Prepping a Room for Painting

I have to tell you what happened last night. It’s too funny not to share. But, should you no longer see any posts from me, you will know that My Man has made me give up blogging. 

Some background first. MM “pops” in his sleep. He inhales deeply through his nose, then exhales out of his mouth, but his lips are closed so, when he exhales, his lips “pop.” It goes like this. I-n-h-a-l-e…POP!…i-n-h-a-l-e…POP!…i-n-h-a-l-e…POP!

OK, so, last night he starting his popping. I called his name, which woke him up. He turned over, sat up and went to the bathroom. The next thing I hear is the shower running. I’m thinking, “What is he thinking?” I got out of bed, knocked on the door, (he’s in the shower by now) and ask him if he has any idea what time it was. 

“No.”

“It’s 2 in the morning!” 

He had no idea. He finished his shower, got out and got back into bed. Fell right back to sleep. 

Bless his heart! 

Now for post.

Wait, I gotta laugh some more first. 

I told y’all last week that I was trying to decide where I want to begin redecorating my house. I also showed you some of the rooms that have inspired me. You can read about that here.  After, spending some time in prayer about the blog, God gave me the idea to share the room transformations with you, as well as the transformation He is doing on my heart through all of this. I truly believe He uses everything we do for His glory, even redecorating a house. 

Let’s get started, shall we?

I have chosen the boys’ room to begin with. Too many wonderful ideas were coming at me not to start here. Those I will let you in on later. 

The beginning of any decorating or redecorating project is not the fun part. Prepping the room to be painted. 

Here are the steps I too to prep the room for painting. 

1) Take everything off the walls.

IMG_0219Technically, the boys no longer live here, so I made them take everything down before they went off to school last summer. 

2) Move things out of the room.

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2) What you can’t move out of the room, move to the middle of the room. You will want to cover this with plastic for protection. 

IMG_02803) Take down curtains.

IMG_0281I still need to take down the valence. It was raining yesterday and I didn’t want to get out in the rain to go get the drill. 

4) Repair any holes left from nails or screws. 

IMG_0275There were shelves here. I had actually done this a while back. I’m not telling how long ago. You may think I’m lazy. 

5) Sand the putty to make it smooth and even with the wall.

Dust

My Man asked me if I had wrapped the sandpaper around a block. I reminded him of all the rain we had that day and I wasn’t going to walk through the slush to his barn for a block. It really is a good idea though. The block makes sure that everything is sanded down even with the wall. I just kept feeling the walls and making sure they were smooth and even. 

6) Wipe the walls with a damp cloth to get all the dust and dirt off. Vacuum (if carpet) or mop (if hard floors) the floors. You want to get the dust up so, it doesn’t get stirred into the air when you are painting. 

oops! Forgot to get a picture. 

7) Give the walls time to dry before priming or painting. 

I’m no expert on painting but, I have done some painting before. Those just seem like common sense things to do. Plus, I Googled and that is pretty much what everyone says to do.

We still need to prime the room. More on that next time. 

While I was doing all of this, the thought that God sometimes has to do some prep work on my heart before He can do the real transformation, kept coming to mind. That prep work may be a trail, a test, or maybe just a time of silence from Him. He has to remove attitudes that just don’t belong. He has to fill those attitudes He took out with new ones. I’m not used to those new attitudes, so some sanding may be required to smooth things out for me. God always cleans up after Himself and leaves my heart ready to become something beautiful. 

“He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 1:6

 

About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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