Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Game Show Title: How many days in a row can you paint before you go insane

SO, the basementprojectof2015 moves on! I left you here, when I started to spray the bejeebus out of the walls. The walls had some pretty gross staining that dug deep into the panels and came through the primer, so 2 coats were fasho necessary. Even though I TSPed them, wood can hold oils and grossness like no other. I sprayed two coats on the walls and two coats on the ceiling.



It's amazing how well paint can work to make a room feel less cabin-cavey in a matter of a week.




OH, and while I was at it, I sprayed 80% of the doors in the house at the same time. So that was FUN.



Once the primer was done, I worked at painting the trim, which is one of those paint projects that you can't tell even happened, which is awesome. So all of the trim got 2 coats of Simply White (the same at the upstairs trim, in case you care).

I tested a few colors from my ever growing supply of paint test cans and liked how Vintage Linen was turning out. If you are a ninja blog reader you may recall it's the color I used in the upstairs bedroom.

It took me 3 hours per coat, and two coats to paint this bad boy. The time consuming part is hand painting all of the dips in the panel, as well as the top/bottom trim. Shoutout to Netflix for keeping me company.



Next up - removing that orange carpet!



Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Kitchen {the AFTERS!}

The other day someone asked to see how my kitchen turned out. I naturally went to this little piece of internet to find an after shot and GASP, I never took ACTUAL after shots? I left you high and dry after the grout when in. MY B! So, what better time to show you the TRUE afters now that the APPLIANCES came! Woo! Hurrah! There are a few shots of my kitchen that I just never show because, I'm pretty such you are ALL jealous of my oven and I just don't want you to feel bad about yourself...


(that scalloped vent hood though!) MOVING ON... here's what we started with!


Orange, dark, dated.


And then the heavens parted and light...all the LIGHT!








First, we demoed the existing countertops and took off the cabinet doors. Then we made all the things white, and had butcher block countertops installed. I painted and installed new cabinet doors and hardware which made a HUGE difference. Then the granite bar top was put in, and tile was installed and grouted and WE ARE DONE!

HUGE shout outs go to my Dad ((and Roger!) who helped de-mantle the sink, install a dishwasher (which, omg how did I live before that!), and remove the old appliances without blowing up my house), my Mom (who is a rockstar painter and didn't complain once about having to paint the walls a million times), the boy (who is my demo king and overall stress level supporter) and my sisters (for coming over and painting for HOURS with me). You guys are pretty awesome.



Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Off-spray: The struggle is real

When I thought about painting the basement walls, I couldn't help but think back to the fond memories of painting the 2nd floor walls, or even the dining room walls. 2-3 hours per coat, 4 coats per walls (damn wood walls how you soak up paint!). My hands began to cramp at the mere thought of doing it again. So, when I embarked on this basement journey I was itching at the thought of SPRAYING the paint on. You see, the basement living room is semi-closed off to the rest of the basement making it a PRIME suspect for a spray gun.



NOW, these things run $150+ to buy, or are about $30 a day to rent. I would need it for about 4-5 days, assuming I could knock it out consecutively (nope!). SO, when my co-worker mentioned he was buying one I JUMPED at the opportunity to make him borrow it to me. #winning



First things first, empty the room, demo the weird built-ins and tape ALL THE THINGS. THEN, TSP the walls and wash down with soapy water. The last 2 sentences took me SIX HOURS, or roughly 12 episodes of Parks & Rec re-runs. But, when spraying, prep is the biggest part - because OFF SPRAY. Basically the 'spray' gets everywhere within a mile of the wall. So I had to tape and tarp everyyythingggg.


What you're not seeing is the OTHER side of the wall, tarpnation.

Once that was done I had to figure out how to USE the spray gun. WORD TO THE WISER: when it hasn't been run in awhile, let it prime for like 5-10 minutes, or until the noise starts to sound...different (not the recommended 10 SECONDS). Took us about 2 hours, 5 Youtube videos, 1 instruction manual, and 1 run to HD to figure that one out! (In the end it was someone at HD that gave us the hint!). Also, be sure to clean out the hose/tip for any dried paint.


Jealous of my painting clothes? I BET.



BUT! It only took ~45 minutes to paint this ENTIRE ROOM. That is a game-changer my friends. The major time suck is re-filling the paint every few minutes, and cleaning the spray gun which omgggg is a task. BUT WORTH IT.

It took about 3.5 gallons to prime this baby, sprayers use a liiiiiiiiittle more paint than the 'ol brush and roller dance but STILL WORTH IT.

Now onto painting the ceiling (off-spray in overdrive) and to pick a wall color!