Home Building: Paint Finishes

Well, I'm having trouble uploading pictures at the moment, so I'll just do that later I guess. For those who don't know, we are building a house. We've just had the sheetrock hung, taped and mudded. We were getting ready to do texture when it was pointed out to us that the sheetrockers did such a great job that we really don't need to texture if we didn't want to. Not to mention that my hubby did an amazing job of applying the drywall primer. Many faux finishes and painting techniques call for flat walls, and so we have decided to forgo the texture. I think it'll look great! And it gives us so many options. Plus we can add texture later if we want. If any of you have any great ideas, or websites, I'd love to hear them. You can check some of my past links to get ideas of what our rooms look like. My girls have talked about doing their room in black and white, but I don't want the room to look too small because of the black. We love neutral, earth tones, from tan to brown to greens to deep reds. But I'm open to suggestions. My job will be to prime the walls and start painting while hubby begins hanging the boards for the soffit (which will look awesome). We had friends up yesterday who helped stain a ton of boards. With Joy UNquenchable,


  1. Kirstin-I am not sure if you know this already, but I just learned of it a few weeks ago when my neighbor painted his kitchen and dining room.
    There is a dark primer (grey is the color my neighbor used) that you can buy for the walls you paint with darker colors. This makes it so you don't have to do two coats...thus saving you time and money! We had to paint our whole house when we moved in because the previous owners smoked.
    We had to clean, kilz, prime and paint- and we still have to go and touch up a lot of the walls! I wish someone had told us about this primer! I am happy for you all and your new home...putting up color will be so much fun! I thought maybe since the girls want black and white...you might opt for that cool blackboard paint, so they can draw on their walls...maybe not on all the walls but maybe just a section? Okay well I will end my novel! Have a wonderful day! and ps, let me know if you try that pancake in a can...I saw it at the store the other day!

  2. Hi Tara,
    Thanks for the info. In fact yesterday we were talking about that very thing. We have some friends who have some leftover gray primer that they said we could use. So we were discussing at least using it in the rooms where we were maybe going to paint a darker color.

    In our old house, I had one little wall (between the closet & the door)that I painted in chalkboard paint. The girls loved it.

  3. Kirstin more power to ya. This just makes me tired to read. We built 1400 sq ft onto our existing house ten years ago and I never want to do it again. I think Im too old! :)

  4. Oh Kirstin, I can hardly wait to see more house pictures. It's a shame I can't see it in real life.


  5. I can't wait to see pictures when it is done!

    By the way, I tagged ya!


  6. Hi Kirstin,
    Saw your sweet comments on Robins blog! Nice to meet other creative, Christian, Homeschooling woman!
    Don't you just love the organic sugar from Costco, we have been finding more and more organics there, YEA!
    Come for a visit to my blog, I am fairly new and loving it!
    Donna Lynn


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