The paint came in the mail on Thursday and we began priming the molding and walls on Saturday afternoon. I decided not to prime the whole room. I want to make sure I like the final color and hopefully we’ll figure out some tricks to retain the detail in the molding in the process. Farrow & Ball paints all have different complimentary primers formulated to enhance the top coat color. I really like their paints because they use natural ingredients such as chalk, lime putty, linseed oil and china clay. All of their paints are water based and low in odor and classified as either low or minimal VOC.
Before we got started I opened up all the windows and wiped down the walls and molding with a damp rag. I wanted to be sure all the dust from sanding was removed and I had a clean surface to apply the paint. I taped off the ceiling with blue tape and began painting the molding with a brush. I tried to take my time and be really careful painting the detailed flutes. I didn’t want to overload my brush and gunk up it up but using a 2″ brush was causing major problems.
I got frustrated which caused Greg to be annoyed and spout non-helpful phrases, I thought you knew what you were doing, just help! Me: Really because I went to school for painting? Followed by me yelling; Don’t hover over me and tell me I’m doing it wrong, just help me! I’m sure the whole neighborhood heard because the windows were wide opened. If I was walking by I would have burst out laughing! What couple doesn’t bicker when they’re working on projects together? We both calmed down and Greg came up with the idea to use a short bristled brush and dry brush the paint onto the molding; kinda like a stencil brush.
His method seemed to work so we finished the day priming the rest of the molding on the wall. On Sunday, I primed the walls using a roller. It looks like I’m going to need another coat because the paint samples I tried out are still visibly. While I was painting the walls I also noticed we have some gaps between the lower molding and the wall. We’ll have to come up with a solution to fill these gaps and then I’ll give the walls another coat.
As the primer went up I got really excited to see how nice the room will look cleaned up. I will miss the glow of the wood molding but once the floors are done the room will warm back up. Stay tuned…