Believe it or not, we’re not trying to get the entire house completed in two weeks! We are making a push, though, to get a bunch of big things checked off the to-do list. One of those big things is painting the studio…all of it. The walls, the floor, the ceiling, the trim. Buckets and buckets of paint. And painting like that is better done with help.
But first, this is a room that wasn’t insulated or climate controlled. That’s just not going to work when it’s 2 degrees outside. The climate control is coming, but earlier this week, we had it insulated. The floor and ceiling were both easily accessed, but the walls under the window had to be removed, insulated, and replaced. This may have been a more advanced DIY project, but we decided to hire it out, so it was done quickly and professionally.
The wall on the left is insulated, but we’re leaving the planking off until the heating/cooling unit is installed. We are going with a mini-split, so the existing HVAC system isn’t messed with. I’ll share more about it in another post.
With the bulk of the construction work done, we could start painting.
My mom and I were getting ready to paint and some of the neighborhood kids came over to play with the boys. Their older sister, who was babysitting them, also came over and asked if she could help. Well, girl, I can give you a roller and a paint shirt and put you to work! She was so cute and such a big help!
Ashley rolled high, my mom rolled low, and I did the cutting in (and the cracks).
We got about half of the studio walls and ceiling primed, but we ran out of primer, so we had to call it a day on the painting. It was probably a good thing, because my neck and shoulders were already protesting.
I wrapped the rollers and trays for the night, so we can use them again the next day. I sometimes do the same with brushes, but primer can get pretty crusty on brushes, so we washed those.
Speaking of the primer, the paint expert at my local paint store, Struves, suggested using a primer made for sealing cedar and other oily woods, but it was an oil-based primer. I really wanted to use something that was water based, so it’s less stinky and the clean-up is easier. I ended up using Fresh Start, High Hiding All-Purpose. I was so pleased with how it covered the wood. We ended up only needing one coat of primer and one coat of paint in most places.
The next morning, I was sore, but I was determined to get that ceiling done, so it was DONE. Painting a ceiling stinks and painting a ceiling with planks stinks even more, because each groove had to be hand painted. I considered pulling out my sprayer for this one, but with all of the windows and the furniture in the room, the overspray was a concern. So, it was rollers and brushes.
I worked on the ceiling while my mom worked on the walls. Together, we were able to get the ceiling, the walls, and the first coat of trim paint done.
I picked Benjamin Moore Aura paint in Eggshell for the ceiling and walls. The ceilings are Patriotic White and the walls are White Dove. The trim is in the bright white out of the can in Advanced Paint in Satin. The floor right now is just primed.
The Patriotic White has a hint of blue and White Dove is a warmer, creamy white. I like the play of the whites, the sheens, and the textures. I wanted it to be interesting, but subtle and neutral, since I’ll be using it for photoshoots. This section of wall will be a my prime shooting wall…
The light in this room is beautiful and I like how the texture of the cedar planking lends some texture to the white wall.
And my dad took down the ceiling fan and installed an antique chandelier that was hanging in my last studio. I love the warmth and sparkle it adds and it really brings the room to life!
Sooo…I normally wouldn’t paint the floor of a room with a piece of furniture in it, but this piece is so heavy and big that we need to just put it where it’s going to go and leave it there. We primed the floor and let it dry overnight before sliding the piece into place.
And this is how it looks with the floor primed…
Oh my gosh. I pictured this room painted, but now that I’m actually seeing it in person, I am so in love with this space!
I kept walking by the door, lingering to look in. (Yes, and cleaning those windows is on our list!)
I actually decided that I need to move the cabinet to center it on the left two windows. It’ll open up the right corner for my drafting table and my mom had a brilliant idea for under the windows on the left. It’ll involve more scooting, but at least I’m deciding before the floor paint goes down!
I’m going to do a few touch-ups around the baseboards tomorrow, but otherwise, we are going to walk away from this room and let that primer cure for a day or two.
My back needs some time on the heating pad and I could use a day out of paint clothes, but I feel like one of the biggest and hardest projects is mostly in the rearview mirror.