I’ve heard it said that the entryway of a home tells a lot about the home owner.
That seems like a lot of pressure, i mean really you’re going to judge me the moment you walk into my house? I guess we have all done it and don’t try to fib, you know you’ve been judgmental a few times from the first glance at someone’s home.
That being said I started to take my entry way more seriously last year. Last year was when i actually started to care about how my home looked not only to myself but to others.
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Let’s take a trip down memory lane. The following two pictures are from 2010 before i had painted the walls/trim, bought a new table, and as mentioned earlier even CARED how it looked.
Eh, at least the past is the past right?!
Dirty white walls, proportions of furniture all jank, and all around just fugly.
I decided to start painting it with a pretty grey, which of course i can’t remember the exact name of at the moment. The gray actually turned into a blue-ish gray that i honestly wasn’t very fond of for a while but it has since grown on me.
I also realize that the lighting/horrid flash in these pictures are YUCK. I didn’t know how (and am still learning) to really use my camera so you get stuck with these beauties. What i really want you to notice, other than my horrible picture taking abilities, is the trim & the door frame. See how dark it looks and how it doesn’t compliment OR help the blueish-grey paint?!
Well enter in this little can of fun:
I had seen the many, MANY, commercials and advertisements for it and decided, hey why not what is the worst that can happen?! It is an oil-based GEL paint. It claims to be easy to use, offers full coverage, no drips, no brush marks, and to be very excellent.
It was ALL of these things! The paint was super easy to use and to apply. The gel didn’t clump into balls on the brush, it applied smoothly and the coverage was fantastic. I think i ended up doing two coats (and maybe three in some places) total after letting the first coat fully dry.
I loved the outcome this paint provided: crisp clean white lines, super glossy, gorgeous!
Now that i have highly praised this product let me also say some of the things that i wish i had known before.
Oil paint, while fantastic and beautiful, has a STRONG odor. I’m talking you need to have all of your windows up, the front door swinging, and a fan blowing at high speed. Also if you’re going to use this, have a can of paint thinner on hand or you can learn what i did the hard way.
After painting the first coat i thought i would be a good person and clean my brushes using soap and water…WRONG. Unless you have paint thinner on hand you’re about to make a HUGE mess if you attempt this. I quickly realized that oil based paint will not come off of your hands, or anything else (knobs, faucet, counter top, steering wheel, keys, etc) without this paint thinner unless you IMMEDIATELY clean it up with a soapy dishrag. So there i was at 930pm speeding to Lowes with white paint all over my hands and gripping the steering wheel with the only 4 fingers that weren’t covered…it was a sight. I was so very excited to see that they were still open; the greeter was all chipper (especially for 9:30pm) and i very rudely gave him the look of death…i was frustrated. I bought my paint thinner with the cashier snickering behind his little mustache and i went on my merry way.
Needless to say, everything was eventually clean and i learned my lesson the hard way.
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Lets look at these after pictures. I still have a few spots i need to fill with wood filler and touch up, but i’m just lazy and haven’t approached that project.
And while i’m at it i’ll show you a blurry (i have jittery hands) picture from a different angle.
Tobi always has to be in the shots. 🙂
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I’m sure this will always be changing around. I’m already planning on painting a larger piece for the wall since the current one looks awkward hanging up there.
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How does your entryway/foyer look? Are you an admitting home judger?