But first, a question: how did this project take longer than this one?
The answer? The walls in our entry way were a disaster. Our house was built in 1976, so it's obviously going to need more work than a brand new house. But it doesn't help that the people who lived here before us should be banned from ever touching a paintbrush again.
I didn't take pictures of the holes and imperfections, because honestly my camera battery would have died half way through. But check out their amazing paint job, the ugly, sagging trim & their lovely accessorizing.
|Hideous paint job and a ghetto window covering? Check.|
|Hideous paint and an even more hideous light switch plate? Check!|
|Ughhhhhhhhhhh. My eyes.|
|Didn't they do a fantastic job on the trim?|
Yeah. So that is what I had to work with. I've already shared how I made the window covering much more visually appealing (I'm obsessed with quatrefoils...), but while that project only took a few hours, this one took quite a bit longer.
Not only was the paint job hideous to look at, but the splatter/sponge technique they used disguised a lot of flaws in the wall. So after spending about 5-6 hours spackling and sanding, I put the first coat of gray paint on the wall. And I wanted to cry. When the wall was a solid color I noticed so many more flaws. So, I spent about 4-5 hours doing more spackling and sanding. And then I noticed more. I pretty much spent an entire weekend spackling and sanding. And since that is my least favorite part of home improvement, I was not a happy camper!
|This gives you an idea of how much respackling I had to do!|
But it was finally done and I was able to move on to painting my walls, and eventually painting stripes on the walls.
- Paint the whole wall(s) in one of the colors to begin with.
- I chose the gray for the "base" color. I figured that the gray would cover up the God-awful preexisting paint job better than the white. Also, we have a TON of gray paint, whereas I only bought one gallon of the white.
- There are several ways to do this, but I did it in the way that made the most sense to me. Each of my sections were to be one foot sections. So I measured, marked, and taped. For the sections that were going to be white, I taped on the outside of my marks. So, the tape started on the outer side of the first mark, and ended on the outer side of the next mark. When I had just the tape up, the sections looked uneven, which was exactly how it was supposed to be.
- When taping off my lines, I lined it up with a yardstick as I was taping. And if something looked off, I would measure the space, and sometimes, I had gotten way off. So other than all of my spacking and sanding (which, hopefully, other people won't have to go through to the extent that I had to) this was definitely the hardest part. I found that working in small pieces of tape helped keep my lines more even and straight than using one reallllllly long piece.
|Is this not a HUGE improvement???|
Here are some pics with the trim painted. I love this area!