It’s Spring, and so there’s a lot of “fixing up” happening at Blue Cat’s house. This is a new thing for Blue Cat – he’s not much of a repair person, but he did learn a few things about paint.
First of all – you always have left over paint. That might sound like a problem because you have to store it somewhere. But it’s really a good thing, because then you always have exactly the right paint to cover a chip, scratch, or repair. So there’s no need to paint the entire wall – just the spot.
Secondly, paint covers a multitude problems. Blue Cat’s house was attacked by woodpeckers last year – pretty birds that like to peck their way through trim and siding. (And they’re really loud, too.) Blue Cat used wood putty to fill in the holes, but the real trick was to cover the patches with the original paint colors. It’s hard to see the former holes, even though the putty’s texture is a lot different from the surrounding wood. It also helps that the repairs are 15 feet up on the back of the house!
Finally, paint is really easy to put on. You don’t need to learn any tough techniques (like stretching carpet) and you don’t need a lot of special tools (like when you lay a wood floor). You just get some on your brush or roller and spread it on. If you have a lot of different colors to do, you can put each brush in a plastic bag in the refrigerator, so you can save your cleaning up for the end of the project. And clean up is a snap – if you pick the right paint, you can use soap and water. If you pick the wrong paint (or are just lazy) you can toss the roller/brush at the end of the day.
Blue Cat is happy he gets to do some painting – it’s easy to do and looks great when it’s done. Now if he could just figure out how to keep the woodpeckers away.
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