Hearth Rug Entry

The owner removed the floral wallpaper – which was 30 years old. (Sorry, no picture of that)

Hearth Rug Entry

The walls were sanded and repaired from the wallpaper removal.  Now the entry/hallway is a Hearth Rug by Pittsburg Paints.

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White Spindles

This homeowner had wanted white spindles on the railing since the home was built years ago.  The builder didn’t do it.

It is easiest to paint the spindles before they are installed but it is not impossible to do after the fact.  Make sure that you take time to tape carefully.  It can be tedious but it will make a difference in how the project turns out.  Also keep in mind that it won’t be perfect.  It is difficult to get every little nook and cranny.  Next sand the varnish coating off as much as possible – the small areas are the hardest.  Then vacuum and use a tack cloth to removed the dust.  Now get out the primer.  Depending on the stain color, you may want to do two coats of primer.  Next, paint the spindles.  I use Sherwin-Williams ProClassic.  It comes in latex and oil base.  The latex drys as hard as an oil base but is easier to clean up the tools.  I recommend two coats of paint.  Lastly, remove the tape carefully and completely.  I use a wallpaper knife to help me get those tiny pieces off.

Mudroom Update

This is my mudroom.  It  has a lot going on.  I have cats & dogs with stuff.  I have kids & a husband that also use this room.

I was tired of the colors and it wasn’t functioning well.  I removed the molding.  I added this cabinet which has its own story on my Fun Projects page.

New colors are Hearts of Palm and Kaffee by Sherwin-Williams

Now it is updated and functional.  I used the color blocking idea that is popular in art right now and applied it to this room.  The Hearts of Palm color by Sherwin-Williams (upper half ) is too light to hide the dirt my dogs get on the walls so I painted the bottom Kaffee by Sherwin-Williams.   I used a level and pencil to mark a line around the room.  Then I used Frog Tape to get that crisp line.