Tahitian Delight – No Sign of Paradise Yet

It was supposed to be a very easy task this morning. Paint the top half of one wall of the bathroom minty green (actually, the correct name for that shade is “Tahitian Delight”). Simple enough, right? I did the taping yesterday, taping all around the perimeter of where we wanted the green to go. Since the wall was white, we figured there was no need for primer. And there shouldn’t have been. Except that once we started applying the first coat of Tahitian Delight, we discovered that it wasn’t sticking to the white very well. In fact, when I stood on the ladder and used a teeny tiny paintbrush to paint the very top edge, it didn’t want to stick at all…except in the parts where the green, er, Tahitian Delight leaked through the tape. Those little blobs of green on the white ceiling (which we’re trying to keep white) are sticking very well.

Very frustrating. Yesterday when we bought the paint we even splurged and spent a few dollars more on the “PREMIUM” can of paint…washable, mildew resistant, etc, etc, perfect for that small bathroom. We’ve done this sort of thing before – we’ve painted most of our house, as well as many other people’s houses, and neither of us has ever experienced this problem to this baffling degree before. And we’ve never bought PREMIUM paint before. Hmmm, don’t try to convince us that THAT isn’t a coincidence!

The result so far is a rather streaky mess, with the white glaring through in random spots – and despite every attempt to carefully apply the paint evenly across the entire wall, there are wide swaths of varying shades of this now-not-so-delightful Tahitian Delight. We only bought a small tin and we’re not sure we’ll have enough to do the three full coats that we now suspect we’ll need in order to see that Tahitian Delight in its full delightful glory.

Yes, it was supposed to be a very easy task. 30 minutes tops. So far the only easy part of the entire morning has been the triggering of my carefully hidden barely-there-but-still-there OCD angst which secretly craves (but has learned to settle) perfection. Now I have to do damage control and console those little twitching parts in my brain that are already anxiously cringing at the thought of having to sit in that bathroom for the rest of my life looking at this flawed green wall and wondering why I ever thought that this was a good idea.

This might be why most of the walls in our house are white.


(To be continued…maybe)

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About Sharon

I love to write. I love to write myself into being right here right now. Writing releases something in me that needs wings, writing opens doors and windows that I often don't even realize are possible, writing helps me breathe out the dusty old, and to breathe in the new and possible. My hope is that maybe writing here in this blog will bring new light into these dusty old hallways and help me to clear out the thinking processes and mindsets that just don't work for me anymore. I seek to breathe new light and life into the nooks and crannies of a soul that has been feeling somewhat lost and frayed because of the last few patches of road I've had to travel.
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2 Responses to Tahitian Delight – No Sign of Paradise Yet

  1. Can’t wait to hear how this turns out! Wonder why the paint isn’t sticking? Is the white high gloss?


  2. We’re still not sure why it didn’t stick, Ruth. Hubby closed the door and when he came out 20 minutes later it looked much better. Tomorrow we’ll put the wainscotting on the bottom half. Hopefully that will be easier…I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out. How are your renovations going?


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