After over two weeks of not working on the house, I finally got back to work yesterday. And apparently, DIY skills are like muscles in that if you don’t use them, they begin to atrophy. If someone who didn’t know me and wasn’t aware of my blog had been watching me paint trim yesterday, she would have thought that I was a complete DIY novice. I was slinging and dripping paint everywhere. I started to get back into the groove of things after a couple of hours…thank goodness. But it was rough going there at the beginning.
Anyway, after getting all of the wainscoting and door trim painted on the left side of the room, I finally got to the part I have been anxiously awaiting for quite some time now — the black paint on the upper wall. I only got one coat on, so the color isn’t quite as saturated as it will be when I get a second coat on. But at least we can get a preview of what the finished walls will look like…
I think I’m really going to love it when it’s finished. And since there’s already so much going on in the room, I’ve decided to just keep the walls solid black rather than doing a stenciled design. However, I do reserve the right to change my mind in the future 🙂 , especially after these rooms are more finished and I can get an idea of how they’ll look all decorated and accessorized.
Painting the black walls against the bright white trim was a lot harder than I thought it would be. As a general rule, I have a very steady hand and can do all of the cutting in with a brush quite easily. But the high contrast of the black against the white was incredibly unforgiving. Every slight little wave in the painted edge seemed to be magnified since the contrast was so high.
I finally gave up on trying to paint a straight line against the bottom of the crown moulding, and instead I used a trick that I learned many years ago. Instead of painting the black up against the wall just under the crown moulding, I decided to go ahead and paint the very bottom edge (the part that’s about 3/16-inch wide) of the crown moulding. You can see what I’m talking about in this picture. This is the area of wall between the top of the door casing and the crown moulding. On the left side, I painted the bottom lip of the crown moulding. On the right, I tried painting just under the crown moulding with a steady hand.
See how much cleaner the left side looks? And the right side looks kind of sloppy and wavy.
This method is super easy and goes so fast because a steady hand isn’t needed at all. You just paint that bottom lip on the crown moulding, and then use a wet rag wrapped around your finger to wipe off any wall paint that gets above the bottom lip of the crown moulding.
Unfortunately, I don’t have any tricks for painting alongside other types of moulding, like door casings. I did an awful job on that and ended up with a wavy line. If I were using a light neutral wall color, it wouldn’t be so noticeable. But like I said, there’s nothing at all forgiving about a black and white combo. I’ll have to do more work on this, because this will drive me crazy having to look at that every day.
I managed to do a much better job above the chair rail.
So that’s my progress so far on the walls.
I can’t wait to get this finished and show you the view from the kitchen. I think it’s so pretty, and really complements my kitchen beautifully.