Spray Painting the Interior of our House

Folks, it worked. We were able to paint the interior of our house in one weekend. We could have got it done in a day but we had plans with friends Saturday evening and had to cut our work time a little short. I think we spent 8 hours of actual painting and a couple hours of prep. We were in super power work mode so I didn’t take lots of pictures, but I’ll try to explain the process. Step one was to clean out the dust. The drywall sanders had just finished sanding every wall on Friday. We walked into a huge dust ball on Saturday morning so Mike had a great idea to use the leaf blower to blow the dust out the windows. It was a mess, but we got the majority of it out. Then we had to tape all the windows and doors and cover them in plastic. Since there are no floors, trim or anything else in the house, all we had to do was cover windows and doors and our prep was done. For the painting part, we had been told by many pros to spray and then back roll so that’s what we did. Our ceilings are 10 feet tall which was a little high for me, even with the extender, so Mike did most of the spraying and I followed behind with a roller. I thought a video would be the best way to show you the process. It’s less than 5 minutes and you can see us go through 2 walls. You may just want to mute the sound…it’s just us spraying and mumbling here and there;)

So, here is my pathetic pictures to show what we did. Let’s start with the sprayer. It’s pretty simple. Put the hoses in your bucket, make sure the settings are right, turn it on and spray.

paint sprayer full

The trick is to just keep a steady pace so the walls get evenly covered. It was a little bit of a learning curve on how much paint to spray as we started, but got it figured out. The first wall was too heavy so we had to roll it a couple times, but then smoothed out. We had very fresh drywall and just used one coat of a paint and one coat of primer. We had bought 5 five-gallon buckets of each and used a little over 4 of each. The paint store recommended 7 buckets so I’m glad we decided to go with less. That just seemed like a crazy amount of paint to me. We did one coat of primer on everything except the ceilings which we just did 2 finish coats on. We were told one coat on the ceilings would be enough, but you could still a little streakiness so we did a second. We didn’t roll the ceilings and they look fine.

mike paintng ceiling

The roller is mainly to smooth out any unevenness.  Again, because of height, Mike had to do the ceilings. It’s a bit messy because you are standing under a shower of paint. Here’s what Mike looked like after the battle of the paint sprayer:)

mike covered in paint

Mike’s tough paint guy face;) At one point, even our eyelashes were covered in white! It was pretty crazy. We got a good look into the future-white haired old folks;) The paint color is gorgeous. I’m so happy with our choice! I don’t really think the pictures are an accurate color reflection but it’s a true white with a warm, creamy, elegant feel to it. I love love love it. And good thing because it’s in every room of our house;)

painted kitchen

 

entry painted I’ll try and get some better pictures that more accurately show the color soon. Blogging and “good” pictures were the last thing on my mind, somehow;) Overall, I would highly recommend spray painting walls. It took about 10-15 minutes per room and has a beautiful finish. It’s messy so if you are not painting in a new construction, there will be more prep so you’d have to weigh the time of each. We are estimated that we saved at least $5,000 by doing this ourselves. That makes the white hair worth it:) This wasn’t the only project we tackled this weekend-more to come this week!


Comments

  1. Maggie B. says:

    Looks awesome! So happy it all worked out for you guys!

  2. Yay! Glad it worked for you! The color does look great, and the sprayer does make a huge impact. We have a sprayer like this (that we used on the exterior of our house) and plan to use it inside. But I was thinking that I would probably want a different color on the walls. Now I’m not so sure.

    • Isn’t it a great sprayer? I think it make trim go quickly too. Can’t wait to see what you guys end up doing!

  3. We building too and getting ready to paint. Did you guys prime the ceilings before the walls or the other way around? Love everything you have done, you are my inspiration!

    • Thanks, Erin:) We primed walls then ceilings and then painted walls and ceilings. Good luck with yours!

      • Thanks! I can’t wait to see more updates, I’ve been checking in to see more. :) We’re building the house ourselves too. We are about a month or 2 behind you so it’s been very helpful to see your progress and tips!!

  4. Hi, thank you so much in making me want to finally decorate my home how i visioned it. I just came in from doing my first project. First, I want to paint my daughters small bookshelf in grape purple, so i primed it first. Is it normal to finish a WHOLE can of primer on a small bookshelf or did i go overboard?

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