Thursday, October 3, 2013

Day 4: Prep is Crucial {and a sneak peak of the painted room!}

We're up to day 4 of my 31 day series: 31 Days to Transform the Heart of Your Home. If you are just tuning in, I am showing how we are making some major changes to our kitchen and family room...on a budget! I'm not talking new countertops or appliances. These are all do it yourself projects (some larger than others) that all make a big impact. Go here if you'd like to catch up and get links of each post leading up to today's. 

Today's post is probably most people's least favorite thing to do. However, it is often the most important. The prep. Ugh, I know....it is typically the worst part of any job because it takes so long. But it really can make the rest of the job run so much more smoothly and the result will look much better as well. 

Psst.....I'll show you the rooms once they are painted if you are patient enough to read along until the end of the post. Deal?





Yesterday, I showed you how I found the colors for the room and showed you the color we decided on. We decided on the top right (which looks really scary on this dark read wall). 


It is called Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore.


Here you can see it starting to go up on the wall. (Sorry about the lighting here. It was really hard to get a decent picture directly at the windows so I had to edit a bit with my camera.) My husband and I have a deal that he does the trim and I roll the rest. He prefers to not use tape and has a very steady hand. I realize this isn't for everyone but it works for us.


Looks like someone else wanted to help. Hmmm....who could that be?


Backing up a tiny bit, there are a few steps that we did before starting in on the paint. One of them was to remove all the blinds and hardware. Because we wanted to keep any later confusion to a minimum, I took a piece of masking tape and labeled which blinds belonged to which window. Little things make a big difference.


Another quick little step is to put all hardware in a container or bag. It is very easy for these little pieces to roll around and get lost. Keeping them together and contained keeps that from happening.


Last but not least, was not only to remove the switchplates, (Don't try and paint around them! We are still finding bits of red paint.) but clean them as well. Who wants to put grungy plates back on a freshly painted wall? Not me. So I just stuck them in the dishwasher. Again, easy...but what a difference.


So there you have it. Some simple steps that make the rest of the process easier and your end product prettier. That wasn't so bad, was it?

Okay, so now I suppose you'd like to see the new paint all finished? 
Okay...you twisted my arm.


The kitchen.



The family room. 

What a difference right? If you're not convinced let's see some 
before and afters shall we?

I am so happy to have a bright and airy kitchen

and family room as well. 
Paint is such an inexpensive investment, but what an impact. I am really happy with how it turned out and can't wait to keep going!

Stay tuned as we begin to dress it up! 


Tomorrow's post: reupholstering (some of) 
the cornice boards 
and dressing the windows. 


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