Painting your walls is about the easiest and least expensive thing you can do to bring on a HUGE change in your décor. Even knowing the dramatic effect it has I still put the task of painting on the back burner.
It’s never as hard as I make it out to be in my mind and the results are always good for a jolt of instant gratification. I decided on a color and actually bought the paint for my dining room FIVE months ago. That’s embarrassing.
I think the fact that the sweet people who make Purdy’s paint brushes offered up free brushes to try finally pushed me into doing this project. They want you to be excited about getting painting off your to-do list! Tell me in the comments below what COLOR you are using in your next painting project. I can’t wait to hear, I’m so curious!
I have painted more walls than I can count in the last seven homes we have lived in over 15 years of marriage. Along the way I have managed to learn a trick or two about painting. Today I am sharing my experience!
- Don’t be scared of color – I feel the same way about hair cuts and color as I do about wall paint. You can always change it if you don’t like it. I’m of the opinion that people pick the lightest shade on the color swatch all to often. It can be a sort of non-committal color. If your looking for a change then commit to it and be bold. I went all out with this particular room and chose Caviar Black by Sherwin Williams. I really think we will start to see a trend of darker colors in the near future. I’m no expert, but I feel it coming! Buy a sample size and paint a swatch of color if you’re hesitant on taking the plunge. Live with it a while and then decide. You might just find a new found pep in your step once you go big in your color choice!
2. Set the mood – Allow ample time to complete your project or else plan it out in stages. Turn on your favorite ITunes playlist. This is the perfect time to enjoy a break from Kidz Bop and play some uplifting worship music or whatever it is that gets your juices flowin’. Wear comfy clothes and crank the A/C down to get ready to work!3. Use the right tools – Being unprepared makes any project harder than it should be and painting is no different. Get all your supplies rounded up and BEFORE you start. When Purdy sent me new paint brushes I have to admit it got me all excited. Having the right brush makes all the difference in the world. I know this from experience. I used the Purdy XL Cub Medium Stiff Nylon/polyester brush. I like a brush with a shorter, fatter handle so I have more control. The bristles have to be slightly firm so they bend with the pressure I apply, but don’t give way and get all loosey goosey on me. This brush did just that. Not to mention it was clean and new. There is a time and place to retire old brushes. I had a favorite but then I let my mom use it and I don’t even know what she did to it, but it will never be the same. People – be nice to your brushes! Clean them. Brush in the right direction or else they will become a rat’s nest…like this…
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Trash bags or plastic drop cloth
Flat head screwdriver
Old glass jar
Replacement outlets, switches, etc. as needed
4. Prep your area – I don’t tape all the edges. You may want to. I free hand most of my edges and find it’s much quicker than taping. I DO tape the baseboards. As you can see below, I tape off the baseboards and then use the tape to hold my plastic trash bag or drop cloth in place. This protects the floor from my messiness and any paint splatter that may occur. Go ahead and remove all fixtures, nails, outlet covers, etc. that are on the prospective area. This is a must…no painting around them (except for the instance in #6 below), that just looks unprofessional!
5. Hand paint first – I always cut in the edges and paint around outlets first. This is the most time consuming part of the job and it’s good to just get it over with first. The biggest mistake made when hand painting edges is not loading your brush with paint. Don’t be scared of the paint! Get your brush loaded, you want to be pushing the paint with your brush. If you paint when your brush is to unloaded you will actually pull paint from the wall. That’s when the paint looks thin and you’ll need multiple coats along the edges. If you move quickly with a loaded brush you can glide down the edge of a wall or ceiling with ease.
6. Roll it – Again, don’t be afraid to load the roller with paint…frequently. If you try to go to long between filling the roller you’ll start taking paint off the wall. I’m sure you know the whole go in a V motion, but if you don’t it works best. Be sure to use the right roller nap – it really makes a difference in quality of coverage. GOOD TIP: If you need to run pick up your kid from school or something and have to leave in the middle of painting no need to pick everything up. Use a damp rag and lay it across your paint tray and the paint will stay until you get back. If you need to leave it overnight you can cover it with a damp rag and put it in the refrigerator. It will be good to go in the morning. I always toss my used roller naps when I’m done. I can never get them clean enough to keep and if they’re crunchy they don’t paint as well.
7. Make it look professional – It’s the small touches that will make your job look professional. Making sure you paint two coats at least and there are no white spots or old color shining through is an obvious one. Changing out light switches when you go dark is a subtle touch that lends a sleekness to your room. The same goes for plug outlets. Just paint over them! They become seamless in the wall and don’t draw your eye in the same as when you leave them white. In this room I painted the entire A/C grate and trim because it’s an in wall register. Now it just goes away instead of being an eye sore. The finish of your paint can also make a huge difference. I’m big on flat paint for walls and a semi gloss for trim. It’s a personal choice.
8. Keep it Up – This is my favorite trick. When you are all done painting, before you retire the leftover paint to the garage, pour some into a glass jar. Any jar…use and old pickle jar, spaghetti jar, whatever. Label the lid with the color and finish and then you can easily hide the jar in your laundry room or under the sink for a quick go to when you need a touch up. Wrap a rubber band around it with a sponge brush and your touch up station is in order. For me, this is so much easier than heading outside to our storage area, rummaging through gallons of paint, prying a crusty lid off and trying to find a brush. Easier = actually doing touch ups!
Hopefully, these few easy tips will encourage you to paint that room you keep putting off. Now I’m off to work on the other plans for my dining room makeover. I will reveal when it’s complete. Until then, let me know any tips you have for me and don’t forget to tell me your next paint color choice.
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