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Monday’s post, the sun room reveal, was long enough with the striped wall how-to that I left out a few specifics and a few tips so I wanted to follow up with you all today with a little more detail…
First of all, the breakdown for how the room was repainted from green to grey/white is as follows:
- Day 1: remove furniture and curtains from room, tape off molding, sweep floors
- Day 2: 2 coats of Zinsser primer
- Day 3: 2 coats of Behr White Truffle
- Day 4: tape off the stripes
- Day 5: 2 coats of Partridge Gray by Better Homes & Garden, color matched to Behr
- Day 6: clean room, play around with furniture arrangement, touch up walls where needed
When you watch tv and there’s only 5 seconds between putrid and glorious it’s a load of crap, especially for people who work and only have time for projects in between the million other obligations they have. I think it’s important to share that with you.
Next up, I wanted to share the view of the room from another angle:
I know, I know- gray and yellow combos are so 2012. But they’re also Batman’s combos. So deal with it. From this angle you can see the open layout of the house- one of the living room walls (Wheat Bread by Behr) stretches right across the kitchen. For this reason it was super overwhelming to have a gray living room, a yellow kitchen, and a green sunroom. Things needed to be more cohesive. Note that all the curtains in the sunroom and kitchen are custom made by my Nonna to be the same, so they look great together.
Besides these rooms all being open to one another, I had a few other things to consider:
- This is not our forever home, and therefore it is not worth the investment to redo the floors. So we’re just going to go ahead and pretend the sun room floor is not green.
- I already had brown furniture in that room, and I was not about to repaint or replace it, so both stripe colors have a brown tinge to them.
- My budget on this was makeover was limited to the $50 gift card I had to Home Depot… and I was pleased to only end up spending $40.
And now to break up all this text, here’s the art in the room:
The picture right by the side door is one a friend took of Matt & I at the 4th of July fireworks in Boston a few years ago. The pictures on either side of the bay window are picture my brother and sister in law took in Italy of the two towns my family is from- Montemiletto and Montefalcione. They’re very meaningful to me. All three frames are from TJ Maxx.
Finally, let me close with a few painting/redecorating tips:
- Do as much prep work the night before as possible so you’re not wasting daylight moving out furniture and taping off molding.
- Once you’re done painting, but before you move your furniture back in, wash the floors and the windows and wipe down your molding. I know you super don’t want to, but this really is the best time to do it.
- In between paint coats, put your brush and roller in a plastic bag in the fridge so they won’t dry out. You can even leave them this way overnight and they’ll still be fine the next day.
- Decide for yourself whether or not it’s worth your time to wash and reuse your brushes and rollers. For me, it’s worth it on the brushes and not for the rollers. Don’t go nuts.
And for your viewing pleasure, here is was happens when I try to take a picture at floor level:
So tell me…. is it grEy or grAy in your book?