Painting a farmhouse dining room

Farmhouse dining room, day 1

Dave and I finally closed on the farmhouse yesterday. After years of hunting for the right place and many delays, we have the keys and are home at last. Last night a few good friends stopped by and enjoyed some champagne on the front porch, but this morning we’re right to work on painting.

I headed over to Sherwin Williams and picked out shades for the dining room and living room. We’re starting on the dining room first.

img_4814Now, my family hails way back to New Orleans and then Galveston. I like that old Gulf Coast vibe in a house, which really lends itself to a dining room, so that’s where we’re headed. Drama, coziness, comfortable beauty, eclectic touches, a room for friends to linger in for hours.

I wanted Naval blue, but Dave liked this shade, Seaworthy by Sherwin Williams and he obviously has awesome taste, so we went with it. We’re using a flat finish because it’s more forgiving of imperfect surfaces. (Oh darling house, you’re not imperfect, just full of character.)

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Paint prepping

 

Will helped with prepping, then took a break to ask me to dance. I swear I don’t know where he got this from, but there was spinning and the whole nine.

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Prepping…so much prepping. We found this stuff called stress tape to cover the cracks in the walls. It has the feel of plumber’s tape, very thin and a little rubbery. It has a deckled edge so you can feather spackle and blend it into the wall. It’s an old house, so settling and cracks come with the territory.

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After 130 years of people painting the trim, it’s a little gloppy around the edges, so I freshened it up and will be taping just outside the edge of the frame to fake a clean line. I know…not ideal, but hey, this is old house life, right? It’s OK ol’ gal, we’ll make you gorgeous.

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Will and I decided to paint a swatch to check out the shade. (Digging the moustache)

 

It’s hard to get a good representation of the color, but it’s like a super dark teal’ish blue.

Farmhouse dining room paint

My hands are covered in streaks of blue paint. I look like I got into a deathmatch with a Smurf. We’re really eager to see this color up on the walls. Be sure to check back soon! I have 10 rooms of stuff to do here. There will be a LOT of projects going on over the next year or so.

 

A little note: While this is not a sponsored post, I do have a sponsored project coming up with Sherwin Williams. I just want to be sure everything is perfectly transparent. Thanks!