The last time I held a paintbrush was more than four years ago when we painted the walls of the condo in Malaysia. As new homeowners, we were excited to surround ourselves with our favorite colors in our family sanctuary.
Painting requires more than just slapping our chosen paint on the walls. First, we had to pick out and coordinate the colors of each lower wall, upper wall, surrounding trim, molding, and ceiling. The colors have to compliment each other, reflect the purpose and mood of each space, and transition smoothly between rooms.
As you can see from the pictures below, we had to ensure all the tools were ready and accessible before wetting any wall.
Prepping walls before painting is an essential step to ensure a quality result. There were lots of various fixtures to be removed and holes to be filled.
Spackling became a well-practiced skill while repairing walls throughout this older home. For sanding, we used wet sponge sanders to eliminate any dusting that might occur.
Spots like this were aplenty, and required many rounds of spackling, drying, sanding, spackling, drying, and sanding again. The resulting smooth walls were a satisfying reward for the effort and time, though.
Painter’s tape can assist in clean lines if you don’t have a steady hand.
Mike’s family helped out with the living room as they are seasoned DIY veterans. Thanks for the helping hands!
The wooden paneling, wooden trim, and dark colored paint required applying primer before any paint. I recommend using disposable paint brushes for oil-based primer as it is quite nasty to work with.
Goodbye, chocolate colored walls!
Girly colors for Annakate’s room.
So far we have painted four and a half rooms, as Annakate’s room is only partially done. We’ve taken a month-long break from the heavier tasks while we settle in the house.
Painting can be a lot of arduous and meticulous work, but it is also quite fun. The process itself is enjoyable in a creative and crafty kind of way, but most of all it is extremely gratifying to stand in a finished room and bask in the fruit of your labor. The money you save by not hiring someone is also an appreciable benefit.
So, if you choose to DIY your home, relax and enjoy the time together!