Painting

We chose to hire painters to spray the trim, ceilings, and prime the walls.  We saved about $2,500 by painting the walls ourselves.  This is an easy thing for homeowners to DIY if they really need to save some money.  The only issue with DIY in a large project that involves a contractor is keeping up with the timeline/schedule and taking some control out of the contractor’s hands.  It’s trickier to coordinate and can upset people, but we pulled it off.  Every weekend I had free time I went and painted.  I had paint parties with friends to help me, and Matt & I would take turns when watching the kids.  Our focus was to first paint the walls that were over hardwoods since the hardwoods were going to be sanded and finished soon.  The next focus was on the bedrooms before carpet was  installed, and bathrooms after the tile was finished.

 

You’ll notice that everything is white…  that’s on purpose.  I wanted the house to feel light, bright, and full of sunshine, BUT warm.  We painted the trim Sherwin Williams Alabaster (a bit creamy) rather than a pure/cooler white.  The walls are the same color in satin sheen, and the ceilings are Alabaster as well in flat.  Flat helps hide imperfections, bumps, scrapes, humps in the drywall, etc. because the light doesn’t bounce off of it much.  Satin is easier to wipe/clean if you smudge it than flat.  Touch-up paint is easier on flat than satin because the light can potentially show where the touch-up starts and stops.  Usually a painter will re-paint an entire wall where a touch up is needed the higher the sheen is.  The white walls are a good base for lots of colorful artwork that will hang, and they carry out the common mid-century style of white  found in Palm Springs architecture as well as Scandinavian.

My daughter wanted a rainbow in her room so I had to make that happen quickly over her spring break. I brought her on a weekday right before carpet went in the next day!  She loved being a part of it even though her help only lasted about an hour before I had to finish it myself.  The rainbow took 3 coats of each color.  Green Frog tape is the key for things like this because it makes a cleaner line than blue tape.  We used small rollers in separate trays for each color.  She has decided to finish the top with a puffy cloud we are making out of white foamcore and sticking up with 3M sticky tape.

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Start of the Finish-Phase

Once insulation and drywall are in, the finish-phase can begin!  This is my favorite part because it’s when all of the things I’ve picked out, designed, specified, and envisioned start to show up in the space.  This includes trim style, cabinetry, lighting, plumbing, tile, countertops, carpet, hardwood flooring, and paint.  I enjoy the framing stage because it’s vital for the pieces that come during this last phase (such as: shampoo niches, incorporated shelving spaces, etc..) but, it’s less obvious to the homeowner and not as exciting.

 

Matt and I installed some of the trim-work ourselves to cut back on the timeline and work load for our contractor.  When you have the right tools, it’s a piece of cake.  Hints the handy dandy nail gun.  Luckily, we did not have any crown molding or intricate trim designs installed in this project.  Crown molding is not for the simple DIY-er or mathematically…we learned the hard way on our old home.  We used all flat 1×4″ for our door/window casings and baseboard.

Up next, painting!