The plan was to get started as soon as I could. I needed to sand some more, so I figured I needed to wait until everyone was awake, at least. But I didn’t wake up until late myself. It was 8:00 before I was really moving about the house. And I was the first one up. Coffee, breakfast, water, making plans, all that happened before I got out there. I sanded with the disc sander, then with the corner sander. Then I taped. Then I had to decide what to do with the windows. Tape them or scrape them? I decided to try a third method and scrape/wipe as I go. And I realized I didn’t have a small paintbrush, as I had thought.
After a trip to the hardware store I began the actual painting–meaning dipping the brush into the primer and spreading the white stuff on the trim–at 11:30. We have a small extension of the house in front of the deck. It has an additional small piece of roof. I decided to just do the trim on this section, not including the upper windows above this small roof or the windows off to the side on the same side of the house or the soffit along the roof proper, and I am glad I limited my ambitions. After two hours of slapping on primer I was maybe a third finished. I took a break for lunch and kept going.
I painted and painted. I was not looking forward to the cross pieces on the windows. They would require the most time and the most care. The thing is, I don’t even like those things. They are not necessary to the structure of the windows–one pane would do fine–and the house isn’t so old that that all those panes were the only option. Plus, they block the view. I have to bob and weave to see the sunset or to follow the harrier hovering over the field. I wish they weren’t there and now I have to paint them with care. I saved those for last.
These are tall windows I am painting at this point, the size of doors. I decided to leave the two actual doors for later since I need to take them off to really paint them. I’ll get to those when I paint the upper windows. Still, that means four full length windows with ten panes each. Painting those would be a bear I imagined. I painted one, ten panes total, and it was late. My family had already eaten dinner. I wanted to keep plugging away. I didn’t want to leave it for tomorrow since the oil-based paint needs a day to dry. But since the remaining window panes had been covered by storm windows (which I removed before starting) they didn’t need primer. I painted the bottoms where some water had leaked through over the past few years and I was done for now.
I was at it for eight hours. That is a good day’s work. The problem is that I still need to put the final coat on, the actual paint. That will take me another day. The other problem is that I still have most of the house to paint. The other problem is that I am just working on the trim. The siding will need to be painted as well, it just didn’t need it so badly this summer, or so I thought until I spent a bunch of time right next to it while painting the trim. I have many many hours of work left to get this all done. I understand why other people hire someone to paint their houses. A team of people with the right tools who know what they are doing and have the time to just hammer it out? That would get it done way faster and way better than me. It just happens to cost thousands of dollars. I’ll do it myself, at least this time.
I can’t quite figure out why one would use paint instead of stain these days. Stain seems better for the wood and requires far less work to maintain. Our last house was stained and (granted is was a little smaller) took me only a few days to refinish. That was easy. This is not. Scrape it all off and stain it next time? Sounds just as hairy. Maybe next time I have to get this done, however, I will be better equipped. I will know what I am doing and will have the tools and equipment. I might be faster. Or I could just pay someone to do it. I hate to succumb to that but whew, this project is a beast.
Anyway, night has fallen and the air is cool and I have some peach ice cream under my belt, and I mean that last one literally. I am not sure how much I will get done tomorrow. We plan to head to the Addison County Field Days. All this playing certainly gets in the way of painting. One can’t do everything, however, and I, humble homeowner that I am, am simply doing what I can. At the moment I plan to just enjoy watching the full moon peek out from behind the clouds. That is enough for the time being.