When we bought our house, I knew immediately I’d need to do some painting. Things were just a bit beaten up and there were a lot of hastily patched nail holes throughout the house. I love the green in our kitchen, but our bathroom was a very unflattering shade of yellow-cream. When I told a friend yesterday I was spending the summer painting my bathroom, she looked at me with concern: “Erin, that’s a half-day job!” But I’ve never painted before. I have painted the vanity, inside and out, the closet, the walls, all of the trim, and the floor, replacing fixtures as I went. I’ll have to leave the counter and bathroom mirror (yes, this is a ’70s house! how can you tell?) until I have more funds, time, and a helper, but the kids were suitably impressed when I started painting striking black patterns all over the floor. Yes, I was scared and no, it’s not perfect, but the rather loose pattern has nicely obscured the blah linoleum squares underneath.