Back in July we bought a house.
It’s a great floor plan and fits our family well. The “bones” of the house are great.
But the paint colors? NotSoMuch.
But the dining room haunts me.
I’ve got loads of jokes to insert here, but they all involve Barney and homicide, so I figured I should just not.go.there. But you get the idea.
I’ve put off the most visible and by far ugliest room in the house (and on the planet) for one reason. The ceiling needs to be repainted in addition to the walls. I.HATE.PAINTING.CEILINGS. Hate, with a huge big fat capital H.
The other day though, I guess I’d walked past that hideous room one too many times because something just snapped inside me. My hate for the room overpowered my loathing for painting ceilings, and before I knew it I was priming the ceiling at 9pm.
I did two coats of primer and then the next day I did two coats of basic builder beige that I had color matched to the rest of my ceilings. I didn’t take a picture of the finished ceiling. What is wrong with me? Bad Blogger!
Also, I’ll do a full post with all my paint colors soon, so bear with me.
Once the ceiling was back to the way nature intended it, I had to fill tons of screw and nail holes.
From there I painted 3 coats of my Slate gray from Restoration Hardware on the upper part of the walls. I didn’t prime first because the paint is dark and think and coated well. Also, I didn’t paint the whole wall because I’m going to add moulding like I did in the piano room.
I also removed the moulding from under the little open window thingy.
The chair rail is the exact same height as this moulding, so I’m going to just put the chair rail across the whole room instead of trying to patch it to this moulding, which would look really odd and random.
*The chair rail height being the same as this ledge is not a fluke. Before I did the piano room I measured this height and matched the chair rail height to this window ledge. Now all the chair rail in my house will be this same height.
After all this torture I primed the bottom part of the wall & then gave it two coats of gloss white in SW Alabaster.
And as of today, here’s where I’m currently at:
I still have so much to do to the room, but the basics on my to-do list are:
* Finish painting all the edges. They are just raw and ugly right now.
* Hang chair rail & moulding around windows.
* Hang boxes under chair rail.
* Caulk everything, paint all the moulding, touch up everything.
* Take down chandelier and spray paint it.
You can get a glimpse of the ceiling in this picture.
As I work on this room over the weekend I’ll update you with paint colors & better pictures of the ceiling. The moulding might have to wait a bit though because it’s below freezing and I’m in no mood to go outside to cut moulding on my saw.
I’d say this half finished room already looks so much better than the Barney Massacre.
Now I’m taking the rest of the afternoon off from painting to hang out with my kids and my mom. 🙂
See you guys Monday! Have a warm and fun weekend!