On A Little Adventure

The kids and I are visiting my mum in Ballarat this week.  Well, we sort of had to evacuate at short notice as we have some serious painting happening at home as of today.  The painter was able to slot us in this week.  There are too many paint fumes and dust for wee children and a mama (who took almost 6 months to rid herself of a cough) to be around.

I am expecting to return home to a vastly different colour scheme than I have been used to.  So be gone you hideous colours and please paint gods/goddesses let the colours we chose be better.  I have lost sleep over the idea of getting people in to help get the painting done.  It seems so different when you are doing the job yourself, but paying someone to do it makes it more real, so to speak.  All of a sudden, I found myself doubting the colours we had picked out for months and wanting to pick up every home magazine within reach to somehow prove our choice.  I felt like I should have visited more paint shops for colour samples (like the 20,000 I had looked at already wasn’t anywhere near enough).  I was a woman on the edge!

In reality, we have to use oil based paints for the windows and doors and it isn’t ideal for us to be home.  Mind you, we have left Greg home to oversee the job and I hope he isn’t seeing double for his efforts.  As I left today, the heady fumes were already wafting through the house, even with all the doors and windows ajar.  Nothing like a stiff winter breeze and paint fumes to hurry a mama out the door and on to a 3 hour road trip!

I am both nervous and excited about the whole thing.  We have never gotten someone to paint for us, but this job was bigger than either Greg or I could accomplish.  Every single surface in our house has to be painted.  It would take us a month of Sundays just to get the first coat done and it seems it takes at least three coast of paint to hide the previous colour, ceiling included.  So now I will try to go off to sleep tonight, knowing that I have handed over a job that was doing my head in and feeling the peace of knowing I can move on to other things.  I’d like to think knitting and craft, but Greg reminded me of all the house jobs that needed doing.  Nothing like bring a mama down with a thud!

I hope you are able to find a little more peace in your week.  Jacinta x

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  • http://pumpkinsunrise.blogspot.com swanski

    Oh I think it is great to give a job to someone who makes a living out of it. You will have a nice time with your mother and you will come home to a freshly painted home that is fume free! What could possibly be better. FYI: I am not the painter in the marriage.

    • Jacinta

      I am looking at it as a sort of time out, although mum works during the day, it is nice to have company in the evenings. Jacinta x

  • http://rainblissed.wordpress.com Rain

    How wonderful to be able to leave the stinky, time-consuming work to others! I know so many people who love DIY home painting work, but I find it agonizing because it never happens fast enough. I hope you have a lovely trip and can return to just a little bit more peace 🙂

    • Jacinta

      It is such a relief to leave the job to someone else. I am the sort of person who rarely asks for help, but hubby insisted that we needed to get someone in for this huge job. I am glad I took off my rose coloured glasses and agreed! Jacinta x

  • http://www.housefullofjays.com Rachel

    So nice you have someone else taking care of the painting…we haven’t painted for a while but whenever we do it is such a pain. I don’t know how I’d even handle the thought of painting everything!
    Enjoy your little fume-free getaway!

    • Jacinta

      It is nice not to have to do all that painting! It has been very busy staying at mum’s, but at least I don’t have to worry about Jairah ‘helping’ and the fumes we can definitely do without. Jacinta x

  • http://www.catfurtomakekittenbritches.com Christy

    Ah, so exciting! It’s amazing how something as simple as changing the paint color can so dramatically transform a space. I know what you mean about fretting the colors, though. We have a tiny bathroom on our main living floor that I have painted, and repainted several times over because I couldn’t quite seem to settle on a color. Noel now jokes that those walls have so much paint on them that bathroom could serve as a bombs shelter!

    Also, we have painted pretty much everything in our house ourselves, except one time, when my kids were really little, we hired a painter. All I can say is, it was worth every penny!

    Here’s hoping you are delighted with the finished product upon your return!

    • Jacinta

      I will find out on Sunday whether I like my colour choice or not. Greg seems to think that it looks good. They should be finished up tomorrow. I’d hate to think how many years it would have taken us to do it at our current rate! You make me giggle about your bathroom! Jacinta x