Friday, March 30, 2012

I Filled In The Stencil Pattern & A Quick Spackling DIY

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.

Organizing Month

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