In my one year later kitchen update I shared a list of things we still needed to do:
- Paint picture frame and wooden wall outlets white
- Sand and paint cellar door
- Finish sanding and painting ceiling (to hide where the old lighting was)
- Paint remaining window sill white (it’s the only one downstairs still original wood)
I’m proud to say that all but the 2nd bullet point have been completed! woo!! A week ago I painted the remaining window sill…which also helps to fulfill item number 13 on my 13 for 2013 list– even out the color palette of the house.
Literally every single bit of trim on the first floor of this house is white, but I stalled for a year and a half on making this one match because it hurts my heart a little to paint original wood. However, it hurts it a little less when it looks like this hot mess:
I filled all the holes with wood filler, lightly sanded, and wiped it down with a damp cloth. Then it took 3 coats of primer and 2 coats of pure white paint to get it looking lovely…. wood soaks up paint. I always recommend doing an extra coat of primer even if you don’t think you need it.
Drumroll for the big reveal….
This was a super easy update- it took about 10 minutes to paint each coat so I did all the primer on a Friday night (because my life is out of control wild) and all the top coat on a Saturday night (because again, wild and out of control lifestyle over here).
Moral of the story? If your wood looks like hell, don’t wait a year and a half wishing it would get better. Replace or redo it and move on!