A few weeks ago, I had a random day off work. I set out to savor it, and ended up spending the afternoon painting our dining room after taking a good nap. Which fortunately, is my idea of a day off well spent.
Although our dining room didn’t have so much of the “beige box” feel as the rest of the house because of so many windows, I still longed to change it.
But first I began by addressing the sliding glass door. Our backyard is beautiful with many trees, and yet there were bulky curtains at the door. They also were tan – maybe that’s why I hadn’t taken them down yet- they essentially blend into the walls and block part of the view. And we had never used them.
After patching this area, I prepared to paint. I used the same paint- Granite Dust by Valspar- that was used in the living room, master bedroom (post on that soon!), and master bathroom (yeah… reveal hopefully soon on that too). The only area I taped off was between the windows because the space was so small. Otherwise, I cut in with a 1″ angled brush all around before rolling.
The trick to cutting in without taping off is to not get too much paint on the brush and angle it well.
After cutting in I realized a few areas on the wall were dirty… ick. A few squirts of Green Works fixed it right up. Although paint was running low by this time since I used it in several rooms, I had learned my lesson and didn’t skimp on putting paint on the roller at the expense of my arms.
In reality, if you apply the proper amount of paint to a wall (i.e. no drips) you are going to use the same amount whether you push real hard and kill your arms or give a more generous amount and spread it around. Save your arms.
I finished just in time for home group and pushed all the furniture back and put the switch covers back on real quick. Whew! I didn’t get into the kitchen, but that’s on my list to do soon.
Ready to see how it looks? First, let’s have a good look at the before….
Here is a photo of the room from the day we moved in, before any changes were made. Remember those terrible shutters we took down asap?! It was so dark and dreary. We wanted to bring in light and see our lovely backyard.
I love how the chair rail and crown molding stands out more now!