Guess what?! We are THISCLOSE to having Our DIY House entirely painted! We only have a hallway and one more room to go.
The entire process has taken us about a week. I'd love to say that I completely DIY'd this project, but it's been more like "WTKWMFAHDIT" (Watching the Kids While My Friends and Husband Do It Themselves).
Honestly, I have felt a little frustrated at times that I can't get my hands more dirty during this finishing stage of our home, but I know that my baby girls need me right now - especially with all of this change happening. I'm blessed to be surrounded by friends and family that have been helping us finish and paint our home. Thanks to you all!
The girls and I tour the house on a daily basis (they already love all the space!) and I sneak out to the house most nights to get little things done here and there.
I've been very happy with how quickly the painting has gone and I attribute it to a few different factors. Want to know our secrets to painting an entire house quickly and easily?
Use a good quality primer & spray and back-roll it on.
We used Valspar's New Construction Drywall Primer from Lowe's which has excellent coverage and a smooth finish. My husband owns a paint sprayer, so he applied the primer that way and had someone following behind him, rolling the paint (this is called "back rolling"). Back rolling helps the paint stick to the walls and gives them a smooth finish. Spraying is really fast, but you do end up using more paint and you need to protect surfaces that you don't want sprayed.
Use a paint + primer product for quick coverage with one coat.
We decided to go with Valspar's Signature Paint + Primer from Lowe's for our coloured paint and I'm really happy with this decision. Not only did the coverage of this stuff amaze me, but the colours I chose are so lovely! We're only going to need one coat of paint for most places, and only small touch ups are needed in a few spots (it's a good idea to view painted rooms and many different times of day to catch glimpses of patches that need touch-ups). We chose to simply roll this paint on, and it's been quick because of its great coverage and the help of many friends! I also find that this paint has little odour, and the smell that it does have dissipates very quickly. Bonus!
Here's a sneak peek at our paint colours shot in afternoon light. I'm so happy with them and I can't wait to share with you the finished rooms!
One of my favourite moments of this build so far was when Little C first walked into her new room after it was painted this very electric purple. She gasped and smiled with amazement and I managed to catch it on camera! So much joy!
Do you have any DIY painting tips? Do you love or hate painting (I mostly love it - the transformation is so rewarding)?
(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lowe's Canada. The views and opinions expressed here are purely my own.)
This post is part of my "Our DIY House" series where I'll share with you my most exciting DIY ever - building a country house from the foundation up with my talented hubby! We're crazy, we're creative, we're on a limited budget and we're planning on having it finished in the Spring of 2013.