I can’t believe it’s been a week already. I’m not as far along as I wanted to be, but there is progress! Usually on the blog, I wait until I have something better looking to show you, but it’s time for the scheduled One Room Challenge update, so ready or not, this is where we’re at:
The first project on the list was filling in the grooves of the panel walls so they don’t look like paneling. It’s not a difficult job, it’s just a slow job.
Before I could fill in the grooves though, I had to sand the walls. For some reason, the walls in the whole room were a very rough, sandy texture. Rough as in, I think they were painted with that outdoor, non-skid floor paint. We’re not totally sure, but that’s our best guess.
After the sanding, I used joint compound to fill in the grooves and disguise the paneling. Just like patching a small hole, you fill the groove with compound, then scrape off the excess. The compound shrinks as it dries, so second coats are required. And as of this morning I’m still working on the second coats.
Once it’s dry, the walls will be primed to cover the different textures. But before the walls can be painted, I’ll have to prime and paint the big foam-paneled ceiling. 🙁 By the time I make it through that giant project, I will probably have made it through an entire audio book. But it will look SO MUCH BETTER once it’s done.
Early last week, I still had no idea what color we’d want on the walls, so I put up a few paint samples. They’re all colors we really like (in fact, the living room and kitchen were just painted the top left color), but they all just looked terrible in this room. We really wanted something with warmer undertones, so I brought up the paint I bought for the office just to see what it would look like (top right), and we both loved it in here.
It’s a very subtle stone color. In the morning, it’s a creamy white, in afternoon sun, it’s almost light pink, and in the shade it’s a light, warm purple. (It happens to be the same color as the powder room, and living room and dining room ceilings of our Victorian.)
Sorry for the ugly photos, there hasn’t been time to take decent ones. But it will make the “After” photos look even better, right? 😉
So that’s where we’re at! Hopefully by next Thursday, the ceiling, walls and trim will all filled, patched, repaired, and repainted!