After the last post about whether or not to fill in the stencil pattern above the window and doorways in the dining room I decided I would complete it. The responses I got were overwhelmingly in favor of that. Here is how it looks now, above the window.
Here is the 'before' above the door into the family room.
I did not cut the stencil as I had thought I might in order to stencil the top. I apologize for the lighting in this picture below - taken at night.
And again, here is the 'after' above the window. I took an 'after' pic in a hurry so I could share it with you today.
It makes a difference. The entire room will be revealed in time.
There was a large crack in the wall above one of the doorways towards the ceiling.
Before painting the dining room I fixed it.
Fixing a minor crack such as this is quite straightforward. There are many tutorials available online and I cannot recall which one I read to get some idea of the work involved but here is what I did.
I had this spackling paste left over from last year when I repainted the living room.
The instructions had indicated to cover it with plastic wrap after use which I had done, but there was some coloration at the top of the container when I reopened it.
I removed the plastic and removed some of the discolored substance and the spackle underneath was in fine condition to use.
Using a spackle knife or putty knife, as it is sometimes called, I proceeded to apply a little amount along the crack, smoothed it over and removed any excess. Then I wiped it with a damp cloth.
I let it dry overnight.
The next day I sanded over the spackle to create a surface flush with the wall. All fixed and ready for paint.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I will be sharing an organizing tip on Tiffany's blog, Living Savvy, as part of her 'Organizing Month' series.
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