Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Make it BLUE!

I mentioned this a while ago (read about it here), but sometimes home improvements happen because a repair is needed rather than an upgrade.  It was sometime earlier this fall that Jason leaned over a baby gate and used the wall for support.  Sadly the wall just wasn't up to the challenge and we were left with a wall to repair.  There's a whole long story about termite damage, but I'll say that it's amazing the wall lasted as long as it did.
To repair the wall, the first thing we did was to excavate a bit.  Because the wall busted due to termites, we knew we should see how far the damage went.  Little by little, Jason chipped away at the crust of plaster until we had a hole that was about 3 feet tall and probably a foot and a half wide.  It was a HUGE mess.

Jason cut a piece of drywall and screwed it in place.  He used mesh tape to seal the seams with the existing plaster walls and then started in with a first layer of joint compound.  

Now one thing to notice is that the plaster & backer board walls are a lot thicker than the drywall, so a lot of joint compound was needed to make the patch flush with the wall. A.  Lot. The first few courses of compound took a few days to dry fully.  It was ok though.  He did one after work, then one a few days later.  It's not a good way to go if you're in a huge hurry, but by investing 20 minutes here and 20 minutes there, he could get it done.
The patch was officially complete midweek last week!  YES! 

The finishing touch for a patched wall is generally to prime & paint the patched section.  We were out of the green paint, and really I was over the color so I picked out a new one and sent Jason to Home Depot.  Here's a progress shot after I did some cutting in -- 

I don't know if I'm a very slow painter, but it took me about 4 hours to cut & roll out the whole room.   At the end of the day I was sore, tired, but very satisfied with the color and how it looked.   (the color is Basin Blue - Finneran & Haley).  When the color was being rolled on, Jason kept saying it was purple.  It isn't purple.  It's grayish-blue.

Yes, the curtain needs to be re-hemmed.

So there we have it - this marks the 3rd color we've used in this room since moving in way back in 2007.  
How often do you change paint colors?  
Do you agonize over the choice or do you just pick something and go with it?


  1. Your new room looks beautiful! As far as painting...I love painting and repainting and painting some more...BUT right now I'm re-doing my dining room, living room and its taking a bit to decide. Check out my blog if you would like to see my color choices:)
    Happy Blogging,

  2. I looooovvvveeee itttttt! It goes so well with your blue chandelier, too! And no, you are not a slow painter. It took me at least one full day (8 hours) to paint our dining room (two coats). I agonize over the paint color, because once it's up, I'm not repainting!! I don't mind painting, actually, but I only want to do each room once.

    1. I'm amazed, but we got pretty good coverage with just one coat of Behr paint & primer in one from Home Depot.

      I don't mind the painting, but I do hope to paint other rooms before I come back to change this one again!

  3. Love the new color, nice way to make a boring repair less boring :)



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