Second Coat

An arm-numbing day in the front parlour, and we have a second coat of mud on the walls. For the second coat, I like to thin down the all-purpose mud by a bit to improve working time and the smoothness. We ended up having to buy a second bucket of mud (so now I have two fancy new buckets), at the same time as we picked up some corner bead for the archway.

Second coat of mud

And it was just endless. Even with a break to make the run to the store, and another break to go out and invoke rain (by watering the tulips -- and it worked!), I felt like I spent the entire day going up and down the ladder.

Now it dries, and tomorrow we sand and do another very thin coat to even out all the funny divots and holes left behind while feathering out into the walls. One of the reasons for doing this ourselves is that we can go all out and try to get a perfectly level surface (which will not actually happen in a house this age, but we can get close). Most contractors would be happy enough to just leave it all bumpy and call it done.

So, one more coat, then as soon as it's dry we can prime. Then I have to find the perfect aqua blue that will make all of you send me e-mail asking if I've lost my mind. Because readers, I admit that the other day I noticed how close my colour chips were to the bright blue that the previous owners painted the trim in this room, and briefly -- only briefly -- contemplated what it would look like to have the whole room plus the large pocket doors all the same bright blue.

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posted by ayse on 03/21/09


Horray for blue paint!
My whole house is turning blue. It might sound a little strange, but it is the color i default to. When it is all done, it will be a progression of blue shades starting from deep dark blue on the north side of the lower floor and working up to a light powder blue in the furthest room of the second floor.

What are you using to sand your mud?

Hey, blue is the most popular paint colour for rooms after white. I think we're going to end up with a lot of blues here, too.

For sanding the mud we use sanding mesh, usually 220 "grit" but sometimes 120 if that's what's available.

I'm a big fan of "wet sanding", i.e., using a damp sponge instead of a mesh. A lot less dust that way.

I hadn't heard of that, Gene. That sounds really interesting and we must try it.

I wet sand, but don't tell my husband! Painted my daughter's little TV room a few days ago and there was plaster repair to do. He patched and repaired it first, then I wet sanded, primed and painted while he was at work one day. Works like a charm!

Just discovered your blog last week. I've read the whole thing! Your house is a beauty, great read, and love your dogs and chickens and gardening! It's refreshing to see how you two enjoy your house and enjoy the PROCESS of renovation - instead of requiring immediate gratification. Makes it more worthwhile, satisfying.

I don't think you're crazy for thinking about bright blue. I love vivid paint colors.

We painted our living room interior tangerine orange (with many people trying to dissuade us). I still love it almost three years later. It probably helps that we live in Portland, OR and the color warms and cozies up the house a lot during the gray months.

Crystal, a really bright orange can really liven a space up. I think a lot of people are afraid of bright colours. If we don't like it, we'll just repaint, right?

Carol, welcome! Yes, we do enjoy the process. It's nice to get things done, but we also think of this house as our hobby. Besides, if we finished the whole job right now, we'd have nothing to write about.

I'm still on the fence about wet sanding, mostly because I can't decide if it's worse to have water dripping down my sleeve, or drywall dust up my nose.

You don't need so much water on the sponge that it's dripping down your arm (in fact too much can be counter-productive). It just needs to be damp, and have a bucket to rinse and re-dampen it in.

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