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Paint Catastrophe

Sometimes, paint happens. I don’t think I can convey in words the horrible tale of “That Time the Bottom Dropped Out of the Box with all of the Paint,” but I have some photos to illustrate the debacle.

In case you can't tell, that's 3/4 Gallon of paint soaking into the rug.

Then I said, "Forget cleaning and get me the box cutter."

There were more staples and nails than I originally anticipated.

We pried all the fasteners out- it helped, but the wood still looked rough.

We also uncovered ugly gaps between the planks.

But I had just the thing for that!

Just like filling a hole in the wall.

The filler definitely didn't match and they looked worse than the gaps.

So I stained it to match the surrounding wood.

And of course I had to install a transition strip between the carpet and wood.

After a few missteps, it finally looks legit.

Then I polished the crap out of it.

And here we are today. I may get the ambition to sand it down and stain it, but I think maybe I'll finish moving in first.

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About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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