You guys, I thought this project would never end. I knew this was going to be a big project, but we didn’t really realize quite how big until we got started.
- Scrape popcorn ceilings in the kitchen/living room/hallway
- Paint the walls in the kitchen/living room/hallway
- Paint the trim in the entire house
I figured it would take us maybe 2 weeks to get it done. But it dragged out to a little over a month.
Some of that was because we were learning as we went. Some of it was because we had kids we had to work around. Some of it was just time consuming no matter how you look at it.
Scraping Popcorn Ceilings
We’ve never done this before so this took us quite a bit longer than it should have taken. We tried to work at night when the kids were sleeping, but then we’d wake up the next morning and see where we’d missed.
We also didn’t scrape down far enough the first time and so we had to go over the entire ceiling again. So it was a lot of trial and error to make sure we didn’t damage the drywall on the ceilings.
The dust was terrible. Like truly terrible. We taped off what we could but it still go into every single kitchen cabinet and even into the bedrooms since we were doing the hallway.
I spent probably 2 days rewashing every dish we own, scrubbing own cabinets inside and out, dusting and vacuuming.
Then we had to go in a mud any places that did get scraped, screw holes, etc…and then let that dry for 24 hours. Sand all that down, vacuum the dust up a bit and them prime and paint the ceilings.
Our vaulted ceiling was scary. And we should have probably found a safer way to work on it but it’s done now.
Finding a Paint Color
This was probably the most difficult part of this entire project. I wanted something warm and inviting but still on the light side to help make our small space feel bigger. I wasnn’t a huge fan of the yellow beige the last owner chose.
I tried so many color chips and then I’d find one that looked good and I’d get a sample can and it would look purple on the wall.
Every single one would look dirty or purple or wouldn’t match the counter tops or the carpet. Or it wouldn’t match all the artwork I owned etc…
Don’t you just love this dusty, poorly lit picture I snapped of ALL the paint samples?
The lighting was different in every room I was painting but the color had to look good in all of them.
I started browsing Pinterest and found colors that are supposed to be fool proof in situations like mine. I tried a couple and Revere Pewter (which looked purple on my walls in the kitchen), Edgecomb Gray (purple again in the kitchen) were not fool proof since I don’t want my walls to be purple.
After some more research I found out the reason it was pulling purple was because that room is north facing. North facing rooms basically don’t do well with cooler undertones.
So then I asked my Nana and she gave me a color to try which I loved until I saw the sample on the wall on a cloudy day. It looked dirty in my living room but fine in the other rooms.
I then just decided to go white. It went with everything but the countertops (which I want to replace at some point anyway), looked good in all three lighting situations and I just needed to make a decision.
But I’ll show the colors and how it turned out in the next post.
Painting the walls took about a week because I would paint during naptime and then clean up and do it all again the next day. Towards the end we accidentally painted 3 walls in the white straight out of the can.
I kept thinking it looked WAY to bright and was doubting my color choice…and then I realized it was a can of paint that wasn’t tinted yet. Luckily it was the first coat and it needed a second coat anyway.
The trim took a couple of weeks because of all the caulking, sanding, priming and painting it required. But it’s done now and it made such a huge difference in updating our house.
But it’s done now. It’s done *le sigh*
Stay tuned for the finish pictures, hopefully coming later this week. But we shall see…
Have you every scraped popcorn ceilings?