December 8, 2011Prepping For Paint in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
I’ll just bet y’all were hoping for ALL of the “after” condo renovations photos this week, weren’t you??? hee! Well you know what, y’all are just going to have to live through all of the pain and thrills and highs and lows with me. This renovation process literally took months out of my life, so I just have to show everyone all of the tedious details that now make this place my Mom’s home.
Wow y’all, prepping for paint is messy business! It’s been a good long while since Mike and I painted our house so I had kind of forgotten that prepping for paint takes FOR-EV-ER!!!!! The taping, the window covering, the spackling, the caulking……………………………ugh!
I suppose it took even longer in here because there was tons more patching and spackling to do since it was a rental. There were holes in the walls and cracks along the door trim and baseboards and numerous other things that had to be taken care of before we could actually start painting.
I think Mike was actually getting concerned about 2 weeks in, when I still had not started painting!
Here were my best friends for those 2 weeks! Meet Mr. Spackle, Ms. Caulk, and Mrs. Sandpaper! Let me tell you, they would not leave me alone! hee! By the end of our time together I was completely ready NOT to be BFF’s anymore!
Here is my Mom cleaning her little heart out. We figured we had better scrub those walls down before we put down any paint on them at all. Go Mom!!!
The bathroom was another story all together in prepping for paint. You see, we had to remove those cabinet doors if everything was going to get painted properly. I thought “No problem, we’ll just unscrew the hinges and the doors will come right off. Ha! Was I ever wrong……………
See how there is like 800 layers of paint over the hinges (no lead, just A LOT of crappy paint). Well that pretty much blew any chance of just unscrewing the screws. ugh…………I could tell this one was going to be a complete time killer. Mike devised this intricate plan involving screwdrivers and hammers and drill bits and chipping paint off of the hinge screws and slowly working each and every screw out. This took, oh, only about 3 or 4 hours. Let me tell you, it was a complete blast. Not!!! We couldn’t just rip the doors off, so this was the only was to do it.
And YAY!!!! We did it!!! All the doors are finally off!!!!
Pssssttttt, see my little friend Ms. Caulk, she is waiting right there for me. hee!
Soooooo, now we were left with these huge indentations, in the cabinets, where the hinges once were. Look great, right?!? ugh. Well, you know what that means — sanding…………let me break out that holster y’all!
And we’re sanding………………………..
And we’re still sanding……………………..
And let me take a minute to introduce our little friend Kilz Primer to everyone. Yes, we primed the whole entire condo with Kilz before we painted anything.
And success! Here is the vanity all primed with Kilz and ready for Holiday Turquoise! YAY!!!
Mike also installed new baseboard in the kitchen before we did any painting.
And just look at what a super blast we are having getting all this primer on the walls!!!
Come back next Thursday when we will continue the renovation fun y’all!