It was a mild and sunny Saturday morning with a gentle breeze. For July, it was the perfect day to be outside. So, a quick Saturday project was in the making – painting the shutters – a project that should only take a couple of hours to complete.
The plan was in motion to buy the spray paint, take down the shutters in the front (there are only 6), spray them, and put them back up. Doesn’t sound that difficult, and it shouldn’t have been. BUT….MURPHY’S LAW STRIKES AGAIN!!
We hopped over to Lowes around 10am, picked up the spray paint (Hunter Green) and tootled home. When we arrived home, Gene dragged the ladder out of the shed and across the back yard to the front of the house while I ran inside to get the drill. I excitedly grabbed the drill and power pack…Egads!!! Both batteries for the drill were dead!! Of course they were dead! Out came the old-fashioned screwdriver and some muscle.
It’s now about 10:30am or so. Starting on the front porch, I painstakingly removed each screw from the shutters. We then moved to the front of the house where Gene climbed up and down the ladder to remove the other shutters. We were ALMOST done with this time-stealing task when we encountered “the screw”. It was rusted to the shutter and stripped, or perhaps it was simply deteriorating like the one next to it already had. (Who uses non-galvinized screws, anyway, outside?! Obviously someone in a rush or someone who just doesn’t care.) That screw wasn’t budging for anyone or anything 🙄, and needless to say, that shutter wasn’t coming down, either. It was the LAST one! At least it still got pressure washed like the other shutters.
While the shutters dried in the sun, back to Lowes we went to return the spray paint. It was around 1pm. We then had to pick up a quart of paint, chose a color close to what we wanted (We chose Valspar’s “Wilderness”.), get a drop cloth, and then buy paint brushes. Our $4.48 project quickly became $39.
When we got home, Gene taped off the front window and put up a drop cloth. I had the other 5 shutters on the deck to start painting. It was 2:30pm. I had other plans for the day! We were supposed to be done by now! I wanted to go to the gym, by golly gee whiz!
An hour and fifteen after I had started painting, the first coat of paint was done and I had one humdinger of a sunburn. With all of the focus on time, I decided I was going to be super quick and not put on sunblock – even after Gene reminded me. Pride anyone?! Not a smart move for this tender Irish/Scottish Rose.
As we waited for the paint to dry, we were at least able to get a break and take in most of the Red Sox/Yankees game before going back out to do the 2nd coat. We finished around 7:30pm.
As you can see, Murphy had other plans for our quick Saturday project. It turned into a multi-day project, costing us more money than expected, and with us expending more sweat equity than we desired.
As the temperatures began to rise this afternoon, with barely a breeze, our newly painted shutters were returned to their rightful spots on the house, using a drill with two nicely charged power packs.