Category Archives: Paint

Progress – Week 1

Last week I made a 2-month week-by-week plan. Here is the progress of week one.

And here's the second floor.

This past week I worked on the stairwell from the first to second floor and the second floor hall.

September 22 – 28

  • Paint hallway ceiling pink Head Over Heels

    The hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink.

    The hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink.

  • Paint stairwell and upstairs hallway with Benjamin Moore Moonshine

    The walls are Moonshine.

    The walls are Moonshine.

  • Reinstall cleaned and painted iron stair railing

    The railing has been reinstalled.

    The railing has been reinstalled.

  • Wipe down step baseboard and steps with TSP in water.

    The risers have become scuffed up over the past 17 years.

    The risers have become scuffed up over the past 17 years. (Note the formerly yellow walls.)

  • Paint trim and risers

    The white trim and risers is "White Mosaic" by Clark and Kensington.

    The white trim and risers is “White Mosaic” by Clark and Kensington.

  • Add runner

    I still working on the runner.

    I’m still working on the runner logistics.

It seems my divide and conquer plan is working albeit week one.  I’m encouraged to succeed in week two.

What’s encouraging you?

The Stair Railing is Back in Place

The stairwell used to be pale yellow.

The stairwell used to be pale yellow.

I took the very heavy iron railing down in order to paint the walls of the stairwell.

The ceiling of the stairwell  is Edgecomb Gray, the walls Moonshine.

The ceiling of the stairwell is Edgecomb Gray, the walls Moonshine.

At the suggestion of your comments I spray painted the railing Metallic Charcoal. In the mean time I also painted the walls of the stairwell Benjamin Moore Moonshine which is the same color I used in the mudroom.  It’s a light bluish grey that brightens up the narrow and unlit staircase.

The Moonshine walls are freshly painted.

The Moonshine wall is freshly painted. The wall with the railing attached is actually the living room color: Revere Pewter..

After all this painting was finished I replaced the railing which was no mean feat as it is both heavy and unwieldy.

A short section of railing is screwed to the floor along the edge overlooking the stairs.

A short section of railing is screwed to the floor along the edge overlooking the stairs.

The long part of the railing that goes down the stairs bolts to the top section.

The long part of the railing that goes down the stairs bolts to the top section.

Unfortunately the railing did mark up the newly painted wall which I plan to touch up.

The dark marks will be repainted.

The dark marks under the circular support will be repainted.

I replaced this same railing because it is very sturdy.

Did you have a productive Saturday?

Did This and This

Yesterday I had a list all prepared to keep me on track so I wouldn’t get .  .  . well, you know. Here’s how it went.

I started early, not the crack of dawn, but before 9 a.m.  First thing I always do on Saturday is strip the bed and put the sheets and pillow cases in the washer.  Then I have a good cappuccino and a bowl of oatmeal with Craisins.

Our coffee station is always ready for action.

Our coffee station is always ready for action.

My plan for yesterday was to paint the upstairs hallway.

  1. Wipe all the walls and ceiling down with water to remove sanding dust.
  2. Prime all raw plaster areas.
  3. Remove the stair railing and take outside.
  4. Clean railing with mineral spirits.
  5. Paint the hall ceiling.

    The hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink.

    The hall ceiling is pale pink, Head Over Heels, which I made even paler by adding a quart of white to the quart of pink.

  6. Wipe down the stairs and baseboards.
  7. Spray paint the railing, underside first.Over the years the railing has acquired a worn appearance which I decided to correct with some charcoal metallic spray paint.

    Over the years the railing has acquired a worn appearance which I decided to correct with some charcoal metallic spray paint.

  8. Paint the stairwell walls.
  9. Repaint the hall ceiling.
  10. Repaint the railing.The railing is very heavy but easy to spray paint: rust reformer first then metallic charcoal.

    The railing is very heavy but easy to spray paint: rust reformer first then metallic charcoal.

  11. Repaint the stairwell walls.
  12. Paint the hall walls.
  13. Repaint the hall walls.

I was shooting for finishing the list of 13 but only completed 8. I was beat.  Maybe I can finish today.

Latest accomplishment?

So Much To Do

We have so much to do that I’m a little overwhelmed on weekends (my only days off) as to where should I put my effort.

Lots of finishing left in the conservatory.

Lots of finishing left in the conservatory: walls, floors, trim, and on and on, but today I’m heading upstairs.

I know this about myself: PLAN ALL WORK EARLY IN THE DAY. I like to get started on the main project for the day first thing in the morning. I try very hard to have everything ready to go. If I need paint supplies or cleaning supplies or tools, etc., I like to have them on the spot.  Any short trip to the hardware store or paint store totally throws off my productivity.

My brushes are all ready to go to work.

My brushes are all ready to go to work.

My plan for today is to paint the upstairs hallway.

  1. Wipe all the walls and ceiling down with water to remove sanding dust.

    What's more mundane than washing walls?

    What’s more mundane than washing walls?

  2. Prime all raw plaster areas.

    Large areas of wall have been spackled with drywall mud.

    Large areas of wall have been spackled with drywall mud.

  3. Remove the stair railing and take outside.

    The far railing goes to the top of the steps.

    The far railing goes to the top of the steps.

  4. Clean railing with mineral spirits.
  5. Paint the hall ceiling.

    The ceiling should take little time since it is narrow.

    The ceiling should take little time since it is narrow.

  6. Wipe down the stairs and baseboards.
  7. Spray paint the railing, underside first.
  8. Paint the stairwell walls.

    The stairwell walls will be Benjamin Moore's Moonshine.

    The stairwell walls will be Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine.

  9. Repaint the hall ceiling.
  10. Repaint the railing.
  11. Repaint the stairwell walls.
  12. Paint the hall walls.

    The view from the Treetops bedroom looking toward the pink bathroom door.

    Naturally there are lots of doorways to paint around on the bedroom hall.

  13. Repaint the hall walls.

When I say a simple phrase like “I want to paint the hall,” there’s so much to it. We’ve already done a lot of prep in this area. However, the hallway will still needs baseboard trim.

We're going to install baseboard trim that matches that of the downstairs hallway: 1 by 4 topped with ogee and shoe in front.

We’re going to install baseboard trim that matches that of the downstairs hallway: 1 by 4 topped with ogee and shoe in front.

The baseboard, risers, and stair trim still need to be painted.

I'll save painting the stair trim and risers for another day. Errgghh.

I’ll save painting the stair trim and risers for another day. Errgghh.

The stairs get a runner.

I'm hoping these Ikea rugs will work on the stairs.

I’m hoping these Ikea rugs will work on the stairs.

If I can get the list of 13 finished today, the project will feel like something is happening.

What’s your plan?

Vintage Trays and Spray Paint

I picked up 2 metal trays from the FREE table at church. They measure 13.25″ square with a depth of approximately 1″.

Vintage metal tray times 2.

Vintage metal tray times 2.

This same tray is for sale all over Ebay and Etsy from $7 to $26.

Why are they out in the driveway?

Why are they out in the driveway?

It is described by an Etsy seller: “Lovely vintage Mid Century red and gold stylized peacock design square metal serving tray by Maxey. This sturdy square metal tray is accented with a stylized peacock and foliage design along the center of the tray in shades of metallic gold and black which are set on a matte red background and bordered with a gold rim. The back of the tray is a matching matte red shade. It is signed “Maxey” along the bottom of the design.”

Under the "peacock" is the name "Maxey".

Under the “peacock” is the name “Maxey”.

First of all I thought the peacock was a chicken.  And as lovely as they are (kidding) I’m going to desecrate them (just like I did my ceramic Christmas trees) with some spray paint.

Grey primer to prepare the metal surface.

Grey primer to prepare the metal surface.

I painted them front and back first with grey primer then with Valspar “Hubbell House Golden Maize” to give the living room a little jolt of color.

I should have stopped here.

I should have stopped here.

Then I got an even bolder idea but should have quit while I was ahead.

My new idea involved this bit of fun. Grrrrgh.

My new idea involved this bit of fun. Grrrrgh.

The details are forthcoming if I can improve the outcome.  If not, I’ll show you the fail but won’t bother telling how I got there.

Do you get grandiose ideas? Should you stick with the basics? Or is trying and failing better than never having tried at all?

The Living Room Needs Color

Our first floor plan is open. You can see the kitchen from all the other rooms: living room, dining room, conservatory, mud room.

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

Looking into the kitchen from the dining room.

The kitchen is yellow (Benjamin Moore Waterbury Cream) and dark, warm grey.

The living room looks through to the dining room and to the kitchen to the left of the dining room.

The living room looks through to the dining room and to the kitchen to the left of the dining room.

The living room is grey with a grey sofa and blue chairs.

The living room is looking very monochromatic.

The living room is looking very monochromatic.

I want to tie these two areas together.  I know I can do it with pillows.

Grey bird on an ochre and white background would add some charm to our living room.

Grey bird on an ochre and white background would add some charm to our living room.

My inspiration shots are here and here.

This picture seem to tie all the colors in my first floor palette together.

This picture seems to tie all the colors in my first floor palette together.

And then inspiration really did hit when I found these two identical trays on the free table at church.

Can you see the tie-in?

Can you see the tie-in?

Any idea where I’m going with this?  I hope my next post isn’t a “project fail” post.

Do you get unlikely brain storms? Is it more like a storm or a gentle rain?

Am I Blue?

I’m not blue, but the master bedroom is. When I used Benjamin Moore’s “Design by What Matters” color feature tool my color bedroom color personality came up much like the room I had planned.

Virtuoso by Glidden color-matched by Sherwin Williams for the walls.

Virtuoso by Glidden color-matched by Sherwin Williams for the walls.

We woke up early and started working on the bedroom walls.

We prime the bare drywall and plaster so it won't soak up the expensive paint.

We prime the bare drywall and plaster so it won’t soak up the expensive paint.

First I wet-wiped all the raw spackle and Charlie primed it.

The last bit of primer.

The last bit of primer.

Then after a short break waiting for everything to dry I opened Virtuoso.

I wanted to get a good photo of the new color against the old but it was so humid my camera fogged up.

I wanted to get a good photo of the new color against the old but it was so humid my camera fogged up.

I would say it’s periwinkle so naturally to me it was a heavenly blue, to Charlie it had a hint of lavender.

After one coat the master bedroom is blue with a pale pink ceiling.

After one coat the master bedroom is blue with a pale pink ceiling.

As the paint dried and the day progressed he’s seeing blue, too.

The headboard of the bed goes on this uninterrupted wall.

The headboard of the bed goes on this uninterrupted wall.

I was eager to see how our Limoges lamps would look in the blue room.

With such a brilliant wall color, I'm picturing some neutral elements in the remaining decor.

With such a brilliant wall color, I’m picturing some neutral elements in the remaining décor.

I can picture my French-themed bedroom. It’s coming together.