Painting Concrete: an educational experience (three things we learned)

After over a week of pulling wallpaper off the walls, sanding them down, and puttying them up, we finally got to the fun part: painting.  We decided to go with a classic and timeless flat white (daring, we know) and spent most of the weekend with wide rollers and narrow brushes.   Here are three amazing facts we learned from a weekend filled with buckets (3x10L, but who’s counting) of paint:

Roll away.

Roll away.

1. Bare concrete walls suck up a lot of paint. 

It kind of makes sense, but you don’t think about it until you’re rolling on the third layer and your wall is still grey, and showing its plethora of imperfections.  If you’re painting directly on concrete, you’ll need a lot of paint to cover it up.  This brings us to our next lesson learned…

2. If the paint seems too cheap, it probably is.

We were amazed (baffled even) to find a 10L bucket tub of paint for 7€ a piece.  It really seemed too good to be true, turned out – it was!  The paint was thin and barely covered the walls at all.  So, after 3 heavy coats resulting in nothing more than off-white/grey walls, we decided to buck up and go with a more expensive – real – paint.  One coat later and our walls were a dazzling WHITE.

3. Wear glasses when painting the ceiling.

Pretty self-explanatory. Unfortunately, Joe learned it the hard way.

We got a decent amount of work done this weekend and the apartment is definitely a bit brighter now.  We’re officially one step closer towards making The Tempelhof Project our new home.

And for your viewing pleasure, a few more fascinating images from our weekend adventure:

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3 comments

  1. You two are sickeningly adorable.

  2. […] a point where we’re done with almost all of the hard work (cleaning, removing wallpaper, painting), and moving onto the actual fun part: decorating. I think the main reason why we took on the […]

  3. […] a point where we’re done with almost all of the hard work (cleaning, removing wallpaper, painting), and moving onto the actual fun part: decorating. I think the main reason why we took on the […]

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