Learning to paint

Learning to paint

I realized now is the best time to paint the exterior and I’ve been painting since yesterday afternoon. It’s only a 12×12 room. Why is it taking me so long? I am now considering to hire a contractor and  an exterior painter from the painters dublin company for the interior and exterior painting of the house. My dining room was (of course) covered in wall paper, then I took it down only to find another layer behind it. Foolishly, I tackled the 2nd layer on one wall before learning that it was a very, very bad idea. I stopped with the one wall and just removed the top layer off the other 2 walls. The previous owners primed over the deepest layer of wallpaper, so why I tried to remove that too, I have no idea.

As a beginner, you will systematically learn to paint in oils, acrylics or watercolors, one step at a time, and see your paintings steadily improve. According to OpCentral the world of MOOCs (short for “massive open online courses”) is a booming one, featuring more than 10,000 online courses listed by 800 different universities. And there are plenty of enticing offerings when it comes to the visual arts.

Anyways, the one super-damaged wall made me want to absolutely quit and hire someone to do it. Oh wait, I don’t have the moolah to hire someone…shoot. Thanks to youtube and Home Depot, I had the gist of what I was supposed to do to repair torn sheet rock (learn more here on the materials). Most tutorials only talk about a small patch to be repaired….ummmm…what about an entire wall? Well, I went after it anyways. I applied one coat, sanded it down 3 WEEKS LATER (I got a little distracted with moving and tv crew and such), then applied a second coat to the still uneven areas.

Spackling pro!

WARNING: sanding spackle causes A LOT of dust. Make sure you hang sheets to keep the room isolated!

The wall is the best I can get it, which doesn’t say a lot.  I finally just decided to prime and paint it, then if it is still noticeably uneven I’ll either hang a lot of picture frames, or put up a really nice wallpaper as an accent wall-gasp! Did I just say wallpaper?  Eek!

When the HGTV crew left they left some different paints and stains in our basement.  They were either what was left of what they used or colors that they decided not to use.  I browsed around and found 2 pints of a beautiful light grey/green and decided that it was perfect for the dining room!  
Way to help us out again, Layla & Kevin!

A fresh coat of white went on the trim and paneling.

And now I’m just waiting for the primer and edging to dry so I can continue on!

Time for a break….see ya!


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