Monday, August 20, 2012

Still painting...


Last week I mentioned that I was painting my kitchen, informal dining area, and family room. We plan on redoing our kitchen in the next few years, but I didn't want to wait until then to give it a little update. By Thursday I had two coats of paint on the ceiling and had finished the kitchen and dining areas with two coats of paint on the walls. I decided to take Friday off so my aching muscles could recover. Today and tomorrow I'll finish by painting the walls in the family room.


It took me the good part of a week to settle in on the color that I wanted to use in the kitchen. I tried various sample colors on the walls, and we finally decided upon "Parachute Silk" by Behr. I am so happy with the results. It's a beautiful neutral light grayish tan, and it goes well with my blue and white plate collection that I have on the soffit above my cabinets.

The ceiling was painted ultra white, which I love! A few weeks ago my son-in-law put up these shelves above a little side table in the informal dining area. I filled it with colorful knick-knacks that I bought at local stores and flea markets, and the bright items added a punch of color to the whole room!


Now for my tip of the day. I've painted a ton over the years and have learned many techniques to make the job easier. I don't ever tape anything, because I have a fairly steady hand and taping has never worked well for me. I've learned that a quality paint brush makes a big difference in detail work when painting. Take the example below...


Because I painted the ceiling white, I needed to have a sure hand as I painted the wall at the ceiling. There is also a small ledge on the underside of the soffit next to the cabinets that was difficult to reach and made painting the kitchen more challenging. {see arrows in the photo above} I generally don't skimp on paint brushes when I paint a difficult space. A higher quality brush makes the job much easier. This time I mistakenly bought a different brush than I normally buy, and I was so happy with the result. Most often I buy Purdy brushes which usually get the job done, but this time I bought a 1.5" Wooster Pro Thin Angle Sash (packaging looks similar to Purdy brushes) and the quality of the brush made the job much easier! The thin angle made getting into tight spots like those above the cabinets a breeze!

In a few minutes I'm going to tackle the family room. Most of the furniture is moved out of the room and it will get a couple of coats of "Baja" by Behr...


I'm looking forward to this project getting done, o I can do a little creating by the end of the week!

10 comments:

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's looking great Suzanne. My rooms need the same update, but I'm not UP to it.

Anesha said...

Well done on your paint job.

Shannon said...

Love the color!! I really like the colorful shelves!

gail@My Repurposed Life said...

ohhh that's my favorite paint! :)
the color looks great, what a tricky situation with the little ledge!

gail

Jillian said...

So pretty! I love the color!

Debby said...

It looks wonderful!!! I so need to do most of the rooms in our home, maybe this fall or winter.

Chris said...

HAHAA...Suzanne! I have been painting my kitchen as well!! We actually painted the front hall/foyer and are now doing the stair way and upstairs hallways. Oh I HATE painting!! Sorry but its just not my favorite thing to do. However you are right the job was made easier in some respects because I too bought a Wooster paint brush. I was the elected one to paint all the cut in between ceiling and walls...agh, but it was so much easier with that little brush. Hey seems like our lives run parallel...whats up for next mionth? :) We are headed to the beach for a week with the kids, how about you? :)

Chris said...

ooops, meant to also say I love your choice of paint color, it really looks nice...it is similar to what we chose. Ours is called dried Hydrangea, its a tanish beige.

imagrandma2five said...

This has been the summer of painting at our house also. Bathrooms, hallway and dining room. I have one more bathroom to go. Thanks for the heads up on the Wooster sash brush. I also always use Purdy, but think I'll give the Wooster a try.
Karen in NE Indiana

kisa said...

This really looks so great!! Love it!