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! 🙂

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


  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!


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