Now that plastering our fourth bedroom is complete and the new plywood floor is installed, we’re super excited to be able to move onto the more fun part of getting this room finished and we’re starting with painting – everything.
Whilst our room doesn’t look like this any more, it’s still a long way off completion.
We’d really like to be able to use this room for a few different purposes, so we wanted to create a room that is fairly neutral but that will also be nice for when our nephews and niece come to stay.
We knew from the start that we wanted to paint our floor white and if you follow us on Facebook, you may have already seen that we narrowed down our colour choice for the walls to soft blue-greys and greens.
We really liked all of them, but decided that Borrowed Light was too similar to the paint colour in our guest bedroom next door and that Pavillon Blue was just too light and wouldn’t contrast enough with the white floor. We both really liked Theresa’s Green, but as we were planning to paint the ceiling in the same colours as the walls thought that it may be a bit dark. So, the winning colour is (insert drumroll here) Pale Powder.
It’s a lovely soft green with grey undertones. It has a really calm feel and is lovely and fresh without feeling cold. As you can see, we painted the floor, too (more on that soon!).
Painting everything in the same colour also has the advantage that you save time as there’s no need to do any detailed cutting in which, considering I finished painting the room the day our guests arrived, had to be a good thing.
Painting new plaster is different to painting any other painted surface as it soaks up any moisture much quicker. If you’re wondering about how to paint newly plastered walls, this is what we always do:
- Let the walls thoroughly dry for at least a week (much longer if you can)
- Prime the walls with watered down emulsion first we use roughly 1 part paint to 4 parts water
- Prime the walls again – if we’re painting the walls and ceiling in light colours, we add one full coat of white emulsion paint on top of the watered down emulsion and then apply your chosen paint colour as normal
- Apply two coats of your chosen paint finish. It gives you a much more even finish than if you apply just one coat of paint
As we’d hoped, the slight bow where we had to repair the ceiling is much less noticeable now, too. Painting the ceiling and the walls in the same colour has definitely helped disguise it a bit.
I personally love painting. It’s such an easy way to transform a room and whilst our colour choices are usually fairly neutral and safe, a new coat of paint is something that always seems to make a huge difference to the whole feel of a room.
Here’s how we’re getting on so far and what we still have left to do.
- Strip wallpaper – done.
- Move boiler – done.
- Replace lintel – done.
- Replace window – done.
- Add architrav around new window
- Repair ceiling – done.
- Plaster walls & ceiling – done.
- Repair floor – done.
- Strip & paint (or replace) skirting boards
- Strip & paint doorframe
- Lay new floor – done.
- Paint walls – done.
- 2nd Fix electrics
We’re obviously didn’t quite manage to completely finish the room in time for our guests, but we did manage to get the room finished enough to make it useable. It’s super annoying to not be able to hide the steel over the window yet. We’re still waiting for it to be signed off, which should really be happening any day now. We’ll also be sharing the details on painting our plywood floor soon.
Do you also set yourself unrealistic deadlines and try to finish a million projects before you have visitors? What do you think about painting the ceiling the same colour as your walls?