As you may recall, our friend Derek grew up in this room and it looks the same as it did when he was little. And as much as I love my Kansas Jayhawks, I knew the wallpaper had to come down like the nets did in 2008.
When I painted the upstairs hallway (walls: BM in Stonington Grey, trim and doors: BM Advance in white) I went ahead and painted the nursery door and closet doors.
After painting the doors, closet doors, and the walls below the chair rail, it was time to look at the border that surrounded the room.
Then I scored the wallpaper with the plastic knife after it had soaked for a while.
It came off a lot faster and easier than I thought it would!
When it soaked longer, I could pull off huge chunks without using the scraper.
Ta-da! No more wallpaper.
After all the wallpaper was removed I painted the trim from off-white/banged-up to bright white. It's waaaay easier to cut in with wall paint than vice versa. Plus, I could paint outside of the lines knowing I would cut in with the wall paint very soon.
I changed up the order of painting for specific reasons. The trim paint requires 16 hours between coats (Ahhh! I'm too impatient for that). However, the wall paint only requires 2-4 hours between coats. I didn't want this project to drag out for too long, so here's how I did it:
- paint 1st trim coat
- paint 1st wall coat without overlapping wet trim paint that is on the wall
- wait 2-4 hours (i.e. take a nap, stuff my prego face)
- paint 2nd wall coat
- paint 2nd trim coat early the next day
- paint 1st and 2nd coats of cutting in with Hale Navy later in the day (not necessarily 16 hours later, more like 6)
There you have it, the walls have been prepped and painted. Most people don't get too excited about painting walls but I sure do. There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint - especially when going from red and white to a bold, navy blue.
Next up… refinishing a $50 Craigslist dresser.