Good news: I didn’t embarrass myself with my public commitment to learn how to spackle and in fact I spackled and primed the whole guest room this weekend.
See ya peachy-pink walls and ceiling and doors:
I took all three days to get this far but because I did it in between Memorial Weekend barbecues, friend get togethers, etc. I am still pretty happy with the progress. I will admit, sometimes I’d rather forego the fun to get a project done, but I’ve learned (the hard way) that all updates and no fun makes Brit a very dull girl. Okay, onto the recap. First, I spackled using all this stuff:
I really like how this particular spackle goes on pink and dries white. I only wish it dried faster. I did a ton of spackling, finishing the holes already started, dealing with wall cracks, and also dealing with some water damage on the ceiling (our upstairs girlie’s room used to be a kitchen and I am blaming the old sink for leaking and causing the damage). I felt pretty good learning how to spackle and even got carried away and started spackling some holes down at the bottom of the basement stairs:
Whoa, notice that crazy footprint in the spackle-dust? Yep, that’s my high-arched foot.
Next up: primer. I am on a mission to shrink my paint stock in the basement (it is ridiculously large), so went for what I had on hand which was Behr’s Stain-Blocking Primer & Sealer.
Priming our plaster walls/ceiling is kind of a unique process. Our plaster walls have a sand-like texture, and long ago I discovered this product to mix into my primer to match the existing texture of our walls:
This stuff is super fine (literally, not in the 7th-grade-I-like-boys-and-don’t-know-how-to-express-it sense) and it is important to wear a mask when mixing into your primer. Just add a little to your paint at a time as it always seems to show up on the wall more than in your paint can. Their recommended one-box-to-gallon ratio is waaaaay too much for me. I also find that adding this stuff can thicken your paint a lot, so I periodically mix in some water to thin out the sandy latex paint (you’d need to use paint thinner for oil-based paint). Then roll onto your walls and brush into the corners. I did all my walls and ceiling, because of the amount of patch-work done in there. Amazingly, once spackled and primed you cannot tell that this room had 10 round holes (from our electrical upgrade), 2 pretty big window-to-floor wall cracks, 2 six foot vertical rows of holes and raised paint from a former built-in nightstand-thingy, 3 outlet areas needing repair (again, from the electrical upgrade), and 2 foot-wide-plus areas of water damage on our ceiling.
Spackling the ceilings was the worst! I also primed the closet doors and entry door and bathroom door but did so with regular primer (no sand for those puppies). Next I went onto painting the ceiling with Behr’s Interior Flat Ceiling Paint, which I’ve used for every ceiling I’ve ever painted. I really like a flat white ceiling and this particular product goes on even better when applied over primer – 1 coat of this on top of primer does the trick.
So, next up is painting the doors and trim semi-gloss white, painting the walls soft gray, and then pulling the whole room together. Oh, and I may have “accidentally” failed to cover the carpet in that room, so I just might have to pull out the carpet to expose the old wood floors (some of which are super damaged, but I have a plan for that . . . ).
Anyone else make good on a public proclamation? Or squeeze in some house updates in between a long and social weekend? Okay, I’m off to get the paint out of my hair . . .