Painting Complete

August 16, 2010 at 12:06 am 3 comments

Way back before Jeff and I moved into our first home (about a year ago now) we decided to paint a couple rooms.  The previous owners had the kitchen and dining room an ugly shade of gold/orange so we painted that green, and the room that is now our office was pink, so we painted that a very light blue color (arctic stone).  This was our first time painting, even though we did some research beforehand, we made some mistakes and it didn’t come out as perfect as I had hoped it would.  The office is fine, but the kitchen/dining room I was never happy with the whole time we lived there.  We did only one coat of primer and one coat of paint, and then never got around to putting on the second coat.  Plus the previous owners were rather sloppy with their paint, and a lot of their paint could be seen on the edges of the ceiling.  It was so ugly and bad looking to me!  I didn’t care if anyone else noticed or not, I didn’t like it and I’m the one who has to see it everyday.

Finally we had some extra money to hire a professional painter!  We contacted two different companies for quotes on doing the second coat of green in the kitchen and dining room, the ceiling in there, and painting the main bathroom walls and ceiling white.  The first quote we got seemed a bit high, so I looked for a different painting company on Angie’s List.  Mazco Contractors had a lot of good reviews so I contacted them.  After showing John of Mazco Contractors the rooms that needed painting and talking with him for a while, he presented us with a quote that was HALF the price of what the previous company had quoted!  WOW!  I certainly learned my lesson: for any work on your home (unless it is very urgent or low cost) contact at least two companies for a quote!

The painting was completed last Friday.  Jeff is working at home this month, so he was home with the painter and I got to come home at the end of the day and see how great it looked!  The painter from Mazco Contractors was at our house from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Here are all of his supplies!

painting supplies

Now for a few before and after photos.  First the bathroom.  We put a new light fixture in there, and you could clearly see an outline of where the old one had been – yuck!  After the painting, you cannot see the old outline at all!  Check it out.  (the pictures are a bit dim, but hopefully you get the idea!)

before-after lights

Also in the bathroom, I guess there used to be a bigger size fan, because we could always see an outline of where a bigger one had been at some point.  Now that cannot be seen anymore woohoo!


fan after

The previous bathroom shower rod was very old and rusted, so that was one of the first things we took out of there.  We bought a nice shiny new tension rod, but big holes could still be seen where the old rod was in the wall.  Now that area has been spackled and painted over and it looks great!  Overall, painting the bathroom was mostly about filling holes and covering up marks where old things were at.  The color change wasn’t very big – we basically went from off white to white.  But I think the bright white paint color looks better with the bright turquoise tile.

I will put up a few before and after kitchen photos in a separate post!


Entry filed under: Decorating, Home Improvement.

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  • 1. The Handyguys  |  August 16, 2010 at 9:46 am

    looks great! I always suggest getting THREE bids for any project. Make sure they are bidding on exactly the same things.

    For example, someone in your situation could have gotten a third price even lower that did not include the patching. If they went only on price they would not have had a nice of a job.

    You did good

  • 2. lanette woll  |  August 16, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Looks great, guys! And you got a good price, it pays to shop around! Make sure you give us the name and number of your painters………..we may be needing them soon!

  • 3. Painting Complete – Part 2 « Kim and Jeff's first home  |  August 29, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    […] 29, 2010 As I mentioned in my previous post, I would put up some before and after photos of painting that we had done in the kitchen. We had […]


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