It took one coat of primer on the baseboards and walls, then a second coat over just the black squares to get to this point:
And I was nervous. Since I still haven’t decided precisely what to do with this room (other than put a bed and all my knitting stuff in there and use it as a craft storage space masquerading as a guest room) I figured white would be the best option for the moment. That way if I decided to do something light and airy, I wouldn’t have to go through the whole excessive priming nightmare again. And if I decide to go dark navy, well, someone else can prime over it if they hate it after we move out. Neener neener.
White, though, does not provide quick and easy coverage over darker colors. These shots don’t show it as well as I’d hoped, but those ghostly squares were a leeeetle bit more visible that I’d hoped they’d be at this point. The baseboards and other trim were still noticeably black (you can see this best in the bottom right corner of the photo below). I worried the gallon of Behr’s Ultra Pure White we had purchased wouldn’t be sufficient.
But it was.
I had enough paint for two heavy coats on the walls (in eggshell), two coats on the baseboards (in satin, which is what we’re using throughout the house so we already had it on hand) and once that dried, the room looks comparatively pristine.
(If you ignore the ugly green carpet, that is. Please ignore it. For my sake.)
We intend to replace the flooring in both of the smaller bedrooms with the same wood we used in the master bedroom, but time and budgetary constraints are such that we’re putting it off for a little while longer.
We also still need to put the closets together (the shelving isn’t installed and the doors are off their tracks…David thinks they may be broken so we’ll see what we can figure out there), replace the light (not because it doesn’t work but because I hate that it looks like a boob), come up with some window treatments (we’re still just tacking up a swath of camo fabric to block the light for the time being), and paint the door (we need to paint ALL the doors in our house of these days).
I don’t mind that there’s still a lot of work to be done, though. The worst of it is gone and that has made a huge difference in my morale. Plus we will probably be repainting in here anyway and I still
haven’t settled on a color scheme for the other bedroom. I’d like Mila
and the new baby to share that bigger room eventually, but I’m having
trouble making some decisions for it. Blerg. I’ll get there eventually. I
have to. It’s on my list. There’s always something, right?
(I do know that these sweet guys will be part of the eventual plan. Maybe with a different colored ribbon on the cake stand…)
For the moment, though, we have a pretty clean master bedroom and a pretty clean toddler bedroom and things are looking a lot prettier and cleaner around here in general. And that makes all of us happy.