Here are some before pictures of the dining room.
|The only cool thing about the before pictures is the nice bikes. And the fact that this no longer exists.|
|Drew did the hard work of peeling the wallpaper border off in March 2007. Seriously ugly border.|
So from 2007 to 2010, we had semi-gloss cool white walls and glossy white ceiling with a band around the top where the paint was less faded because of the border. There was no lack of holes and scuffs from an estimated 20 years of living since the last paint job.
During the summer of 2010 while the nightmare of our home addition was being constructed, we ran off to Europe (for a bike race, what else?) and meanwhile, the general contractor taped plastic to the ceiling, walls, and floor between the old kitchen and dining room. Drew changed it to a contractor-grade barrier when we returned...
|Looking toward what would be the new kitchen in July 2010. Dining room bay windows on the right. And yes, that is a microwave on the right.|
|Getting ready to paint. Old shiny white on old shiny white. Max is prepared to help.|
|Max decided painting was too hard and instead discovered a cave underneath the plastic covering the couch.|
|Some progress. Here the creamy butter color is cut in and the flat dover white is done on the ceiling. The butter color is in this photo is the best respresentation of how the final color actually looks.|
I gave up three gorgeous May afternoons and a couple of social engagements to do it, but now it is done, calming, and beautiful.
The duct tape residue line is only visible to Drew and me because its location is burned into our retinas. If you know where to feel for it, the ceiling has a bit more texture along that line too.
The dining room will stay this way until we attempt to strip the woodwork. That might be a while.
One more time now. Before:
After is better!