Or at least I’m trying to be a “one room woman”. I started in the dining room a couple of weeks ago determined to finish it before moving on. My usual tactic is to do a little here, a little there, and not get much satisfaction from the rabbit tracks.
I started with an almost empty room.
So far I’ve removed the blue wallpaper.
The blue paper is history.
Then I painted the cornice molding.
After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown molding.
Painted the ceiling with Revere Pewter.
Revere Pewter on the dining room ceiling accents the white cornice molding.
Washed down the walls with vinegar and water.
I wiped the upper walls down with vinegar water.
Charlie spackled up the hole in the wall and evened out all the seams that were left rough from removing the wallpaper.
The mudded wall needs to be sanded and wiped down before wallpapering or painting.
Painted the window trim.
I have not actually painted the window trim yet.
Primed and painted the paneling. As much as I’d like to say the dining room is finished I got sidetracked by the living room. It’s driving me nuts that I can’t actually put furniture in either of these two rooms because they still need to be painted.
Before the living room ceiling could be painted it needed to be sanded and wiped with a damp cloth.
I thought I would feel more able to work on details if the living room ceiling were painted but first Charlie needed to sand it and then wipe the dust off. I would then prime the areas that were mudded before painting the ceiling. I almost forgot that the cornice should be painted before I attacked the ceiling. So I guess I’m not a one room woman after all. Errghhh.
If I stand in the perfect spot I could almost convince myself the dining room is finished.
The whole dining room list looks like this:
Remud any holes, seams, or dips to make a smooth wall.
Wipe down the entire wall with vinegar and water to remove any residual wallpaper glue and to further smooth the plaster.
Paint the ceiling. We used Edgecomb Grey in the adjacent kitchen. I’ll either use this in the dining room or go one shade darker to really make the cornice molding pop.
- Finish installing the baseboard trim and trim up the door opening.
Prime and paint the paneling.
- Paint the trim.
- Paint or paper the wall above the paneling. (See my dining room Pinterest page for inspiration.)
- Clean the floor. Then repolyurethane the new boards.
- Finish the cushions for the window seat one of which some mice have chewed.
Move the piano and table back into the dining room.
- Hang blinds and curtains.
- Move onto another room.
Would you say “halfway there”?
How do you stay on track with your projects? Do you let whims pull you into other distractions?