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What’s A Chore That You Started That You Didn’t Realize How Big It Would Be Till You Were Doing It?

I started lubricating squeaking drawer glides and door hinges, a total of 95 for the entire house....Probably one can of WD-40 won’t be enough for all of them. And that stuff stinks to high heaven, think it’s gonna take a few days.
4meAndyou · F
Mamapolo's story reminded me of the nightmare of painting the kitchen cupboards at my foreclosure home in Lansing, Michigan.

I went to Lowes and asked the girls in the paint department for a paint that would REALLY cover well...in one or two coats, because I was painting really old kitchen cabinets that were the color of dark chocolate fudge. So they sold me Valspar. Little did I know that Valspar is the worst, lousiest paint on the planet.

I cleaned everything I was going to paint with a good degreaser.

I covered the outsides of all the cabinets, and the insides, too, with primer. Took the doors off the hinges, painted the doors separately. I ended up doing two coats of primer, because the primer should have covered more, and it didn't.

I started painting with the Valspar, which is so thin that it drips off the brush even if you try to get some off first on the edge of the paint can. All I remember is thin and drippy...thin and drippy.

It took me TEN coats of that crap paint to cover the kitchen cabinets in white with no dark chocolate fudge showing through. TEN. On top of two coats of primer.

THEN, I could see that the paint would need a protective coating, so I went out and bought a quart of clear Polyurethane, and coated it all with a final coat of poly.

In between each coat I had to wait for all the paint to dry. The only way I got through it was with McDonald's Sweet Tea. I think it took me about 2 1/2 weeks.

If I had purchased Behr paint at Home Depot, I could have been finished in three or four days.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@387713,4meAndyou] I bought Glidden paint for the shed and was surprised at how thick it went on. Several years ago I bought paint to paint one of the bedrooms, it was Color Place brand from Walmart and it covered the walls nicely. Went back a few months later to buy some wall paint for the boy’s bedroom, got the very same brand and type of paint and this time it took twice as much paint because I had to give it two coats (and it was over the same color of white as the other bedroom’s paint). I looked at the reviews online and everyone was saying that they had watered down the paint since the last time they used it. What a rip-off and not just in money but time and energy wasted to have to give it a second coat. I’m buying Glidden paint from now on because it seemed to be very good quality.
4meAndyou · F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] I think my painting days are over, thank heavens, but still...good to know!
Mamapolo2016 · 70-79, F
Removing decades of paint from the cupboards in the kitchen. Big kitchen, lots of cupboards. Shudder.

They were beautiful natural pine when finished, but it took forever and a day.
Mamapolo2016 · 70-79, F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] I had no idea.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@663519,Mamapolo2016] You can take a piece of furniture and put it out on a porch or in the garage and strip the paint off and that’s a chore in itself. But i can’t imagine how hard it would be to do all of the cabinets inside the house.
Mamapolo2016 · 70-79, F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] It was a nightmare, but I was proud of the results, when I could bear to look at them again.
Toepatrol · 26-30, M
Once I decided to count and rearrange all my books by alphabetical order. Took most of the day to count 392. Probably up to 410 now...
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@645510,Longpatrol] I hate to even think of doing that. I just clustered them together on the shelves by the subject matter.
Toepatrol · 26-30, M
Haha I'd go crazy. I know my books by author lol[@16806,cherokeepatti]
MaryJanine · 61-69, F
[@645510,Longpatrol] I thought everybody did that that way. I do.
akindheart · 61-69, F
behr...look at the yellow spots. i ordered a glidden color custom match. the 5 gallon was good. it was the 1 gallon that failed.
4meAndyou · F
[@18045,akindheart] Wow. Did you prime it first with Kilz? I used that on the cabinets when I painted my kitchen in Michigan, and I was amazed that the Kilz even failed to cover.
akindheart · 61-69, F
[@387713,4meAndyou] i shouldn't have to. it was painted over many coats of Behr paint with primer. Behr sent me their top of line paint which includes primer..Marquis.
MarineBob · 56-60, M
Food grade lubricants has no smell.... cooking oil also works great
MarineBob · 56-60, M
[@16806,cherokeepatti] making a note of this that sounds like a very easy job
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@2021,MarineBob] oh yes it did seem very easy, you could do that for hotels there couldn’t you?
MaryJanine · 61-69, F
[@16806,cherokeepatti] What really hangs in the air is that stuff people use to get rid of bugs of some kind. Week before last and now again today, the people hired by management sprayed the building. The smell lingers...the first week they were here, I went into the kitchen at eight in the evening, and the smell from the treatment floated up the back stairs and nauseated me. I think that is what made me sick this past week when i woke up and vomited all over my blanket and nightgown in the middle of the night.

They are here again today. I am keeping my windows and unit door shut until the end of the week and hope for the best.
akindheart · 61-69, F
painting my house. i painted it last year during covid and the paint failed. i had to repaint it. thankfully Behr came through and my brother helped me.
cherokeepatti · 61-69, F
[@18045,akindheart] what brand of paint did you use that failed?
curiosi · 56-60, F
Had to make some adjustments on the lawn mower. Took way too long and it was hot out, I brought the lawn mower in the house so I could finish up in the air conditioning.
1stexhub · 56-60, M
Putting up pegboard in my garage and insulating behind it
Heartlander · 80-89, M
Laying carpet.
Azlotto · M
Stripping and refinishing my 5-piece bedroom set.

 
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