Countdown to Carpet

by Melissa {The Dominion Project}

Over our little break at Christmas, Ethan and I discussed the things we wanted to get done around the house in 2012. There’s nothing like a new year to get me in a goal-setting mood! After throwing around lots of projects and ideas, we realized the one thing that is way overdue in this house is new carpet.

There’s only one thing stopping us from pulling the trigger on that big (and expensive) improvement – a whole lot of painting projects. We want every surface that touches carpet to be painted before the new stuff goes in. Because the last thing either of us wants on brand new carpet is a bunch of paint splatters. Makes sense, right?

Well, since I’m a list-making kinda gal…I made a list (big surprise there!) And since we have the tendency to dive head-first into projects and leave that room a complete mess for months on end, we broke the list up into tiny bite-sized pieces. Projects that we can complete in an evening or Saturday afternoon, and feel a since of accomplishment. So here’s the master list.

DIY painting project list

Just in case you can’t read it, here are the super exciting projects you can look forward to over the next few months. We’re aiming to have new carpet by June, which seems completely manageable.


  • Paint hall closet
  • Paint closet trim
  • Finish (painting) closet door

Dining Room

  • Remove wallpaper
  • Texture walls
  • Paint walls
  • Paint ceiling
  • Paint trim (including wainscot)
  • Paint French doors

Master Bedroom

  • Touch up trim and window sill
  • Paint doors
  • Reconfigure Melissa’s closet (there’s a ton of wasted space in there)
  • Paint closet walls
  • Paint closet trim


  • Paint trim


  • Paint doors
  • Touch up trim
  • Paint closet shelves/trim
  • Paint attic door
  • Paint bookcase?? (we’re still deciding on this one)

Guest Bedroom

  • Touch up doors and trim
  • Paint closet walls
  • Paint closet trim

Middle Bedroom

  • Touch up walls
  • Touch up trim/sill
  • Paint doors


  • Paint trim
  • Paint doors
  • Paint closet walls
  • Paint closet trim
  • Touch up walls at ceiling (we were messier painters back then)

Oh, and funny story…I made this list and put it on the refrigerator on Monday. It took until Friday evening for Ethan to notice it. :) Anyway, guess what we did today? Not one, but TWO of our projects! I just love to cross things off my lists.

Project #1 – Paint hall closet

All of our closets are just dingy – 25+ years of scrapes and scuffs that need to be freshened up. We just used Benjamin Moore’s Decorator White (our ceiling color) because we already had it on hand.

I know it looks like I did all the work, but Ethan was in there the longest, cutting in the edges and tight spots with a paint brush. I just jumped in at the end to rolls the walls.

Project #2 – Paint dining room ceiling

Since we already had the ceiling paint out, we tackled the dining room ceiling too. This one is real exciting, let me tell you.



I know – not a huge difference. But stand in the entry with me for a sec and look up.

Do you see it now? The old ceiling is a dingy beige color. And our new trim is Super White (that’s actually the name), which makes the dingy beige look even worse. So all our ceilings need a fresh coat of bright white paint. It’s one big domino effect.

So, there’s our Saturday. Not exactly glamorous, but who said DIY was? Is anyone else painting this weekend, or is it just us?


2 Responses to “Countdown to Carpet”

  1. In my defense, I wasn’t home before nine this week. Well… maybe that’s a whole different problem.


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