Just to let you all know that the family/living room turned out GREAT!! Had a plasterer come in and fix the cracks and the many holes from over 100 years of "honey let's hang it here"! Used Benjamin Moore oil based primer and eggshell latex paint! The walls look great! Thanks for all of your advice!
When I restore building for the The Colorado State Historical Fund they recommend Benjamin Moore paints. Glad to read your results are beautiful. It is so fulfilling just to sit in a restored home and feel the restoration.
Most definitely it is rewarding!!! Just finished priming and painting our daughter's room! Had an 80's wall treatment which we called the Star Trek room! Hunter green, burgundy sponge paint with gold wiggly lightning bolts!!! The ceiling had gold crescent moons and stars all over-those took two coats of paint plus another spot coat in order to cover those!! Even used an oil based primer for the ceiling too!
Next project will be our MBR-what wonderful 80's paint treatment there!!! I've attached the realtor's picture of that room!! The ceiling is sponged painted blue to look like clouds in the sky!! Even have a cardinal painted perched on the draping vines!! YUCK!!!