Slowly but surely we are working on painting the trim in our house. It’s such an overwhelming task that we decided that this year we would start on small areas and just do that zone before moving on to the next zone.
Here’s our list of zones that we have already done:
- first floor hallway
- dining room
- laundry room
- first floor bathroom
- office bathroom
- Will’s room
- Weston’s room
- Kid’s bathroom
And here’s the zones we still need to tackle:
- living room
- reading room
- upstairs hall
- guest bedroom
- guest bathroom
- master bedroom
- sitting room
- master bathroom
- Will’s sink room and closet
- Weston’s sink room and closet
- play nook
And that doesn’t include the basement or the fact that ALL the ceilings need painted. See what I mean about overwhelming? It’s like assisting the birth of an elephant….you are excited when it’s finally over and you haven’t been crushed alive.
So the next zone on our list was to do the upstairs hallway…
That’s an original-when-we-moved-in shot!
Here’s the view from our master bedroom. The hall leads from the stairs to our room and the boys rooms. I wasn’t planning on tackling the other end of the hall…that would put me over the edge.
The little landing area right across from our bedroom doors has gotten a quickie update (nothing that is permanent)…from the before…
to the after:
And now that the hall has been painted and the trim has gotten a few coats of white, here is the current look:
As you can see, I turned the cubbies sideways and I think it feels much more organic….plus everything is way more fresh and clean with the new paint. I’m always so astounded with how drastic the white trim really is. I love the bright white look and the cream colored trim just doesn’t do it for me.
We get the question really often about how we paint it. The process is pretty simple and very bullet-point friendly so here we go:
- wipe down all the trim with deglosser (the biggest and most inexpensive can of deglosser available at Lowe’s is what we use)
- paint all the trim with a coat of primer (we’ve used all of them…our favorites are Zinnsser and Kilz)
- paint all the trim with at least three coats of paint (bright white untinted paint in semi-gloss – it’s sometimes called brilliant white or brightest white)
After the trim is done, I paint the walls and Jeremy usually tackles the ceiling (he obviously hasn’t done that yet here – #kendallyouhadonejob) and then we change out the electrical outlets and switches to bright white (he has done that but it’s not pictured).
I was a little nervous that the animal print runner would look weird in the hall after we painted but it still looks fine to me. I got it online at RugsUSA during one of their sales and I’m thinking it might look good in the living room after it’s painted 🙂
The wall color is the exact same one we used in the downstairs hall. It’s Stingray by Benjamin Moore in eggshell finish.
I was so excited about finishing this area that I went out and got my Maxxinista on. I got this cute little tiled tray in the clearance section for $9. It looks great with my very low maintenance plant (yes, it’s fake…very very fake). I also plopped a little piggy bank on here as this is a catchall for things that get stuck in the boy’s pockets before the clothing gets tossed in the hamper.
So excited to check that one off the list. Putting the hall in halleluiah! Next Jer and I are talking about tackling the staircase ::DAUNTING:: and then comes the living room (two stories!!!). We shall see how that all turns out!