I bet you all were wondering why things had slowed “to a glacial pace” (to borrow a phrase from a friend) with the dining room project. Well, I think the rain has brought energy levels down to a pretty low ebb lately. But I rallied this past weekend and was able to make some progress despite not-so-ideal painting conditions—it was so cold and rainy last Sunday!
Here is a preview of the first coat of wall paint. I did all the detail work first, taking my time around the trim and windows, getting the hard stuff out of the way first. (Did I mention I did about five hours’ worth of prep too? I used about half a tube of caulk to fill in cracks around the windows, doors, baseboards, and upper trim. Why is it that the not-so-fun parts seem to take forever!)
The color I went with is called “Manchester Tan.”
When I finally got to the “rolling” stage, I started to feel like I was finally making progress.
Please ignore the big mess on the table. Remember, these are progress photos. Apparently, when I make progress, I seem to make a mess of my dining room too!
But I think in these last shots, you can begin to feel how it will come together…
Manchester Tan (aka Benjamin Moore Historical Color-81), I love thee.
Obviously, I still have to do a second coat on the walls and paint the trim to the seal the deal, but this should give you an idea.
I have to tell you that this paint is absolutely dreamy. I love working with it. Now I understand why so many of those fancy designers use Benjamin Moore paint. It’s like butter—really thick and creamy, with excellent coverage. I’ve used Sherwin-Williams paint throughout much of the house, and I’ve been very pleased with the results, but this is in a slightly different league, I think.
One of the other challenges I encountered during painting (in addition to the rain): how to sequester Bandito. You see, there’s no door between the kitchen and dining room, so I had to rig up a pet gate to prevent him from applying his white fluffy self to my freshly painted walls. He was not happy about this situation. Can you tell?
Stay tuned…I’m hoping to make more progress on the painting front this weekend. Cross your fingers for good weather.