors are getting painted today and then the entire thing will be ready to clear coat, a “new” desk and bookshelves are in the works, along with us installing new flooring next weekend.
And if you’re wondering if I’ve been hating myself for that spur of the moment decision to do a “fresh coat of paint”?
The simple answer is yes.