November 29, 2012

5 Tips for Stress-Free Painting

The dining room is painted! We used Sherwin Williams Warm Stone above the chair rail and Sherwin Williams Simple White below the chair rail and for the trim. This isn't the best photo, but it's probably the truest picture of the color I have - it's somewhere between grey and brown with green undertones.


I know some people enjoy the process of painting, but I am not one of them. Maybe it’s because I read too many blogs, but I just want to fast forward to the “after.” If you share my aversion to painting, here are a few tips that will hopefully make the process as painless as possible. 



5. Painters tape doesn’t always do the trick. When you’re using dark paint against a white molding, the edge is very notiecable. You will get a better result with some patience and a steady hand than with painters tape. We also used one of these edgers with pretty good results. The only catch is that you have to wipe the guides after every paint refill. If you cut-in really well on the first coat, you can do the second coat a lot quicker. 

4. Here’s a tip from Liz (which she graciously models above ;) – turn your pants inside out! Don’t want any drips on those Lululemon….err Old Navy… yoga pants. 

3. Put test swatches on each wall in the room and wait to see how the color looks at different times of the day. You’d be surprised how one color can look like a cool grey in the morning and then turn completely purple in the evening.

2. Buy expensive brushes, especially if you are using a glossy paint. You’ll get much better coverage and save time and paint.

1. Buy now, paint later! Shopping at a Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore store is so much more pleasant than schlepping to Home Depot, and not necessarily more costly! Sign up for their mailing lists and wait for coupons. For example, Sherwin Williams sends 30% off coupons a few times a year. If you know you’re going to paint in the next few months, use these opportunities to stock up on un-tinted paint. You can bring it back to the store at any time to have it tinted (no charge) once you pick a color. You will also have access to the store’s color specialists, who will come to your home and help you decide between “Marshmallow” and “Steamed Milk”.  

1 comment:

  1. Totally laughed out loud on tip #4... do you even know how many pairs of yoga pants over the last two years with paint? I famously wore my mom's favorite sweatshirt (who knew? I thought she gave it to me!) by backing into a wall of fresh paint. Paint happens.

    Good tips!

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