The First Time

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
November 7, 2008 1:18am CST
My shoulders and arms are burning. My neck is a bit stiff from looking up, longer than I'm used to. My back aches like no other. I knelt, I stood up, I sat and I crouched. I rubbed the walls. I went up and down a ladder. I stood on counters. And I had to use these contraptions that I've never had before in my whole life. And I came home with my sweater smeared with paint all over. This was the first time I've ever painted. The last day and a half, we have washed and primed with white paint the pink kitchen of the house Boyfriend finally got a week ago. It is physically exhausting but mentally relaxing. Boyfriend and his mom has to show me what to do. I've learned how to open the paint can and close the lid tightly. I know how the roller works and I now know what TSP is. I've learned how to cut corners and I understand what prime is. And I got to help wash a paintbrush clean after everything was done. I had a great time. I've always wanted to put a bandanna on and wear "paint-smeared" clothes and I finally got to! How was your first time painting?
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@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
7 Nov 08
Congratulations!! I have never painted my house. Expect for painting a few boxes here and there I have never painted like that. It sounds so good! So now you are near expert. It certainly gives a feeling of satisfaction on accomplishing something you are doing for the first time. How I wish to send you a bandana!! BTW, what's TSP?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
TSP is a cleaning solvent (I think!). It's something you use to wipe clean the walls with a wet towel to get the grime and dirt off it before repainting. Or if you just want your walls cleaner. Yes, I did feel very productive and proud of myself afterwards but my body is feeling something else right now. I guess typing a lot here in myLot doesn't really do me any good right now. Thanks for wishing to send me a bandanna.
@mimpi1911 (25473)
• India
7 Nov 08
You are welcome! It must be darn strenuous, you take rest, hon.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I was very sleepy a while ago and now I'm not. I guess I should just wait for Boyfriend to come home in half an hour (I hope!). Yes, my body is feeling a bit bruised. From the painting activity today and yesterday. Plus an hour hike up and down a steep pavement at a state park the day before that... Goodnight, mimpi! For now, let's just have imaginary similar bandannas...
@nimnim74 (251)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
I bought our new house two years ago but it has no paint yet. I decided to paint it myself, Now I am proud that through my hardwork, back pains and profuse sweating I can boast to my visitors that I painted our entire house and that was my first time to do it.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Congratulations on a job done, nimnim! I am sure that everytime you step into that house, you still feel that pride and satisfaction you felt after you finished painting the last room in that house. You earn the right to boast that you did it all yourself. Profuse sweating made me smile. That is detailed! Welcome to myLot!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
11 Nov 08
I like to confuse people, clem. Besides, sweating is not as bad as having needles on eyeballs. I'm not talking about the grossness level but just the pain too.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
11 Nov 08
The reason why I'm wearing glasses right now is that I somehow was allergic to contact lenses and that left some scratches in both eyes. In order for me to do away with glasses, I have to have this surgery where they have to scrape off something about my epithelium so that is why I can't really bear the thought of people sticking something sharp in someone else's eyes. I still can't decide whether I'm going through with it or not.
• United States
8 Nov 08
PS: I remember once when I was painting my kitchen, hehehe. My boyfriend was not in on the project, he would be sitting at his desk trying to work. I loved to drive him to distraction by painting in a mini skirt... bending over to dip my brush in the paint with my back to him. I invariably got put on the kitchen table... his work temporarily forgotten.
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• United States
8 Nov 08
Oops! I thought I was commenting on my original response. You'd think I got myself all excited!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Oh, ziggy, you and your miniskirt. You eat on that table!!!!!! LOL.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
Hahaha, no, actually we did not eat off that table, especially not while I was painting in there, but mostly I used that table to dry the pottery I was making, so you don't have to be grossed out!
@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
i only have painted small things like projects or a small portion of a wall or a door coz i cant take the smell of paints since i have an asthma, it is very bad for me to paint for a longer period of time...
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
8 Nov 08
If you have asthma, then it's better to stay away from things or activities that could aggravate it. I know little about asthma though. But now they have some odorless paint, would that make a difference? Thanks, Nhey.
@Nhey16 (2518)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
maybe i would try those paints when i really need to do some paintings... :)
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I don't want to be responsible for your asthma attack if you indeed try these kinds of paint. Make sure you ask an expert on that. Take care, Nhey.
@linkinaa (22)
• China
7 Nov 08
em, your description in the first paragraph is quite interesting. at the very beginning, i almost mistake your idea. but as to paint, i know about nothing. so i can share nothing. huh~~~
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
LOL. I got your attention, didn't I? Get your mind off the gutter, mister! Thanks for responding, linkinaa and welcome to myLot!
• China
7 Nov 08
seems i offend you, don't i? if not, get your mind out of gutter, too. then i'll keep my eyes on this discussion. thx for your comment, SaintAnn and welcome to myLot too.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Thanks again, linkinaa. Don't worry, I wasn't offended at all.
@drannhh (15237)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Our first timer painting was a house we rented and it just needed painting so badly that we bought the paint and did it ourselves, and I sewed pretty curtains for the kitchen too. Then a few weks later our landlady stopped in as she was in the neighborhood to see if we wanted to save a stamp by giving her the rent instead of mailing it. We said ok and I while I went to get the money, she looked around and I will NEVER forget what she said: "I forgot how nice this place looked, I will have to raise your rent!" So we bought a house the next day and never gave her any more rent. And hubby got mad and cut the curtains into shreds so keep her from getting to enjoy them, and I was so mad because if he had asked me I would have told him I could have cut them down to use in the house we bought. But he said we would have store-bought curtains. He didn't realize stores don't make them as nice as mine were, but since we all grew up with hand me downs and home made stuff, "store-bought" seemed better to him. The place we are at now is the first place we ever bought that was all freshly painted when we moved. I love it! We got the house cheap because the previous owners had painted all the rooms with hideous colors and it took 3 coats to cover them, so we painted again....and again...and again. A few years later things got better for us and we could afford to move to a nicer neighborhood, so this time we painted all over again to get a better price and that was the first time I painted the outside of a house. You will never guess what we did next, lol, or will you?
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
You and your husband started your own painting business where you worked as good teammates!!! Or You painted a big boat? Your solarium? Your landlady was delusional and freaking forgetful. "Store-bought" has now lost some, if not most, of its shimmer for a lot of people. Now they're back to homemade ones. I'm sorry that your husband shredded the curtains you sewed. So after the pink kitchen, we'll work on the pink master's bedroom. Joy!
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@drannhh (15237)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Pink is unique for a kitchen, no? Are your appliances off-white? My bathroom here is shrimp, that is sort of pink. Hubby's is green.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Is it sewed or sewn? I think it's sewn, isn't it? Our appliances? It's a rainbow collection! The dishwasher is black, stove and refrigerator are white. Boyfriend's microwave is off-white. I was only worried about my red mixer if it's going to blend in well with the green but Boyfriend's mom said it'll look nice since green works with most colors. I like when she said green is the color of nature and you get all these other bursts of oranges and reds and purples and stuff...
• United States
8 Nov 08
Oh wow, I totally forgot BF was wanting to buy a house! How exciting!! I LOVE moving into a new house!! And I am very much into color so I almost always paint. I have been painting for so long I do not even remember my first time! I have done it professionally, but I really prefer doing it just for my self. Hahaha, that is really funny about wanting to put on a bandanna and wear 'paint-smeared' clothing! I want to have some 'painters whites' - a pair of white pants and a white shirt, but I doubt that mine will look like my friends who used to wear them. I don't know how he kept them so paint free, just an artistic smudge here and there... when I paint I end up covered in it! And people sure like to say "did you get any paint on the wall?" when they see me like that. That can be a little annoying. When I paint I switch hands constantly. I had to paint two ceilings here by hand and not with a roller because they were textured... that was pretty rough! I could only do a small section at a time without giving myself days of pain. And any old rag will do to tie around your hair, well, a clean one is preferable, hehehe.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I used this bandanna that already looked like it had paint in it so no loss there. But my phone has a little bit of paint in it since stupid me picked up the phone when I still had paint-smeared gloves on. Is there something that you haven't done professionally, zig? It seems like you've tried almost everything out. Your friend must have been an awesome and neat painter. When I was just using the brush, I didn't have a lot on me but when I started using the roller, then the paint started rolling onto me too. And how did you survive painting two ceilings by hand? You could have apprenticed for Michelangelo.
@gemini_rose (16268)
7 Nov 08
I wondered what you were on about, at first I thought you were sunburned or something! It is exhausting painting, but I agree that it is relaxing and so satisfying when it is done. I think it is always amazing how a lick of paint can make a whole room look so different and so new. I have been able to paint for years but my first time was horrible, I was also trying my hand at wallpapering too and I remember I put my first piece on the wall and was so proud of myself, I started on the second piece and was just about to put it up when the first piece fell down on my head. I got so cross in the end that I just ripped the whole lot up! I swore after that day that I would never paper anything in my house again and so far I have stuck to it.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Nice pumpkin there, gemini rose. I'm sorry to hear about your wallpaper experience. It makes me think of a nightmare where the wallpaper is trying to swallow you. I agree how a lick of paint can make the room look different, new and clean. Boyfriend's mom painted the window sill as well and I can't help but be amazed at the difference it made. I don't think I'd like to put wallpapers in the house. Thanks for sharing, gemini_rose.
@James72 (26829)
• Australia
7 Nov 08
Oh tell me about it! And painting the ceiling is the absolute WORST! We end up discovering pain in muscles that we didn't even know we had! lol. I have never been a big fan of painting to be honest and although I have done it in the past I would much prefer to limit myself to a feature wall or something basic rather than go all out and paint an entire room. I just don't have the patience for one and my ability to maintain lines arounbd cornices etc is seriously lacking! If I had it my way I would explode a big can of paint in the middle of a room like in that Mr Bean episode (if you ever saw it). Quick, easy and very manly I reckon!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
8 Nov 08
Hello, Mr. James. Boyfriend laughed when I told him I felt like I'm growing wings. I don't even know what to call that part of the body but I would assume if one is to grow wings, that's where it would start. Since Boyfriend had school all day and work all night, his mom and I offered to do the rest of the painting that day. Boyfriend already did the ceiling for the dining area as he is tall but I ended up doing the ceiling for the proper kitchen area. I don't think it would have been a good idea to let his mom do it. I ended up standing on the counters. A time like this really lets me think about my height. I used to watch a lot of Mr Bean with my dad but I can't remember this episode. Boyfriend has his comedy show (Rowan Atkinson) on video. But if it would work, then go ahead and do it... if not, just tell them you're trying to paint Pollock-style.
• United States
7 Nov 08
I don't remember ever painting, unless I helped to do it as a little kid. As an adult, I've lived in rentals, so there was no painting to be done in those (although, they could have used it!).
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
8 Nov 08
When my sister and I first moved into an apartment, they gave us an option of having our walls painted for $100. Back then $100 was not something we could just throw away to "beautify" the place. The apartment was brand new so we felt it was okay to live in a mostly white-painted place. Thanks, wilsongoddard!
@Opal26 (17684)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Hi anne! Congratulations on your first painting experience! Isn't it fun! I love to paint! I have some paint projects that I will be starting too! We have to repaint the bedroom because it was so stained from not being painted for so many years that the one coat the painters did wasn't enough. I will be re-painting some furniture that I have. I have already re-stained 2 bookcases and stained a tablelamp brown. I will start re-painting a small cabinet, night table, and a wicker hamper that I will paint white on Saturday. Then I have to re-paint a rocker, chair and tv stand blue. I have another rocker to stain brown. I also have shelves to paint blue. I have to do all of this before I can put the apartment together and I'm running out of time. I promised bf it will be finished before his birthday and Thanksgiving which is November 24th. So I need to get a move on!
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
And you describe yourself as somewhat lazy and just spends most of the day idling. That is a lot of work, Opal! I don't know how to stain furniture but maybe I get to in the future. I hope bf appreciates everything you're doing in the name of love. Pow chika wow wow!!!
@rsa101 (29957)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
|Good for you that you finally experience something that we see quite outside but we didn't have the experience of doing it ourselves. The aches and pain in your body id just but a natural reaction for being exposed in a new physical activity you're not used to have.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Yes, I did expect to have these physical aches. When I started "hiking", I felt the consequence later on too in my legs and feet. Thanks, rsa. Nice horsey!
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Hello SaintAnne! Job well-done on your PAINTING "session". I know it's never an easy job to do it but the thought of doing it for love really is fulfilling. I tried helping out my hubby before painting our house but I quitted because the smell of pain triggered my migraine..
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Migraines are no fun. I get them too but hopefully smelling all that paint today won't trigger any one of them. It is very fulfilling. I love that Boyfriend and I get to do it together as well as I get to learn something new in life again. Thanks, mjmlagat.
@rkrish (3003)
• India
7 Nov 08
Its great seeing you making your own way of doing the new things and learning more out of it..congrats i am poor in making a strectch work at home so i always call for a labour but really it makes sense of doing some by our own. let me try something what i can do
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Doing new things are always exciting, at least most of them anyway. We really can't afford the labor here right now and we both know doing the painting together would be a good thing to start with. Boyfriend's mom was a big help too since she's done this before and would tell us what we miss or need because we thought we were just going to do it in one process. Thanks, rkrish.
• Malaysia
7 Nov 08
Besides getting the pain and all, I am sure you enjoyed your first experience painting. Yes it is tedious work because many things have to be done before we can get a smooth finished painted wall. But after that you can smile when you look back at your own work. You can proudly say this is the result of your hard work. At that time all your shoulder burning, arms burning, neck's stiff would be worthwhile. I have experienced painting a wall and it is very tiring. But I didn't do it alone because I was just helping my husband at that time. He was helping a friend of him paint his new house, so I just came along to accompany him. Then I ended up helping him painting. It was such a memorable sweet event.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I get what you mean by a memorable, sweet event, ladysurvivor. This is something Boyfriend and I are doing together with big help from his mom (who knows a lot about painting as her dad was a paint contractor). I think I will appreciate the kitchen even more as we did put a lot of hard work in it. I know all these are worth having a kitchen we both would enjoy. Thank you, ladysurvivor.
@glords (2614)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Im so glad that you dream finally came true. I only wish I shared the same ambition, then maybe that ugly blue wall in our bedroom would be taken care of. Oh well... I think its always wonderful to learn a new skill. Sorry you had to suffer physically. I hope you get feeling better soon.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Was blue already the color of your bedroom when you guys moved in? The master bedroom over here is pink so we're definitely repainting that one out. The former owner must have loved pink or definitely had tons of that color in supply. I'm feeling much better now. My arms are still a bit "crampy" and achy but other than that, it's a new day! Take care, glords.
@glords (2614)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Yes... our entire condo is still in the same colors of its es-owner... except the nursery. I love the colors she picked out for the rest of the place, though the paint job is a little less than great! Perhaps the dusty blue is okay too, but it doesn't match our bedding and furniture.
@glords (2614)
• United States
9 Nov 08
err I meant to say ex-owner.