We Got a Head Start

My plan for today was to paint the linen closet a custom blend medium grey much like Benjamin Moore’s “Secret”.

It's easier to paint shelving before it's built.
It’s easier to paint shelving before it’s built.

While I had paint in the sprayer I also planned to paint the 1 by 10s we bought to create a wall of shelves in the master bedroom. With a burst of unusual energy (possibly produced by a Frappuccino with 4 extra shots of espresso) Charlie and I started the 2-birds-with-1-stone project last night.

The polyurethaned finish on the linen closet needed to be roughed up.
The polyurethaned finish on the linen closet needed to be roughed up.

Charlie roughed up the finish on the linen closet cabinet with our hand sander.

My technique got better as I went along.
My technique got better as I went along.

While he was sanding I gave one side of the boards a sprayed-on coat of paint.

The sprayed finish is smooth.
The sprayed finish is smooth.

While the boards were drying I painted the cabinet with about 3 good coats with drying time between the coats.

Painted grey boards in front; unpainted pre-primed boards behind.
Painted grey boards in front; unpainted pre-primed boards behind.

In the mean time Charlie flipped all the boards and I started painting the other sides.

The white area still remains to be finished.
The white area still remains to be finished.

I was determined to get a coat of paint on everything before cleaning out the paint sprayer so I enlisted Charlie’s help to finish up.

The old color
The old color
The new color
The new color

Unfortunately the sprayer’s output began to diminish and it started to drip.  So we both decided to start again this morning.

Our overnight paint project looks like we're waiting for a caterer.
Our overnight paint project looks like we’re waiting for a caterer.

We brought the cabinet inside and covered up the boards with drop cloths.  When I took the sprayer apart to clean it, the tiny filter inside was totally blocked up with little bits of paint.

Do you stay on schedule or utilize bursts of energy?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “We Got a Head Start”

  1. love the color! and love charlie’s wheelbarrow work bench 🙂 i usually rely on bursts of energy to get stuff done. i am a tea drinker, though, so there’s no quadruple espresso shots in my day! i can’t imagine what i’d get done with that much caffeine in my body… when you use the sprayer, does much paint get on the grass/ground?

    1. The paint sprayer is remarkably directional meaning it pretty much goes where you aim it. Not much on the grass which, of course, could be covered with a drop cloth but doesn’t seem necessary. Jo

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