Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Paint on the Wall

We finally did it!  We got rid of the boring builder's paint color in our living and dining room.  It took us nearly a year and a half to do it, but it's done and we LOVE it! 

As I discussed here, we started with removing all pictures, curtains, etc. and prepped the walls for paint by using compound to cover any holes and imperfections and gave them a good sanding.  We then taped the entire room using FrogTape, which I am in LOVE with!  We've always used the standard blue painter's tape and never ended up with crisp, clean lines...but we did this time using good ol' FrogTape



The other thing we did differently when painting these rooms...we painted the first coat with 2" brushes.  Now I know you think we're crazy, but once we did all the trim work all we had to do was fill inside the lines....much like coloring a picture.  I can say this did help with coverage and we saved a ton on paint.  We purchased five gallons of paint and only used about a quarter of the bucket.

Once the first coat was on my husband started giving me crap about the color and how "blue" it was, but I knew that would change or Sherwin Williams would owe me a refund!  After the second coat the "gray" finally came through and looked amazing! 

 


 

I can't wait to change out some of our decor and add floor to ceiling curtains, which will only add to the height of our ceilings and windows.  We plan to DIY some stripped curtains like Jennifer's over at Blissfuly Ever After...I'm super excited for it all to come together!
 

 
 
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Back Against the Wall

I know that I've been slacking lately, but I'm BACK!  Now I know what you're thinking... it's winter and you're cooped up in the house and you should be DIYing it up!  Well to be honest when it gets cold outside and the days get shorter, I get lazy and just want to snuggle up with my princess and the hubs and just enjoy life. 

But while snuggled up in the house I just keep staring at my stark walls and I get disgusted.  They're plain and tall and need a little life!  So, I finally brought a paint deck home so my husband and I could chose a color that we both agreed on....well so I thought we would agree.  Even though I think he has good taste, if I give into what he likes we will end up changing things shortly after; so I have to make sure it's something I love before moving forward.

As you may have guessed we didn't agree on a color that we both liked, so I went with my gut and chose Sherwin Williams - Lazy Gray SW6254
 
Sherwin William - Lazy Gray SW6254
We started Friday night, taking down accessories and curtains, and prepping the walls.  Saturday morning we started taping around all of the window trim, and moldings. 

 

We decided to use FrogTape because of all the recommendations from other bloggers like Katie over at Bower Power, so we'll let you know how that goes. 


We finally finished taping Sunday night because we kept taking breaks to catch up on Scandal (I know it isn't related to home improvements, but I'm in love with this show so check it out!) so hopefully painting will commence this week....I can't wait to see how it turns out!!

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