8.05.2013

The Trials and Tribulations of Painting

I have been painting like a crack-head for days on end. Oh man, am I ever sick of painting. Bear with me, this is going to be a rambler of a post.

Last time we left off, I had started painting the paneling. I had primed all the walls and new battens with Zinsser Bulls Eye Zero, and everything seemed to be going smoothly. 

And then I made a fatal error that cost me a full day of scraping and sanding.

Instead of priming the windows, I deglossed them with TSP. It clearly stated on the bottle that it can be used as a deglossing prep to painting, so I went with it.

This was actually a combination of two problems. First the new paint didn't stick to the previous paint, and the previous paint didn't adhere well to the original primer. I discovered this as I was sanding and scraping my 12 hour old paint job. Argh, talk about frustrating.

I'm not entirely sure why the original paint job blows because in this case, everything failed -paint and primer. So it's probably a combination of poor prep and product. When we built the house, I used Benjamin Moore's new Eco Spec line, because it was one of the few very low VOC paints available. I have since heard that they had real problems with that line and I definitely would not use it again.

So I started again with this. This is not how a new house with only one paint job under its belt should look...

Never fear though, because...taaa daaa, with the instant gratification of following a blog, this is how it looks now.

 
 Not finished, but close.


And I even got the ceiling painted, it's Benjamin Moore's Caribbean Mist in Eggshell.

I took down all the painters tape yesterday. I have a ton of touch up to do. Dark colors are really unforgiving, especially over a light one.

Here's a side by side that really shows the transformation. Right now, I'm kind of too sick of this bathroom to be excited about it, but I will be once I take a break from it. 

My older, Ethan, is off on a solo visit to his aunts' in NYC. I'm jelly. Kit's summer program is over so we're going to be hanging and looking for sun, it's fogust.

5 comments:

Christine @ Little House On The Corner said...

Wow, what an amazing transformation! I absolutely love the dark panelled walls. They work so well with the grey (slate?) floor. I have some serious bathroom envy right now...

Laetitia said...

Bloody fantastic !!!! ( Bloody is a word i pick up here in the british country ! lol so i will apply it here ) BLOODY Hell i love it ! Love the ceiling i think its work great with the dark walls ! Like the texture of the panel of the side of the bath tub ( did you a sponge type works on it or its is the texture of the panel itself ? )
Also first time i noticed the "antic " vanities/drawers furniture in there as well :) ( i have something very similar that i kept from the French Tulip flower shop )
Very well done Caitlin ! i do hope that afterward you got to relax with a nice drink or 2 enjoy your work ! . ( i am the type of person that once i finished a room i will be the type that keep going in there and open the door just to look at it for pleasure lol .
PS: pouring rain here !
L-

C a i t l i n said...

Thanks. I was a little worried about clashing greys (since I also had to try to match the grey tones in the marble surround) but it seems it all worked out. The tile is porcelain and was the most affordable option when we built. I wish I had cut it into a herringbone pattern but then I guess it wouldn't have been so affordable to install! -Caitlin

C a i t l i n said...

Yes, there were several beers consumed in celebration and I do also keep going back into that room to check it out :)
The panel on the tub is marble baby!
That vanity was one of my first dumpster dives ever. I got it so long ago and it has been many colors since. It is not very well made and not that old but I have a strange attachment to it (check out this post http://www.theshingledhouse.com/2013/02/the-switcheroo.html) and you'll see why). -Caitlin

Laetitia said...

wow Marble ! :) that piece must weigh a ton !
yep i got most of my favorite furnitures from "Free to go home " on sidewalks in the city ! lol