Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Long Time, No Talk! or Paint Fail.

There has been progress.  Really!  Slow progress but progress nonetheless.

Ready for the big reveal?  I've painted!!

I know it's hard to see the colour but it is called Gooseberry Fool 5 from Dulux at Homebase. (in case you're wondering).  It's a very soft green/gray colour which will look very green in some light and very gray under different light.  It's very calming.  In fact, when I was finished, I commented to Paul that I felt very calm walking into the house now, even with the chaos of paint cans, ladders and everyday living crap underfoot.

I have now finished three coats on all the walls which gives it such a depth of colour.  I love it!  I just have to get the trim done (Cream White by Crown paints) and then we will FINALLY be ready for the floor!

I have also finished two coats of primer paint on the stair spindles.  It looks SO GOOD!  It's such a change which has lightened up the whole area.

The area under the stair railings is also done in Gooseberry Fool 5 but in an oil based gloss.  

Now,  I don't know what the hell is going on in my head but for some reason, I've gone stupid when it comes to paint!!  I've never bought so much paint for one room in my life!!   And never made so many wrong purchases in my life!! 

First, the wall paint was fine.. no problems. 

The stairs.... another story.  I bought what I thought was a water based primer for the wood on the stairs.  The can said, base coat for interior wood and metal.  I SWEAR the can says you can use it under your emulsion paint colour.   Oh no... not the case. So then I had to go out and have a can of the wall colour mixed in oil based paint to do the stairs.  

Then I wanted a gorgeous off white for the trim and ceiling and upper coving.  Coving and ceiling needs water based paint, trim and baseboards need oil based.   So I have a LARGE can of water based "Cotton White" which I used on the ceiling and coving and I was going to use it on the stairs too.  (which is why I got the LARGE can)

Then I went to Homebase yesterday for a can of oil based white for the trim/baseboards.  I found a beautiful cream white which is for interior wood and metal in a semi-sheen.  I thought I scored since I hate gloss paint.  Bought it.  Brought it home.  It's WATER BASED!  ARGH!! 

Thank Christ I bought the smallest can.  

But now, since I love the colour so much.... I have to go back and get a LARGE can of it to do the upper coving and stairs.   Ugh.  

Paint cans in total?  
1)  5 litre tub of Polycell Base Coat for the walls
2)  5 litre can of Gooseberry Fool 5 (water based) for the walls
3)  5 litre can of Cotton White (water based) for the stair treads, coving and ceiling. 
4)  1/2 litre can of Gooseberry Fool 5 (oil based) for the wood wall on the staircase
5)  1/2 litre can of Cream White for the trim (which is water based but I need oil based) 
6)  1 litre can of Base Coat (oil) for the staircase and spindles. 

Oh and there's this one....  Impulse buy in the Clearance section of the store.  Haven't told Paul about it yet and I'm saving the photo of where it will go until it's finished.  (feel the sense of heightened anticipation... now!!) 

To give you an idea,  the can colour is the same as the paint colour on my walls.  

BUT WAIT!!  I'm not finished yet.  

I still have yet to buy.... 

1 litre of oil based Cream White for the trim and spindles
Another 1 or 2 litres of Cream White (water based) for the stair treads
1 can of clear lacquer for the stair treads 
1 can of this specialty clear rubberized topcoat so Paul and his size 13's don't slip on the painted stair treads and go ass over tea kettle.  (It was the only way he would let me paint the stairs rather than putting more carpet down)

I'm getting there.  

Hope to have the floor down by the end of July. 


  1. You're not putting a runner on the stairs?

  2. Oh good god no. I thought about a carpet runner in a stripe or some sort of contemporary pattern but I've seen so many now. It's a little too suburban cliche for me. ;)

    Unless I can get a black one with little Emily's all over it.... Lol!