I think we went through 6 GALLONS of Zinsser Bullseye 123 primer! And 2 gallons of Gripper.
But the priming is finally DONE!
And boy, what a different just one coat of primer has made in lightening, brightening and changing the atmosphere in some of the rooms!
Would you like to see?
The dining room wall went from this…
The “teal room” went from this…
to this! (Wow, that carpet actually doesn’t look half bad when it’s not fighting with aqua walls, does it? But it will still be replaced with something more neutral.)
The blah brown master bedroom before…
is already looking a little less dreary with just primer on the walls and baseboards.
The wallpapered office before…
and after wallpaper removal.
There are 13 wood doors in this house. Each and every one of those doors and all of the 5,000 miles of wood baseboards and door moldings needed priming.
Well…I’ll admit 5,000 miles of molding might be a slight exaggeration but, at my age, it sure FEELS like 5,000 miles when I am sitting on the floor with my legs curled up underneath me as I paint…and paint…and paint.
Now that the priming is done, I get to scoot around the house on my hands and knees a second time, applying crisp, white semi-gloss paint to all the baseboards and moldings.
After we got all the doors and moldings primed, I started to feel like we have finally turned a huge corner. In reality, there is a lot more painting ahead but now I can actually see we’ve made progress!
If all goes according to schedule, I hope to start putting color on the walls the day after Thanksgiving! I’m really looking forward to seeing how much “my” colors change the look and feel of each room.
At some point this week, I will try to take a break from working inside so I can take a few photos of all the progress outside.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 43 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 33.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.