Renovation Project 2016: Part 3

With this huge undertaking of renovating a whole house, I am finding myself jumping from room to room trying to stay busy. I mean I want to maximize my time on this project and be productive, and I keep reminding myself to stay focused on one thing at a time – possibly one room at a time. Sometimes easier said than done. 🙂 First up, I wanted to update you that we were so happy that the area in the garage, where we had the water problem, was fixed!!

I am very nervous on a ladder, and this house has a lot of vaulted ceilings. So, I had some help with the painting of the tall ceilings. The prep began with vacuuming the recessed area of the living room/kitchen and then some of the ceiling as well. The house had been closed up and black dust had blown in from the AC unit. After the dirt was cleaned up, this whole space was painted and turned out great! As I mentioned before, we chose to use Olympic One from Lowe’s for the ceilings. And, I can’t say enough how I love that with Olympic One it goes on pink and dries white. So pleased!!!

My son and I focused on the second bedroom as the first room to tackle painting. Clayton III had never painted before, so this was a good learning experience for him. I have painted many times, but it took a little bit of time to remember the ins-and-outs. As we prepared to paint the bedroom, first up was painting the ceiling. I made sure that the ceiling was clear of debris and dust, and started by going around the perimeter with a brush. While I did the cutting in, my son rolled on. The room is about 10 x 10, and it didn’t take long for us to be finished with this process. Mudding in areas that needed it and taking off  the outlet covers was done. After a light sanding of the mudded sections a little while later, we turned our attention to priming the walls.

Our selection for primer was Valspar PVA Primer from Lowe’s. We picked it because of the low VOC and low odor factor. All of my family has allergy problems, and it is just better in general to use paints that have low VOCs or no VOCs! VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compound. Definition from the Minnesota Department of Health: Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, other VOCs have no odor. Odor does not indicate the level of risk from inhalation of this group of chemicals. There are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives. In the past, so many paints and primers gave off such strong odors that I immediately got a headache from it. It is so great that these days we all can choose from a variety of paints that are better for everyone’s health!

Back to the painting, we stuck with the same method, I cut in with a brush while Clayton III rolled on the paint. I was very satisfied with it. It was nice to not have to worry so much about the paint spilling over on the baseboards or ceiling, as we just left the primer white.

More next time! 🙂