Painting - the very word sends fear into most homeowners and even their contractors.
What is is about painting that people hate so?
I have tried to answer this question over the last few days of painting the interior walls of our new house. Every one of the sub-contractors working in our house at the same time say the same thing - They hate the job of painting!
Now don't get me wrong it is certainly not the most easy job or one that is without obstacles BUT when you look at it differently it does have a zen-like quality. Painting is about change. Maybe that is why people hate to think about it. In order to paint a room you have to make some changes in the room - you need to move/rearrange furniture, you need to pick the color, possibly you need to make adjustments to the furnishings in the room to accomodate the new color chosen. But when it comes right down to it, you have to change.
When you are moving into a new home, you want to make that home you. You want to personalize it and one of the easiest ways to do that is to change the colors on the walls. You try not to think of the work involved but rather about the desired end result. I did that in our existing "little" house that we have lived in for the past 7 years while dreaming of our new house. It is the same way with setting goals and working on making them happen - we set our sites on the desired end result. So it is with painting.
We go into the paint store with a dream, a dream of making our living space our own. When you are building a brand new house it is sometimes one of the last things you think about but it is definitely a decision that makes a profound effect on your living space. The colors that we chose are a result of how we want to feel in certain areas of our home. Bright, bold, soft, mellow. In an existing home it is the desire to change how you feel about a room or to make it your own.
But as with any change, it comes with a price. The price is monetary, of course, but it is also a committment to the change. And the work involved in making that change. Most contractors hate painting because of the work. The ladders, the scaffolding, the physical labor of the task, the brush cleaning, the roller changing, the paint pouring, the trim work. It really is a hard job and one that is the most noticed by the home owner if there is a screw-up!
But, for me. the joy of seeing that wall become the color that you picked is worth the price! Especially in a new house, the home of your dreams, your new forever home. Painting to me is a job of instant gratification. Seeing that new color go on the wall is a sense of accomplishment. For me these last few days it has been the sense of another step in a goal achieved. One more step to living in my new house.
Don't look at any job you must accomplish on the path to a goal as a job or a chore but rather another step on the path you have chosen. Because remmber, if you don't take the next step you will never reach that end result - the achievement of the goal realized.
Unless, of course, you are a painter!
Paula J. Kaprocki, LMT, BS, CPC
Life Coach, Massage Therapist, Infinite Possibilities Trainer, Author