What trim am I talking about? The living room windows and baseboards, of course.
|Without the "period" window treatments.|
Notice how the walls look so much more attractive with the white trim.
I had been railing on the doors recently, demanding we find new ones. But with a fresh white, I can live with what we've got...for now (P.S. looks yellow in the photo--it's bright white in real life).
Just kidding. We had a power outage last night, and this is the living room with no lights on in the morning. Cave, even with light paint on the walls.
We also painted in the dining room, including the door to the master bedroom.
|Door to the upstairs. BEFORE.|
And here I shall address the naysayers who are screaming at their screens, "How DARE you paint over that beautiful dark trim!"
I hate to break it to you this way, over the internets and all instead of face-to-face, but the trim was in sad shape. It had been refinished at some point by a well-meaning amateur. You know how you're supposed to apply stain and then wipe it off? There was no wipeage to be seen. You can see the brush strokes from the stain on every last window and door in the house. Then Cousin Larry applied shiny varnish to enhance the lovely (strange) strokes of brown. Beautiful from afar and ugly as you approach.
Anyway, the dark stain was bringing our house down. The white trim has lightened the feel of the two rooms so much that I could almost live with the color on the walls except that now I have spackle and paint samples all over them. So there shall be new paint.
To conclude I will give you a few tips on painting trim:
1) Do it first before painting the walls, that way you'll use less tape.
2) For the windows, if you have those little panes, start with a totally fresh brush. If it's a used brush, cut off any crazy bristles.
3) Use as little paint as possible for those tiny pieces. Drips will be a problem when you're putting coat after coat, so the less paint the better. At the same time, use enough that you get decent coverage.
4) Start with the little crevices first and end with the long strokes on the larger trim. It's so satisfying to put in those long strokes after needling into those corners and nooks and crannies. Consider it a stretch after doing 100 leg lifts.
5) If the wood is very dark, buy the thickest and nicest stain blocking primer you can afford. Last year, I tried out the "green" Kilz and honestly, it sucked. We used the Kilz Premium this time, and it's a much better product.
6) If you have more money than I, outsource this work to a professional. Or buy new windows that don't have the intricate detail!
Still left in the living room: Wall paint, ceiling installation, crown molding, and finding a large piece of art.