'Cause nothing in this house is simple. The
In our bedroom, for example, before I could prime, I had to remove the wallpaper. Step one. Then I had connect all the corners of the room and the panels of paneling. Because they had just left the paneling sections unconnected. Yeah, a big gaping space in every direction, collecting dust and looking depressing. So that was step two. And then I realized that none of the nail holes in the trim or gaps in the window frames had been filled. So that was step three. And then it was time to clean the walls and doors (shudder). We'll call that step four.
You see where this is going? It was a process, friends. Fixing up a real fixer-upper is always a PROCESS.
But where there is a stubborn Polish will, there is a way. Especially since all those extra steps don't really cost much extra money. Just time. And I ain't got the first but got plenty of the second.
Which is all just a very long introduction to my promised post: What I bought and did to redo our room with $0 (and a $250 Amazon gift card).
Removing the wallpaper and connecting the panels
Cost for this step: $0 as we had all the supplies already.
To connect the panels, I started by nailing the pieces as flush to the wall as possible. Then I filled the gaps and connected the sections of paneling together using paintable white caulk, which we also already had in the basement.
Filling nail holes in trim and gaps in window frames
For this I used DAP Fast 'n' Final Lightweight Spackling, which, you guessed it, we already had (can I get a whutwhut?).
In typical dweej fashion, I applied it with my fingers because it was just easier than doing it whatever normal way most people would do it. Then I wiped off any excess with a damp shammy. This stuff is awesome, by the way. Use it for sure. And no, they're not paying me. I wish!
Cleaning the walls and doors
Even if the primer we had didn't specifically say NOT to clean the walls with TSP before painting them, I wouldn't have wanted to use it anyway. Not just because I'm pregnant, but because that stuff scares me and makes my hands all shriveled and gross like. I know. Gloves. But somehow it always sneaks in, that sneaky stuff.
So I cleaned the walls with...you guessed it....vinegar and hot water. So even the smallest kids could help without me feeling all guilty about poisoning them.
Removing that atrocious trio of mirrors
They all broke.
No one died.
I have no special tips.
Please, just NEVER glue mirrors to the wall, okay?
Time to Prime!Yay! Finally! We primed the walls, the trim, all the doors (closet and entry) and the brown spots on the ceiling using Zinsser Prime & Seal water based primer (but somehow was charged for Rust Oleum. Not that I care really, but that's why the listing and the photo don't match....)
Painting the ceiling
The morning I started painting the ceiling, I was DETERMINED to get it all done it one day. Because I could not be painting a ceiling for two or three days straight. The mere thought of it sent shivers down my spine! And unlike a dry-wall ceiling, which can be painted with a roller with an extender pole, the tiled ceiling had to be painted one tile at a time whilst I climbed all over plastic-covered furniture. Good times.
See, the seams between every tile had to first be painted with a brush, and then each tile had to be rolled individually because they're slightly convex and just painting them in the regular manner would have resulted in only the middle of each tile getting any paint on it.
But it really brightened up the room and was totally worth it. In retrospect.
I used Valspar Ultra Premium flat ceiling paint, a 5 gallon of which was waiting for me down in the basement.
Painting the trim, the doors, and the window frames
Y'all know I likes to bend the rules, so you shouldn't be too shocked to find out that I painted the trim before I painted the walls. 'Cause here's the deal- I had all the doors leaning against the walls to be painted. I couldn't very well paint the walls one color and then lean the doors against the brand new paint and paint the doors another color. It would have ended in tragedy and tears for sure.
So we decided that I'd be all careful-like and just do all the trim and doors first then get them put back in their proper places so I could do the walls. And it totally worked! Boom.
For this step, I ordered a gallon of economy semi-gloss in white.
Just look at them doors and trim! Not too shabby, I know.
Oh, and the little pull-circles (handles? I don't know what to call them) used to be brass, but I fixed that right quick with some fancy sharpie action. 'Cause I'm resourceful like that.
Cost: $28.63 for 1 gallon of paint + shipping
Getting color on the walls
This is when I got reeeeeeeeaaaaaaaally excited, people. My instant sunshine!
and here's how it looks in the room:
Cost: $35.95 for 1 gallon + shipping
And oh my holy goodness, this post has already gone on for SO long and I haven't even gotten to all the linens and accessories. So I'll save those for their very own post, whaddya think of that? See you soon!
For all the BEFORE pics, click here. And for all the AFTER pics, click here.
Oh, and be sure to check out Snapshots from a Sunday over at Clan Donaldson. I had the 3-4 p.m time slot and I promise, the photos will totally make it worth your trip.