Sunday, September 2, 2007

Bye Bye Dirty Ugly Walls

It's been a long time coming, but the painting is well underway, even with a slightly hurting back. 1-1/2 gallons of primer and a gallon of ceiling white later and the living room and hallway are looking a LOT better. The walls are only primed, but not seeing the old nail holes or marks where shelving was really has the room looking good. After the walls get a night to dry, I'll put the paint on the walls. I'm going with Killem Beige by Sherwin Williams, and we'll have an accent wall in the kitchen of a darker shade.

The front entrance patch blends in nicely with the old wall, too. I still have to patch in the base molding. When the carpet is replaced, it'll cover the flooring patch I put in after the demolition.

The front closet is no longer urine-yellow in color. Well, it partially is in this picture, but it's done now in reality. A bare white closet doesn't make for a good picture, though. That back wall was really torn up from the past few decades of use. I have some leftover light beige from the 1/2 bathroom which I may use on this closet instead of using the Killem Beige. Might as well find a use for the remaining 2/3 gallon I have left over, since it won't be used anywhere else in the house.

Attn: Murphy. Your Laws Suck!

Ok, so the other day when I gave myself the pop-quiz as to what the long weekend had in store I said I was going to get rolling on the living room work (yeah, and also check out what those wacky Germans do for fun). The answer I gave for the quiz was off - it should have been "F: Pull a back muscle moving furniture and lay on the floor for an hour by myself in the house hoping I don't suddenly have to take a wicked leak cause there was no way I'd make it to the bathroom in less than 20 minutes."

Luckily (?) I've been through this before and knew this one wasn't too bad, but it did force me to put the bulk of the work on hold for most of the day. Towards the end of the day I was able to move around enough to get the lighter furniture moved and all the trim taped. Today I got rolling on the rolling, and am putting down a coat of primer with some sand texture added to make the texture look new. I was going to spray new knock-down texture, but the more I look at it, the more I'm happy with the sand texture. Plus, it's a hell of a lot less messy and time-consuming. Once I put down the final coat of paint, the sharp texture of the new sand should blend in nicely with the old sand.

What's really taking a metric ass-load of time is actually rolling the paint instead of spraying. I love how fast and easy it is to spray, but the overspray and having to cover EVERYTHING sucks when the house is full of stuff. Doing bedrooms isn't bad since those can easily be emptied of everything, but the living room has couches, TV, etc., which I don't want to mess with. Before & after pics will be posted when I get around to it. But first, it's time to head to HD to use a gift-card I got from my Realtor. It's out of the way and I don't like spending money there, but free is free and I need new paintbrushes.