Saturday, March 20, 2021

A Cautionary Tale

 Painting a ceiling for seven hours is not advisable.

YP: 'Trimming in' means using a small brush to feather in the edges so that you can take the roller down between the beam work and not splatter paint on the beam. 'Trimming in' requires time and patience. Taping and papering the beams to protect them would have taken even longer. (7 beams running the length of the house). 

After my marathon ceiling painting, my shoulders ached. My neck ached. My upper back ached. We had left overs for supper and I did nothing aside from a long hot shower (side note: the paint came out of my hair on the very first wash!)

Two days later, my right shoulder is still on strike. 

Probably should have done things differently. Tim pointed out that there was no reason to get it all done in one day (after the fact). However, I stick to my original premise. That job needed to be done in one day, because it would have been pretty difficult forcing myself to return to it the next day. Glad it is done. 

17 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good job well done Debby. I am not a fan of painting. I've been known not to paint behind the wardrobe.­čśŐ

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  2. I am a sloppy painter, which means that anyone looking at me would hesitate before actually looking at the job I've done. I'm a mess, but I do a good job. I don't hate painting, however, it's not one of my favorite things to do. Your comment led me to one conclusion: I must get more wardrobes.

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  3. Painting works the entire upper body, but for me has its worst effects on my neck and shoulders from craning my head up and pressing. Glad it's done and you can rest and get back to normal.

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  4. Next time you are painting a ceiling may I suggest that you wear a cheap plastic shower cap - perhaps pink or patterned with daisies. Thank you for the "trimming" explanation.

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  5. I am so sloppy at painting, my husband won't allow me to paint. Truth. But hey, imagine how Michelangelo felt after doing the Sistine chapel! And he didn't want the job, either. He considered himself a sculptor, not a painter.

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  6. Nope. Not me. I would get a man in!

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  7. With any big project, there's something to be said for pushing ahead and getting it all done -- but yeah, sometimes there's a price to pay! Hope your shoulder feels better soon.

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  8. The last time I painted a ceiling I went straight to bed I felt so awful. Obviously I am too old for such activity I’m pleased to say. Hope you soon recover.

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  9. Jennyff, sort of like the time I discovered that I was good at sanding drywall...dammit.

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  10. I think in the UK we say 'cutting in' rather than trimming. Oh I do so love painting pictures but hate doing walls ... is that odd?

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  11. Just remember that when MichaelAngelo painted the Sistine Chapel ceiling he laid on his back on planks. (I think)

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  12. Painting ceilings is horrible. To be honest, I just don't do it. I have a friend actually LIKES doing it. I let him do one or two that were desperate but generally, like ironing, I just give it a miss!

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  13. The last time I painted it led to back spasms.

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  14. I thought about that myself, that you were taking on a big job, especially looking upwards when painting the ceilings. I hope you recover quickly.

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  15. I would have done it in one day. You knew on the first reach you would pay for it.

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  16. You were indeed wise to do it in one day. I don’t think I would have made it that long!

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  17. I dislike trimming paint, especially ceilings. But I hate taping even more so I have gotten quite good at trimming without taping.

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