Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Dining Room Facelift: Part 4 - Fun With Colors

It's been so long since I wrote the last post, I've completely forgotten where I left this series. Presumably, I left it at the stage where paint was needed since someone (I won't name any names here, but you know who you are!) had painted these on the walls with the samples:

Obviously my favorite was the squirrel. Not so sure about the abstract art in the low right though...
The actual painted samples (and not the featured artwork) solidified the choice of colors and I went out to get some latex primer, a gallon of the primary wall color (cement gray) and two quarts of the accent wall color (normandy). Eric showed interest in helping me paint, but after a single coat of primer on the largest wall, he'd had enough. That might be because I primed the other three walls in the time it took him to do the one. And maybe that the latex primer I selected wasn't overly friendly to work with. It dried rapidly, so it needed to be applied quickly to stick to the wall.

After two coats of primer, the walls were ready for the good stuff. The viscosity of the paint surprised me; it was thick. It rolled on easily, with hardly any splatter. I didn't even buy the expensive roller covers either, so minimal splatter was an achievement. After such a lengthy prep period, it was rewarding to have the entire room painted with such speed.

To say that I'm merely fond of the end result would be an understatement. I love the colors and how they work together. I keep walking into the room when there's a bit of sunlight and saying, "Oh I love it!" You can hardly even tell that there was some heinous chair rail just a little over six months ago.

Dining Room Facelift: Part 1
Dining Room Facelift: Part 2
Dining Room Facelift: Part 3