First things first – Paint!

When I brought my new place I knew two things were going to happen; new paint job and remodeling the kitchen.  Since a kitchen renovation was going to ring up around $5-7k, I decided painting was the better place to start.  The original combo of dark brown and mustard yellow is, as lovely as it may be to some, is not really my cup of tea.


  • 1 can of Primer
  • 2 Cans of paint
  • Roller
  • Roller brush
  • Painters tape
  • Paint brushes
  • Broom stick
  • Drop cloth
  • A glass of champagne to celebrate adulthood and make you forget about the 30yrs of debt you signed up for.

Total number of hours: 2 afternoons

Since I didn’t realize that I was going to do a blog about my home improvement projects, my first couple posts may not have the pictures needed to describe the process.  However, when looking to find out how to paint a wall, I found this great video and How To that gave the most clear and concise instruction.  It just adds another reasons why I love the DIY network.

Step 1: Unscrew outlets and put painters tape around your edges and anything that you don’t to get paint out

This is the worst part.  Don’t cut corners.  I know you want.  I did too.  Which is why my lines weren’t straight and I have splatters here and there on my molding.  Don’t be like me.  Be better.

Step 2: Do a horrible job priming the wall

My hip new pad was going to have light grey walls, therefore, I needed to cover up the dark brown.  I don’t know if it shows, but I had no clue what I was doing, I don’t know how it’s supposed to look but I feel confident that this is not it.  :/  Oops!  Another example of me NOT being a perfectionist!


3. Paint the entire wall and provide no additional pictures of the process to help others that want to complete this.

Good thing I provided you with a helpful link that gave better step by step instructions.  Apparently my spotty prime job held up.  I was concern it was going to a hot mess.

4. Don’t listen to your dad when he said this is a one coat paint.  

It’s not.  Do two coats.  It makes a difference.  I left the wall to the kitchen yellow because I plan to tear it down with the kitchen renovation.

5. Finish that bottle of champagne!

Not pictured is the painting of the bedroom.  Pretty much the same thing.  I taped and primed both rooms day one and let it dry.  Then the next day my dad came and helped with the edges while I painted the wall.

That’s it!   Anti-climatic, I know.  But this was my first attempt of making this place home.  It was all very exciting!


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