Friday, July 19, 2013

"R" is for Red Paint No More

Paint: white paneling

Horizontal paneling adds great architectural dimension and we're lucky to have it already installed in the kids play room BUT it was painted red:

And too much red is not a good thing.
There's red paint all over this house - the exterior is classic barn red and we love it:

But the red family room, which is above the play room, will be painted including the railings and handrail:

And the bazillion reddish kitchen cabinets will also be painted:

Back down in the play room the white is fresh, clean and makes the space look twice as big:

Covering up all the red only took 4 coats of paint, no complaints because I love the results:

And people please don't paint your outlets!
In this case I can understand, the previous owners had cream outlets and painted them red so I had all the outlets changed to white:
The white paint really highlights the black door hardware and you still get a bit of red coming from the painted windows:

I started painting the stair risers but I have yet to tackle the vertical paneling going upstairs:

Here's how to paint over red paint:

1. Start by sanding everything:

2. Cut in with primer.  There's lots of debate about whether to use grey or white primer, I choose white, Benjamin Moore high hiding all purpose primer:

White primer is great when trying to cover red, it will highlight all the nicks and nail holes you forgot to spackle and most importantly it will reveal any left over carpet glue:

3. Use a blade scraper to remove the old carpet glue:

4. Use a 2" angled brush to cut in with the primer into all the crevices and tight corners:

5. Then go over the large areas with a 6" foam roller:

6. After two coats of primer we're ready for paint:

7. Repeat the same process, cutting in and rolling with two coats of Benjamin Moore semi gloss white:

And the red paint is completely covered:

I'm linking up to:
TDC Before and After
SAS @ Funky Junk
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
That DIY Showoff @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
The Scoop @ Lolly Jane
Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. Jaime this looks great, so much more spacious and bright. I love that horizontal paneling!

  2. I do love red, but red walls would be a bit too much! Love the white.

  3. What a difference! The room looks twice as big and bright! It also draws more attention to all those great details - and I love those windows.

    Red is totally my favorite color, but it's best handled in small doses, right?

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