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With the help of B’s parents, we started painting the living room yesterday. It’s the largest room in the house, and we knew it would take the longest to paint. We chose Wax Sculpture by Behr Ultra, a low-VOC paint-and-prime in one. It went on really well, but dried quickly, so we had to work efficiently.

The first thing we did was tape, using Scotch Blue, around every base board, window, doorway, and crown molding in the entire room. This took some time, but the end result was completely worth it.

We also removed all the hardware from the electrical sockets (just unscrew it), but left the cable and telephone in place (we taped over those).

Then we started painting!

The living room has a bulkhead, which the old owners had painted oddly. They painted the underside to match the ceiling and the opposite side the color of the wall, which really emphasized the bulkhead. It stuck out like a sore thumb. To hide it and have it blend into the wall, we painted it the same color all the way around.

First coat done–working on the second.

Done! We took the tape off when the paint was about 85% dry (a tip we saw on HGTV). We were thrilled with the results.

The color looks very warm and pale creamy in tone, which is just what we were going for. We’ve taped the kitchen about 85% of the way, and we’ll start that next.