DIY

Who loves do it yourself projects? Over the last 16 years I have painted parts of three different homes that we have lived in. I enjoy painting, the best part is when you are done and you can sit back with a satisfied feeling of a job well done. But I do have to admit that I said I would NEVER paint the house we are living in now. Why? Well one of the main reasons is that its larger than our previous homes with very high ceilings. I just thought it was too huge of a task to tackle on my own. But the color of the walls is a boring beige and I just couldn’t take it anymore. So I have been taking it one room at a time. I started with our long, long hallway. Then moved onto the media room. Just this last weekend I knocked out another room, our kitchen nook.  I thought I would share my process and a few before & after pictures with you.

Paint! You have to pick the color, which was easy; it’s the same color I used for other parts of the house. Benjamin Moore Bennington Gray, Check! Brushes & roller: I picked up a new cutting in brush; I really like the 2 1/2 inch Wooster brush. Gloves, rags & ladder: I like to wear gloves to paint. It makes clean up a little easier. I have to have a rag too for those little mistakes I make. 😉 Drop clothes/plastic sheeting & tape: I used plastic sheeting this time rather than a drop clothe, I like both & I really like to use Frog Tape for taping down and if I need a fine edge. Okay so those are the main items I use to paint. After removing the furniture and taping down the plastic, I am ready to work!

FYI, I am not a professional painter, one of my closest friends showed me the ropes on my first house and I may do things a little differently than someone who is. But I enjoy the process and I love the after! Oh and the final picture below has my new chandelier from Restoration Hardware (on sale now). I have had this on my wish list for so long and finally I have it! We now have light to eat by too! 🙂

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Painting the Hall
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Painting the Media Room
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Painting the Media Room
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Kitchen Nook
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Getting everything ready to paint
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Painting the Kitchen Nook
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Kitchen Nook After!

If you want a thing done well, do it yourself.

Napoleon Bonaparte

11 thoughts on “DIY

  1. i love the shade of gray! it has a bit more character than the shade i have on ALL my walls…and i have been looking for a bit of a change. thanks!! and yes, the chandelier is muy fantastico!!!

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  2. Awesome Job Raina. I can see where this would have been intimidating for sure. But you did it and the satisfaction of completing such a huge task by yourself makes it all worth while. 🙂 Here is a type of painting I recently learned about. I love the technique and plan on practicing on old furniture in my house. Chalk painting. Love it! http://www.anniesloan.com

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