Toby can’t stand painting! He likes the building and the constructing… but not the painting. Me, I love to paint! I don’t know if it’s the actual act of painting so much as the complete change in the feel of a house once there are colors on the walls! I think, next to actually moving in, it’s my favorite part of a new house!
Kaia requested Pink and Green for her room. I know, the pictures look a bit like pepto bismal, but it’s actually a nice color, and the green tones it down a bit. The plan is to paint flowers, grass, fairies and such on the green lower portion of the back wall.
(Sorry for the drywall dust on the lens) Here I am, finishing up the walls, music blasting… Somewhere in this picture is Kaia’s secret room! Can’t see it? Mission accomplished, then!! I like how my shadow looks in this one!
This is the back wall (which will have a shelf on it), closet, and to the right of the closet will be a floor to ceiling book shelf! Trim and shelving go up next. Then I will clean the floors!
Here I’m working on trimming out the Mechanical room (we call it that because it will house all the solar mechanical stuff, but it will also be a laundry/mudroom) I used the same green in here that was in kaia’s room. I really like the color!
Again, sorry for the dust on the camera lens. This room has no windows, so it’s hard to get good lighting in the room. The color looks kind of bland in the picture, but it’s really pretty. This is also a nice pic of our new water tank! It’s 120 gallons!! lots of storage capacity for the solar hot water. To the bottom right of the pic is the tubing that runs through the floors for radiant heating. I can’t wait to test that out!!
And finally, the pantry. Floor to ceiling shelves on both sides here too! yahoo!! This room leads from the Mechanical room and opens up right next to the kitchen. The kitchen will be a yellowy orange color that goes great with this green.
Tomorrow, I hope to tackle the downstairs bathroom!
Oh, I forgot to mention the paint!! It’s called Earthpaints. They are locally made, sustainable, non-toxic paints!! I love them! I didn’t feel at all sick or head-achey after painting and breathing them in all day. They are also a little thicker than traditional store bought paints, so they don’t splash all over the floor. But, the coverage is still pretty good! And they are self priming. So, I put two coats of paint directly on the drywall in kaia’s room. The green is darker and only took one coat for the Mec. room and pantry (two coats would make it more durable though). Great stuff!! You should look into it if you are going to be painting!! (Oh, I know I’d mentioned wanting to do milk paints, but once I did the cost calculations for the special primers that I would need and natural colorants and all that stuff, the Earthpaints were actually cheaper and less time consuming!)