A couple of years back I was on a red kick. As in gotta have pops of red everywhere.
During that phase I thought it would be cool to paint the bottom half of my dining room red.
It was ok for a while, but lately my eyes just want to jump out of their sockets when I look at it.
Time for a change. Now don’t get me wrong, I still like red, just not in such large doses.
But what color should I paint it?
Last January I painted the bead board in the adjoining kitchen a glossy golden green.
I really liked the look, and the best part is that the paint was an oops shade from Lowes and just cost me $5.
I had plenty left so decided to cover the red bead board in the same color.
Only problem, I hate painting bead board! It’s so difficult to get the paint into all the little crevices.
When I did the kitchen it took me most of a day to finish, and honestly, to this day I can see some cracks that I missed.
Luckily now I have the Command Max sprayer from HomeRight to make the job easier.
I immediately added this project to the long list of things I wanted to paint with it.
Yeah, I was a little nervous about painting in the house with a sprayer, but figured it was worth a try.
First things first, I had to tape off all the trim and mask the immediate area.
I purchased a roll of masking paper for this that was 9 inches wide.
It made the masking a lot easier and cost less than $3.
It took a lot, as I had to use it on the top edge and the bottom.
I covered the entire opening to the living room in plastic.
Not because I was scared of overspray, but to keep the dogs from coming in while I was trying to paint.
One of my readers made me promise not to paint the dogs when I got the sprayer. ;)
The taping off took me nearly an hour to complete. I was tempted to cut some corners here, but thought better of it.
Once I got going with the sprayer it took an hour to get the first coat on. I went very slow and made sure that each and every crack was painted.
I had decided to forego the primer, even though I was covering a dark color. Why? Pure laziness. I didn’t want to clean the sprayer twice.
(I know, I’m bad.)
The second coat took a half hour, and the third even less.
There was no waiting between coats because the coats were light and dried quickly. I only had to refill the paint in the spray cup once.
I was done and pulling off the masking paper after just 2 hours!
I love the new color.
Not crazy about the upper wall color with it, but that's on the list to paint later, along with the ceiling, the corner cupboards, etc. (the to-do list gets longer by the minute)
For now I’m happy with how much bigger and brighter the space feels.
Good-bye Red, it was fun while it lasted.
Even the guys on the backs of my dining room chairs are happy with the new color!
They’re positively beaming!