Square footage of living/dining room: I never actually measured, but once I started painting, it kept getting larger.
Audiobooks listened to: 2 (Nomadland by Jessica Bruder and The September Society by Charles Finch)
Shows on HGTV watched for inspiration: at least one but possibly four or five (the plotline was roughly the same)
Times I changed my mind about the paint color: 3
Times the roller pad got stuck on the roller and I chucked the whole thing in the trash: 1
Trips to Home Depot: 6
Times I got the grumpy/judgy paint cashier at Home Depot: 2
Times I cursed myself for starting the project: 7
Times I considered putting the house on the market “as is”: 2
Times adorable beagle leaned up against wet paint: 1
Times said beagle blocked passageway while I was carrying a loaded paint roller: 132
Times I moved the ladder and it clunked and the somewhat highstrung rat terrier thought the house was under attack: 284
Times I put the dogs outside and they immediately barked to be let back in: 87
Times I went up and down the ladder: a million? Conservative estimate, based on groaning of my knee.
Steps recorded on Fitbit for walking back and forth in my living room on Saturday: 13,000
Times I went through the drive-thru of Taco Bell with paint on my nose and didn’t realize it until later: 1
Times I got paint on my shoe and couldn’t get it off and just colored over it with a black Sharpie: 2
Times I said “this is my last time painting this room”: many
But hey! It’s done now. Except for one little thing I still need to touch up...
*numbers are approximate
Paula Treick DeBoard