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Lake House Basement Project – Update Four – Paint!

Painting the walls in our lake house basement made the rooms go from looking unfinished to finished. We have a long way to go before we can call this project done but painting the walls was a huge step towards our end goal.

Smith Mountain Lake House

If you need to catch up on what we are doing in our basement, check out these posts:

Painting the Walls in Our Lake House Basement

(Thank you so much to Sherwin Williams for providing the paint for this project.  I was not otherwise compensated. ) 

After the ceiling was painted, we both were super excited to get started on painting the walls.

Take the time to tape!

The first thing that we did was tape off the ceiling with Frog Tape. We have used blue painter’s tape and we’ve used Frog Tape, and we both agree that Frog Tape is best for paint jobs.

Mr. SP taped off the family room and I did the hall closet, bathroom, and extra room.

Ceiling taped with Frog Tape in preparation for painting walls

It was time-consuming to tape, but because we did so, when I removed the tape after the walls were painted, we had beautiful and crisp paint lines with very few spots that need to be touched up with ceiling paint.

Ceiling taped with Frog Tape in preparation for painting walls

Selecting Our Paint

Jeff, our friend who helped us to design our basement, is a general contractor and he both helped and guided us through framing the basement, plumbing, and drywall. Jeff is an electrician, so we left the electrical work to him. Jeff uses Sherwin Williams paint for all of his jobs and recommended that we use it for our basement. The contractor who built our home used Sherwin Williams paint in our upstairs and we’ve been 100% pleased with it, so it was a no-brainer to use it in our basement.

We chose Emerald Interior Latex which is a paint and primer in one. We found it to be easy to use and both love its smooth finish. Since we are painting a basement, this paint gets bonus points for containing anti-microbial agents that inhibit the growth of mold and mildew on the paint surface. Another great thing is it has very little if any paint odor.

Painting the Family Room

We both were most excited to paint the family room because it is such a large area. Our plan for this space is to create a room with a cabin feel.

The family room color is Sherwin Williams Rock Garden (SW6195 ).

Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

We did our cut in work and then got busy painting.

Cutting in walls with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

Sherman was never far away as we worked.

Cutting in walls with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

Mr. SP painted this room while I cut in and then painted the extra room.

Painting walls with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

After one coat, it was looking good!

Walls Painted with One Coat of Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

The next day, this space got a second coat.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

We both can’t wait to relax in this space while enjoying the lake view.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

I plan to wallpaper the stairway to add to the cabin feel. I like this paper but am a little leary about buying it since it is peel and stick. I plan to go to a local wallpaper shop to see if they can order something similar. It’s always best to support a local business when you can!

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

I’m also thinking that I should paint the HVAC vent green to match the walls.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

The above pictures are what the room looked like when we left on Sunday night, January 19. The next weekend we noticed a few spots that we hadn’t painted thoroughly, so I gave the room another coat while Mr. SP worked on installing sockets and switches.

Here you can see how great the paint looks after its final coat.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

Painting the Extra Room

I want this room to have a romantic and girly feel, so I chose a color with just a touch of pink, Sherwin Williams Cultured Pearl (SW6028).

Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

This paint is so easy to work with and I found it to go on smoothly and to cover very well.

Painting walls with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

We had to drywall over a metal header here which isn’t the most beautiful thing but it couldn’t be avoided.

Painting walls with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

Right now it is hard to get good pictures of this paint color as the room is unevenly lit. I am still deciding on a light for this side of the room. We originally planned on a ceiling fan but I don’t think that this room needs it and I plan to go with a pretty light instead.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

This side of the room has four canned lights. The wall with the small window will probably be the home of our early 90s futon. (See it here.) Someone (cough-cough) refuses to part with it. I did order a new cover for it and if we need an extra bed, it will come in handy.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

This room also has a lake view.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

Cultured Pearl looks different in different lights and I’m eager to see how it looks after the floors are installed.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Cultured Pearl

The picture below gives you a good idea of Cultured Pearl’s pretty color.

Basement painted with Sherwin Williams Rock Garden and Bedroom Painted with Sherwin Williams Cultured Pearl

Painting the Bathroom

For the basement bathroom, we chose Sherwin Williams Charcoal Blue (SW2739). It is a gorgeous navy color and I can’t wait to see how it looks once our vanity, mirror, light, and toilet are in place.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Charcoal Blue

We purchased a vanity over the summer at Ikea and I recently purchased a light. Hopefully, we can soon get both installed so that I can share them with you.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Charcoal Blue

I haven’t bought a mirror for over the vanity because I thought it would be best to wait until the light and vanity are installed so that I will know the exact size that I need.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Charcoal Blue

Boy, do I love this beautiful blue color!

Our Next Step – Flooring

After the painting was complete, we started installing the floor in the family room. We are using Mohawk Crest Loft in Praire House Oak ordered through Piedmont Floors in Lynchburg, VA.

Walls Painted with Sherwin Williams Emerald Paint in Rock Garden

My next update should show a completed floor. After that is done, we’ll move on to adding baseboard, quarter round, and then trimming out the windows.

Lake House Basement Project - Update Four - Paint

19 Comments

  1. Yes, definitely paint the vent to match the wall or all you will see is a big white vent acting like an accent piece. Your basement is shaping up nicely. I bet that when you are sitting down there, you will feel like you’re in Vermont.

  2. Hi Paula
    The paint looks fantastic! You guys do good work. LOL! I can’t wait to see the next post. I am really loving that blue in the bathroom.
    Have a great weekend!

    1. Thank you so much, Lynda! I also love the blue in the bathroom. It is such a tiny space and I’ve yet to find a way to take a picture of the space. I may have to try standing in the bathtub to see if that angle works.

      Paula

  3. Your lakehouse is looking so wonderful, Paula. Sweet Sherman sure is patient. I love how he’s framed through the window in your oyster pearl room. ♥ Your shirt’s looking good too, 😉
    What a productive way to spend winter!

    1. It is a rewarding way to spend winter weekends, Rita. Sherman gets very needy while we are working and pokes us to get petted or sits and the bottom of the steps and cries to try to get us to go upstairs with him. He’s like living with a toddler the size of a bear cub!

      Paula

  4. Hi Paula,
    I tried to use that brand (I think) peel and stick wallpaper once and had to send it back because when it arrived it was much darker than pictured. I have a link about it if you want it.. I ended up buying real wallpaper in the same pattern, that was true to the original colors that I wanted. So nice that you could paint before the window trim is installed! That helps!
    Liberty

    1. What a pain to have to send it back. I’m going to go with real wallpaper and I’m going to purchase through a local shop so that I know exactly what I am getting. I’m leary of peel and stick because on Amazon I read reviews where people had problems with it peeling off after being installed.

      Paula

    1. Thank you, Shirley! It’s slow going since we only work on it on Saturday and Sunday but it is coming along.

      Paula

  5. I am green with envy over your lake house. I love green paint color. You guys are going to have some good times there.
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    1. I am really looking forward to using the space for family parties. The first one is in May when we have a graduation to celebrate.

      Paula

  6. What a beautiful transformation. Isn’t it amazing what a little (or a lot) of paint can do? The flooring looks beautiful too.

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