As some of you may know, I’m moving back to the house I was brought up in very, very soon. It’s a great house…three bedrooms, two bathrooms, living room, kitchen, foyer, dining room, laundry room and a family room. There’s a ton of storage space which I love and a nice big backyard for my furry little man (he loves him some outside). However, a ton of work needs to be done before I move in. Some pretty major stuff actually:
- New carpet
- New hard floors
- Paint walls
- Paint ceilings
- Replace garage door
Thanks to my dad’s help with getting estimates, contributing the extra cash to get the fancy-schamcy windows at the top of the door, and for being there when the guys got there to install it and my uncle giving us the $$ to get it done, the garage door has been replaced! I loved the old door because of the diamond accents, but it was barely operational, the springs didn’t quite work as they should and the paint was chipping off in very, very large pieces.
Here’s a before picture of the house that I stole from Google Maps Street View (totally forgot to get a recent before picture – fail):
Well hello there sexy new remote controlled garage door!
I’m so happy!!! And now I don’t have to get out in the rain/cold/wind to open the garage. Yeah!!!
Replace garage door – CHECK!
Next, painting…When deciding to paint the all the walls throughout the house (most of the house has never been repainted), we realized that the ceilings needed to be painted also. Popcorn textured ceilings. This stuff if not fun. It went up back in the day so it may or may not have been applied with asbestos. Yeah. Before the roof was replaced a few years ago there were some holes in it that resulted in water stains in some areas too. More yeah. Oh wait, don’t forget about the family room ceiling that had soot stains from the fireplace. Add more yeahness.
Well, I researched it to death and found that you can roll paint onto popcorn ceiling but it takes a while and some of the ceiling will get caught in the roller and/or fall off. But I also found that you could spray paint the ceiling with a professional airless paint sprayer and not have to deal with the popcorn texture coming down on you (well unless you over saturated it). Spray on!
After packing up my mom’s stuff, clearing out the majority of the furniture, clearing the walls, taping up plastic sheeting, covering the linoleum and paint suiting up, we finally got started. Two weekends, three spraying machines (one had to be returned because it wasn’t working properly for a while and then not at all), a ton of paint and some elbow grease later – BAM! – clean and crisp white ceilings in 7 rooms and 2 hallways.
And to show what a little paint can do, here’s a shot of a hallway where we still have to do a little hand rolling of paint. See the dull and dingy gray paint inbetween the post? Yeah, that’s what the ceilings looked liked before we painted them. The area towards the top left – nice new paint job!
Here’s the room that gets the award for “Most Dramatic Ceiling Change”. When looking at this lovely picture, notice that the walls and the ceiling are both a lovely shade of gold. Sexy, right?
After! Even though the walls haven’t been painted yet, the ceiling looks amazing!
Doesn’t that newly painted ceiling look super crisp and fabulous?
At the beginning of this project, my dad and I estimated that we would need about 4 gallons of ceiling paint. So we bought 4 gallons of ceiling paint. Then after the first weekend of painting we realized that we needed more paint. I went and bought an additional 3 gallons of ceiling paint. Then we realized we needed more paint…
We ended up using 11 gallons of Glidden’s EZ Pink to White Flat Ceiling Paint. Nowhere close to the four gallons we started out with! (Btw…this stuff ain’t free either! Can we say $18 a gallon? Luckily I got a $20 rebate on the first 4 gallons.)
After all was painted and we were walking thru the Home Depot parking lot to return the last paint sprayer we rented, I felt the need to document the moment:
Although I’m totally happy with the results and using the sprayer was an awesome good time, I’m glad that this project is finally OVER!
Paint the ceilings – CHECK!
Yes that’s my painting ensemble.
Yes that’s a mattress set in my kitchen.
And yes we’re painting at night.
Don’t judge, that’s just how I roll.