Saturday marked the day that I realized I can tolerate painting a room for 10 hours with oil primer. If you have never experienced oil primer before, just stand at a gas station and pour gas all over the ground. The fumes are roughly the same.
I also learned that I HATE whoever the bank hired to paint the walls of my place. Apparently, my entire condo was covered in wallpaper, which the painters removed, but instead of removing the excess wallpaper glue, they just painted over it. They painted over the wallpaper glue. Insert expletives here.
This has caused some major problems with painting the room. You don't notice it at first (because that is what flat paint is supposed to hide), but stand at the wall and really look at it, and you will see the paint chipping and little pieces of paper peeling away. This isn't just in little areas - oh, no - it is everywhere in the living room. EVERYWHERE. Insert expletives again.
To deal with this issue, we scrapped and mudded over the areas that we could initially see, and I sanded the walls thoroughly before priming them with oil primer. By using oil primer, the hope is that whatever sections we missed (which were a lot) will be sealed to the wall and stay in place without flaking off again. Let's hope this works.
While painting, the areas that I did miss came off in chunks. The paper simply pealed away and got caught up in my roller, being displaced on another part of the wall. This drove me absolutely insane and made painting so difficult. This was especially bad in the vaulted areas of the dining room that I could not reach to sand.
Even through it all, the end result is so unexciting that it is exciting. Woof.
... and with the ceiling painted (1 coat so far).
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.