[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith a day free, I finally got round to checking off another To-Do on my never ending list of home improvements. Last time, I repainted the kitchen to update it. This time round, I was determined to give our living room a spruce up! I had it in my mind that I wanted to paint the feature wall, with the defunct fireplace, a rich, deep black and so I took the plunge.
Here is the Before photo featuring the ceiling light that Robin and I have been arguing about for 5 years. We both hate it but can’t agree on what to replace it with. And so it stays while we are in ugly light purgatory. The previous owners of the house painted the walls in here a light sagey green/grey, which was so subtle it didnt really bother me. I had painted the feature wall Dulux’s Perfectly Taupe a few years ago- a lighter variation of the Dusted Damson I was a fan of! I was on a mission to cover everything in a fresh bright coat of white paint- something fresh and clean!
Here’s the first coat of black paint and the first coat of white paint. I used 2 coats of black paint to make sure I covered the entire wall- I wanted a really opaque finish. It was easy, I finished the wall in a little over an hour. The main walls, however, were a different deal. It took me three days. Three loooooong days of painting 3 coats of white paint all over the walls. I suddenly remembered why I had put it off for so long. I wanted to throw the roller out of the window by the end of it.
And here’s the AFTER! I’ve still got a few bits to go. The radiator needs to be repainted and so do the skirting boards- my arch nemesis in this house-to match the all white look I want. Honestly, magnolia paint should be banned from production! The previous owners were mega magnolia fans AND of gloss. Yikes! In the meantime, I am loving my mini makeover- So fresh, so clean!