Thursday, June 9, 2011

spray painting crown molding

I knew when we bought our house that the natural wood trim that was everywhere would need to be addressed. The one part I was really not looking forward to was the the crown dental molding in the living/ dining area. I painted our fireplace mantel which had the dental molding and it took forever getting in all the tiny little spaces. I knew eventually it would just take me just getting fed up with looking at it and that day happened a couple of weeks ago. 

Here's what the living/dining area looked like when we first saw the house





My mom had come for lunch one day a while back and suggested spray painting it. I scoffed at the idea because I thought it sounded like a huge mess and I didn't know how good it would even turn out. But the more I thought about it {and after brush painting a 5 foot section that took 3 hours} the thought of spray paint was growing on me. I decided to google it to make sure I wasn't insane and it turns out others had tried it first and had success so I took the plunge. 

Since the moldings had been stained I decided to go with a white- oil based- low odor primer from Sherwin Williams. I taped off the area and added a strip of kraft paper underneath the tape to protect the wall. I also pushed the furniture away as I went and used drop cloths on the floor. I had the whole area done in about 3 hours including prep time. It was a breeze! 












 {btw- did you spy the new tolix chair knock offs from overstock? The verdict- they are an awesome steal for the price and I think they'll serve our family well with their durability. }



I'm so happy with the result and while I plan to add a topcoat someday this primer will do for now. It feels so much bigger with out the visual line confinement outlining the room and the fresh coat of paint on the walls helps too. 

A few $4 cans of spray paint who knew?



Sarah

15 comments:

  1. It looks great!! Who knew spray paint could do the trick?? Awesome job!

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  2. Wow the difference is night and day! Our house has the same dark wood crown moulding and baseboards. So did you do this to the baseboards also?

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  3. I used 3 coats of regular trim paint on the baseboards. Eventually I need to go back over the crown with that same trim paint. =)

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  4. I like how the white color makes the dental details on your crown molding realy "POP!" Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oh spray paint - how wonderful it is! What a wonderful makeover.
    Visiting you from TT&J

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  6. Great transformation! Do you have a tutorial on the sunburst hanging above your couch?

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  7. WOW I love this...and I featured it on my blog today :)

    Come check it out:
    http://christinasadventures2010.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunday-features-24.html

    Come grab a "featured" button!!!! :)

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  8. Wow, the details really pop in white! Nicely done!

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  9. It's wonderful- it looks amazing spray painted! Well done! Thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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  10. I am in love with your house. Your look is great

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  11. What a big change, great call on making the trim lighter. Thanks for sharing it at Rene's.

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  12. Beautiful! I am in the process of painting all the oak trim in our house white and it's painful! AUGH! Who knew, spray painting in the house? Love the new chairs, they look great! Also love the curtains in the living area as well.

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  13. Oh wow! One of my favorites for sure! Thanks so much for joining the "room by room" series!

    -René

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  14. Not only did you totally transform that space is a very, very good way, I have to say that I'm uber jealous of your kid friendly chairs. I can't think of a better option for families than the Tolix -- knock off or not!
    Love your huge, gilded mirror too. That is one fantastic piece!
    Camille
    The Vintique Object

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