Frustrations over it taking forever to paint 1 room

Friday, January 28, 2011

I have been meaning to spend more time on SP reading blogs and posting to threads, however this week has been incredibly busy.

My 15 year old finally was able to keep her room clean long enough for us to want to go in and paint (deal was she had to keep it clean for 3 months). So my hubby and I for the past three days, in between appointments and such painting her room.

Yes I know three days to paint a bedroom **laughing** well add in an autistic 3 ½ year old to the mix and well everything takes longer than it needs to be. Also the fact that my hubby is in school and well we really have only spent equivalent of 4 hour there actually painting. We have a whopping two and half walls are done.

We have to empty the room, lay everything down then paint for a while. We can’t just leave everything out, because we have to make sure everything is picked up and things are back to normal so my little one does’t get distressed over it all.

This morning for instance, she noticed her sisters garage can was in the living room. So she picked it up and carried it around the living room till I had her put it back where it went in sissy’s room. She then sees the extra paint cans next to her paint can. She became very concerned that
#1 they were there at all and
#2 that her paint can would disappear when we were done. I spent better part of the next 15 min trying to explain that her paint can would still be there (I will explain the whole paint can another day).

I was hoping we would be able to distract our little one today long enough to get her new bed (my older daughters old bed) set up and move the armour into my older daughters room. Well that didn't happen. In fact the only thing I accomplished was getting to the bank today and a shower. My 3yr old was just a whirl wind and everything upset her.

We ended up going out for dinner this evening cause I did not want to cook.
We will not have the chance again to get into my daughters room to paint until Mon. when my youngest is at preschool.

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    Sooooo.....with you on this one!! I have been wanting to paint my dining room but need to take down the wallpaper. My daughter (with autism) is older so her behavior had matured a lot as she grew up :) but I wanted to let you know you really brought me back to remembering some of those days when everything seemed a little more difficult then it should be :) Thinking of you and KNOWING you'll do GREAT!!!!!
    2422 days ago
  • JAY75REY
    Painting is hard work and takes concentration...so of course it's not going quickly, with all you have to do. It'll feel great once you have finished, however.
    I've recently done a lot of interior painting by hand, 3 coats per room (1 primer and 2 paint). Exhausting!
    2428 days ago
    It sounds like it may be taking longer than expected but that you are dealing with life in a very positive way! Taking life as it comes and taking the time to explain to your little daughter what she needs explaining. I admire your patience with your little one and that your painting is not as important as your children!
    2430 days ago
    That is tough to deal with and try to paint,you are doing the best you can and these kind of projects can take more time than expected.I think I can understand you being frustrated about this.I have a hard time with starting things I cannot finish.I guess we have to try to be flexible when these things happen.Being a parent is a very tough job we love and cherish.May all go well for you and you get her room painted soon! Hugs,Diana emoticon emoticon
    2430 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2011 1:47:15 AM
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