Jan 30, 2012

Livingroom Revamp - During

So we spent the entire weekend painting. After a quick detour on Friday night to Big Daddy's for some wings.  We went over to the bar area for a drink while we waited for our order.  Probably not a good idea.  Rum & coke on an empty stomach meant that not much got done when we got home.

If you remember, this was our livingroom before.  For more detail of the "before" check it out here.  We were tired of the orange (you can say terracotta but I'm gonna call it orange), yellow, and green.  Really tired.

Friday night I finished up the sanding, edging the walls with white and generally cleaning up the dust. 

Bright and early Saturday morning we started with the taping.  Some people are very good at cutting in and rolling without taping, and I've painted quite a bit, but I still like to have the extra insurance of tape.  We used 3M's Scotchblue painter's tape with Edge-Lock and I'm not sure they're going to ask me to do a commercial anytime soon.  I really didn't see any improvement over the usual green tape.  There was still some bleed-through here and there.  I think in the future I'll just save my pennies and keep buying the cheaper stuff.

What we were impressed with was the Benjamin Moore paint we purchased.  Now I see why the salesclerk gave us a funny look when we said we usually use 1.5 - 2 gallons of paint per room.  It took just one can to do the entire livingroom.  Two coats. We only needed to open the second can to continue into the diningroom area. This paint went on so smoothly.  The two pictures below are after just one coat.

Coverage was amazing, and there was no backspray when rolling.  In fact I had barely any paint on my hands when I was finished.  I used a sponge roller this time and I am in love with it.  Smooth rolling and easy to clean.  They dry fast too.  We learn a little bit more each time.

So how about some pictures?  I only have a few, and it was dark by the time we finished cleaning up, so by no means is the room finished.  In fact, the furniture was put down helter skelter, just to have a place to sit. 

I want to wait at least a week before we put the outlet covers back on and hang the artwork we have.  I also need to paint all of the trim as it's still builder's white and I want it to be bright white.  I'm also going to paint the fireplace white.

Then it's on to choosing curtains and curtain rods, and all of the other decorations.  And maybe I'll even get around to adding pictures to the gallery wall frames. :-)


blackheart betty said...

I love that color. It looks great. That is a room I could spend time in.

BarbSteadman said...

Awww, thank you!

Mindy said...

I like this paint color because it is so neutral and you could almost choose any other accent color to go along with it!  Can't wait to see some more updates!

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pinkertonjamesl said...

When home designs are attractive than we must like to live at home.This type of different  designs are locate so fabulous. Different paint colors are also good looking at home.


Joanne Mudd said...

Wow Barb!  It's looking great.  What a difference, the fireplace looks amazing now.
No more Mexican Restaurant.

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

Your walls look great! What color paint did you use???

Barb @ Turtles and Tails said...

Hi Diane,

The colour is Benjamin Moore's Ranchwood. (And thanks!)

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