On painting walls

When it comes to wall painting, I am not the fastest. My father-in-law would point that out to me all the time. He didn’t understand, since he didn’t have the attention to painting detail I have. There are few, however, who are as neat as I am when I paint. I have done a good amount of painting lately, despite the fact that we have even employed someone to paint for us. I have touched up his work more than once, as I worked on my own.

I have an eye for detail.

I also have a straight edge when I paint. When I paint between ceiling and wall, I get either a straight line or the appearance of one by the careful flow of my brush.

When I paint, I have a supply of all kinds of brushes from the wonderful nylon ones (for latex paint, of course) to my tiny paintbrushes that are used for painting canvasses.

When I am in a pickle, when I can no longer manage to get into a corner, I pull out my tiny brush and carefully finish the job.

When touching up after a long time and the risk of paint fade is high, I will dab on the paint and take a Kleenex or piece of paper towel, bunch it up, and dab at it to spread the paint out and help avoid it standing out.

I am embarrassed to say that when I did my recent painting on the walls going up the steps, I didn’t even have a drop cloth. I do not use painting tape because it takes so long to put up and because it actually makes for a sloppier job than my steady hand does.

Painting is in my background. Money was not available for painting when I was a kid. We had to do it ourselves. The only time my mom had someone else do it was when a family friend offered, knowing she was not able to pay for it. I thus learned to paint very early on. My sister and I would paint and I remember painting for her after she got married. Until very recently, I had never had anyone paint for me.

There is nothing better than a fresh coat of paint to make walls look like new.

About Richard Koerner

Sixty something, father, papi, educator, organizer, Francophile, traveler, amateur photographer, gardener, cyclist, kayaker, calligrapher, cinephile, reader, and overall renaissance type human being.
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