Our first big house project happened in the month of July. I can’t wait to tell you guys all about my tips to house owning, this is the first of many, I’ve learned in recent weeks that there is always something that needs to be done!
We’ve officially been homeowners for a month and a half and let me tell you, every day is a new experience but it’s also really amazing to always have something to do and to make it your own.
My first priority (even before moving in) was to repaint the room that was going to be our library/another sitting area. Originally the dining room, we decided to convert it — we have a small family, a lot of books and a large kitchen so we decided we didn’t need the kitchen and the dining room.
The above picture is what the room looked like before. It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t beautiful either, I needed something light, airy and relaxing if it was going to be a room that I would be in a lot. Which brings us to painting the room.
But before I went ahead and bought some paint, my boyfriend mentioned that if we are going to do this, we are going to do it right. I had no idea what that meant other than it was going to take more work than just painting a few walls. I was right but so was he, because painting the right way is definitely the way to go.
- Spackling Compound
- Tape for the Walls
- Canvas for the floor
- Brushes — rollers, touch ups, small brushes, you will need multiple different types to accomplish the goal efficiently
- Putty Knife
- Sandpaper or Sanding Sponge
- Sponge (to wash the walls)
- Paint Tray
How to Paint The Walls Correctly
- Block all the holes left from previous pictures/clocks/etc
- Wash and sand the walls
- Tape the walls (near the ceiling, floor and around the edges)
- Paint said walls
- If you get paint with a primer you won’t need to prime first, if you didn’t, prime the walls first, let dry and paint with colored paint
- Let Walls Dry
- Paint walls for a second coat (trust me it’s worth it)
- Let Dry again
- Remove tape, make any finishing touches needed
Ta-Da, doesn’t it look better? Depending on the number of walls will depend on how long it will take you to paint. It took us probably 2-3 hours to paint these two walls, but an overall time of probably closer to 6 — that included prep, buying supplies etc. We basically spent a rainy Saturday getting this done and I am so happy with the final product. I was really nervous that I wouldn’t like the paint or that it wouldn’t come out exactly how I wanted but it ended up being perfect. A little helpful tip — get some paper examples and put them up to the wall and see if it will match with everything else, in this case, these were accent walls so we needed to make sure it would match the other wall alright.