Dear Painter

25 Jan

Dear Painter,

I have a new appreciation for your incredible art,
As painting a house is not for the faint of heart!
While the act can be relaxing, with good music in tow…
There are so many things that I now need to know!

When painting the trim, does your body get sore?
Or is there an alternative to laying yourself flat on the floor?
And for the ceilings and walls that are very high,
Does standing on the ladder make you think “Yeah, I’m  going to die”.

Do you check for drips every 10 minutes or so,
Or just quickly clean them up, so no one will know?
And what about that paint all over the rim of the can…
Cause I swear it was like that before I began!

Is it just me, or do you also get paint in your hair?
On your shirt, on your shoes… ok pretty much everywhere!
Are your shins bruised and your hands really dry…
Do “outside” people smell paint whenever they pass you by?

Do you have a favorite paint or a go-to paint tool,
Perhaps something that works well and is totally old school?
Do you spend hours on the web looking at 100 shades of white,
And then wonder if your starting to lose your eye sight?

And once the walls have been painted and the job is all done,
Do you stop and say “Boy, that was a lot of fun!”
It’s amazing what a difference a fresh coat of paint really makes,
Provided you didn’t make any major mistakes 🙂


{Guess what I’m doing all week???}


8 Responses to “Dear Painter”

  1. cindy January 25, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    I LOVE it! Wish I could be there to help you!

  2. Esther January 25, 2012 at 7:57 am #

    Love your rhyme! We are going to have to paint a 3 bedroom house soon and I am looking forward to seeing the difference but not looking forward to learning how to paint a room. I can imagine it is quite technical and you have to be careful it comes out nice looking and not sloppy. Good Luck and can’t wait to see how you set up your new home 🙂

  3. Domestocrat January 25, 2012 at 8:48 am #

    LOL – hilarious!!!

  4. David January 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Jenny – loved the rhyme and can definitely relate.

    A trick for your paint in the rim – use a screwdriver and punch a few holes in the rim. The paint will drip back into the can. When you put the cover back on the can, the cover will seal the holes.

    Can’t wait to see the finished project!!

    • Jenny @ House Full of Pretty January 25, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you!! So funny, you are the second person to tell me this fantastic trick today (thank you also to Jackie). Apparently I am not up to speed with paint clean up! Much appreciated!

  5. Donna January 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    Love the poem!!! Tip from dad…if you want to take a break, wrap the brush in saran wrap and put it in the refrg to keep the brush from drying out. We’ll bring the saran wrap on Sunday, though you probably won’t allow any breaks!!!

  6. Deborah Schweon January 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    Hey Jen your painter poem is hysterical!!! Congrats on buying a house and I wish you guys lots of luck with fixing it up. Looking forward to seeing what a geat job I’m sure you will do.

    LY -Aunt Deb

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