One Christmas, my father surprised his brother-in-law with a grey, five-gallon paint bucket, filled with basic painting supplies and tools. The scientist and engineer’s face lit with surprise – and joy.
My uncle dreaded painting anything. Particularly, on his contemporary home. He knew his limitations. Doing a good paint job was one of them. By his own admission, he took forever to get something done.
So, Dad gave him a big boost. A “hands-up.”
Here’s what my dad crammed into that bucket. Then, he drove that paint bucket, in his 4-wheel drive, full-size Suburban, through a record-breaking Indiana blizzard, to sunny Central Florida.
3 paint brushes – 1-inch, 2-inch, 3-inch
1 roller extension pole
2 roller frames and nap covers
1 roller pan, 1 paint screen
1 pack 220 sandpaper
1 pack 120 sandpaper
1 pack assorted sandpaper
1 sea sponge
2 rolls masking tape – ¾-inch, 1 ½ -inch
1 putty knife
1 scrub brush
2 paint scrapers – 1-inch, 3-inch
1 quart container paint thinner
1 package breathing masks
1 package disposable (surgical) gloves
1 9-ft. x 12-ft. dropcloth
6+ Glidden wood mixing/dip sticks
1 white painter’s utility apron
1 Glidden painter’s cap
Topping off the bucket was a white regulation painter’s safety helmet. And, a massive red bow.
I’m certain that, over time, my uncle used some of the items in that bucket. More than once.
Still, within six months of my move to Florida, he asked me to paint the interior of his home. I turned him down.
Painting anything was not on my bucket list at the time. Painting anything – the idea of using any painting trade supply or tool – reminded me too much of the man that had filled that bucket for his brother-in-law. The man that had filled my first painter’s tool box with everything I’d need to get started.
The man that had given me my own white regulation hard hat!
It took me a little while to pick up a brush again. It was not a Purdy or Wooster.
I started with artist brushes, acrylic paints, white Gesso, stretched canvases, a paint tray, a scraper, a tri-pod, etc. Instead of painting walls, I painted on canvas. Examples: Abstracts, geometrics, graphics. My biggest project: A 36-inch by 42-inch reproduction, in acrylics, of “The Lord’s Supper.”
Little by little, I unpacked my boxes of commercial painter’s supplies and tools. I went around and introduced myself to the managers of Glidden’s, Sherwin-Williams, and PPG stores in South Florida. I volunteered, and redecorated a few properties of relatives and their friends, churches, and non-profits. I signed up at the nearest IUPAT local. And, I returned to the commercial painting profession.
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What’s on your painter’s – and life’s – BUCKET LISTS?
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