I’ve been excitedly busy with painting the house these past couple of weeks. I’m excited to show you the progress and an updated post about the living room is in the works. In the meantime, (after reading this post of course) why don’t you hop over and take a look at the living room prior to its update here, here and here. That last link includes original photos of the mud room as well.
Returning to the Mud Room—last time we checked in we needed to paint it to cover up all the nicotine stains and the oil paint . It would appear that my grandfather even painted over the oil paint with latex and there was quite a bit of crackling on the ceiling as a result. We sanded the window and door frames to smooth out all the layers of paint, but we didn’t go so far as to sand the ceiling because it seemed too large of a surface and too difficult to do well since we are people who are new to DIY.
We haven’t painted the doors yet because I think it will be easiest to take them off their hinges and bring them into the basement to sand. We have been holding off on account of our one cat Chewy. He likes to escape out the back screen door if the wood door is left open. The screen door doesn’t latch properly and he seems to have no problem pushing his way through all by himself. By the way, we have been scouring the advertisements to see what is on sale in the home improvement flyers. I finally spotted a DeWalt orbital palm sander at Home Hardware. We first asked around and managed to borrow one from Derek’s parents until we found a decently priced one on sale.
The window ledges were difficult to get completely smooth, there was a lot of paint in those areas and most of it began to chip. We did our best though.
The windows themselves sanded down fairly smooth, you can kind of see the crackling happening here with the old oil pain and the latex paint that was put on top.
So we needed to buy special paint to properly cover everything that couldn’t be removed via sanding or using harsh chemicals. The paint we used is called Zinsser. It is formulated to cover all kinds of things including oil paint and nicotine stains.
I will say, that this particular Zinsser paint is not easy to work with. It’s like painting with molasses. It goes on thick and dries quickly. The can says to let it dry 30 minutes before applying a second coat and I’d say it dries that fast if not faster. And it’s SMELLY. Very fumy indeed. If possible have a fan going and open the doors and windows.
Since my grandfather had painted all of the hardware as well I wanted to return it to its original state. After watching Rehab Addict (obviously) Nicole Curtis had a great tip to remove paint from hardware, especially really old caked on paint. I took her tip. I put the hardware into a crock pot that I got from a thrift store for super cheap ($7) and I will never use this to cook because the paint is toxic. I filled it with water so it fully covered the hardware and put in a good amount of laundry detergent. I wasn’t exact and I probably put more in than I needed, but just to be sure I put in about the same amount I’d use for a load of laundry.
I then turned the crock pot on and voila! I took the hardware out with some tongs, laid it on a towel and used the towel to scrub off the paint. It came off quite easily. Any stubborn bits came off with an ordinary kitchen scrub sponge. I put the hardware back on only after painting the windows.
The floors? Alas, the floors will remain the same until we decide whether or not we want to spend money laying wood over the linoleum. I think because it’s a mud room it is fine for now, but it would be a shame to have the room looking nice, and the floors not so much. I can see it now. As I enter what a lovely and cheery way to leave the house for the day. Let me put my shoes on…”Oh ew yuck what a dirty floor, I should only enter with shoes already on!” Anyway, I’ll keep you updated on that. My dad, who is more than a pack rat, acquired some left over wood flooring from someone or other and said we can use it if we like. We’ll have to see if there is enough and if there is we will probably use that. I don’t ask questions about why or how he comes into possession of these things. HA! I’m just thankful that comes in handy sometimes.
This is what the room looks like completely covered in Zinsser. It seems to have covered well enough and it is holding up so far. Not that we’re having crazy dance parties in there or anything. And here is the swatch of colour we were thinking of painting it, leaving the trim and doors white.
We plan to leave the outside of the pantry white. There is some debate going on about whether the inside walls of the pantry should be the same colour as the walls in the mud room or left white. And “do we paint the shelves?” was the next question. Here’s what it looks like now with all the cracks filled in and painted.
And finally this is the colour we have decided on for the mudroom. It’s from Parapaints and it’s called Guava. In the photo it looks a little more fluorescent than it actually is in real life. It’s still pretty bright, just not fluorescent.
Your feedback would be awesome, cause we’re really not sure what to do. Please leave a comment if you have an opinion about it, I’d love to hear from you.
That’s all for now. I’ll catch you up in the next one.