Okay, so I finally finishied painting the wall-to-wall paneling in our basement, and here’s how it looks.
We went for a “white” that has a hint of gray in it. We wanted the basement to feel a lot lighter and airier, and to be a neutral background for some brighter colors that will go over in the kid area. Not to mention that on the other side of the room we have a big brown sectional, a big brown credenza-thing, and a big black tv. So we wanted a lighter color to brighten up all that dark stuff.
We looked at a few different whites and tested them on our primed walls. It is ridiculously difficult to decide the best white paint when testing paints on top of white primer, in a dark basement, with pretty much no light, and of course late at night.
We ended up choosing Sherwin Williams First Star, color-matched in Behr eggshell finish. Two coats and it was good to go.
Only prob: the bright and happy paint makes the brown sectional look even more, um what’s the word? BROWN. Brown is my nemesis in this house. And in my life (not the best color for a blonde).
So next we painted the trim in Behr’s ultra pure white in semi-gloss. I’m not going to lie – painting all the trim and doors this bright white was the worst part. We have no bleed-through problems on our paneling but the trim just kept wanting to bleed through despite multiple coats of the oil-based primer. I think it is gone now, but it took about a thousand coats to get there.
After painting, I spent part of my weekend bonding with my new nail gun (no compressor – woohoo!) while building a few new things for the kid area. Now I just need to finish that up and then start decorating. Ugh, decorating, my least favorite part. I love the building but lose steam for sure when it comes to finishing a space. But even unfinished, we’ve already been using this space so much more – especially the kid zone. The kiddos can really whip up a mean mocha in that new kitchen space.
Anyone else tackle painting wall-to-wall paneling? Or test a bunch of “whites” to pick the right one? Off to work on the play area…