Take a journey with me back to February, would you?
Don’t worry. You don’t have to actually go back to the time of snow and cold and dark.
Just remember back in February when we painted the foyer, kitchen and hallway.
Now let’s go back a little bit further to January when I posted my 2014 Home Goals, and I said I wasn’t going to paint the living room this year.
Well, I lied… kind of.
The kitchen, hall, foyer and living room all run together, so I planned to paint them all the same colour. Knowing that I wanted to set up my bookshelves this year, back in February Matt and I painted one wall of the living room–the wall I planned to put the bookshelves on. I figured once my shelves were set up and full of books, I wouldn’t want to take everything down again to paint behind them.
So the living room has looked a little bit like this for the past six months. Stylish, I know.
Well, the thing is, when I started the bookshelf makeover this month, I realized that if I put the shelves where I originally planned, we wouldn’t have room to walk around the couch and into the dining room. I decided to put them on the opposite wall. A wall which was unpainted. Whoopsie-doodle.
So my August project report goes something like this.
Put the bookshelves that had gotten damaged in the move back together. Took the big fat bookshelf apart, cut it in half and rebuilt two new sets of shelves. Added iron-on edging to the new shelves where I needed to. Stripped the paint off the TV stand. Raised the TV stand by half an inch and added trim around the bottom. Painted the TV stand. Realized I was going to have to paint the living room.
Here’s some evidence that I did actually do some work on the bookshelves.
Despite my progress, the bookshelves are kind of on hold right now. They’re all set up in the guest room ready to be painted. However, I’ve shifted my attention to the living room.
The prep process is exactly the same as what we had to go through for the hallway:
Pull out nails where pictures were hung. Take off cover plates. Sand the incredibly rough walls. Patch holes and divots. Wipe down the trim.
- Paint the trim.
- Prime the walls.
- Paint (two coats).
The living room is both simple and complicated to paint. Complicated because it’s a vaulted ceiling that requires a big ladder to reach the top of the wall. Simple because on the two walls I’m painting, there is an archway on one and a patio door on the other. The actual wall space is minimal.
And yes, you read that correctly. I am painting only two walls. Of the four walls in the living room one is already painted (as you saw) and the other contains the fireplace. I am not painting around the fireplace until we’re done whatever we do with the fireplace.
So my August project is another bit of a fail. I did manage to get the TV stand completely finished though. I’ve put it in place, even though we’ll likely have to move it when we paint. I had to finish something this month.
What did you accomplish this month? Have you ever gotten mid-way through a project and only to find your to-do list has grown?