4. You’re not too good to use a dropcloth
I like to take shortcuts. I like to start projects without doing proper prep work, just because I’m want to paint a little bit of my new color to see what it looks like…which of course morphs right into full-fledged painting. Using a dropcloth is not something you should skip though. Even if you have a wet rag to wipe up drips or never even drip at all, you till need a dropcloth. Reason being is that when you use a roller, each time pull it across the wall it spins and sprays teeny tiny flecks of paint all over you floor. Trust me….I have a few speckled floors and a speckled countertop. Proof…
These teeny paint flecks are so small you would never even notice them…that is, until you notice them, then you will never be able to unnotice them and they will drive you crazy. The they don’t come off easily either, or at all in my case. So save yourself a headache and use a dropcloth.
Also, while we’re on the subject, here is another reason dropcloths are important. Back when Adam and I were newlyweds we lived in a teeny tiny apartment in northern New York. One of the first things I asked when looking at the apartment was if I was allowed to paint the walls, to which I received a very quick “NO, absolutely not.” So later that week Adam and I are in our new apartment, painting. It’s cold and snowy outside and I’m wearing my usual painting clothes and a nice thick pair of winter socks. We’re about done with the first wall in our new (carpeted) living room when the phone rings. I dash across the room to the phone and step directly into the paint tray with my super absorbent winter sock. I made it a couple of steps before I realize what happened, at which point I freak out, hop around on my clean foot, and fall to the ground, slinging paint from my sock sponge the entire time. Adam couldn’t decide if he wanted to laugh or be completely horrified…luckily it all happened over a dropcloth so laughing was acceptable reaction. Anyway, this is another reason to use a dropcloth, since I’m sure this same scenario plays out in living rooms across the country. (This is where you nod your head in agreement).