That title is definitely deceiving, being that I did this project last week when we were still suffering through 95+ degree temperatures here in lovely Indiana. But, I am happy to report that as I write this, it is a chilly and wonderful 53 degrees outside, with similar weather to follow for the rest of this week. Perfect weather for…
PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES!! It’s like the weather guy knew that Starbucks was going to start serving PSLs today and adjusted the weather accordingly. I love these things, but I don’t know if I could have ordered one still wearing shorts and tank tops – it’s a fall drink, and requires fall weather. That being said, you know where I’ll be stopping when I go out later today! Yumm.
Anyways, on to the topic of this post…touch-ups. These aren’t the most exciting projects to talk about because there’s no amazing before/after shot…it’s more like a before and a “wait, is something different?” shot. However, I kind of feel like these small changes – the kind that people don’t really notice – can make a big difference.
The real impetus behind the touch-ups was a suggestion from Bryan and our combined awful painting skills. As I’ve mentioned, the only room we’ve really painted (besides our downstairs half bath) is the guest room. This bedroom had a previous life as a kid’s room, complete with Dr. Seuss paintings on the wall:
So those obviously had to go. We chose to paint the room a darker blue with a little bit of gray, which turned out leaving walls like this:
But, our rookie mistakes also left us with trim like this:
Alright, so not the worst thing ever, but it was ALL over the room and there were more obvious spots that I didn’t even document with pictures. Plus it was just super annoying.
So, one morning when Bryan asked what I would be doing that day while he was at work and I said “nothing” (the exciting life of a post-grad, pre-licensed law student), he suggested that I touch-up the paint in the guest room. Excellent! Another use for the gallon of white semi-gloss paint that I originally purchased for painting the striped bathroom. I swear, that paint can will never be empty…I’ve used it a ton and it’s still half full (not half empty…I’m an optimist).
I’m still not great at documenting everything I do, so I don’t really have any pictures of the process of painting the trim. Let’s just say, what started out as spot-fixing turned into repainting ALL the trim and baseboard in the room. Besides the new white paint not 100% matching the previous trim color, the new spots made the old look dingy and gross. It didn’t take long at all – I just used a small angled brush which makes it pretty easy. I didn’t even use tape (much to Bryan’s dismay – but don’t worry, I hardly made any mistakes!)
Anyways, the “after” pictures wouldn’t show much so I didn’t even take any. Suffice it to say, it looks much nicer than before in a very non-obvious way. As I was finishing in the guest room and walking downstairs, I realized there was another touch-up project I should tackle while I had all my supplies out; the risers on our staircase.
At first glance they don’t look horrible, but there were all kinds of scuff marks and gross spots all over the place. The worst was towards the bottom:
Grosssss. Being that this is the first thing people see when they walk in our front door, I thought we could do better. After dusting the heck out of the steps (they seem to be a gathering place for dust and cat hair), I just worked my way from top to bottom using the same paint and same brush from the guest room (and same lack of tape…which is why I had to do this project while Bryan was at work). This was SUPER easy! I took my time to make sure I didn’t get any paint on the wood part of the steps, but the beauty of latex paint is that you can just wipe up any drips or mistakes and no permanent damage is done (not that I had any mistakes…none…really…).
Here are the stairs now. Like I said, don’t be expecting some major revelation…
I know what you’re thinking…”ok, that looks the same”…but wait! Here’s that yucky bottom step:
See? Much nicer first impression, in my humble opinion