Sunday, August 13, 2017

Priming the walls upstairs

Finally!!!  We are priming and painting the walls upstairs.
 This is the front bedroom...the one everyone wants because it has a balcony.

 And here is a hint for you.  When you are painting new drywall, use a primer first, and have it tinted.  But make sure you only tint it a portion of the color you will be painting.  For example, we are painting the walls all the same color in the house.  Creamy.  I know...boring.  But if you've made the decisions I've made in the last few years....
So, we had the primer tinted 80% of the Creamy color.  Now when we paint with the Creamy paint, we will still see where we painted, and it will go on smoothly because we primed the walls first.  If you don't prime first, you'll be painting two coats with paint because the first coat gets sucked up into the drywall, and primer is cheaper.
Have a great day!


  1. Good advice, I don't think the people who built our house used primer and every time we paint a wall it takes at least 2 coats.

  2. Stupid question alert. When you've put up the plasterboard (dry wall) do you skim with plaster or just paint? I may just have missed you plastering?!

    1. Drywall comes in sheets that need to be put together with a certain type of drywall tape and some "mud" that is specific for drywall. We drywall instead of plaster. This "mud" shrinks when it dries and it has to be applied more than once. It's a process of applying it in all of the Seams, waiting for it to dry, sanding it(so it's smooth) then doing that all over until you are satisfied with the results. Once the sheets are all connected and look like a smooth, solid wall, then we paint. We do not skim with plaster. Not a stupid question. I hope I explained it properly. I've helped do it but I don't always know the professional terms.