My name is Allison.
I have been challenged to makeover a room in my home (you can find out all about the Part 1 of the challenge here).
I couldn’t be content with designing just one room.
So I decided to makeover TWO rooms.
I am still not sure what my plan is.
But I only have four weeks to work on the challenge so I know I need to get to painting.
I better get my FrogTape® out and my game face on.
It’s time to paint.
Even though my design concept for this makeover is not finalized in my mind I do know the glossy red walls have GOT TO GO.
I also know I need to do the job right this time.
Look at the horrible paint job I have been living with for tenfreakingyears.
Let it be known that painting was not always a talent I possessed. For those of you who don’t think you can paint – this picture proves there is hope for you.
I have learned that proper prepping of your surface before the painting begins will give you your best chance at project success. Here are some of my best tips for prepping your room before you paint it.
This is coming from someone who has jacked up more than one paint job.
See exhibit A in the above photo.
1. Clean Your Baseboards & Walls
The first step to prepping your room is to clean your baseboards and walls. I use disinfecting wipes to clean everything because they are textured and smell good. If my room looks terrible at least it smells fresh and clean! Make sure you clean all of the corners of the ceiling. This room has been virtually unused for a while so the cobwebs were taking over. To make cleaning your walls easier, attach a disinfecting wipe to a floor cleaner, and wipe your walls down.
2. Cover your previous sins in caulking. And prayer.
If your previous paint job looks like a crack house you can use caulk to cover up paint marks that veer way too far off the path of where the wall meets the base boards. I decided to do this extra step because it was THAT BAD.
3. Tape Off Baseboards and Ceilings with FrogTape®
FrogTape® is the gold standard in painters tape. There are times when I have used other brands of tape and the results were a mess. My past experiences with other tapes caused the paint off of the walls, leaving jagged and uneven edges. FrogTape® is the only painter’s tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed. This translates into crisp, clean, perfect edging every single time.
Be jealous of the angle at which I had to take this picture. #shortgirlproblems
4. Use a Toothbrush To Secure Your Tape
I know this one seems a little weird but I promise it works. I use a toothbrush to smooth out my FrogTape® to secure it to the edges of the baseboards and ceilings. I feel like the pad of my finger doesn’t do a good enough job at pushing the tape down, but my fingernail pulls the tape off. Using a toothbrush gives enough gentle pressure to really secure the tape to the surface.
I am going to paint these built-ins, so I wanted to protect them from getting painted. I also needed to fix the prior paint job. I am considering going bold and painting them turquoise. Possibly Synergy by Heirloom Traditions Paint. We will see if I have the amazeballs to do it.
5. Remove all of your outlets covers (and keep them together).
This one seems like common sense but I have lost many screws from outlet covers and light switch plates by not securing them together. Do it all at once and put it in a bag. Trust me.
6. Have a Helper
A second set of hands always helps the process go much faster. Make sure your assistant is older than 18 months old. My helper refused to nap today so it slowed my process down just a tad. At least he is cute!
7. Cover all of your nail holes with spackling.
I remember when I was a kid my mom used to fill nail holes with toothpaste. Is that still a thing? It can’t be the most efficient method. This step makes your walls look brand new. After 10 years of living with this color there were plenty of nail holes to cover.
While I was prepping this room I was more than glad to say buh bye to the manly decor. This clock has been hanging without a battery for at least two years.
I was a little sad to take this racing plaque down. It documented Scott and I’s first date on October 23, 2003. Well, he thought it was a date and I thought we were just friends. The story varies depending on who you ask. Apparently it WAS a date because here we are 13 years later.
I can’t wait to show our kids this when they get older.
I am so ready for the painting phase of this project! I have never been so HAPPY to get to painting.
I am still mulling over my final wall color choice but I am leaning towards a soft gray. I already have a bold, dark gray in Shepherd’s Bedroom and I am ready for a major change from the red.
Although light gray seems like a boring choice initially it’s a change that will have a big impact and really open up the 100 square foot space.
Make sure to see how the other bloggers in the FrogTape Paintover Challenge are doing in week two of their room makeovers.
I am realizing I am the only one who didn’t do a patterned accent wall. Maybe I am crazy but I think my design plan is bold enough without it!
UPDATE: WANT TO SEE HOW THIS ROOM TURNED OUT???? HEAD ON OVER AND SEE THE BIG REVEAL HERE!