How NOT to paint a white wall + a sneak peek at what I am busy working on


No great tutorial today unless you count me telling you how NOT to do something a good tutorial! Smile

I am working on a project that should be finished by the end of next week that I am super excited about! 

Here’s a few hints…Downloads

BUT, as most projects go…it has come with its own problems.

It all started when I wanted to paint white over a somewhat dark tan color.  I had the white paint already, so on a whim one day I grabbed a roller and brush and got to work.  I knew it would probably need 2 coats but after I got one portion done, I knew I had made a big mistake. 


I should have PRIMED the wall first.   I wasn’t sure how many coats it was going to take at that point, but knew it would be more than 2.  Sad smile  You would think as many times as I have read about John and Sherry’s painting projects, I would know – prime before painting unless you want to have a very sore arm and an empty can of paint. Smile

So my tip for the day – PRIME first, then paint (especially when painting a lighter color over a darker color.)

Now excuse me, I am off to find some Advil for my aching arm and shoulder and then headed to paint another coat.  I think I have lost count – is this the third or fourth or tenth coat by now?



  1. Uh oh! Whoops! You live and learn, right? I really love the new look though and wowsa that fabric is BEAUTIFUL! Love it! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

    • I LOVE the fabric! It is totally not me but might be the “new” me, if that makes sense! 🙂 Gotta get to sewing (and finish painting – don’t remind me! ughhh…) then hopefully I can reveal all next week. 🙂

  2. Oooo, can’t wait to see what you’re up to! Looks like it will be lovely! And take heart, we all have made bloopers like that, that’s how you learn!

    Just a tip for when using white paint that we have learned…either buy the paint with primer already mixed in (we are big fans of Valspar paint+primer), OR, buy the white paint off the shelf (such as trim paint) and have them mix more white pigment into it. When we buy trim paint (what we would use for doors, trim, beadboard, etc.) this is what we do. Works like a dream!

    • I was using just the white paint off the shelves. I wanted the wall paint to match my trim so was just using gloss white trim paint. But I never heard of having them mix MORE white into it? Hmmm… will have to check my store next time for that, since my can that I thought would have plenty left in it is scraping the bottom now 😉

      I got some Valspar with primer this summer and haven’t been impressed with it? do you find it is thicker than normal? I tried putting it through my sprayer and it was horrible (but once again I was probably jumping the gun and not doing things correctly) I will be giving it another try soon as the gray I have is Valspar. 🙂

  3. I Love the fabric — where did you get it?


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