We’ve been rocking beige paint with three different grey splotches all over our first floor for a while. We painted our front room and dining room after we had the walls taken down, but our sunroom was still splotchy. Funny, since that’s the room we actually spend time in the most. So this week we painted it!
One thing we’re really happy about is that we decided to paint our entire downstairs the same color. We chose a light grey called “Online” by Sherwin Williams. We did this because you can see the entire downstairs from anywhere downstairs, so we wanted it to look uniform. When we decided that, we bought a five-gallon bucket of it. This cost more at the time, but saves us money over time. It also made this particular project feel like it was free because we paid for it so long ago. Also, it made it very easy to just grab and go and start this project.
We actually worked out a really good system in order to paint this room throughout the week slowly. If you’re looking to paint a room, this is a great way to do it if you don’t have a full day to dedicate to painting. We started out on day one by taping off all of our edges. Taping takes a while when you have two doorways, six windows, and a newly painted smooth ceiling. So we knocked that out on night one.
The next night, we tackled actually painting that trim. We were able to do two coats all the way around in one night and remove the tape before the paint dried. We also painted about six inches out when we did the trim so that when we were rolling, we wouldn’t have to worry about getting too close to the parts we had protected.
Then, on the final night, we rolled. We did two coats, which we’ve learned is plenty with Olympic One paint. After it dried, it looked beautiful.
Now we feel comfortable in our room and our entire downstairs is done. Well, except for kitchen, which is covered in wallpaper, but we’ll tackle that in the spring.
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