Elton’s feeling blue. I was feeling blue. And now our kitchen is, too. Yep, we’ve got color on those spackle speckled walls. Well, I sanded the spackle before painting. If you remember, here’s the before.
Yeah, the three-toned wall color wasn’t working for me. So, I busted out my sanding skills to smooth out the walls. I know, this should have been done months ago, but Ben and I both hate sheet rock work. So we procrastinated. The time had come though. After sanding the walls, filling the small imperfections, and sanding again, I was ready to get started.
I prefer to paint trim first, working the paint into the crack by the wall. Once that dries, I get started on the color. Knowing that, I painted the trim Vermont Cream, color-matched to a Glidden satin latex paint. Why Glidden? Ben uses it in the apartments and loves it. I didn’t like the work-ability (or lack of) the Behr. Either I’m a slow painter or Behr dries especially fast. But I also hate the durability (again, the lack of) of Wal-Mart’s paint. Glidden seemed to bridge the gap.
Anyway, two coats of paint on the trim and about 24 hours of dry time later, I was ready for some color.
The same mis-tinted paint used in the dining room and theater room to be exact. I bought another gallon at Wal-Mart (their paints are fine for areas with less traffic and/or use). Rather than hauling the old can to the store, I took a picture of the label. To say the paint gal was confused by this is an understatement. Seriously, she was perplexed that I would do something so strange. Finally, I explained to her what I was looking for and we got the paint mixed.
After spending an hour taping off the trim, I got painting supplies together. Brush? Check. Paint tray? Check. Paint? Check. Roller and cover. Oops. I ran out of roller covers. Gah! Off to the hardware store the boys and I went. We got the foam rollers, did our grocery shopping, and headed home. After unpacking the groceries, I realized the covers were the right length, but the hole for the roller cage was too big. Boo. Luckily, I used the same color for the insides of the upper cabinets, so I searched for my used roller cover. Found it…in the trash, still in the bag. I cleaned the paint boogers off and used it. Yes, I was desperate to start painting without going to the hardware store again.
I started painting, cutting in around the top of the casement. It didn’t have to be perfect because anyone under seven feet tall wouldn’t see it.
Painting a flat wall was a breeze compared to the detailed trim. Rosettes are the most difficult trim to paint.
Shortly after the first coat dried, I started with the second. When I finished the second coat throughout the entire kitchen, I peeled off the tape.
Frog Tape prevented the majority of the paint seepage, but I did have a few peeling issues. I think this was because I didn’t peel the tape off as I was painting, so it was starting to dry.
Touch ups are in my future. Good thing I’ll have the same color out when we repaint the dining room. I had to hold off painting the blue in the dining room because we’ve got to repaint the lower part white.
Here’s where we’re at now. You can see we chose to paint the vent hood like the rest of the walls and door frames. No special treatment.
Crown, casement, and door frames are white.
For better flow, I painted around the back door, too. Now the color wraps from the stairs, around the kitchen, and into the dining room.
Now I need art to fill this blank wall. I like what we had before, but I’d like something larger with more color. Pinterest, here I come!
Up next, another layer of mud on the ceiling. Then sanding, priming, and painting. Again, we’re aware this should have been done long ago.
In addition to the ceiling, Ben has to install a few more trim pieces in the dining room, then more painting. But we are getting another thing crossed off our list as I type this. We took the cabinet doors to a local glass company.
Hopefully you’ll get to read and see more about that on Monday!
Have you been painting any rooms recently? What color(s) did you choose? Do you prefer to paint trim first? Like Ben, do you hate sheet rock work? Who’s excited that we’re almost done with the kitchen? (Quickly raises hand).