I decided to take on the project this summer. I caulked all the windows. Then I caulked the corner shelves. I used an entire bottle of caulk on this shelf area. Seriously. Lots of air leakage. Then I looked at the walls and wherever I saw cracks in the paneling, I caulked. On the walls, this wasn't too much of a pain. However, when I got the ceiling I realized that everything single row needed to be caulked. I spent several days up on a stepladder caulking in each and every groove the entire length of the room. This room better be more airtight now!
While I was doing this project, I noticed how pathetic the paint on the walls was. The room looked pretty dingy and it really needed a new coat of paint. I decided that since the room was already in disarray, I had better do it now instead of later. So my caulking project turned into a room makeover project. Sigh. Isn't that how home repair always goes????
Denali offered to help and she helped me pick out a blue color for the walls and a white color for the ceiling.
I also then had to remove all the nails, fill in with spackling, and sand, sand, sand. What was I thinking? So much for a simple project. I think the whole thing, start to finish, took me three weeks.
|We moved everything to the center of the room.|
|Here is some of the ceiling after caulking. I think it's still wet in this picture.|
|The corner shelf was the one part of the room where the wood paneling had never been painted. I bought some tinted primer to match our wall color and started painting.|
|Abby painted the shelves.|
|Abby put in a good twenty minutes. Denali also helped, maybe for a little bit longer than Abigail. Benjamin was "busy" with work. He's never, ever been super excited about any of my painting projects.|
|I was so pleased with the finished product. The ceiling looks so nice.|
|Time to start decorating and preparing for my home school preschool.|
P.S. I could not get a straight line between the ceiling and the wall, darn that wood paneling!