Famous Last Words:
“Hey, this _____ will be great for Peeper – we’ll just paint it to match her room!”
Shrike’s been slaving away on some furniture for, I guess, a couple of weeks now, and tonight I finally put in some time on it myself.
The other day she told me, “You know how I’ve been all, ‘Nothing’s too good for my little girl?’ – Well, after about a half a coat of primer on that fuckin’ changing table, I was thinking, ‘Eh, that’s good enough!'”
What we’ve got so far is the two-dollar changing table, a one-dollar toy box, and a (hmm, fifty-cents? twenty-five?) board with some pegs in it, that hangs on the wall.
(We’re trying not to think about the fact that we’re still shopping for a dresser and a rocker or glider – which will likely need to be painted, as well.)
All this stuff has to be sanded, primed and painted black and/or white before it goes in Peeper’s room.
Of course, I had to make it complicated, by wanting to do the changing table and peg board in both black and white, rather than all one color.
The toy box will actually have some white on it, too, but that’s probably going to be stripes or dots or something (like the letters) on top of a base-coat of black.
So, because the changing table is getting two colors, and because it’s got a bunch of little spindly pieces, it seemed easier to disassemble it for painting.
That probably was the right way to go about it, so that the black and white paints end up in the right places, but it means that instead of standing on its feet for painting, each individual piece has to lie flat – on one of its surfaces that’s supposed to be painted.
That pretty much doubles the number of steps involved, of course.
So far, Shrike’s sanded and primed the toy box and changing table, and put one coat on the main surfaces of the black pieces.
Tonight, I put in a little time on it, hitting all the edges and in-betweens and cracks and crevaces that she hadn’t gotten to yet, and doing a second coat on the body and lid of the toy box.
I also primed the peg board – after taking it apart, because I want the board black and the pegs white. Of course.
Let’s see how it’s coming along . . . .
The peg board (primed)
Changing Table – These are the sides of the little “cage” that will be around Peeper when she’s lying on it. What? Is it wrong to describe our kid as being in a cage? Ok, fine. “Guard rails.”
Toy box body & lid, various changing table parts
Oh – and if you’re worried about me and Peeper and paint fumes, rest assured that we’re using all water-based paint, which is okay.
We’re working in the basement, because it’s about 100 degrees cooler down there than in the garage.
As you can imagine, that’s not the most ventilated place in the world, but I left the door open at the top of the stairs, and pointed a fan up the stairs, to blow everything that direction.
I worked for about an hour this evening, and it really didn’t get very paint-smelly at all, so I’m sure we’re just fine.