We moved in two years ago and the people selling it clearly got someone cheap in to paint the entire house, woodwork and all, in cream matt paint and not very well either. This is fine as it lets you see the rooms as a blank canvas and let us live in them until we could see what they needed to brighten them up and make them our own.
So I started with our formal dining room. In an old house we painted the entire dining room in a dark red/claret colour which we loved and really gave the room some depth. We wanted to incorporate this colour into our current dining room but I felt that the room needed some lightness to it as well.
This is where someone elses mistake actualy helped me choose my scheme. We had a decorator give the kitchen and family room a coat of paint as we wanted it done quickly as we use these two rooms the most. We chose the colour Valspar 3001-10B Milk Toast but the decorator got his quantities wrong and we were left with a ton of paint. As it is quite expensive I wanted to incorporate some of it into my dining room scheme.
So lets see what we started with. The actual walls were in pretty bad shape with a number of cracks and areas where wallpaper had been removed and just painted over without refinishing the wall. So I took my time and went over and over the walls until I was 100% satisfied that my "canvas" was as perfect as I was ever going to get it.
This is a view from the window end of the room. We love the table as it is so big and it has a further extension so can fit about 10 people comfortably.
What the room did have was this detail on the bottom half under the dado rail. Some paneling that I knew could be made to pop out and really give the room some depth.
Command Picture Hanging strips as I did not want to make holes in the walls and I needed the flexibility of being able to move them around as I add other photos to the wall.
This project drove home a number of lessons.
1) Primer is very important and I will always buy Valspar brand paint and primer mix instead of the Olympic Latex paint on it's own.
2) I hate taping off edges but it is so important for a clean finish. Putting the blue edging tape around the panel detail took over twice as long as the actual painting but it is worth it.
3) The preparation being 90% of the project is so true. The painting is just the finishing and it is so important to spend a lot of time getting your surfaces perfect to make a better end result.
4) Who needs a gym, just get your workout while improving your house.
5) It is great fun and the feeling of achievement at the end is worth the work while saving all that money on hiring in decorators.
I hope you like it and look forward to hosting a number of people to dinner in our new and improved Dining Room.