Finished repainting the living room

by Mars
Living room painting

We have finished repainting the living room, a project we undertook on wet and rainy days this summer when work outdoors wasn’t possible. The previous owners were terrible painters and the walls, upon close inspection, were patchy, so it was good to get this room done.

We repainted the entire living room, walls, beams and ceilings, and it looks much lighter, cleaner and neater. For us, the key to painting is having the right equipment and a good quality paint.

We used an assortment of rollers from Harris to achieve the final outcome. We really like Harris products because they’re reasonably priced, are good quality and last a long time.

We used round brushes from Diall to get into all the crevices and tight spaces between the beams and ceiling, and then different sized rollers to paint the underside of beams, the ceiling and main walls.

I’ll be honest. Painting the beams and the ceiling was tedious. Walls are an absolute breeze by comparison. Even when standing on a ladder, you’re constantly having to look up, and my neck would begin to ache and pull after lengthy sessions.

This experience made something else a lot clearer to me. Michelangelo was not being cool or trendy by lying on his back to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. I think he was being practical and did what he had to do to avoid looking up and experiencing neck pain for years.

Relatively speaking, repainting the living room was a sizeable project in the end because of the ceiling and numerous beams, but we’re glad it’s done; it looks refreshed and the horribly patchy paint job we inherited is gone.

On the subject of paint, since moving in, we’ve come Dulux Professional paint converts. Their products are thick, easy to apply, and go an incredibly long way. We’ve now repainted about three-quarters of our house since moving in and can’t speak highly enough about their paints.

Before

After

6 comments

popsiclesociety 25 August 2020 - 01:43

So cozy 😍

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Sheila Murrey 25 August 2020 - 02:57

Very lovely! 😉

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Nigel 25 August 2020 - 16:13

Good job, looks great, but then decorating photos from that distance always do! In my experience the two most important things for a quality finish are preparation and painting in good light. I tend to do as you have done and pick indoor jobs when the weather’s not good, but a grey rainy day can be a terrible choice for painting. I’ve found the best brush for cutting in for emulsion is an angled synthetic brush. Wooster is my choice.

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vinneve 27 August 2020 - 03:26

I like the minimalist design and colour!

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Luffy 27 August 2020 - 09:09

Wow, that looks gorgeous. Just like something out of Country Living! Lovely colour scheme, and great paint job. Fancy popping up to the Isle of Skye next year and doing ours?! 😉

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Mars 27 August 2020 - 10:29

Thank you Luffy, very kind of you to say. Kirsten’s eye for colour and interior decoration never ceases to amaze, and it’s brought a clean, airy feel to the room. Very pleased with the way it turned out.

I think we’ll pass on your enticing offer. 😅 We’ve had our fill of painting to see us through to 2030. 😀

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