Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Roadblocks

Today was Day 2 of Operation Save Money on Gas, in which I attempt to use the bus system. I decided to take the bus to the Dimond Center Mall, where they have a farmer's market on Wednesdays. I left the house at 9:10 and got back at 12:40. 3 1/2 hours to shop for 15 minutes. The #9 bus, the one that is closest to my house that goes to the Dimond Center, only runs once per hour. So after I spent 15 minutes shopping at the farmer's market (it's really not that big), I ended up having to kill 45 minutes wandering around the mall. Plus, I had to take another bus to pick up the #9, and had to wait for 15 minutes at least when switching buses.

The whole thing was annoying. I'm trying to do my part for the environment here, but I just don't think I can waste that much time messing around with our crappy bus system to run errands.

Also, I started stripping the paint off one of my end tables today. And that went crappily too. First of all, the paint stripper does not remove the paint the way I thought it would. So I end up scrubbing and scrubbing, and scrubbing, and scrubbing....only to get most of the paint off, except for some rough patches that just seem determined to remain blue. Plus, I spilled the after-wash (which does something nasty to the driveway, by the way). I think my friend CJ was right, I need to get a professional to do this. I thought I could do it myself, because all the websites said it was easy. But the internet lied! Those lying liars! Not that it's difficult intellectually. I understand what I'm supposed to do. But I just don't have the patience for this crap.

So tomorrow, I'll call around to some furniture restoration places and see if they will strip for me. (ha) I don't want to spend a fortune, so if it costs a lot, I guess I'll just keep doing it myself. It doesn't hurt to ask, though.

2 comments:

henna73 said...

You can do it! Do you have Zip Strip in AK? That's the only brand that really works. I believe it is Marine rated, so it's strong! One coat on with a brush, let it sit for 20 min. Scrape with a putty knife. Second coat on with a brush, scrape with a putty knife followed by steel wool. Let it dry overnight and then send to remove any little bits.

I called to have some pieces done and it was WAY to expensive for me. Let me know if you need more info.

L said...

Yeah, I learned that little lesson today. $40 per end table and $60-80 for the coffee table. That's $160 for "free" tables. I don't think so!

I purchased Citristrip on the recommendation of strizz and some internet sites, but I will look for the Zip Strip. The rate I'm going through this stuff I'll need some more anyway.