I’ve been obsessing over this patch job for WEEKS now! The better the mudding comes out, the better your paint will look… especially if you pick a paint with any sort of sheen to it–that sheen will just make every imperfection pop. I happen to like eggshell for walls, it’s not shiny, but it’s not flat either (and if you have kids or a tendency to beat the crap out of spiders you find on your wall, you really don’t want a flat finish because it’s not cleanable At All).
Eyeballing your finish isn’t quite enough; if you really want it to turn out well run your hand over it. You’ll end up feeling bumps you might not have caught otherwise.* After things were feeling pretty good with the hand test (not perfect mind you, but pretty good) I went over everything with a coat of primer. Once everything’s an even color it’s also easier to pick out areas that looks a little off, just make sure to check it out as the lighting changes throughout the day.
I was crazy happy with how good the spot looked after priming. 1) It looked way more even than expected and 2) the texture left the primer and roller seemed to be just enough to match the subtle wall texture that was already there. I was a little worried about that and had started to look into some of aerosol texture sprays, but think we may be ok!
I also (mostly) finished painting the trim. I started last week on our day of rest after Vegas and got one coat of paint on about 1/2 the room. This weekend I got almost everything else done (I couldn’t reach everything since our table is shoved against one wall, so I’ll be working in sections). Trim is the most tedious thing to paint I think. Walls are a piece of cake, but trim… it’s more of a souffle–time consuming and finicky.
Because I’m impatient, I also put a little patch of paint up to see how it looked against the trim.
SO excited to get this room painted!
I switched my day off for this coming week from Monday to Wednesday to help out a co-worker and it ended up working well for me too. I get a break from manual labor and can hopefully dive into painting on Wednesday. Karma.
*Lighting and shadows can be tricksy