Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Do you love "before and afters" like I do?

This is the "before " picture and I know it doesn't look that bad but it was....in fact it took 2 coats of white because I realized after I got going that they had never sealed the ceiling!  AHHH!!!!  What were they thinking!  Of course I washed it first but I kept wondering why the paint was coming off....it wasn't paint it was drywall skim coat or whatever they call it. 

See how much better it looks!  It really does...trust me on this one!  And I washed the light and even was able to fit a CFL bulb in there.

Okay....here is a better before and after/side-by-side picture....that wall is really mint green,,,,BOY!  Do I ever need a new camera or is it my pc?  I think it's the pc although it's fairly new too!

This is my new YELLOW wall.....I thought it would be more a cream yellow and actually it looks that way in the picture but it is more a lemon soufle color and now I am thinking maybe I should have gone more golden.....hmmmm?  And the whitish glow is evidently from the sunshine coming in across the room....it really looks better in person....really.  AND...it feels clean, looks clean and just knowing it is clean is a motivation in itself!
     I ran out of batteries on my camera so was delayed in posting but it is just as well since I did not have the "after" until this morning! LOL!  I am painting my hallway ceiling and walls but can only manage to do a little at a time since I have 50 BILLION other projects going at the same time but I was determined to get something slapped on those walls!  I always us TSP (trisodium phosphate) to wash the walls and ceiling first.  It cuts through grease and grime and literally dulls up the surface a bit so new paint adheres really well and since these walls and ceilings have not been done since the house was built some 30 or more years ago you can imagine how badly they needed it.  I painted 2 coats of ceiling white on the ceiling after washing and  "cutting in" and I used this new ceiling paint that goes on pinkish/purplish so you can tell where you've painted and also when it is dry it turns white so you can tell when you can recoat....not worth it.  It's actually sort of a pain.  The only thing that was nice was the new lids they come with.  This was Dutch Boy paint I got at Walmart and the lids are screw on and off and a pour lip and no drip spout!  That was worth the price of admission right there!  I had to put 2 coats on the ceiling because I don't think they ever sealed it!!!!  What were they thinking???  I will keep you up to date on this project as it keeps me motivated if I know I have to answer to my blog friends! LOL! 

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