Weekly Wrap-Up: The One with all the Painting

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Weekly Wrap-Up

What a week! Seriously, it hasn’t been awful, but I don’t think I could take too many like this. And my poor husband? He’s probably wishing he had just stayed at work.

He took the week off so we (he because he had a plan and was just going to handle it himself) could paint Josh and Megan’s rooms. We got all the furniture moved out of Josh’s room, the first on the agenda, and most of the furniture from Megan’s room on Friday night.

living room 2

Our goal for Friday night job was to remove the wallpaper border and the 100+ Star Wars stickers that Josh and Megan decided to stick all over his walls forever ago (as in, they were probably like 6 and 8).

See? I’m not kidding.


And that’s just one section of stickers. Thankfully, my sister and brother-in-law had some amazing remove-wallpaper-with-steam tool that really, really helped. Oh, and that border? We thought it would be just perfect until he was a teen if he turned out to like sports. He did not. He hated that border.

So, anyway, things were moving along. After breakfast Saturday, Brian started trimming Josh’s room. Then, he got sick. Fever, chills, aches. We were pretty sure it was the flu.

After church on Sunday, which Brian didn’t attend, we took him to two quick care places. Both had wait times past their close times. So, he got up first thing Monday morning and went to the doctor. Thankfully, it wasn’t the flu, but he’s still felt horrible all week.

Long story short, he’s been sick, felt bad, and fallen off a ladder this week. It wasn’t a big ladder, but it was enough to hurt his back. He spilled some paint when he fell, so we had to pull out the steam cleaner. He went into Megan’s room for something and got paint on his new shoes. (He managed to get it off.) And, we had newspaper stick to the paint on Megan’s wall, so we had to touch that up.

Even though it was a frustrating week, it was good to get Josh and Megan’s rooms finished. They look so much better!

Josh Before
Josh’s room before

Josh After

Josh’s room after

Megan Before

Megan’s room before (but after she’d already pulled off most of the border as a late-night project)

Megan after

I confess that I didn’t think I was going to like the color she chose, but it turned out much better than I expected.

And, of course, in addition to painting this week, we’ve also spent time trying to keep warm. It got down to 8 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday night with more of the same last night. That is so stinking cold!

All the outside creatures are inside. The outside dog is in the garage with a heater. The outside kitty is spending nights in the bathroom. She’s not crazy about being cooped up, but it’s got to be better than being outside in the cold.

The indoor/outdoor kitty has thought he wanted to go outside a couple of times, but he quickly changes his mind. Both he and Luna have taken turns sleeping on Brian’s gym bag which, shamefully, has lived in the dining room since last Friday. They’re going to be so disappointed when he goes back to work and takes it with him.


Just for the record, I moved all the paint paraphernalia out of the dining room yesterday afternoon.

Josh and Megan are supposed to go to their first dance tonight. Shhh…don’t tell all those folks who think homeschooled kids don’t do things like that. They’ve both tried on their outfits already, but didn’t let me take pictures yet. Hopefully, I’ll get some tonight. Josh looks so spiffy and Megan has pulled off her tomboy, “I’ll wear a dress, but I’m wearing Converse with it” look quite nicely.

It’s just an informal dance sponsored by our local homeschool group’s mock trial team. I’m not sure Josh will actually go. He’s torn on whether or not he really wants to, so we’ll see. If he doesn’t, I may still make him get dressed up so I can take pictures.

Y’all stay warm if you’re in the path of this Arctic blast, too. I’ll be hanging out by the heater, making lesson plans for next week.

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Kris Bales is a newly-retired homeschool mom and the quirky, Christ-following, painfully honest founder (and former owner) of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers. She has a pretty serious addiction to sweet tea and Words with Friends. Kris and her husband of over 30 years are parents to three amazing homeschool grads. They share their home with three dogs, two cats, a ball python, a bearded dragon, and seven birds.

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  1. Thank you so much for posting that top picture. We are in the middle of creating a bedroom from our hallway (!) for our little girls and the house looks like a bomb has exploded. It is reassuring to see your after pictures (both bedrooms look great) – it means I won’t need to live in this state forever. Well, hopefully – I can’t find my husband at the moment, he seems to be covered by all the rubbish!

    1. Yes, remodeling one room always seems to result in 2 or 3 other rooms being trashed. It was the living room and bathroom for us. Thankfully, all is back to normal now.

  2. I love the fox blanket (reaches through screen to nab it for herself)…. and the colors are very pretty. I love the idea of framed posters, makes so much more sense than sticking them to the wall!

    1. Yeah, I tried to talk Megan into frames for her posters, but she said she wanted her room to look like a 13-year-old girl’s. Apparently, 13-year-old girls don’t use poster frames. 🙂

  3. My younger brother and I did the sticker thing to his dresser when we were kids 🙂 I totally get that whole removal process. LOL The rooms look great and hope your hubby is feeling better!

    1. Thanks. He seems to be feeling better today. My husband confined his childhood stickers to the closet door. They were still there when we married, but when his parents sold the house, they were able to just replace the door – a lot easier than peeling those things off the wall! 🙂

  4. I look around my girls’ room and I see Hello Kitty stamps all over the wall above my 6 year old’s bed and “important” stickers on the furniture and such. It makes me smile now, but in ten years I will be in your shoes…shutter…

    1. Yeah, I was the same way. I didn’t even care about the stickers. It was his room and they weren’t hurting anything…until it came time to get them off. That steamer thing really helped, though. We’d just steam them for a minute and scrape them off. We did find a sheet of temporary tattoos adhered to the wall, too. They did not come off, but there was no texture to them, so we just painted over them and you can’t even tell where they were.

  5. That is a lot of painting! And your poor husband…

    We need to paint soon too. We did get my son’s room primered, but haven’t even bought the paint he wants, very similar in color to your son’s. And my daughter wants a soft, pale periwinkle.

    Hope your husband recovers soon!

    1. Thanks. He feels better today. I’m hoping a day or two of laying around resting will do the trick. It’s been such a busy week.

  6. Hope your hubby is feeling better from whatever sickness he had. Hope his back is doing better as well. I really like the new colors in the kids rooms. I hope the kids have fun at the dance.

  7. Oh those walls are making me cringe! We need to repaint my daughter’s walls too and they are covered in stickers as well. Not looking forward to that job.

    Hope your dh feels better soon – it seems to be such a bad year for sickness.

  8. I like the color your daughter picked! But I did LIME for the “panda room” in our house (a shared bedroom for boy and girl toddlers). Not a screaming lime, a nice lime, but still, it could have been awful, and it wasn’t. We’re working on a room right now, and just did a nice, subtle light blue.

  9. The rooms look great!! It’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a room. So sorry Brian’s week was so crummy, poor guy. Hoping he’s all better and that nobody else picked up the bug (or fell off anything).

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