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I finally got my act together to take some pictures of the dining room! I am just in love with the way it all turned out.
First, here is what it used to look like – dated yellow and orange-y paint colors and oranage-y trim (I guess at least the paint matched the trim, right?).
And progress along the way:
And here is what it looks like now! (Did I mention, I’m in love??)
Overall, painting the trim was much easier that I anticipated. After doing some research we ended up with the following process:
- Wiped down all trim.
- Removed the varnish with a liquid sander (we used this one). I just would wet a clean rag pretty thoroughly and wiped on. No muss, no fuss! I went over everything twice, until it clearly felt like the varnish was gone (a bit rough to the touch).
- Applied one coat of primer.
- Painted (two coats) with Snowbound white paint by Sherwin Williams in semigloss.
- Then we caulked some of the spaces that the trim separated from the wall. In retrospect, we should have done this before painting, but it looks fine ultimately.
- Last but not least, we painted the walls (Repose Gray by Sherwin Williams)!
So glad it’s done! The white trim makes me so happy. Now, we’re doing the same to the baseboard trim and crown molding in the living room (we’re also painting the living room the same Repose Gray to make the spaces flow).
So if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be liquid-sanding all over the house! 😉