Painting is a bit different in Romania. I will explain; I mean you still paint with a brush and wait for it to dry and sometimes have to put on two coats, but some things that you think are universal are not.
In some peoples’ houses if you rub your hand on the wall or rub against it with your clothes you will have chalk like dust on you. I guess the “paint” is a dust that you add water too. I’m not sure why people use this type because no one likes getting the dust on them. In one room of our house this is the kind of paint that was in it. We decided to paint it to stop getting the dust on us and around the bed in the room the wall “paint” was about all rubbed off. We painted the whole room a nice yellow and by that evening I noticed a couple spots that were pealing a bit. I just thought we would have to do some touching up. By the next morning about half the paint in the room was all peeled up and looked horrible. We had to chip it all off and primer it before we did it again. Talking of primer that is another story.
The primer here is so runny. In the US the primer is like paint and sometimes you don’t even need to paint it if you only want white, but not here. This primer is so watery that you put it on the wall and it looks like you took a bucket of white colored water and painted it on the wall, but some how it works. You might have to put on a few coats though:) And after the primer is dry is looks hardly different, but it does its job and the paint works.
|Neighbors house with nice painted trees and curb.|
|Picture of our house non-painted|
The last thing about paint is how Romanians prepare for Easter. Now this is nothing to do with Easter the holiday really, but they set this date that they have to have certain cleaning stuff done before Easter. They got lucky this year with a late Easter, not until May 5th. So, part of the cleaning process is painting the trees and the curb in front of your house. The reason they do the curb I think is to make it look nice. It is always just a white runny paint as well that you think will not work. They also paint the tree trunks from the ground to about 3 feet up as well. Now, I am not exactly sure why they do this, but I have heard many things from different people as to why. One person said so it looks nice for Easter, but I think most say it is something healthy for the trees. Now, I would understand that if it was a special paint with pesticides or something, but when I have watched them do the painting they use the same paint for the curb and the trees. So, my question is does the curbs need special paint to keep them healthy? Another thing I heard once was that it keeps the bugs away or something. Are bugs scared of white paint? The painted trees do look kind of pretty. In Romania most roads are lined with trees and it looks nice when they are all painted going down the road. My mom I believe said that back in the day in America the roads were lined with trees as well, although I don’t think they were probably painted. Last year we did not do the painting in front of our house but our neighbor did. I guess they felt sorry for our pathetic non-painted trees and curb. We’ll see what happens this year because we have no plans for doing it this year either.
For the last few days a team from America has been here working with us. They have done an incredible job. It is funny that Sheena wrote about painting because with the team recently painted some rooms, probably what inspired her:) The American ladies kept commenting on how the paint was so thick. Thank you to Andreea, Madalina, Adi, Sheena Carol and Marsha for all the hard work and everyone that donated to the project.