And they’re off…

I sit surrounded by toiletries.  Yesterday we emptied the bathroom as the official kickoff of the whole house repainting project.  By the time we are done, probably in early January, we will have painted all the rooms inside.  

This is more of a decorating decision as opposed to a necessity.  Some of the walls do have the odd ding and there are a few suspicious ‘I want to get my deposit back’ repairs done by one of the renters over the years.  Personally I wish they would have left the repairs undone.  I would have been less work for me to fix the ding then it will be to fix their attempt at a patch and paint.

We could easily finish the project sooner but the living room and dining room have wallpaper to remove and that is always a crap shoot.  I once had to remove wallpaper from unpainted drywall.  Lots of work, lots of patching.  We are hosting Christmas supper this year and have decided to wait until after the supper before starting the wallpaper removal.  We will paint these rooms in-between World Junior Hockey games.  

We tried a new paint formulation for the bathroom.  Benjamin Moore has a matte finish bathroom paint the store talked us into.  Benjamin Moore is our favourite paint but I would have not normally used a matte finish.  

First coat – looked like a primed wall
Second coat – looked like a first coat
Third coat – looked good and felt normal going on.

I do not usually need three coats on a wall.  I am not sure if this is the paint or the wall.  I am putting white over a colour but the regular Regal and Aura higher sheens cover better in my experience.  I guess I will know soon enough as the bedrooms will be next and we will probably use a slightly higher sheen.  

Keeping busy

I finally got around to reupholstering the ottoman.  The original cover was  vinyl faux leather and as vinyl is prone to do was starting to wear down to the base fabric at the corners.  This past summer I redid the dining table chairs and we bought enough fabric at that time to do the ottoman too.  Not a big project.

Something else I have been working on this week is a rock wall.  I have done a little bit of rock work before, some deck steps at the lake and a dry stack flower bed, but this is my first mortared wall.  All the hours of Tetris coming to use now!