But instead I came home, lost my mind, and started painting my bathroom floor. Actually, that's somewhat inaccurate. I came home, cleaned my bathroom floor, sanded the finish off of it, cleaned the floor again, scrubbed the floor down with TSP, and let it dry thoroughly. All the tutorials I've found on the interwebs say you have to do all that before you start painting. What they don't tell you is that all that stuff takes a really long time to do. (Even if your floor's not as dirty as mine was.) I started out sanding with 100-grit like the instructions say and realized I'd qualify for the senior citizen discount at Golden Corral before I got finished. So then I used really rough sandpaper left over from refinishing the floors (it's probably 80-grit or even 60-grit) and I put it on my multi-tool. That didn't take too long. What took forever was running the shop vac, then mopping, then letting it dry, then sanding, then running the shop vac, then mopping, then letting it dry, then scrubbing the floor with TSP and letting that dry. Patience is not my strong suit.
|Pawprints in the primer|
While the primer was drying, I went to Lowe's and bought a quart of Valspar Porch and Floor Paint and had them tint it to Fish Story, which is a dark teal. (I love paint names.) Incidentally, my mom was with me and happened to be wearing light teal colored shoes, so she helped me pick out the paint color by comparing the chips to her shoes. (I love my mom.)
Second coat or no, the stenciling will start tomorrow. I think I'd better do it in the daytime when there's more light and when I've had plenty of rest, because math is involved in the placement of the first stencil so that the whole pattern doesn't go wonky after that.