Remember Friday’s post where I said, “Y’all, I can quite confidently say that my dining room walls (and ceiling) will be finished this weekend”? Well, I’m here to eat those words. Quite frankly, these walls are kicking my butt. I worked allll weekend on them, and while I’m so close to being finished, I’m just not quite there yet.
I was so sure that I could get them done that I even worked all day Friday, which is usually the day that I take off each week, thinking I could probably work Friday and Saturday and get the walls done, and then have Sunday to get the room clean and all of my tools and supplies put away. Well, that didn’t happen.
I worked all day Friday, all day Saturday, and even got up yesterday morning and started working at 6:30am and worked all day and into the evening. Finally at 9:00 last night, Matt said, “Kristi, I don’t care what promise you made to yourself or anyone else. You’ve done enough this weekend.” 🙁 He was right. It was time to admit defeat. I was too exhausted to argue with him.
So let me back up a bit. On Thursday, I used my new toy — this Wagner Flexio 590* paint sprayer — and sprayed the walls in Behr Polar Bear (the white that I use for all of my trim) in a flat finish.
Then on Friday, I started taping off the moulding. And taping. And taping. And taping. This is what threw me off this weekend. Let’s just say that I WAY underestimated the amount of time it would take to tape off all of the moulding in this room.
But it was necessary. I knew I wanted my walls painted in a flat finish, but the trim looked so dull, and kind of disappeared in the flat finish. I wanted to paint all of the moulding and trim in a semi-gloss finish just to give it some dimension. So after taping everything, I gave all of the trim one last sanding with 150-grit sandpaper, and then painted it in the same Polar Bear color in a semi-gloss finish with some Floetrol paint conditioner added.
I was able to get at least one coat of paint on all of the trim, and by the time I called it quits last night, I had completely finished the entryway wall (but was too tired to move the trash out of the way)…
…and the area to the right of the front door and the front door casing…
The front door still needs a coat of paint, though.
In the rest of the room, I was able to finish all of the crown moulding, chair rail, and window casings.
So today, I just needs to finish the second coat on the rest of the picture frame moulding, baseboards, and fireplace.
I also had to repaint my ceiling. I had originally painted the ceiling with Polar Bear in a flat finish, but it didn’t look good at all. I’ve told y’all before that Polar Bear has an ever-so-slight hint of red in it (although Home Depot has this color filed under their “whites with yellow” section, which I don’t see at all). Anyway, that slight bit of red isn’t really noticeable, but I like that it gives the white a touch of warmth. But when I put it on the ceiling, I could actually SEE the red, especially in the middle of the day when the room has lots of natural sunlight pouring in. I just couldn’t live with that color on my ceiling, so I went back to Home Depot and picked up a gallon of ceiling paint (which has a flatter finish that their regular flat paint) and just used the ultra pure white straight out of the can. It looked so much better, but I noticed yesterday that I missed a few spots, so I’ll need to do some touchups.
So I missed my goal of having the walls done this weekend. I tried my hardest, though! I’ll try again today, and I really hope I can get finished in time to get some good daytime pictures. This room looks so pretty and bright during the day! An all white room is kind of out of my comfort zone, but I think I’m really going to enjoy the bright, clean look of it when it’s finished.