Well, as you know, I didn’t quite get finished with painting the keeping room/ breakfast room last week. When I left you, I was waiting for Richard to do the final cutting in along ceiling. I decided to try to do it myself, but how to reach a 15 foot ceiling with a 10 foot ladder? Oh, and I’m short.
I had previously checked online for a paintbrush extender- $30! Whaaaat?! So, coming from good redneck stock, I came up with my own solution. If you follow on facebook, you already saw this little contraption.
It actually worked quite well, though a little awkward. It is important to always be aware of what is behind you when loading paint on the brush, though….
I didn’t tell you earlier, but I plan on adding a stencil to the feature wall. But what color? I wanted to keep it subtle, so I initially thought I would simply stencil with a clear polyurethane, either in matte or satin finish (because that is what I have on hand). I was ready to jump right in, but Richard convinced me to do a test board first.
The poly’s turned brown, but I think it is the dark surface of the old picture bleeding through. I didn’t care for the look, a little too subtle, so on to plan B.
I could have bought the same base color in a gloss sheen, but didn’t want a quart of something that I wouldn’t likely use again. Sooo, I went three shades lighter on the same color swatch, in a satin, shown on the following picture labeled as Full Color. Drat, more contrast than I wanted. The three test stencils in “Full Color” look different because I applied the paint with varying degrees of heaviness.
Plan C? I mixed the wall color and the new color in varying proportions to get what I wanted. “A” is the wall color; “I” is the new lighter color. “A” for Sherwin Williams Aleutian; “I” for SW Icicle.
Now, time to get back to it, and get that stencil finished. Say a little prayer for me that I mixed enough paint. Hopefully, I will be back Wednesday to show you the finished walls.