I don’t think it probably takes most people four or five months to redo a 10 x 10 room, but welcome to our world. Our sun porch revamp has quite possibly been the longest project ever, for us at least. There’s no real excuse or explanation other than it hasn’t been a priority. But we have been working on it. Seriously. What do we have to report? Painted window trim, a purchased stencil for the ceiling, and two options for ceiling paint colors.
The biggest feat to report is that Dain has finished painting the trim on the windows. It was a tedious job since he had to prime it and then paint two coats around all of those edges. The primer went smoothly, but when he got to the first coat of paint, Dain wasn’t loving it. The paint just wasn’t covering very well. We originally purchased Glidden paint. We are drawn to it because it is the cheapest at the Home Depot, but we always seem to have this lapse in memory forgetting that we don’t like the Glidden paint. We want to like it. We do. But it just doesn’t work for us. So we tell ourselves never again, but then we do it. I think we have finally learned our lesson because after the first coat we went back to the Depot and picked up Behr paint in Decorator White for our second coat. According to Dain, this paint worked like a charm and gave it a much nicer look.
As we eluded to in an earlier post here, we did end up buying this Moroccan themed stencil from the Royal Design Studio. It’s called the Large Marrakesh Trellis. It seemed easy in theory, but now that we have it at our house, the thought of stenciling the whole ceiling is a little more daunting….for Dain. Since there’s no way in hell he would ever let me paint let alone stencil our ceiling. It seems complicated and neck-kink inducing. We need to purchase a one inch stencil brush as well as spray-on stencil tack to make the stencil lay flat against the ceiling as Dain works. But the most pressing issue for us is what color to stencil it since it’s going to be a lot of work, and Dain will only be doing it once. So we decided to test out the stencil on large sheets of paper first in two different colors we’ve chosen.
One is Warm Spring in Behr paint from the Home Depot, and the other is Turkish Teal in Hirshfield’s paint. For our testing, Dain used a smaller stencil brush from his art supplies.
Here he is testing out the Turkish Teal, which looks way more washed out in this photo than in person.
When they were done, he taped them up to the ceiling so we could get an idea for what they look like against the Mango Madness paint on the walls. Here’s a look at the Turkish Teal.
And here’s the Warm Spring.
Here they are together.
What do you think? We are leaning towards the Turkish Teal since we think that complements the Mango Madness better, which photographs a lot darker than it is. Dain is hoping I take my sweet time in deciding which color I love so that he can delay the stenciling process, but ladies and gentlemen, it will be happening. Soon.