Famous Last Words
I did not realize my mistake immediately. I went and rented the steamer and actually had a mental picture of running the instrument easily over the offending paper, which would then peel off neatly in my hands. Go ahead. Take a moment to roll on the floor laughing. I'll wait.
Reality was more like two hours in a Turkish bath, an all-over wallpaper glue skin treatment, and paper that came off in stubborn little chunks, randomly taking strips of the top layer of wallboard with it. The car door was starting to look good. I went to Hubby with my problems; he was kind and soothing. He told me that this was no problem at all. We could fix the wallboard. This was going to be a piece of cake. (I've since realized that Hubby was almost certainly terrorized in his youth by an aggressive, knife-wielding piece of cake--but I was innocent of this at the time. I was comforted.) The next step, he advised, was for me to take a single edged razor (yeah, I know--me with a sharp thing. It worried me, too, but no blood was shed.) and cut away the ragged paper around the tears. Then I would spray them with vile smelling stuff so that the exposed board wouldn't absorb the next layer of stuff. (Naturally, I've impressed you with all of my technical terminology.)
It was at this point that Hubby decided since we're working on the bathroom anyway (I tell you, no good can come of a statement like this), he would remove the toilet and light bar and we would replace these items. Now we could add a rather nasty hole in the floor around which to work (although I admit it made taking the last of the wallpaper down much easier). The next step, according to Hubby, was the application of some drywall. We did this, and it was thoroughly gloppy and nasty--but still, I was not concerned. Then, the next day came the four, innocent sounding words: "Now you sand it." That sounded so easy. It didn't sound a bit like standing in a cloud of choking dust for hours while rubbing a sanding block over a increasingly larger and larger wall until my arms ached.
Which is what it was.
I worked on that wall for two days. I was covered in so much dust that I looked like a powdered donut, which may be why I've been craving one. If I gain 50 pounds doing this project, I'm blaming the former home owner. (Yes, I know that's a stretch....but go with me on this.) I showed Hubby my work, and thus began THE RITUAL. All marriages have little rituals; ours goes like this:
Me: "Well, what do you think?"
Hubby: "It looks great, Honey. It's perfect."
Hubby: (picks up sand block and begins to sand "perfect" wall)
Me: "I thought you said it was perfect."
Hubby: "Oh, it is. I just want to get this one spot."
Multiply this out by about a dozen of these "one spot" things. It is proof positive that pride, while it may or may not goeth before a fall, can nevertheless make a person stupid. Because for three days I didn't just let Hubby indulge his perfectionism while curling up with a good book. No, I demanded that he show me the spots in question and then spent several more hours on them. Repeatedly.
Finally, Hubby deemed the walls suitable. Hooray, thought I. And I began to imagine the lovely, pale-sand-colored paint I had purchased, and how lovely it would look with the beautiful, chocolate brown shower curtain I'd seen--the one with little amber beads dangling from the top. I was ecstatic. Then Hubby informed me that we were ready for the next layer of drywall. Things are a bit vague at this point. I know I developed a bit of a tic in my eye. I suspect that my voice became slightly shrill, and I think I recall saying something rather hysterical about how the wall could not POSSIBLY become smooth enough if he kept putting more glop on it. Thankfully, Hubby is used to me. And actually, the second layer of drywall was much better than the angry slice of cake and even the sanding went more quickly (read: I let Hubby get it as perfect as he wanted it.). Yay, thought I. The paint, the shower curtain, the tiny, countertop fountain burbling happily away......no. Not so much. Now the primer. Apparently the drywall needs to be made READY for the paint. Apparently just telling it to brace itself is not enough--who knew drywall was so sensitive?
All of which is a longwinded way of saying that I have spent the morning up a ladder with a bucket of primer, painting white on white and inventing new swear words. If there is a more frustrating home improvement task than painting white on white and trying to get it even, I don't think I want to know about it. I mean, I think it's probably easier to sleep when blissfully ignorant of such nastiness in the world.
But, I will offer this photo of Gracie (a non step cat) who is clearly having more fun this morning than I am:
Tomorrow, I hope to have some serious knitting progress to show you.....after all, I do have to let the primer dry.....don't I?