A couple of days ago I shared the start of my master bedroom redo, the painting of the ceiling with Benjamin Moore White Dove in Pearl, and now we’ll move onto painting the master bedroom walls and crown molding that we installed.
After the ceiling, I painted all of the trim in the whole room using Benjamin Moore White Dove Advance (the same gallon I used in my bathroom redo to paint the trim and vanity).
The walls had a couple of spots where the paint was puckered and loose, so I scraped off the old paint, then I spackled and sanded and painted the walls, using Benjamin Moore Hazy Skies Regal, which is a green gray, in eggshell finish.
After the walls were done, my husband started the crown. This is the first time we put it up and the first try was not successful…he just couldn’t get the first two pieces lined up (maybe it was because he was trying to put 2 different pieces of molding together, gah). Once he figured out what the problem was, the second day (second attempt) was much better and it all went up pretty quickly, in about 2 hours.In the picture above, my husband is using a scrap piece of wood cut to size to mark the wall where the bottom of the molding has to sit. He marked the walls every two feet with a pencil around the whole room so that each piece would line up once it’s on the wall. After making his cuts outside on his chop saw, he put up the molding.
After all of the molding was up, my husband went around to all of the nails that were sticking out a little and used his nail set to gently tap the heads all of the way in. Then it was time to caulk all of the joints and to use wood putty on the nail holes. We decided to use wood putty because caulk and spackle can rust the head of the nail and cause a spot on your finished paint in a few months time. Once all of the putty dried, the hubs sanded the spots (he said this was the worst part of the whole job).
And that’s it. It wasn’t a necessarily hard job but it did take some time to do. I’m so glad we did it though because I think it makes the room look more finished. Next up is the reveal of the finished room and what we ended up spending for supplies.
Have you put up crown molding? What do you think is the worst part of the process?