Sunday, March 04, 2007

Painting ... Not for the Faint of Heart

Today was supposed to be our "do nothing day." I promised to sleep in and have no plans for the day.
The sleeping in part worked. I didn't get up until 7:30 and then had no mad panic to have a shower. I came downstairs and even made us all breakfast - something I never do. And then I was sitting, and trying to figure out what was bothering me. This ...

I HATE this colour of green. Every time I walk down the hall I want to scream. So, despite our plans for a quiet day I pulled out the primer and the green painters' tape and went to town.
Notice how similar the greens are: (the walls were also dirty and filled with old smoke from the previous owner)

When our big container of primer came out Matthew realized what was going on and asked to paint as well. Why not? I found him a little paintbrush and thought I'd let him do some painting which he thought was a lot of fun.

It was a lot of fun so Matthew painted and painted and painted.

He soon realized that the crappy little paintbrush I had given him was not nearly as effective as the large roller that I was using. When I said no to him using the roller he took matters into his own hands...


We tried to stop him, but every time I tried to say no he smiled and I started to laugh. I ran for the camera and Mike had to leave the room because he was finding the mess so stressful.

But the truth is, he was actually doing a great job of getting the wall covered, and we were having fun, so what was the big deal? He was being helpful, and the paint was water-based.
At the end of it all it turned out very well. Matty was very proud if his masterpiece. A nice bath and he was fine.

I had told Mike we'd just prime it all then leave it for a bit and decide on a colour.
As if.
Halfway through I left Mike painting and Matt watching Cars and went off to Home Depot to choose my paint colour. I went with a taupe - called "Designer White" which is a pale taupe. (for the record - not remotely white, so I don't understand the name) It is growing on me. It's the colour of my skin. Strange. I think I would blend into my wall if I tried. So that's a little weird. But it's soooo much nicer than the horrible green.

I know that the colour is a little bit boring, but I'll take light, airy and boring over that horrible dark hospital green anytime.
My favourite part of it all is the little footprint Matt left on the floor. I know, it's hardwood and we need to clean it off, but part of me would like to keep this momento forever.

Oh! What am I saying. We have every intention of flipping this house and moving on up. So, the footprint will go. Thank goodness for digital cameras :)


Multi-tasking Mommy said...

Those are the funniest and cutest photos ever!
I'm sure he had so much fun, he will remember doing that for a long time to come, I know! Hope he doesn't get any bright ideas to paint on your new walls!
Greens are hard to choose. We have a green in our family room and it took me about 5 or 6 different minicans to find the right one.

SciFi Dad said...

my wife told me about this last night but I just got a chance to see it this morning...

I'd probably be more like the husband than you in that situation, I'm ashamed to admit, despite how much fun it looks like your son had.

Very funny.

Anonymous said...

hi laural that is so funny.the next room i paint,i'll let my 2 year old do the primer for me.i painted my dining room in the summer.i did the bubblegum pink primer at midnite and then went to bed.the next husband phoned me from work and asked me "honey is that colour you picked for the dining-room?"well if i could've pulled it off i would've said yes to him.hahaLAVENDULA

kate said...

Looks far better that the green.But just one question -- how did you keep Matty from painting the taupe too!!!

Heather said...

I love these pics...I hope you know it's moments like these that make you an amazing mother.

Naomi (Urban Mummy) said...

That is absolutely AWESOME!!!! Looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!

Good for you to let him have fun!