Since Chandler was still grappling with that nasty cold, we took things pretty easy on Day 6. After running an errand or two in the morning, Chandler took a nap and I got to work.
Chandler is an exquisite napper, much like a cat. Combine that with a mean cold and the girl could be out for a couple days. So while she worked on sleeping illness right out of her system, I got started with toiling over one of my passions in life: painting dark wood trim white. It’s one of those noble, time-consuming and satisfying tasks with semi-immediate results. Statistics show that white paint fixes most ugly things 99% of the time, so the odds are on my side here.
Before anyone even THINKS about jumping down my throat about painting the trim, I can assure you, it’s not pretty. This whole apartment was really sloppily painted, and the wood trim felt the brunt of it.
Since it’s all original to the apartment (probably built in the mid-60s), it was also full of gaps and gouges and separating from the wall. Grungy stuff like that.
It took about a tube and a half of caulk to fill all that stuff in (each corner of the door frames, where baseboards met door thresholds, basically anywhere with any type of gap). I can’t stress the importance of caulk enough. It’s really important. Like, really really. Use it.
I started with one coat of the Bull’s Eye 1-2-3 All Purpose latex primer (the guy at Home Depot recommended it over Killz, but I have my doubts about its superiority), quickly realizing that painting baseboards around shaggy-ish wall-to-wall was going to be hell. To work around it, I laid some painter’s tape next to the wall and went along like this:
See that? One hand holds a spackle brush to press down and protect the carpet (tape just wasn’t working, but it’s good for some extra protection), while the other hand sort of moves the brush up and down, making stabbing motions into the floor as if you’d murder the carpeting if you could. Not that I’m saying I would. Well, yeah I am.
Then you just go along the top horizontally with a more saturated brush and carefully get as close to the carpet as possible without touching it. I later picked up a 6-inch plastic spackle knife, which made this whole process much less obnoxious. After priming all the trim (just in the living area and hallway, but still, SO MUCH DAMN TRIM), I had to be done for the day. Painting walls sucks, but painting trim really sucks.
Oh, and a couple people asked about the conditions of the wood floors, so I figured I’d show a picture of the, er, teensy corner I pulled up to put the curiosity to rest. Yeah, definitely a refinishing job. Not happening. Boo-hoo.
Chandler had woken up by then, so she worked on addressing the kitchen window.
Chandler didn’t like the metal venetian blinds, the lack of privacy when they were open, or the view, but wanted to keep plenty of light in the kitchen (it definitely gets the best natural daylight of any of the rooms). So we bought vinyl window frosting from Home Depot, which is super easy to install—just a spray bottle of soapy water and a credit card to squeeze out the air bubbles does the trick. I haven’t gotten a daylight photo yet, but since we did this after dark, we immediately noticed how pretty this stuff is! It’s great in the daytime, but check out what it does at night:
Pretty, right? I can’t wait to get back to New York and use some of this stuff in my place. Definitely have a couple windows that could use some frosty love.