Sunday, April 12, 2009

Curses! Soiled Again

Here's what my living room wall looks like with the paint dry. This is also what the kitchen, dining room, computer room, boys' bedroom, hallway and our bedroom walls look like. Only the bathrooms, laundry room and closets escaped the rampage. True, it doesn't look so hot, but the new paint has a much better surface and can be wiped off. To be honest, I can't decide if it's worse than before or not.

Now, if you're the sort of person who has matching socks AND shoes for your kids every single day, and you can find your extra tube of toothpaste, you are probably wondering why I didn't just test this questionable Korean paint in an inconspicuous corner or interior closet wall before I plastered my entire home with it. Believe me, the idea crossed my mind, then leapt nimbly away, singing as it went. La la la, la la......

On the other hand, if your kids have three-week old ratnests in their hair and you haven't seen the bottom of your laundry basket since aught five, you will certainly understand what would have happened had I opened the can and painted a small bit in a hidden place:

1. Can would be closed poorly, resulting in crusty, sticky mess;

2. Location of small, inconspicuous painted spot would immediately be forgotten; and

3. Can would be stored 'temporarily' in laundry room and slowly but surely covered by lint, dirty clothes, toys, extra computer cables and phone wires, and empty grocery bags, never to be seen again.

Now I am faced with a terrible choice, one of those ones with a special name that I should know that has no good outcome. Should I paint over the blotches with the actual matching white cashmere-like paint, only to have it crudded right back up? Or, would it be better to live with the blotches? Opinions welcome, but if you think I should have tested it first: La la la la, I can't hear you!

6 comments:

Helen, Robert, Jack, and Emma said...

Wait until you move. I could get used to it. (Besides, if you just let the clothes and other mess pile high enough, you won't see the walls anyway.)

C Mike said...

Ummm....I can't hear YOU, either!

Jessica said...

Anna, could you get more paint from the self help store and just finish repainting? Let us know, and maybe you could have a painting party! I LOVE painting walls! :^)

Helen, Robert, Jack, and Emma said...

Wow, Jessica's reasoning is mind blowing logical. I'm with her. The kids would love to help you paint.

ann daggett said...

you are sooo funny..just paint the walls... you can do it...take one wall at a time.. you will be surprised how fast you can get it done.. are they going to paint it when you leave anyways??? just pay someone to do it or pay when you leave for extra paint.. and just live with it.. personally, you know how anal i am.. it would drive me crazy, your talking to a girl who has lived in a brand new house for 4 years and has all ready painted her bathroom 3 times, kitchen twice, living room twice, kids room twice... all with two little ones running under feet...need i say more..???

Strommer Family said...

Oh I thought you were leaving in a few months and that that was why you were painting in the first place but maybe not with what Helen said?? But the base did give us the exact same thing when we were trying to paint to move...and they will CHARGE you out the ying-yang to have the Koreans downstairs get you the "computer-matched" right color from downstairs....and then the housing inspector is a BEAST!!!! Have fun when you do move!! ;)