The Shack: Our Little Poconos Getaway, and Painting the Vaulted Ceiling and Stair Walls (Post #8)

Welcome back.  We’re making so much progress on updating our little mountain house in the Poconos.  Now that we’ve got the ceiling planks installed in the dining area (and under the walkway), we can begin painting all the walls and ceiling in the main living area.

You may recall I selected soft grays for the walls in the living and dining areas.

These soft greige colors are both by Sherwin Williams and will create a nice contrast when combined with the chalky white trim I plan to install throughout the home.  I want the walls and trim to create a soft, neutral and bright backdrop for the colorful furnishings I’m planning to install in this vacation home.  For now, though, we need to start at the top and work our way down.  The large, sloped ceiling is the first thing to be painted and it will get treated to a flat ceiling white.  I’m also painting the main wall going up the staircase in ceiling white.  This will freshen and brighten the entire home!


Luckily, our next door neighbor at The Shack has a very tall ladder we could borrow for painting this two story ceiling. Thanks, Bud! We decided to keep the wood stain on the beam in the main living area and on the railings, so it was important we cover them to protect from paint spatter and drips. Notice we’re protecting everything EXCEPT that lovely brown carpeting. LOL There’s a lot of prep work involved in painting. Thankfully we have plenty of tarps!


Priming is the first step in this painting process.  It creates an important barrier against the dust and grime of many years and gives a fresh background for the final coats of paint. Once everything is primed, the ceiling and main wall going up the stairs will get a coat of flat ‘ceiling white’.  It’s very hard on the arms and back to paint a tall ceiling like this, and my wonderful husband did a terrific job of putting three coats on this large surface. Look at what a difference the white primer makes against that yellow!! Everything is already starting to look cleaner and brighter at The Shack.


Now that the ceiling and wall in the stairwell are primed and painted, you can see how the old, dated light fixture contributes to the yellow ‘atmosphere’. That yellow, crackled-glass shade throws amber light all throughout the stairwell…it’s just one of the awful remnants of the past that will soon be replaced at The Shack.

Stay tuned for the pretty grey colors that will soon be painted on the walls in the main living area.  What a difference a coat of paint makes!!  It’s a lot of work, but a new paint job is one of the least expensive ways to make a dramatic change in your interior.  Color has the power to update and improve the most dated of spaces.

Until next time, make sure to like Robinson Interiors on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter, and DO stay tuned for future updates on The Shack!

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