Today we worked, almost continuously, from about 7pm to quarter after midnight. We were both exhausted afterwards. The big projects today were:
- Replacing brown/black outlets and switches with white outlets/switches
- Finishing the spackling and sanding it down
- Priming the one bedroom
Melissa elected herself to do the outlets. I didn’t object — outlet wiring is annoying. I had done some back in high school, but it’s been a while, and my fingers are a little too big to manipulate those tiny wires in little service boxes. We stopped by Lowe’s and picked up the replacement outlets and switches and larger faceplates for both bedrooms. We also got 2 gallons of KILZ paint to use in the kitchen, and we met up with a kitchen-planner there who really didn’t know how to use the software, but tried anyways (for 45 minutes), unsucessfully.
When we got back, she took care of the outlets, which only took about an hour to replace all 4 outlets and two switches. While she did that, I touched up some spackling and sanded the rest down. I felt like Daniel-san in “Karate Kid”…. “wax on, wax off.” Satya showed up around this point, and helped Mel out with the rest of the spackling in the master bedroom. It turns out there was a piece of finishing tape that went around the entire top of the four walls. Satya peeled it all off for us, and spackled in the cracks and troublespots while we got to painting the second bedroom.
There was spackling dust EVERYWHERE. We tried sweeping first, but it wasn’t very effective. Melissa got a moist towel and wiped down all of the trim and windows, while I mopped up the floor. That worked. We laid down some newspapers, taped off the trim (which already had a lot of paint on it from the previous residents…I’ll refinish it later), and started priming.
We did about 1 and a half coats of primer, 2 coats in some spots. You can still kind of see the undercolor beneath it, but I think the new color should cover it up enough, with two coats. The room already looked a lot bigger with the lighter color. Funny how that works. We finished up around quarter after 12 and went home.