We spent 6 weeks this winter working our spare hours off in JP’s bedroom. I thought it would be my job but I had 2 requests of P. I had the goal to have the ceiling repainted and the new fan/light installed by the end of January. Those were his jobs.
However, he joined me in the job and did the bulk of the work! Yeah!!
The embarrassing “before” photo though even before this, JP had moved back to the dorm and P had already moved a lot of stuff out.
The poor walls sporting their best 1990’s sponge painting! I had taken down the little boy wallpaper border years ago so at least we still weren’t looking quite as toddler-ish. But ugh!! My new Wagner 915 steamer was fantastic for cleaning the walls and trim!!
Paint samples on the walls. P scraped up all the carpet himself! Glued down, rubber-backed carpeting, ala 1970’s. Awful. He cut it in sections about 3′ wide and then would layer the previous section’s foam crumbs on the carpet piece and roll the carpet with the foam tucked inside. He was able to haul each roll out himself. And had it all done and gone by the end of the month dumpster pick-up!
P scraped the sprayed-on ceiling to just a bit of texture with a 5″ hand scraper/spackle knife type thing. Then repainted it all with Sherwin-Williams Elegance (?) ceiling paint. He said it was great paint — this is the first S-W paint we’ve used on a ceiling though I have been using only their paint for walls & doors for years.
P also installed a new ceiling light with fan. We don’t call him Sparky for anything but this job went pretty well. Poorly made & big-box store fixture so don’t be hanging from it!
I also wanted new baseboards and P cut them all to (near) size before I painted. I’m not sure we’ll do it that way next time. I ended up with too many pieces to paint!! But OTOH, it was winter and they had to fit in the room so I could paint them. I wasn’t painting outside!!
Partway through the project, P asked if I really wanted carpet instead of the laminate we had been discussing. YES!! I know there are those that are anti-carpet but I much prefer that, especially in bedrooms. We got great help & service at the Floor-to-Ceiling store and the carpet was laid the second of March! Yeah!!
I did all the painting but the ceiling. All the paint is from Sherwin-Williams. The walls are S-W Sea Salt and the trim is S-W Eider White. I love it! The walls change depending on the sun or not. Light gray with a drop of sea green to more green. The carpet isn’t a perfect choice but doable. It is gray with a green cast as well. Choosing from my 3′ wide sections of paint and a 6″ square of carpet doesn’t always play out right in a whole room. However, neither was I getting new carpet and then painting either!!
The closet has a new coat of “closet white” paint… I didn’t know if the differences in walls – trim – against the closet white would show in this photo.
And then we let the room sit, basking in our break for 10 days until it was time for JP’s spring break in mid-March so we put the furniture back just in time.
We still need the closet put back together and we need to buy and paint closet doors but that will happen once I can paint outside. We are quite happy with the results of all our work and have threatened to sleep in there. Mostly the door is closed while no one is using the room so it all hides.
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