Category Archives: Paint

In a Few Minutes

Last evening I did a small amount of painting after working all day.  First I needed to touch up the front door in a couple of spots.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

While I had the brushes dirty I painted the sideslip on the fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the "sideslip" of a fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the “sideslip” of a fireplace.

Ultimately I’d like to tile it with herringbone soapstone or slate but until then it’s painted Benjamin Moore Sparrow like the front door.

LivingRoomFireplace

Tonight our buddy is supposed to come over to help Charlie get started on putting Hardie backer in the showers.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning againt the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning against the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

Yippee!

What are your plans for tonight? This weekend?

A Reminder to Be Grateful

Yesterday I actually finished something that I’ve been working on for a few weeks: painting the living room.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Now the ceiling and the walls in the living room and attached front hall are painted. Yea!

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

Before the front door was moved the secretary was tucked in the corner and disappeared when the door was opened.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against the wall near the front door in its new position.

I moved the secretary from near the front door to the weird wall created by internal duct work.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

In its place I put our old marble-topped washstand.

LivingRoomWashStand

I also got brave and gave the front door a coat of dark grey paint: Sparrow by Benjamin Moore. I wasn’t sure it would be OK until the whole door was painted and now I’m ready to give it a second coat.  Actually I love it.  The color Sparrow is funny in that it looked brownish until it’s totally on then it’s a warm dark grey.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

On a low note the handyman who came to look over our drywall/Hardie backer project on Friday called to say he couldn’t do it.  At first Charlie and I were upset then we realized God was in the refusal.

Charlie called our talented but busy friend who knows how to do all the building trades to ask if he would give us a hand for a few days.  While they were chatting we found out that our friend’s girlfriend had been in a horrible automobile accident 2 weeks ago which resulted in her losing her right arm up to the shoulder. I hope you’ll pray that the rough road ahead for both of them will be made easier.

Sometimes we just don’t know why things happen the way they do then we get a little glimpse of understanding. So thankful here.

Have you ever been disappointed then realized how petty your troubles really are?

A Week’s Worth

Last week I began in earnest to work on getting furniture back in the living room.  No, I’m not that far yet.  Thanks for asking.

The list was:

I've worked my way around to the front wall which is next to paint.

I’ve worked my way around to the front wall which is next to paint.

The living room is painted.

The living room is painted.

I was all set to work my way around the rest of the room when Charlie got the bright idea to spackle a few more areas.  More days of waiting for spackle to dry, sanding, wiping then (aaahh) I can paint.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy and then Charlie spackled almost the entire wall.  Ergh!

The fireplace wall still needs another coat of paint.

The fireplace wall still needs another coat of paint.

I set up the rug shampooer and got busy on what may have been the filthiest rug ever.  The wastewater was black (not muddy brown, black I tell you).

This is our original living room rug which has grey like the walls and ochre to tie it to the colors in the kitchen.

This is our original living room rug which has grey like the walls and ochre to tie it to the colors in the kitchen.

I pulled up all the old dirty rug pads, vacuumed the floor, dry-mopped the floor and Wet-Jet Swiffered it.

Yes, that's our king-sized headboard (or footboard) in the living room.

Yes, that’s our king-sized headboard (or footboard) in the living room.

Without a rug pad I laid the rug out on the newly clean floor and pulled the blue chairs into the room.

I'm not sure the chairs will remain in front of the seascape but the colors are perfect.

I’m not sure the chairs will remain in front of the seascape but the colors are perfect.

Three out of four things on the list are finished:

I added a little table between the chairs.

I added a little table between the chairs.

Before I attack the trim I noticed a major piece of shoe molding is missing along the front wall which must be installed.

This baseboard needs shoe molding for the entire run.

This baseboard needs shoe molding for the entire run.

Then I’ll get to both cleaning and painting the baseboard trim.  Not my favorite job.

Are you putting off some unsavory task?

Oh, The Doors

The thing is that our interior doors are all painted white,

3-panel door original door painted white

3-panel door original door painted white

Except for the newly installed pantry and closet doors which are bare wood.

The mudroom closet doors are bare wood which Charlie adores. Me, not so much.

The mudroom closet doors are bare wood which Charlie adores. Me, not so much.

All of the doors need to be painted. White is passé, outré, finito. Except maybe the second floor doors.

Charcoal grey stain on the mudroom closet.

Charcoal grey stain on the mudroom closet.

I’m thinking of dark grey especially for the raw wood.  Those doors could be stained to match the lower kitchen cabinets.

Likewise a grey door in the kitchen might look swell.

Likewise a grey door in the kitchen might look swell.

The other doors could be Benjamin Moore Sparrow since I have a $5 gallon of satin.

The living room door is currently dirty white.

The living room door is currently dirty white.

Sparrow living room door.

Sparrow living room door.

Maybe navy would be more exciting. Check out these Pinterest pins here and here.

Navy?

Navy?

I think black is too shocking although I always admire places with black doors.  Hmmm?

The conservatory doors will stay white.

The conservatory doors will stay white.

I would like all of the doors to complement each other which means all the same color.  The trim is remaining white and I don’t intend to paint the 2 sets of French doors at this time.  I shall treat them like windows which are white.

Master bedroom doors can remain white both inside and outside.

Master bedroom doors can remain white both inside and outside.

I don’t need to decide yet. Yea!!

What decisions are you pondering?

Can I Be in Love?

I walked down into the barren living room and am in love with the color, Revere Pewter. The cornice and baseboard molding are nicely bold in the space.  Of course I would like to beef up the front door trim and paint the door.

I'm itching to move the furniture into this spacious and serene room.

I’m itching to move the furniture into this spacious and serene room.

It used to look like this (same viewpoint).

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

Was it genius to move the door or what?

I’m glad to have you weigh in on the door color.  Or wait until the furniture is in place.

What are you loving lately?

 

Taking Back the Living Room

Even though minimal work was done in the living room during the renovation it has been a wreck. The actual changes were removing a window and exchanging places with the front door and another window.

The living room before the renovation.

The living room before the renovation.

The same angle as the photo above -- the door has been replaced by a window.

The same angle as the photo above — the door has been replaced by a window.

For a while all our furniture was in the living room covered with dust sheets.

The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.

The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.

Now the walls have been repaired and spackled.

The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.

The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.

Last night I gave the unpainted areas a coat of primer so I would be ready to start this morning on the actual painting.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

My plans for today are to:

Clearly only a superwoman could get all of that finished.

The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.

The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.

The front wall of the living room.

The front wall of the living room.

I’m hoping for the first and last items to be completed before I collapse.

Plans for the weekend? Exciting? Drudgery?

A Little Touch Up

These 2 rise-and-fall-pendants hang over the island.

These 2 rise-and-fall-pendants hang over the island.

When the electrician put in the lights over the kitchen island he had to adjust the position of the fixtures and therefore we have had two white patches on the ceiling.

Rise and fall fixtures hang over the kitchen island.

Rise and fall fixtures hang over the kitchen island.

While I was painting the living room ceiling I pulled out the almost-empty can of kitchen ceiling paint in the same color, Edgecomb Gray.

The white spots have been covered (the bright spot in the photo is a reflection).

The white spots have been covered (the bright spot in the photo is a reflection).

I also had the bright idea of painting the bright white ceiling air registers, too.

The air register in front of the kitchen window pendant was annoyingly white and shiny.

The air register in front of the kitchen window pendant was annoyingly white and shiny.

I painted them 2 light coats with a brush.

Before

Before

 

After

After

Next paint project: living room walls. I bought paint yesterday with a 20% discount coupon. Yippee!

Have you done any touching up lately?  Annoying? Satisfying?

The Much-Improved Living Room Ceiling

When I first moved into The Glade (17 years ago) the ceiling in the living room had some major cracks.

The living room ceiling always had major cracks running at right angles to each other.

The living room ceiling always had major cracks running at right angles to each other.

Even though I tried spackling the cracks before painting they reappeared almost immediately.

The cracks in the ceiling near the fireplace.

The cracks in the ceiling near the fireplace.

I figured I just had to live with the cracks unless we ripped down the old ceiling and put up a new one. (I had done exactly that in my first house, therefore it was an unlikely happening.) I could live with the cracks.

The ceiling after it had been screwed and spackled by the pros.

The ceiling after it had been screwed and spackled by the pros.

However, during the renovation some of the drywalling was done by professionals.  Our contractor had  asked them to fix the ceiling cracks which they did by screwing up the old wallboard near the cracks and remudding the seams.

No more cracks.

No more cracks.

It worked. Charlie wet sanded the lines of spackle and I primed them.  On the fourth of July while everybody else was barbecuing I painted the ceiling  2 coats of Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore, the same as the kitchen and mudroom ceilings.

Ceiling before

Ceiling before

Ceiling after

Ceiling after

For some reason finishing this job has given me some satisfaction of progress.

How was your 4th?

A One Room Woman

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.

I started with an almost empty room.

So far I’ve removed the blue wallpaper.

The blue paper is history.

The blue paper is history.

Then I painted the cornice molding.

After removing the wallpaper the next step was to paint the crown 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

I Didn’t Know I Wanted It

I went to our local Ace Hardware yesterday because I had a $10 off a $50 purchase coupon and they were giving away free one quart of Clark and Kensington flat paint, a paint that Consumer Reports rates well.

The quart in the front was free; the Minwax stain is for another project.

The quart in the front was free; the Minwax stain is for another project.

Since this hardware store also sells Benjamin Moore I asked for the quart to be made into the Affinity recipe for “Head Over Heels” which I used on the walls in our small bedroom and want to also use on the ceiling in the upstairs hall.

Head Over Heels for the upstairs hallway ceiling.

Head Over Heels for the upstairs hallway ceiling.

While I was cruising the aisles I found the mistint paint stash. Lo and behold an entire gallon of BM’s “Sparrow” in the Aura formulation.

A gallon of Benjamin Moore Aura paint in the color "Sparrow" for $5.

A gallon of Benjamin Moore Aura paint in the color “Sparrow” for $5.

$5 (normally over $60). And I have a place to use it.

Sparrow added to the palette.

Sparrow added to the palette.

I didn’t actually know I wanted it until I saw it for $5.

Would you call this an impulse purchase? Would you fall for it?