Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Painting the Guest Bedroom

Fun painting, but I am getting a little sea sick...
The guest bedroom - which was previously inhabited by a child who enjoyed bright colors and chalk boards - is just not our style.

As part of the cosmetic updates to the house, we're repainting the guest bedroom, replacing the carpet (Empire will be here as soon as we no longer need the room for a workshop), cleaning the closet doors and fixing the sliding glass doors so we don't have to seal off the 1-inch gap with painters tape anymore.

Please - bad men and large insects - let this thin blue tape keep you at bay. 

The paint job, as mentioned in a previous post, was hideous. Neon green and black chalkboard paint on one wall (below) and a modern sea of blue circles on the other wall (above).
As fun as it would be to welcome guests by chalkboard, this must go.
 We chose a blue/gray Behr Premium Plus eggshell paint called "Voyage" for the room (below). It's a modern complement to the blue color found in the original built-in cabinets next to the kitchen.
We like this paint color due to the slight hint of gray, which complements the aluminum details around the house
First step - removing the aluminum strips and patching the damaged walls (not shown).

Second step, priming the walls. They needed two coats of primer. Word to the wise: In the end, we wish we would have taken the Dads' advice and had the primer tinted! Don't make the same mistake we did.

Look at that fantastic technique. Dad was sure to point out when I had it wrong.  ;)
Next we painted! We learned a great tip from the dads for removing paint from your rollers at the end of the day. Just use a paint stirrer, press it against the top of the paint roller, and drag it down to push the extra paint back into the can. We saved ourselves from having to purchase an entire gallon of paint for touch ups! Every $25 matters...

After two days worth of aluminum removal, wall patching, priming, drying, more priming, painting, more touch ups, more painting... The guest room is painted and being used for door repair.

The aluminum strips will go back up as soon as we're finished removing the paint from the previous owners (neon green + chalkboard black + Voyage blue = thank you but no), but that task has ended up taking much longer than expected.

I like instant gratification. That attitude will get me nowhere with this house.
Next step - carpet installation and sliding glass door repair! Pictures of the finished product will be coming... next month?  :)


  1. I just found your blog and am so thrilled to see you documenting all of this! We own the Care-Free Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our bedroom is almost that exact shade of blue. We picked it because it so beautifully complemented the closet doors. Is there a way I can contact you? We have some other documents and articles you may be interested in.

  2. YES!! Please do!!! Our email address is - we can't wait to be in touch!!

  3. Grand Rapids Alcoa Care-free HomeApril 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Thanks! Look for a note soon!

  4. Ugh, Behr paint is the worst, soupy, and not very good quality, ask any painter. You need to go with a Benjamin Moore paint or Sherwin premium.

  5. I'd agree with Anonymous. If you're doing other rooms with anything colorful, go with a quality paint like Sherwin Williams. It's all about pigment density.

    I painted a wall dark red and tried the Behr route and it looks like Bambi exploded against the poor wall. Went to SW and they fixed me up with a paint mixed with tinted primer, quality rollers and showed me how to actually paint. One coat did the trick. The paint costs twice as much, but you use half the amount.

    We just moved in to a mid-century home and are repainting poor color choices (yellows and greens). Sherwin Williams just had a 40% off sale and we were able to get 25 gallons for almost half off.

    It might make sense to find out when they'll be having a sale again and stock up for when you plan on painting the rest of the place.

    Looking great!

  6. I'm so pleased (and envious) to see that the house has been purchased with restoration in mind.When talking to the previous realtor, it was suggested that the house may be purchased with the plan of sub-dividing the lot for two new constructions. I very much wanted the house, but my partner did not :-( Anyway, I collected some documents as well.... including all the names of previous owners, and there were quite a few. Do you have a copy of the original article featured on Steven's Web site? If not, it's in the stacks of the MaGrath Library, U of M, St. Paul campus. Also, just curious... I was in contact with several people who knew about the house; they talked about the need for replacing insulation in walls and ceilings. Also, I was told the cost of a complete restoration was equal to home purchase price? Good luck with your plans. Thanks for creating the blog! It'll be monitored with great interest by many people, I'm sure.