I thought, Hey, this is perfect! We are in the process of buying a new house, which we expect to be in by next month. We've already got tons of ideas for things we want to do and painting is at the top of the list. (Do the words "very big orange wall" mean anything to you?) However, I have never painted a room in my life and the last time my husband painted was when he was 12 and followed the barking commands of his dad. Needless to say, we know squat about painting. No amount of sitting in front of the tube and watching HGTV all day is going to fix that either.
Here is what transpired when I arrived to take my girly painting class:
- I spent 5 minutes wandering around Home Depot looking for the class/someone to help me find the class.
- I was finally directed to the class in the kitchen cabinets department.
- I was the first one to arrive and spent 30 minutes reading blogs on my iPod (who knew the Home Depot had free wi-fi?) because . . .
- I was the only person to arrive.
Once Alex finally accepted the fact that nobody else was going to show-up, he started the workshop. He said something right away that I thought was kind of funny and weird. He said, "Since it's such a small group tonight (at which point I nearly snorted when laughing) hopefully, we'll be able to finish early and then we can all get back to what we normally do at this time." Huh. Okay. I'm not sure what I was supposed to make of that but the whole "small group" thing was hilarious. I'm no genius, but I'm pretty sure that one person does not a "group" make.
He began by telling me all about different paint brushes, different rollers, paint pans and liners, etc. I asked tons of questions, which was easy since I was the only student there. I especially wanted to know about prepping the walls for painting including what to clean the walls with and how to fix holes in the wall.
The workshop featured paint by Martha Stewart Living (which recently replaced Ralph Lauren paint at the Home Depot), so I also learned quite a bit about paint: what's in paint, how paints are different, primer, VOCs, light vs. dark paints, more than enough stuff to befuddle my silly little head. It was really pretty interesting and I learned way more than I expected to learn. I even got to use some of the Martha Stewart paint, and I'll say this about it, it dries quickly and is very low odor. Martha Stewart paint is supposed to be environmentally friendly and is a zero VOC paint. Not having anything else to compare it with, that's about all I can say. Okay, wait, I can also say that unless Martha Stewart herself shows up to repaint that orange wall, we're probably going to go with a different fix.
So, that's about it. I fully intend to sign up for more of these "Do-It-Herself" classes at the Home Depot. Not only do they seem to be pretty informative, but if I don't show up, then who will they teach?