What’s the first step you take when redecorating a bedroom? Usually, new paint is first. But, I’m all about efficiency and saving time. If something works, why change it?
In this guest room upstairs, the new bedding and window treatment fabrics (you’ll see soon) look fine with the existing color.
The color is Livable Green, a Sherwin Williams shade from about ten years ago. The old green shams matched the walls well enough. (As you can see, this room needed a makeover!)
I lightened these pictures from the Thrifted Sweater Lamp Shade post to help you see the walls easier.
On to today’s subject and the answer to the question,
What’s the first step of a room redo?
Undo, of course.
Way back on August first, when the very next day a major bed shift would take place because our college kids were moving into their apartment, I got busy. In 2014, I’d painted and redecorated the first of two upstairs bathrooms. This same type of wall script was the first thing I tackled.
That one was a piece of cake to remove. This one? NOT! I tried everything – chemicals, steaming, and scraping. I tried everything suggested through a Google search.
Finally, sand paper did a little removal. But it also was removing paint. Ugh!
Both the bathroom script and this one were bought at the same time, so I thought they were identical. Next time, I’ll be sure to keep the packaging for removal instructions.
Better yet, I’ll take the advice on my wall. Ha!
In the future, no more script!
I finally found something that worked: #0000 Steel Wool (and elbow grease). It removed the paint but not to the degree of the sand paper.
In the end, I repainted the area because there was a large dull spot when the light hit it just right. Even though this room was already painted when we moved in (and an empty paint can left behind), I discovered I’d bought the same color sample when choosing my kitchen color.
I love Sherwin Williams paint sample quart cans for $5. The only problem is you can’t choose the finish. It’s slightly shinier than the bedroom walls.
Can you see it? In the room, you can’t see it unless you are at the right angle and look very closely. Who’ll notice? NO ONE!
I feathered the paint out to the area behind the bed posts and feathered toward the top line of the new (old) print. Another option would be to paint that one wall rather than the whole room.
I placed the new soft teal-colored drapery fabric across the bed to show it with the wall color. The sage-y green takes on a whole new tone – more of a blue tone. That thing PAM (Painter Artist Mom) says is true:
Your eye will compensate.
What a relief! I really didn’t want to paint an entire room that’s barely used and not in need of a paint job. Do you try to get out of re-painting? Oh, and script! Have you had trouble removing that stuff before?
I’m sharing this post at Metamorphosis Monday.