Did You Just Move Like Me

Did You Just Move Like Me

One month ago today I moved into a lovely condo building in downtown New Rochelle, New York and I could not be happier. 

I had been dreaming about this moment for years. And it finally made it December 5, 2014 and our first night in our new home was December 19th. My husband and I had the brilliant idea of ordering all our stuff from Ikea and to paint the entire unit. WOW. Speak about exhausting!!!!

Good news is that the painting is done (minus the kitchen...still trying to figure out if we are going to change up the kitchen) and for the most part we are done building all our furniture (minus bed frame and some bedroom storage solutions).

Painting the home was quite the challenge. 

I started of thinking we were going to hire someone to paint the condo, which is just under 800 square feet. But hiring someone was going to cost us a pretty penny. So I decided we would just do it ourselves.  My husband agreed and when he was away on business I started. 

The first room to paint was the bathroom. I decided to start with the smallest room and the bathroom because I figured it would be the room that I would not mind messing up on and because I thought it would be the fastest to get done since it's the smallest room...WRONG.

The bathroom ended up the most difficult room to paint. It required so much prep work and I had to work around things like the tub, outlets, mirror and toilet. Getting around those things (for me) was tough. 

All in all the bathroom took me...7 hours to do!!!!! Which is funny because I thought it would only take me 2 hours at the most.

Next, I tried the bedroom. My husband helped me with this room as he was no longer away on business. We figured it would take us about 4 hours. It took 5.5 hours. Not too bad I think. That is the second room I figured would not bother me so much if I messed up on because I could always close the door and not think about it all the time.

The prep work for the bedroom was not too bad. I did the same tape thing I did in the bathroom, but this time I added plastic coverings to the floor. I did not do that in the bathroom. The bedroom has carpet versus tiles in the bathroom. And we unscrewed the outlet coverings again and placed tape over the outlets too. The most annoying part about prepping rooms  is placing the tape over the molding and on the ceiling to protect it. Something we learned was that if we left the tape on the ceiling for more than 4 hours it would remove the ceilings paint and that sucks because now we need to do some touch ups...bummer.

Fortunately, the bedroom also turned out nice.

When we did the living/dining room we also did the hallway. This took 2.5 days because there was a lot to do here too with prep work, but I feel we actually moved pretty fast and we did not work all day and night as we did with the bedroom. 

When we did the bedroom we worked into the night...not a good idea because the only lighting we had was floor lamps and when we came back to inspect our work we saw some of our brush strokes which we feel had we had proper lighting this could have been avoided. 

So when we did the living/dining and hallway we stopped early. I think the total amount of time spent painting that was about 7-8 hours. 

What I used to paint the condo:

  • So I did some research and picked a semi-gloss with primer from Home Depot to paint the bathroom and when we paint the kitchen we will pick the same kind. The paint brand was Behr Premium Plus. I heard that this paint was the best and that semi gloss would help with moisture that both room tend to get.

  • I knew I did not want flat paint. I don't like it because it is hard to wipe and clean. 

  • The bedroom and the living/dining room and hall way were satin with primer. Same brand (Behr Premium Plus).  

More Painting Info

  • This was the first time I truly painted a home. Growing up I would help my mom here and there. But that did not compare to this.  

  • I did two coats in every room and I  prepped too. I filled in nail holes with spackling (not sure how to spell)  using a chisel. The spackling needs to sit for 1-5 hours but I let it sit overnight. But before I painted I sanded it to make it smooth and I wiped the area clean from dust that the sanding caused. 

  • Each gallon of paint costed just under $40.

  • I pick a different color for each the bathroom (gray with a green undertone), the living/dining and hallway (gray with a blue undertone) and the bedroom (gray....a darker gray). 

  • And we are still trying to figure out the kitchen.

  • Oh and we were going to paint the moldings white, but decided to leave as is, which is a beige yellow color that really compliments the color choices. I was advised to paint the moldings last incase it turned out nice. And I think it did. =)


  • I was told the gallons that I picked would cover about 400 sq feet. So that really helped me when I was trying to decide how much paint was needed. 

  • Don't leave the paint tape on the walls and ceiling for more than a 4 hours...if possible because it will take of paint (it took off the ceiling paint...I think it is flat paint

Well I think that about covers everything. I hope this article helped. 

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Phone: 914-839-0459
Dated: January 5th 2015
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