After painting I-don’t-know-how-many-square-feet of our new house, I have a whole new respect for the art of interior decorating. But what they say is true: for not much money, you can totally update the look of your house with a fresh coat of paint.
When we bought the house, most of the rooms on the main floor were painted a minty green colour. It obviously had been there a long time. The colour went behind the baseboards and cupboards that have been there for about 10 years.
So, armed with a $10-off coupon per gallon, we went to Home Hardware and bought a few cans of the Beautitone Designer Series paint. We picked Hurricane for the main colour – a greyish-blue, and Cool Custard for one wall in the kitchen. For our bedroom, we went wild and picked Outback, a dark and sexy reddish-brown.
We’re both amateurs, but for anyone who has never painted: it’s totally doable. I started out by washing all the walls with a bucket of warm water and a tiny bit of mild detergent. Then I went over the areas again with just water to make sure the soap was all off. This was a lot of work but it’s a good way to make sure the paint bonds to the wall.
The next big job was taping off all the trim. It takes a long time. Then we started by cutting in the corners and areas along the trim with a brush. The rest was covered with the rollers, moving in three-foot sections, following a W pattern, then filling it in. We painted two coats just about everywhere.
One mistake I think we made was waiting too long before we took the tape off. In some areas, the tape pulled off scraggly lines of paint. We still have to fix these areas.
All in all, a successful first project. Our house no longer feels like an old lady’s place. It feels fresh and modern. Not bad for a 40-year-old home!