We visited the house in West Virginia Friday and were greeted with the whirr of an air compressor that the painters were using to spray primer on the walls and ceilings. Next step: PAINTING!
This is a huge state-change in the process. The house has moved from studs and drywall (new addition) or painted and mural-ed walls (old part) to brand new Benjamin Moore white primer.
One wall in the living room has transformed from this:To this:
The new white walls really make the room look much bigger. We had the old gas fireplace enclosure and surrounding cabinets ripped out. We will be putting in a vent-free propane fireplace and custom bookshelves in that space later on. Both will be less deep than the cabinets were. They took up valuable space…and weren’t very attractive either.
When we began this project our building team said that as the process unfolded the size of the house would feel larger, then smaller, then larger. (And so on.) When the footers were poured, the dimensions felt small. After the walls went up, the rooms felt large, After the drywall, some rooms felt smaller, others larger. As I noted above, the living room looks much larger with white paint over that mural and the cabinets removed. In the case of the sun room, the addition of white paint has made it look a bit smaller.
Now that the priming is almost done I’ll be looking forward to seeing some (some) color on the walls.
After the painting, the flooring and tiling team will come in. And, after at least ndthe kitchen floor is laid, the cabinets, counter top, and appliances will be installed.
Things are really taking shape at the West Virginia house!
[NOTE: some people like that mural; but really, it doesn’t “fit” with our decor; and, now that the cabinets are gone, it would be floating in midair. And that’s just not right.]