Prepping for paint…

I mentioned wanting to remove the wallpaper and paint in the livingroom in a previous post, but have not been keeping you up to date on the progress made. The paper removal was tough, but nowhere near as bad as I though it would be. After reading Young House Love’s wallpaper removal technique reviews, I decided to use a spray bottle with warm water and a tiny bit of washing up liquid to soak the wallpaper, 1 meter wide sections at a time, and then simply scrape the paper off with a spackel knife. Most of it came off in large pieces whereas other parts were more stubborn and required more elbow grease. It’s insane how much material you actually remove!

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Yes, we have bin bags that look like Christmas puddings. Who doesn’t? How to make the bin men smile in August:

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Cute huh? :)

Anyway, it took about 5 hours to get to this stage:

LivingRoomPrepPaint1That’s how the room was painted before the wallpaper went up. I’m impressed with how immaculate the paintwork actually was behind the wallpaper!

LivingRoomPrepPaint2The walls did need repairing in quite a few places, especially behind the sofa (see pic above) where there used to be a fake fireplace, semi bricked into the wall (WHY???). Mr Man removed the fireplace within a month of moving into the house. Over time, the patching up he did then had sunken further into the wall, so more spackel was needed! I spent almost an entire day spackling, the fireplace and the rest of the room – especially around the doorways where the plaster came off with the wallpaper.

LivingRoomPrepPaint9What? What fireplace?

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We all know what comes after spackling: Waiting. For the damn thing to dry. And then some more wating. And THEN sanding. Messy messy job! But, once every wall was as smooth as a baby’s bottom (well, almost anyway), it was time to paint! Oh no, hang on, masking tape comes first. I try to freehand as much as possible and have stopped using masking tape in the ceiling for example. But when it comes to power sockets and light switches, it’s just a lot easier to use masking tape. I have perfected a technique for this:

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Oh, it’s so neat, make my little OCD heart beat faster! :)

After two coats of primer, I was here:

LivingRoomPrepPaint14It was unbelievable how BRIGHT the room felt! Bright and airy. It made me nervous to think that I was goin to paint it in a darker colour again… But let me tell you – the second I started on the grey I. Fell. In. Love! Stay tuned for after pictures!