There might be a rip in the fabric of the space-time continuum because I did not plan on taking a month hiatus from our dining room makeover. I blame the soul sucking darkness of winter. The days just run together and all of a sudden you look up and there’s still peeling paint above your kid’s dinner plates.
But we’re back! Here’s a reminder of what the room looked like the day we moved in.
If you’re new here, you may not be privy to the year-long struggle about whether to keep the mural or not. Yes, it’s pretty cool. Yes, it’s all probably lead paint. And yes, the color is vomit pink. It had to go.
In addition, the previous owner put latex paint over the original pink oil paint ceiling so of course it was a chipping mess. My plan from the beginning was to put tongue and groove planks on the ceiling. Make it all cozy. And save us a lot of scraping, mudding and sanding.
We picked up 15 packs of these thin planks from Lowe’s. It was our first time using this product and overall it was a cinch. The crown molding has square edges so we were able to put the boards up without removing it. We randomly staggered the seams, using 3-4 cuts per row and there was almost no waste or wonky boards.
Now….I swear. I took pictures of this whole process but somehow they aren’t on my camera. Gremlins? I don’t know. So an iPhone photo is all I’ve got.
Thank you all for your input on my potentially-cuckoo notion to paint the ceiling cantaloupe. I still love the idea and totally think it can work….
But in the end I decided to bring the cantaloupe in through a different element in the room. One I can more easily swap out if I get tired of it. Playing it safe is definitely not my 2016 battle cry but I also change my mind a lot and re-painting a ceiling is a PITA. So the ceiling color winner is…..Lookout Point BM.
It is the prettiest pale blue. Not too gray or bright. I love it and someday when I can afford grasscloth in the dining room, this color will still work.
I used a microfiber roller which got into the nooks really well so I didn’t need to use a brush. We also added picture frame molding below the chair rail.
This is all a vast improvement BUT……my eyes are still blinded by that heinous, disgusting, 40 year old green carpet. Yesterday it met its demise. Not suprising, we unearthed mountains of dust and dirt after pulling up the carpet and padding. So nasty.
Unfortunately our house was built when carpet was king so it has ZERO hardwood floor. Our plan is to slowly remedy this situation as we renovate, starting in the dining room first. But that’s not till spring so I figured we could paint the subfloor as a temporary fix.
First we coated the subfloor in oil-based primer. We used the allegedly odorless kind and added a packet of the smell-away stuff or whatever it’s called…..and still it was horribly stinky, even with windows open. On a freezing cold day. I’m officially sick of winter home renovations.
For the color, I wanted something earthy to balance the sweetness and light of the white walls and blue ceiling. The guys at Benjamin Moore mixed up a gallon of this porch paint for me in Aegean Olive BM.
It looks a little muddy in this photo but so far on the floor (I cut in last night), it’s looking rich and gorgeous. First full coat goes on tonight. I’ll do a full reveal on the floor once it’s done.
Have any of you ever painted a subfloor? My husband was mighty skeptical. But hey, it’s a temporary solution and anything is better than that disgusting carpet.