It’s week two of the One Room Challenge and we’re cruising right along! This past week has been filled with lots of spackling and lots of painting. If you’re just tuning in, we’re tackling our laundry room and you can check out my plans for the space in last week’s post here! Along with sharing our updates this week, I’ll be sharing a tip on The Fastest and Easiest Way to Paint Walls and I’m telling you it’s a total game changer 😉
*this post is sponsored by HomeRight but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
To start, we (Dan) ripped down the existing tile on the walls. The tile went around the whole room but luckily wasn’t up to the ceiling on any wall, so he only removed the part he needed to.
This little guy worked like a charm.
Then he put up the new drywall. I will say it wasn’t the most professional job ever, but it was good enough and we didn’t want to hire out for it. Once the drywall was screwed in, there was LOTS of mudding and sanding to be done.
This was my first time ever working with drywall and I am not a fan. It’s a real pain in the buns. The fact that the seams weren’t totally perfect probably didn’t help but I felt like I was stuck in a circle of mudding then sanding, then mudding then sanding and I still couldn’t get it smooth! The majority of the walls are going to be covered with something so I wasn’t worried about making it absolutely perfect and I only had to do two full walls and one partial wall since above the wall where the washer and dryer are going is gonna be all tile.
I’m so glad that part is over though! There was dust everywhere for like 3 straight days.
So then came the fun part. Painting! Or maybe you hate painting. But it was much more enjoyable than the drywall and I got to try out a new toy that is seriously amazing. One of my awesome sponsors, HomeRight, sent me their EZ-Twist PaintStick and I’m in love. Painting walls can get so messy and be so time consuming but this little gadget makes it so much faster, cleaner and easier.
Say goodbye to the mess and frustration of pouring paint into your pan and getting it all.over.the.can and having it spray all over the floor when you roll your roller in it. This new and improved roller comes super easy to put together and creates NO mess.
Once you have it all connected, you clip the spout onto the paint can and then insert the roller into the opening.
There’s a tube that fills with paint as you pull back on the handle. The first time you use it, it takes a full tube to fully coat the roller in the paint, and then from there it creates even coverage.
So basically you suck the paint into the tube and then you twist the PaintStick back down and it pushes the paint into the roller through little holes. Then you just keep twisting as needed and pushing all the paint down. Then when you run out, you just connect it back onto the spout and suck up more paint! Genius, right??
I couldn’t believe how great the coverage was and how clean it was. Ya know how if you glop too much paint on your roller it can fly all over the place? Totally doesn’t happen with this. It releases the perfect amount of paint and goes on so smoothly!
This guy made painting the ceiling sooo much easier too. I’m pretty much never painting a wall again without it. 🙂
So let’s take a look at our to-do list and see what we’ve accomplished!
Tear down existing wall tile Install new Drywall Tape and patch drywall and other holes in the walls Paint walls Remove old lightand install new one
- Tile wall that washer and dryer are on
- Tile over existing floor tile with new tile
- Reattach base boards and trim
- Paint sink vanity
- Install sink into vanity
- Install new washer and dryer
- Stain door slab countertop
- Install countertop
- Hang wooden shelf and style it
- Paint tall cabinets
- Install a DIY bench between cabinets
- DIY wood treatment above bench
- DIY system for hanging clothes
Next up my FIL is going to do the tile work (he does it for a living so we lucked out big time there). I wanted to find something to repurpose for the sink base but we ended up deciding to get a custom cabinet built since we have an apron front sink and the installation could be a little tricky. I’m finalizing plans with the builder this week and it should be done within a week or two tops. But I’m still painting it myself 🙂