A Short Summary of My New Apprenticeship

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything and that is for good reason. I haven’t had internet in my home for quite some time due to some issues in my building. Things have been happening though!

At the end of September my bought of unemployment came to a ceremonious end when I got a job painting residentially. Thank goodness because my increasing loathing of job searching was taking over my life. The stress of not having work, the constant anxiety around money and the isolation of the pandemic had me going a little nuts.

So what does a residential painter do you might ask? Let me tell you. So far I have learned that painting is the smallest portion of a painters day. Before you ever open a can there is the set up, mudding, sanding, more mudding, more sanding, etc. Once you feel like it is finally time to paint, you still have to set up your drop sheets, your painting materials and double check your previous work. Then you finally get to the painting! Nope. Then you get to the priming. Priming can either be a breeze, or it can be oil based at which point you may want a mask to avoid the constant nausea of working in the fumes of it.

Then once the primer is dry, you can get to the real treat, the painting. There is something so very satisfying about seeing the paint roll onto the wall. You can feel yourself breathing new life into a space. Painting old yellowed ceilings bright white again makes the room so much brighter, cleaner and taller! Seeing dark or bold colours cover beiges changes the whole room! Not to mention that a mirror on a charcoal wall reinvigorates a space in a way I can’t even begin to describe.

I think the short summary here is that I like my new career and I hope to continue learning and experiencing for a long time to come.

Another positive about this career is that I get to meet a lot of new people every month due to the nature of the work. I’ve got to connect with people I never would have met otherwise and that has really helped with the feeling of isolation during the last couple months. (We do require physical distancing and masks at work, don’t worry). The cutest part of my job has been getting to know clients pets.

This is Duke. A very sweet Great Dane who loves back scratches and following me around while I work.

I will admit I thought perhaps I would try my hand at something else after I received my Red Seal and Journeyman ticket in Ironworking, but I didn’t expect my next adventure to be painting! As a somewhat artistic and creative person, I can’t think of many careers more fun than painting. Every house has its own quirks, every client their own story and each project it’s bumps, but that is what makes it so much fun.

Author: Eva Blakeman

A graphic designer, who happens to be an ironworker, who makes YouTube videos, also writes this blog. Writing is my favourite thing to do, so keep an eye out, because the next post is just around the corner.

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