Old Stone House

Prime, Paint, Paint!

August 8, 2006

Filed under: Master Bathroom @ 5:12 pm

paint1b.jpgArmed with the standard compliment of paint tools, we start to paint! We purchased a gallon of basic latex primer and first gave everything a light coat, both the walls and the trim, being sure not to apply too much paint on the woodwork and leave unsightly streaks. While I am a big fan of latex paint, I find it needs extra care in application as it doesn’t smooth itself out as well as oil based paint – the result being streaky brushstrokes.

Once the primer had dried we selected a soft slate blue as the bathroom wall paint colour. We tried a paint that was new to us – flat oil paint. The pigment was slightly thicker and chalkier in consistency, but the paint applied very smoothly, covered extremely well, and levelled itself beautifully. As soon as the blue had been rolled on (ceiling and all) we then began applying a coat of white semi gloss oil paint to the trim. We first brushed a light coat into the nooks and crannies of the trim, and then rolled a finish coat on top of that with a small foam roller. The rolling ensured that the pain was applied evenly, and as it was oil based, the paint levelled itself excellently without streaks or runs.

We went outside and recovered from the fumes.

paint3small.jpgThe next day we repeated the process. We didn’t bother to mask the transition areas between the trim and the walls, as our steady hands (and decent paintbrushes) allowed us to cut-in the paint. Had we used masking tape, we would have potentially added 2 additional days! We decided to freshen up the window paint, as either it had been painted off-white, or had yellowed. Regardless, we chose to NOT scrape the old paint off and reveal the original wood, as the window itself is due for replacement, (it originally had a rounded top…) and at some point we will refinish all the original woodwork – at which time we’ll eek out a good method to scrape paint. So we painted over the chips and runs of the past. Sigh…

We are thrilled with the finish – the colour and sheen of the two respective colour made the room feel much bigger, and airy.

Next… getting the tub up the stairs!



  1. Hi There,

    I love the color that you painted your bathroom!!
    Could you tell me the name and brand please?


    Comment by Alecia — July 12, 2007 @ 5:32 pm

  2. lovely! that’s what I’m going for right now.

    Comment by Claire — August 24, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  3. Hi Alecia – I have searched everywhere for the original paint tin and can’t find it! The truth is it was given to us by a friend who bought it and didn’t like it – I can tell you it was flat-oil from Benjamin Moore, but that’s all I recally… Sorry.

    Claire – thanks, we’re really happy with the results! (still!)

    Comment by Oldstonehouse — August 27, 2007 @ 9:10 am

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