In most homes the living room is where everything happens and ours is no exception. Most of the time this where you’ll find us relaxing, watching TV, eating, crafting and playing games. I loved the colors in here for a while but I was starting to feel like I needed to lighten things up. The room was beginning to feel dark and dreary and the weather may have amplified the feeling. It was a ruff winter, all the snow and the bitter cold plus the fact that Spring took forever to get here. This room gets great natural light which is surprising because of the position of the sun. The accent color was a forest green by Behr with touches of brown throughout. I had even gone as far as painting the doors green which was a big commitment looking back.
I wanted to complete this room redo for the least amount possible. To do that I would have to recycle things I already had around the house and DIY. But that’s what this blog is all about so I was up for the challenge. I figured painting the doors white again would help lighten up the room and provide a neutral palate for future updates. It’ll be nice to make quick swaps with a couple new pillows and a few accessories. I’ve learned lighter colors help make a space feel larger than it really is. I know there are tons of great paints out there with primer and paint in one but since I was on a budget I decided to use what I already had on hand. I had a can of BIN Zinsser primer and some Behr Ultra Pure White Glossy paint. I’ve used Benjamin Moore paints in the past but I prefer Behr. I started out by taping off the edges and knobs around both doors with Frog tape. Then I laid down my plastic tarp, I love using this stuff because you can tape it to the wall and floor to catch splatters, drips and falling paint. I’m not a neat painter for some reason. There’s always some kind of clean up but I have gotten better.
I put the first coat of primer on the front door and while I waited for it to dry I painted the closet door. I went back and forth between both doors until they both had two coats of primer and two coats of paint. I know using glossy paint brings attention to all the imperfections but I love using it on doors and windows. I feel like they need to stand out or something. I used an eggshell finish on the apartment walls, the contractor highly recommended it because there are a lot of imperfections in the drywall. That’s the beauty of buying an apartment that was built over 60 years ago.
While I was waiting for the doors to dry completely I decided to take down the frames and fill in all the holes I made the first two times I created the gallery wall. The holes in the picture below were hiding behind one frame, so it took a little while… I keep a container DAP Fast’ N Final spackling in the house to patch up holes and dings in the walls. This stuff goes on so smoothly it never needs sanding. While patching the holes I decided I’m going to use Command picture hanging strips next time. I’ve already used them for other projects and I think they’re great.
I took a step back and looked at the white doors and bare wall and my mind starting going crazy. I already know what color I want to use and I have some organization and space saving ideas for this room. There are quite a few things left to do in here but I like the way things are looking already. What do you think of the door? It’s amazing what a difference some paint and a few hours can make.
- Re upholster the ottoman
- Condense DVD collection
- Organize/style the media center
- New toy storage
- Spray paint frames & find new art
- Re arrange gallery wall
- Miscellaneous painting and crafts
Check back to see the progress I’ve made and how much I’ve crossed off the list.