A necessary evil. That’s what I consider painting. As any homeowner knows, there comes a time when you look around and no matter how much cleaning you do the walls, the trim, the doors, they all just look dingy. That’s when you know it’s time to paint. I don’t have the kind of money to hire painters so guess who gets the job? (If you guessed someone other than me then you’re not getting the sarcasm here 🙂 ) Actually even if I had the money to hire someone I’m not sure I would. I mean why would I want to pay someone to do something that I can easily do myself for a fraction of the cost? No offense to professional painters but I prefer to do things myself if I can. I don’t entirely mind painting but the problem is that once you finish one room on a floor then the others look even worse. And if you’re like me and have painted white trim throughout the house when the freshly painted trim meets up with the older trim well, you can see how dirty your walls truly are. Not a pretty sight.
My husband has been saying we need to paint for a while now. I just needed to have the ambition to do it since I knew I’d end up likely painting the entire first floor. When my kids were younger I was fortunate enough to be able to stay home. Back then tackling a painting project of this magnitude wasn’t really a problem. Nowadays I work full-time meaning painting is limited to nights and weekends. So yeah, it’s going to take a while to complete but I know my husband is right. We haven’t painted for years and everything is just looking pretty drab. Additionally a few years back we installed a pellet stove and even though it’s cleaner burning than a wood stove there is some soot that escapes which over time you can see on the walls and ceiling. Not to mention when my youngest was little (and he’s not anymore!) he dropped a two liter bottle of soda in our kitchen which broke open a rolled spraying soda pop everywhere. We cleaned the soda but there have been stains on the kitchen ceiling from that episode for years now…..yes I should’ve painted long ago but it was easier to just not look up!
Because we have to paint the entire room – ceilings and all – we started in the kitchen. Time to say good-bye to the ceiling art! It wasn’t until I actually got up on a ladder and started taking things down from above my cabinets that I could see how dirty and grimy the kitchen actually was. I was horrified! A new coat of paint is desperately needed! Typically I do the cutting in and my husband does the rolling. When I cut in I prefer to use a smaller angled brush, about an inch and 1/2 width. Drop cloths are a must because even the paint they say doesn’t drip, drips. Now professional painters will tape off windows, corners, etc. I have done so before but I found I really don’t have the patience for all the taping. Plus I’ve painted so often over the years that I’ve gotten fairly good at keeping my hand steady. And if I don’t have an exact line what do I care? It’s my house anyway. And who actually ever goes into a person’s home and says “hey looks like that painted line is a little off”? Nobody does that! And if you do, then you have bigger issues than painting.
So the “Big Paint” as I’m calling it has commenced! My kitchen was pretty dark. I have wainscoting on a few walls which years ago I painted a dark green. My thought at the time was with young children and animals running about a darker color would show less dirt than if I’d painted it white. I have to say I was right and the green served its purpose well but it’s time for the green to go. I wanted something fresher, brighter, lighter. The green became white and for the walls I went with a light tan color. So while painting can be frustrating and time-consuming, when you do it yourself you get a type of satisfaction when the job is complete that you simply don’t get from paying someone else. I’m so pleased with the results!
My kitchen went from this:
Such an improvement!
I used Behr paint. The wall color is “Sculptor Clay” and the trim and wainscoting are “Ultra Pure White”
Now on to the next room – the “Big Paint” continues……..