Monthly Archives: May 2016

Call me Mr. Clean


Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 2.53.23 PM.pngI have chose what paint colour I’m going to paint my room with the help of my mentor. She actually took my duvet cover home with her and matched up all the greys that went really well with the duvet. She narrowed the options down to three and gave me the paint samples. The options were Sweet Innocent, Shadow Grey, and Cement Grey. I went with cement grey.

First I have to prime my whole room before painting it the actually colour I want. But before I even get to priming I have to wash all my walls, take off all my outlet covers, and pull back the carpet lining. My uncle (the carpenter) told me that when washing walls I should just wash with water because if I wash with soapy water and don’t totally wipe off all the soap properly the paint will peel.

As you may recall I have just finished patching and sanding my room. My mom was helping me wash my walls, when washing she went over one of the patching holes making the putty wet again, she actually wiped away some of the putty. I forgot to warn her to leave some distance away from the patched holes.


Washed over patch. Notice how the hole is caving again


Raychel contributing to washing

Thankfully I caught her when she went over the first patch, so she never did it again. Another thing I had to clean was all the putty in powder form on the ground. I just went around my room with a vacuum sucking up all the mess.





Powdered Rain

I waited 24 hours after the second coat of putty before sanding around the patches. I used a 250 grit sand paper for the job. You want to sand all the edges down, when running over the patch with your hand it should feel as if there was no patching done there in the first place, it all should be even. When sanding “powdered rain” will be falling down.

This is the putty that you’re sanding off the wall, so the ground is going to get messy.

Before and After.. rather After and Before

This is one of the patches after it was sanded down. You can see all the powdered putty as well.





Before painting my room I need to patch all the holes in my walls so my room will actually look presentable. My uncle owns his own construction company and was willing to help me with my project (this uncle just so happens to be married to my mentor the interior designer). He came over just last Wednesday and demonstrated working with putty, he then watched and critiqued my patch job on my walls.

Materials needed:

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Room Before:

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These are just some of the many holes that take refuge in my room.



Instance where the hole got bigger when inverting


Framing Hammer Damage

The first thing you do when patching is to make sure all the holes are inverted. As you can see in Image 1 there are “little fluffs” that stick out of the wall, these are visible but there are holes that stick out that you can’t see but you can feel. When pushing in some the holes my uncle asked for a hammer I grabbed him the only hammer we have (which is a framing hammer). Framing hammers have little studs on the head of the hammer. Without looking at the hammer my uncle swung at the wall making dozen of tiny holes which you DON’T want. So there was  a dozen tiny holes instead of one.

The first layer of patching you only want to fill in the hole, but you want to have a very thin layer on the actual wall. I will demonstrate this technique in this video:

After the first layer was done I waited 24 hours to do another coat. The second coat is a lot thicker than the first coat. This is because when using the sand paper you want to be able to sand it down to where you want. This is the constancy of the second coat:

Sorry my helper was a bit chintzy with the putty, but I fixed that problem.

Room After Second Coat: Screen Shot 2016-05-07 at 4.33.35 PM.png

I waited another 24 hours so I could start sanding. This is a bigger and quite tedious job, so I’ll be working at it little by little each day this week.