Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
The other night my friend Deirdre was rhapsodizing about the therapeutic qualities of white primer – how it means the messy, unpleasant part of the job (the sanding and scraping and hole-filling) is over.
Also, I added, it covers up a multitude of sins and creates a bright, blank canvas (and if I could’ve thought of another cliche, I probably would’ve said that, too).
This weekend we primed the evil, blotchy, scraped-to-death bathroom trim, and lo and behold it suddenly seems much less evil. Now the room feels larger, brighter, fresher, more inviting – and as a bonus, it offers oil paint fumes to get you high.
Yes, we used oil-based primer, despite my hatred of anything oil-based. But what choice did we have? The trim was previously painted with oil-based paint, and though we scraped and sanded it to within an inch of its life, we still felt safest (especially in the damp environment of the bathroom) going with oil-based primer, which we can paint latex on top of.
Besides, we bought a cheapo paintbrush so we could just chuck it after the job was done.
Now we can paint the trim easily in less than an hour. That means we don’t have to wait till the weekend or budget an entire day for the project. It can just happen any time. It might even happen tonight!
Doesn’t that kind of spontaneity just make you feel all tingly?