Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A Painter I Am Not

You can follow Tracy at her new blog: The Knit Wit Teacher

There are moments in your life that are eye opening.

This past week made it blatantly obvious that I am a HORRIBLE painter. I spent all of last Saturday in my room with my hubby and we painted the walls and my built in bookshelves. By the end of the day I was COVERED in paint. He had a few drops on him....That may or may not have been my fault.

Part of me thought I should wait until the very end to share my photos of my room update but the more I thought about it I realized that I wanted to share the process with you. The good and the bad. So here goes.

**Before you see these photos please remember that my room is a WRECK! I have boxes stacked everywhere. I have cleaning supplies spread throughout my room, books piled up, and desks crammed in the middle. This is the problem of moving rooms and redecorating at the same time. Everything is just thrown about. It's driving me cRaZy! ***

Ignore the mess :)

My walls before:
This was my front doorway:

 Front Wall:

Back Wall: I HATE that my projector is on my back wall. It just seems unnatural to be facing the wrong way. Take note of the ugly BROWN chalkboard.

 Cubby Wall:

 Window Wall:

Drum roll please........


Front Doorway: 

Front Wall: Take note of my new BLACK chalkboards and the bookshelves. The ugly brown had to go!

Back Wall: Just look at that pretty blackboard. I just love it.

FYI: When it came time to paint the front and back walls my hubby had to leave to go get the kids. This meant it was me, an edger, a roller, and the step ladder.

Saying I'm short is being kind. I am 5'3" in the right shoes. It was not fun trying to reach the top of the wall. Standing on my tiptoes painting around the screen was a not fun either. Don't look too closely at the ceiling tiles.

Cubbies: I just had to show them again.

I sat on top of the cubbies to paint them. I hope no one every looks at the top of these cubbies. It's not pretty up there.

I didn't think ahead before I climbed up there. I left the trash bags I was using as tarps and my rag on the floor. Once I got up I realized getting back down wasn't going to be fun. I'm not 20 anymore. At this point I weighed the pros and cons of climbing down or just saying forget it....I'm not proud to say that I took the mindset that no one would ever see it so I was just going to keep going.

But hey: The cubbies themselves are beautiful and that's all that matters!

Window Wall: Painting over the mural was a really difficult decision for me. I felt really bad about it but when I thought about it I realized that it just didn't fit me or the plan I have for the room. Painting the wall white really opened the room up and made it so much brighter. I still feel really guilty about painting over the mural but I know it was right for me.

 Take note of the ugly beige heater unit.

It was really gross. It took me about 30 minutes to scrape all the old tape off and to get rid of the dust. I could't stand for the ugly dirty beige to remain so I used Chalkboard paint to paint over it.

Now if you remember I dropped primer all over my floor......(Again: A painter I am not!)

This meant that I didn't have any primer left to cover the air unit. Hopefully this doesn't come back to bite me. The paint kept streaking when I was applying it..... but I finally got it to look smooth. Ignore the paint I dripped on the floor. If you think the floor is bad you should see my feet. I stepped in the paint. Oops. Luckily my carpet hasn't been cleaned yet. Whew!

My messiness aside I'm loving this chalkboard paint. It makes things pop.

See the corner where the white and green come together? It's really bugging me that I can't get a perfect straight line there. I need something to cover it up. Any ideas?

Have you seen Kinder-Craze's classroom? It's beautiful and I just love it.  Especially her file cabinets. They are bright and cheerful and they make me smile.

I NEED those file cabinets. It's spray paint. What could go wrong??? I can do this.

I watched her tutorial video, bought my supplies, gave myself a pep talk, and was ready to go.

EPIC FAIL! I'm still recovering from the horror of this process.

I had several things go wrong with this project:

I had 2 cans of spray paint. Needless to say that wasn't enough.

Wind was not my friend. Not my friend at all!

I streaked BADLY.

I ended up tinged yellow....

I admitted defeat.

I brought this bad boy home in hopes of being about to fix it tomorrow. Maybe. Covering it with contact paper may be my best option.

Throughout this process I've realized a few things:

Spray paint is not my friend.

Actually painting in general is not my friend. I'm bad at it. I'm messy. I get covered in paint from head to toe. I even get it on my elbows. Who does that? I'm a very messy painter and I TRY not to be. My klutziness doesn't help.

Getting paint out of your hair takes DAYS. Eventually I sat in front of my hubby and had him pick the paint out of my hair. I felt like a monkey.

My wall color matches my laptop cover. This wasn't intentional. I must really like this color. :)

I still have a TON of work to do to make this room mine/ours but it's coming together. It hasn't been perfect. I'm making mistakes. But I'm okay with that. I'm confident in my teaching abilities. Room decorating not so much. I'm treating it as a learning process.....I'm learning a lot.

Stay tuned. Next up:

Covering up my blue counter tops. Did you notice those on top of my air unit/bookshelves?  Deciding on if I'm getting rid of my ugly brown teacher desk for a pretty small white writing desk. Or one of the cute desks I found on Etsy.

And somehow fixing the yellow cabinet.

This should be fun!


  1. Your room is looking terrific, I love the colors you picked for everything!

  2. I'm so jealous that you were able to paint your room! It looks beautiful!

    The Teaching Crew

  3. Oh my. I teach K, but I'm following you now because your room re-do has me laughing and at the same time, fascinated at what comes next! WOW! Did you have to ask permission to paint?