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Painting The Entrance

Apricot wall paint. When was apricot paint fashionable? ughhh

It's #FinishItFriday where I admit to yet another project that needs to be completed.

A while ago (okay, a long while ago) I started painting our entrance. Our entrance/hallway which has 6 doors, high ceilings, furniture and a constant flow of stuff is not the easiest of places to paint.

Add to that the fact our house is about a 100 years old, and painting is outright hard work. Preparing the walls takes a lot longer then in a newer house.

To prepare walls for painting usually you just need to wash them. In our house that's the least of your worries. You have to scrape off old paint, wallpaper and bad plaster, then you can sand, fill and sand again.

wallpaper, old paint and filler, hours of entertainment

By the time you've finished doing all of that there won't be any part of the wall that hasn't been sanded back negating any need to wash them, so that's a bonus, however you still have to remove all the plaster dust, which gets absolutely everywhere.

Once you've reconstructed, patched up the mouldings, corners and walls, you can proceed with the usual painting steps of masking up the doorways and cutting in the edges with a paint brush before getting out the rollers and doing the relatively fast and easy job of actually painting the walls.

And that's what I've been doing over the last couple of days.

Our entrance way is a funny sort of L-shape with a hallway part and a small sort of squarish bit at the end for all those doors.

When I painted the first section of our entrance I only did up to the height of the wall paper-strip, which is the same height as the doors. I had planned to use a different colour for the top part of the walls.

Since then we've purchased an extension pole for the paint rollers so I can reach those high spaces without having to muck around on top of a scary ladder. It took a bit of hunting but we also found a scraper and a sanding pad that attaches to the pole.

Which meant that this time I could paint right up to the ceiling (the ceiling is a problem for another day) so I will have to go back and do the top section of the wall I'd already painted. I also think using just one colour makes this small space feel bigger.

If I include that top bit plus the last remaining wall I still have the long part of the 'L' to paint, which you can sort of see off to the left in the below photo. The difference to the space is already huge despite the work that still needs to be done.

Painting right up to the ceiling makes the space look bigger

The entrance is a really dark part of the house - I had to add quite a bit of fill light to these shots - and still needs new light fixtures, however the paint has already brightened up the space. This time I was able to get a few shots to show you, thanks to the extra space at this end of the hallway plus the extra lighting from the adjoining rooms. The paint looks darker then it does in real life, it's almost white

I can hardly wait to get to work on finishing these walls.

Project started:

November 2014 - Entrance walls

Last worked on the project:

Yesterday

Still to do:

  • one more wall
  • top section of the first wall
  • everything that isn't walls
Paint makes a big difference to how a space looks and feels as well as how bright it is.

Update on Previous Projects


Was there progress?

No. The painting consumed all of my spare time and I've been good about keeping away from the crochet.

For those who have been following the progress of my silly shoulder complaints and might be concerned about the effects painting might have, I do have to be careful when painting as it can cause my subscapularis to flare-up, but it also helps to strengthen the muscles.

So long as I pay attention to what my shoulders are telling me I can push to the point my muscles start to complain but don't end up all inflamed or strained. Strengthening the muscles will help to rectify my bursitis which is currently keeping my crochet and computer time to a minimum (they are the sorts of receptive tasks that can cause bursitis.)

I've been sticking with my shoulder exercise regime and it's definitely helping, I just wish it were an overnight fix, sadly it's slow and steady and exercises from now until forever.

#FinishItFriday

That's it for another week of #FinishItFriday. Happy Finishing!


If you're working on your own UFO's use the hashtag #FinishItFriday on:
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I'll be looking for them to share but it always helps if you remember to tag me at Purfylle.

See previous Finish It Friday projects.

11 comments:

  1. Stella, wow! What a lovely difference!! So glad you can paint, without hurting yourself!!
    6 doors?????

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    1. Yes, 6 doors. The front door, the sewing room, bathroom, bedroom, dining and lounge. That's one of the reasons it's so hard to paint, or do the floors in there, it's such a highway.

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  2. Stella, I love the color and that you are finally making progress on the painting. I know all about hanging out on top of ladders and wobbling about. Good luck on the rest of the walls.

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    1. You're more then welcome to come and hang out on the top of ladders at my house. ;O)

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  3. Love the colour you chose, that's a nice, relaxing shade. It's nice to finish off some projects too - I've got a few paintings and drawings that needed touching up so I should do that soon! Thanks for all of the kind comments on my posts recently too. - Tasha

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    1. It looks rather blue for some reason but it's the closest to white you can get without it actually being white. I just wanted to add as much brightness as possible. I have a zillion and one projects that need finishing so it's nice to make time to focus on them. I'll be keeping an eye out for your art works. Thanks for dropping by ;o)

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    2. Definitely - no worries! Thanks for all of the lovely comments lately too.

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  4. Good luck with the decorating. Stick with it.

    Our Barn owls will hunt in daylight, especially at this time of year when they have 2-6 youngsters to feed and so catch more food. I posted more Barn Owls today on my blog. Thanks for visiting.

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    1. Decorating? I guess it is, I tend to think of it more as renovating considering the painting is such a small part of the process. I'll pop over and take a look at your owls.

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  5. Looking good! After all these years, paint still deceives me. I think "It'll be easy to slap on some paint!" If only there weren't 70 other steps you have to do BEFORE the painting part...

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