Oy but painting adds up!
First of all, wear and tear on the body. Especially an about-to-be-40-year-old body that has always had a bad back and is standing barefoot on tile. Then there’s getting up and down the stepladder, so the legs and glutes are tired/sore. And of course the wearied forearms and hands from dealing with the stupid paint roller.
In short, I spent most of day two and three of painting in a fair amount of discomfort.
And speaking of discomfort, there’s the financial pinch to be considered too.
When removing an old doorbell from the wall, I found a hole behind it. That was $5ish for a patch kit, plus the mediocre patch job I did will haunt me for years but whatchagonnado? When I went to spackle I discovered that I’d left my container in the hot garage and therefore had to go get a new container. Another $4.50ish.
I ran out of tape ($6.58) partway through masking for the wall color. I also just ran out of tape again now that I’m masking everything in reverse in preparation for the trim, doors and ceiling. (Yes, I know I should’ve done the ceiling before the walls. I was in denial that I’d have to paint it.) So that’s another $6.58.
The sample of paint was $3.50ish. But that was taken off the price of the gallon because I brought the sample jar back in. So they were $29.98 in total.
I had to go get a mini paint roller to do the support beam that runs from the hallway to the living room ($5.47).
I’ve discovered that I also left the wood putty in the garage, so I’ll need to get another container of that ($8.38).
And I still need to get the white for the trim, doors and ceiling. The square footage of the doors and ceiling is 145 square feet. So you figure with the trim that’s only about 175 sq ft (if you’re feeling generous).
Unfortunately, that’s probably still too much for just a quart of paint, since a gallon covers 400 sq ft and there are four quarts in a gallon. So… looks like I’m spending another $29.98 to get the trim done.
All in all, this job is coming in at almost exactly $100 after sales tax. For a stupid hallway.
A hallway that’s been bugging us for ages, mind you. And of course I now have plenty of spackle and wood putty around for future projects. But still… Grumble grumble.
Have you had a home improvement project that just kept calling for more and more supplies?