Living Room: At this stage in the game we were still determining what our plan of attack was. The only thing that was certain was that we were indeed replacing the tile because we had ripped out the old tiles and you'll see that the shredded sheet rock look isn't quite right for the room. We knew after one quick trial coat on the mantel that the gray paint was NOT it and we had eliminated about 12 different makes and models of glass, ceramic and stone tile. Final decision still to be determined.
Dining Room: See the way he's standing there like that?! Do you see it? He's taking it in, soaking it all up now that an ENTIRE WALL AND A HALF is completed, and this, THIS STANCE right here is what you get before he turns to me and says, "SO, it's really red, huh?"
Me: "Paul! Turn around and smile for the camera while you act like you like it."
Paul: Slow body rotation and even slower head turn to face me, roller up and a smirky little grin on his face.
Back to work (Oh and I should mention here that it is VERY fun to paint walls when you know the flooring is coming up - it's like a built in drop cloth):
Once the paint was completed (this took SEVERAL coats), we were in agreement that the color - California Poppy - looked great! With painted walls we could finally return to the original project which was tearing out the carpet and replacing it with cork flooring, so...
And yes, switching from carpet to another type of flooring means not only ripping up the carpet and pad, but all tack strips and staples must come up too.