Before and after: we're done with fresh paint in Erin's computer room

Before and after: we're done with fresh paint in Erin's computer room

After trying to coordinate our schedules and painting what seems like every single surface in my coworker Erin's computer room, that particular task is done.

We'll install the floors the weekend after next (again with the scheduling conflicts), but I wanted to give you a glance into how the room and adjoining bathroom are looking now.

Erin and her sister-in-law did the majority of the wall painting, although I helped when I could, especially with ceilings, doors and trim. Before Erin painted, she filled a few large gaps in the paneling with caulk.

Erin chose Behr paints in a chocolatey brown (Mountain Ridge), silvery gray (Porpoise) and a nice crisp white (Gallery White). She actually chose the colors after seeing them together in a recently redecorated bathroom in our building.

Erin painted three walls gray, one wall brown and the trim, ceiling and entire bathroom white. If you've never painted paneling, let me tell you - it's harder than you expect it to be. You roll paint on with a roller, then touch up every piece of paneling with a paintbrush, to make sure the paint gets all the way into the crack.

Let me tell you, though, it was great to paint over a floor that will be covered - I tend to be a drippy painter, but it didn't matter. That part was great. Also, I'm not patient enough to tape before I paint. But if you need a precision taper, call Erin. All the edges between the brown, gray and white paint are crisp and neat. She has a true talent when it comes to taping.

Even though it seems like the painting took a long while, it made a huge difference in how things look. I love painting because a fresh coat of white paint can do so much for a space, without much time or cost or effort. Erin said she loves how the paint turned out.

Erin's computer room and bathroom before:

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And now with fresh paint (Erin liked the surface behind the shelves and wanted to keep it. That's gray you see on the sides of the shelf:

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We painted the trim outside and will put it back up after the floors are done:Blog Photo









Here's the laminate flooring Blog Phototo Erin and Tom's computer room. I think it's going to look really nice.











The before photos are mine; the afters are Erin's. We both apologize for the funky lighting.

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Sandy wrote on April 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Paneling really soaks up paint, and it can be tricky to get it to adhere well. If you ever have to do it again, you might want to try a first coat of primer. My experience is that this is one time primer really pays off -- less money is spent on the more costly paint, plus the paint stays on much better.

Meg Dickinson wrote on April 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm
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Good idea! Erin's paneling had been previously painted, except for one spot in the bathroom that sucked up more paint than the rest.

For unpainted paneling, though, I could definitely see primer being the way to go.