We have this amazing back bedroom. AMAZING. The boys call it the treehouse room; it sits high above the back lawn (because the back lawn slopes to a significant degree…it’s still on the same level as the rest of the house). It has 5 large windows and faces the east, so the light is fabulous. Perfect for a guest room/craft room, and I have big plans for it; have it decorated in my mind already.
The only thing is, for decades it has received neither heat nor air; it was Ms. M’s…errr…catch all room. Most people who visited her never even knew she had a 3rd room, because it is at the very back of the house and was stuffed.to.the.gills.
Anyway, I’m assuming because of the no-heat-no-air thing, the paint on the trim cracked to a huge degree. Cracked, crumbled, you name it. I also assumed it was probably lead paint (although I don’t know for sure). Instead of taking the easy route, cleaning up a bit and just painting over the existing stuff, I decided I’d rather be safe than sorry, and get rid of the old before I painted the new. Make it brand spankin’ new. If Only I Had Known…
This picture is after 3 applications of chemical stripper. 2 “safe”, 1 “toxic”.
I finally gave in and used the electric sander…and it doesn’t look better, y’all. Ugh. Can you say impervious?
(Disclaimer: I have kept the boys far, far away. I have been suited up with a high quality filter/mask/gloves/safety glasses. And I have prayed that the Lord would just flat-out negate the toxic situation!)
Oh! Oh! And after the first go-round, I just (obviously) wasn’t thinking straight, and didn’t lay a barrier down on the floor. Stupid! I know! This is what patches of the floor looks like now.
So this is why pros get paid what they do…
It’s about worn me out; Grandma M. kept the boys today, so while I should of perservered and tried to somehow tackle the remaining crud, I decided to actually have some fun. I’m so glad I did; I worked on “accessories” for the room today. Here’s a glimpse!
I painted as well; I’m going to do some kind of series like this to go on the wall:
And this…I’m very excited about this. It’s on it’s way…I ordered it as a “we sold our house!” gift to myself. (Click on the picture for ordering info).
So…yeah, gotta finish that trim job. It’ll be worth it in the end. 🙂