Quite Van Gogh
When was the last
time you stripped? Paint, that is.
Well, I only allowed
2 days for paint stripping. Meanwhile, 6 days later, I was still stripping!
Then I had a couple
of agonizing days sanding the woodwork to a neat finish. Why agonizing?
Because I didn’t use sandpaper. I used steel wool soaked in mineral
turpentine. Very soon I found that applying pressure with my thumbs
gave the best results. Unfortunately, this made them ache so much that
I couldn’t click my fingers for 6 days! Just as well I wasn’t
performing my play during this period because when I perform my Archimedes
character, clicking my fingers is an essential part of my act!
So my initial weekend
paint job, turned out to be a self-inflicted sentence lasting about
But the results
were very much worthwhile, as I’m sure you’ll agree from
So how did I go
about my work? In a very organized fashion. Just like everything else
long it took …
1 day - planning,
re-organising 4 rooms on first floor
I day – emptying 3 rooms of all furniture on ground floor
I day – removing wallpaper strip, filling wall cracks and 79 holes,
repairing door handle, removing loose plaster off kitchen ceiling, buying
paints and painting equipment
6 days – stripping paint off woodwork
2 days - sanding
2 days - painting
1 day - replacing furniture in rooms and stacking books and CDs in shelves
This completed 3
rooms of painting, then after I returned from my Ottawa trip I painted
the kitchen, finishing the job.
2 days – stripping
1 day – filling cracks
1 day – sanding
2 days – painting
GRAND TOTAL of 20
days … but what a great job!
And I was very neat
and considerate, cleaning up after myself at the end of each day.
So if I ever run
out of audiences to speak to, and web sites to design, I could always
offer to renovate houses, hey!
This is what
the rooms looked like before. Lounge (left), Dining (right).
article is taken from the ebook,
400-Day LETS Odyssey
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