Our upstairs renovations on our house are well underway! I am SO happy to say, that the walls and ceilings are painted and beautiful throughout the ENTIRE upstairs! I hope you like pictures, because I went a little “before and after” crazy! 🙂
I have avoided painting the ceilings for years because I honestly can not stand to roll ceilings. It takes forever, hurts my arms and takes forever… did I mention that already? So I was thrilled when the wonderful folks at Graco sent me their Magnum X7 Sprayer, I couldn’t wait to try it out.
A few things to note:
- We had already taken up the carpet in the hall and bedrooms, so we didn’t have to cover any flooring. If you do this and you are not going to remove flooring, you’ll have to cover it very well.
- I painted the ceilings BEFORE the walls, so that I didn’t have to worry about over-spray getting on freshly painted walls.
- We have wood trim throughout our house. Had I known how easy it would have been to spray, I would have told the hubby to hold off on removing and trashing all of the trim and I would have just painted it. When you do this (assuming you don’t have flooring in yet), you’d just paint the ceilings, then paint the baseboards with the sprayer. You can then roller the walls, AND this sprayer even has a roller attachment that you can purchase!
- I painted the walls with Sherwin-Williams Analytical Gray in a flat finish. I used Sherwin-Williams ceiling paint for the ceilings. This was the first time I had used SW ceiling paint and I don’t think I’ll ever use anything else! It went on flawlessly!
- When I painted the hall, I had to cover the cat-walk area and stair area on my upstairs, to make sure that paint over-spray didn’t fall on my furniture below. (Pictures below)
- Wear eye protection and a mask when using a sprayer because the over-spray dust goes straight up your nose and breathing that in, isn’t good for you.
Here’s my guard dog watching over the sprayer. I had to make her go downstairs while I was painting and she was not happy about it.
Next I painted the ceiling with my X7.
Then I trimmed.
This room has an angled ceiling on one side. I always thought it would be cool to do shiplap in here. 🙂
Check out this side by side of 1/2 of the ceiling being painted.
What a difference!!! The right side is so bright and shiny and the left side is old and dingy.
You’ve seen the hall before picture in my post about trimming out the attic access.
I had to tape off the railings. I used 3M ScotchBlue Pre-Taped Painter’s Plastic. This stuff is awesome, you attach the tape then pull down the plastic and it clings right to the wall. I LOVE this product! It wasn’t long enough, so I placed a 2nd layer down at the end and it covered everything perfectly.
By the time all the plastic was up, I felt like I was in an episode of Breaking Bad, lol. But, it worked like a dream!
Here is the after!
Ahh.. I’m in love! I’ve bought new doors for the upstairs and I’ll be using this sprayer to paint them as well. The best part? The clean up is a BREEZE! It has a water-hose attachment that you hook up and it clears all of the paint right out of the sprayer!
Ok, so… time for a giveaway, right?! You are going to go crazy over this GRACO Magnum X7 Airless Sprayer!!! You must be a U.S. Resident, over the age of 18. The winner will be picked at random on Sunday, September 4, 2016 and announced here and on Facebook! Good luck, lovelies!!!
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Disclosure: I was sent the Graco Magnum X7 paint sprayer in return for my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
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