Thursday, October 20, 2011

Living Room Rebuild, Part 4

Remove old plaster ceiling
Install recessed lighting
Stop creaking in shower
Fix ceiling joists
Tape, mud & sand

Next up? Painting!

We painted the ceiling first. Since there was new drywall up, we had to prime it. 
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We used 1-2-3 Primer for All Surfaces. It took just 
about the entire gallon to cover the ceiling. Drywall is super absorbent that's why you want to make sure you prime it - because primer is cheaper than paint!!

When we first started, Justin was cutting in around the edges like usual... using our trusty Wooster brush. But, then I remembered that our friend Steve had given us his old Shur-line edger. Now, I have to be honest, at first we were skeptical.

Like how does Santa get to all those houses in one night skeptical.

But - the little thing is a gem! A true diamond!

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It really does make cutting in so much easier! A few tips though: you'll want to dab the edger off on the paint tray so you get all the excess paint off - otherwise it will come out gloppy. You'll also want to keep steady and even pressure when you're going along the walls.

Check out the edger in action!

While Justin was going around and painting the edges, I was rolling the ceiling. And even though we don't have any pictures to prove it - you've just gotta believe. It's like faith :) 

Once the ceiling was primed and painted (we used Valspar Interior Eggshell in Ultra White by the way), we moved on to the walls. That poopy brown accent wall needed to go.

We taped all the possible paint colors up on the wall and let them gel for a while. We needed to see how the colors interacted with the room - make sure they got along. Eventually we decided to go with Heavy Cream for the main walls and Warm Buff for the accent walls. For the main walls we used Olympic Paint & Primer In One Interior Eggshell Enamel in Heavy Cream. And for the accent wall we used our trusty Valspar Interior Eggshell in Warm Buff.

We continued the same process of Justin edging and me rolling.

Again, it's called faith people. Once the main walls were finished, it was time to do away with the poop.

And now . . . 

At first we were worried that the color was too light. It definitely looked darker in the paint swatch. But after living in the room for several weeks we can honestly say that it's pure love. The lighter color really helps brighten the room and bring out the nice wood floors.

Anyone else do any painting lately? Did the color turn out like the swatch or did you have any pleasant surprises? Make sure you come back tomorrow for the final living room reveal (and then you can see what I did with those brassy fixtures)!


  1. This really makes me wanna have a house.

    p.s. I'm adding you to my blogroll :)

  2. Looks great! Can't wait to see the final reveal!

    P.S. I've tried to leave you comments in past days but the never seem to go through...

  3. Just stumbled upon your blog. I love everything you've done and I can't wait to see more.

  4. It looks great! I have a love hate thing going on with those paint pad things...half the time they work perfectly, the other half of the time I totally mess up and have to repaint the ceiling. lol. Keep up the good work; I can't wait to see the final room =)

  5. Let me just say you guys have some guts. Tearing down an entire ceiling right after you moved in? Awesome. Kevin and I have been in our house since April and all we have done is change out two light fixture and install a new kitchen faucet. Woo.

    We have big plans of gutting the bathroom, though, so it looks like we'll be reading up for advice!

  6. I just found your blog and wanted to congratulate you on all the work you've done. The house looks AMAZING!