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Blue Walls Soon To Be Gray

By Picardy Project on Dec 20, 2011

Yesterday after work we got A LOT done in the front room, and it's very exciting :) We taped and started painting the bookcases

They got a coat of primer (even though there was really nothing to prime over) and then they'll get painted Ultra Pure white.

While Chris was finishing up the bookcases I got started on allllllll the cut-ins. I started using the white primer but I could BARELY tell where I had painted because the fast set joint compound dries basically white (normal joint compound dries a bit yellow so it's a lot easier). We dropped a bit of the wall color into the primer to tint it just a tad, and that made it easier to tell where I had already painted

There were lot and lots and lots and lots of cut ins: the baseboards, around the fireplace, around the fireplace detail, around the windows, around the corbels, at the ceiling line, beneath the outlets...OMG.

We decided that because the walls will be a darkish shade of gray it would probably be best to actually use a dark base primer so that the gray would cover better. Chris went out to the garage to get our blue deep base primer to roll on the walls (and do the high cut ins I couldn't reach) and I stuck with my white/light gray primer

And we just mosey'ed around the room

Originally I thought we'd sand and refinish the floors before we painted because I didn't want to have to clean the walls twice, but Chris assured me that the sander we'll use doesn't create a lot of dust (it sucks it up), so we figured we should just paint now. And it really was as much work as we thought it was going to be: it sucks

We got it about 90% (of just the walls) primed last night (the only thing that's left is the tall wall above the relief) but it took the two of us 2 1/2 hours together and Chris another hour by himself (I was finishing up some work and then was making dinner). Yuckola. Once all the primer is done we're going to paint the area around the fireplace (the high gloss white should be painted before the wall color so that if we make any mistakes we can prime over it before wall color goes on to avoid flashing), then paint the ceiling, and THEN paint the wall color. It sounds like such a daunting task at this stage, but any color on the walls is exciting!

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