While the boys are working on the heavy lifting, I get to do some of the detail work. My goal is to get the half bath on the first floor done. Remember that dirty patriotic one from the update? Yea- that one. Don't remember? You're in luck- you'll get plenty of before pics later on in this post.
So first up is to clean it *shiver* and then fill holes, caulk, and finally paint. This home had a lot of holes to fill. It's a simple process. Remove any drywall anchors, sand the hole smooth, smear in the joint compound, and sand again. Caulking is absolutely optional. I really like the look when baseboards and other trim have been caulked, but to each their own.
This is joint compund. Think heavy pancake batter that you have only added half the recommended water to. It's cheap, it doesn't smell bad, and it works great.
This is a sanding block. My sandpaper attaches like velcro and stays put wonderfully! Highly recommended if you have a lot of sanding to do. *Note- If you get a block like this, you have to buy the sandpaper specifically made for that block.*
So this is a hole in my laundry room. It's ugly and I would like a smooth wall when I eventually paint. So I sanded it. Toss some joint compound in a mud pan and grab a putty knife to spread it.
The half bath had wallpaper on one wall. Despite our best efforts, that wall got TORN UP removing the wallpaper. Little tiny knicks everywhere. Here it is after filling holes. It looks like the room has a bad case of the chicken pox.
Then came picking paint. Have you ever walked into a paint store and said "I just need white paint." and then tried to actually pick one?! There are 4,345,618 colors of white paint (give or take 5). After spending 30 minutes looking at almost white, almost pink, and kind of grayish white paint colors I settled on this. Untinted. Just plain pure white! It's beautiful.
Our house has this awesome chair rail throughout the entire first floor and up the stairs into the second. It's gorgeous but needed a new coat of paint. Or 3. I expected white to easily cover white in 1 simple coat. I would be wrong- I'm usually wrong. It took 3 coats to really get it covered. Since any other paint color will cover white, I didn't tape off the trim. When I paint the wall color, it will cover the extra paint.
So that's where I leave you. Holes filled, trim painted.