Monday, November 12, 2007

monday afternoon

we are redoing our apartment. we have lived here 11 years- and only recently bought new furnishings- we have had cast offs and hand-me-downs from relatives for years. so- with new furnishings comes new paint. we are all about doing things right :) so we haven't started yet. now, i know what you are asking- why would you paint in november in the northeast? why not? paint fumes are not what they used to be- and by the time we get around to actually painting- it will be january anyway :) going to strip the woodwork around the door frames too. i am using a stripper that is virtually odorless- made by 3M- i don't know how they do it- but it works. at any rate, the apartment is in a state of flux and i spent some time today just trying to bring some order until we move everything to fix and paint. the cats are exhausted and i can't prove it- but i think they are miffed at me for ruining their routine. so- i am sipping some tea and relaxing before getting back into the fray. i am shitfully delighted to finally have my 5 cd changer up and running again. shuffle is a wonderful invention. it was a hand down from a friend :)


landsker said...

Hi Betmo,
Painting flats and houses, even ships, is an activity that has paid the bills on quite a few occasions.
Winter painting is bound by the laws of temperature and the chemistry of paint, watch out for low temperatures, and excessive moisture.
Indoors is generally OK, but many pros keep a large fan running, with doors and windows open.
Some also use a couple of portable flourescents or spotlights, to ensure that coats are even.
If you are stripping paint back to the wood, then probably best to also sandpaper lightly, and use a wood primer, before the undercoat and gloss.
I worked for a couple of firms, and the specifications on most jobs called for primer, 2 coats of undercoat, and 1, sometimes 2 coats of gloss.
With emulsions, 2 or even 3 coats, and a tip here is to use slightly different shades for each coat, so as to give depth, and also enabling the painter to see clearly if the wall has been completely painted with each coat.
Oh, and of course, it is important to take tea breaks, whilst the paint dries, usually one hour of work means a twenty minute tea break!!
Or was that twenty minutes of work and one hour of tea?

fjb said...

I always end up with mysterious bits of cat fur in the paint. I've given up worrying about it, as trying to get a fur free house around here is a loosing battle. Sigh....