The basement was never a pretty place but I was so sure that when I removed the wallpaper, it would at least give us a nice, blank canvas. The paneling we found beneath (darn you, whoever installed the paneling, then filled the gaps and friggin' wallpapered over it) was a little wonky but we were past the point of no return. We barreled ahead with our spit and polish plan and got some textured paint. I know, I'm sorry. But the adjacent wall is already textured so we thought it might helped the paneled walls blend in.
It did. But painting on that textured finish wounded my soul.
|Post-wallpaper and pre-textured paint|
After making sure no wallpaper residue remained, I let the wall dry overnight. Then I applied the textured paint (FlexRock) using the requisite 1990s-Debbie-Travis-esque roller. You have to be really random with the rolling. No W's or V's.
Warning: this paint is dense and heavy and droplets fly (it seems to aim for your eyes and any place you were lazy with the drop cloths) so, if you're jonesing for some textured walls, be really generous with the drop cloths and wear some dorky DIYer safety gear!
I waited two days for it to dry and then applied a coat of the same paint I'd been using for the other walls. I wished I had done a second coat of texture-y goodness, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it.
In the end, after all my crabby belly-aching, it looks . . . cute. Especially with the little sumthin' sumthin' we hung on it . . .
Even though the laundry room - the biggest part of the makeover - is still rough and the rest of the basement is a mess, with half finished projects everywhere, I tidied and started to decorate one corner. It felt silly to have this one pretty corner, but it really motivated me to finish the rest when I come home. A "reveal" photo very soon!
Have you given your home any bad design medicine? Something you hated doing but ultimately looked better?