Since it's officially summer, this weekend I decided to delve into my self-proclaimed "summer project" by painting the guest room/office. Since the walls in here don't have a lot of windows or other interruptions, I figured I'd get out the paint roller and have the project wrapped up in time to relax on Saturday evening. That, however, was before I discovered the mess behind that "little" crack under the window.
As soon as I introduced it to sandpaper, the wall began crumbling under my hand. It would have been an awesome Hulk-like moment except for the sinking feeling in my stomach, as well...so much for my simple one-day painting project. I have no idea how the former homeowners created this...the paint peeled off in sheets as if it was wallpaper, which it definitely wasn't - maybe they painted when the plaster was still wet? That plaster was a whole different problem - it had separated from the underlying layer (which was the plaster original to the house) and just chipped off as soon as I touched it. Long story short, within about ten minutes I had this mess:
I tried to convince myself that this aged look works great in Tuscany!
Thank God for This Old House (they should print bumper stickers with that slogan). Before I allowed myself to dream up the need to call a contractor, their instructions on repairing plaster calmed me down.
So I began the task of rebuilding.
I'd learned to love joint compound when I had to fix the wall in the dining room - before that, I would have thought that "joint compound" was in the same aisle as Metamucil - but this was a massively different scale. It was actually a little fun. I felt like Picasso, using a plastic spatula to slop up massive amounts of good then smooth it out into something
Then came the drying time. After a full day of work on Saturday, my "quick" project looked like this:
And the rest of my house looked like this:
Sunday I tackled more joint compound and spackle - I never knew how thrilling it could be to use primer, but after more than 24 hours of waiting for my new wall to dry it was pretty exciting to use a paintbrush.
And then lastnight I finally got to get out my paint! I still need to touch up some of the trim but this room now is somewhat breathtaking, if I do say so myself.
It's not this green but thanks to a wonderful, very welcome day of clouds the lighting is odd today.
Still to come: art and decor!
I'm sharing this with Thrifty Decor Chick's "July Before and After Party," though I think this is more of a "before and during" project.