Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Having fun with painting...

I love to paint walls and furniture it's one of the cheapest most effective ways to change a room. Now painting trim is not fun at all that is a different story. About 50% of our house has dark trim which we are changing over to all white. It is very time consuming and boring, sorry for my negative thoughts but I am so sick of painting door trim(: I wanted to share some of my painting tricks that I have learned through the years.

Here are my painting tips

1. Good paint and brushes make all the difference.This Glidden paint above is so good. It is $26 a gallon and it has primer built in it. It is so nice because you only need one coat of paint plus a touch up coat here and there. You end up saving time and money.

2. I started using green Frog Tape instead of the blue tape, it works so much better!!

3. Buy a Purdy brush,Wow! So worth the money. I bought the thinner 1 1/2" brush for corners and trim. It is so precise you don't even need to tape if your careful. I also love the edger flat paint brush with wheels. I also use this tool for painting areas where I don't want brush marks, it is so smooth. The wheels can be a pain if you get paint on them. If you turn the brush sideways on the wall and roll the wheels your sure to get off any paint left on the wheels before you make a pass against the ceiling.

4. I reuse paint brushes by washing them after use. I also put paint brushes in plastic sandwich bags if I need a break or even if I stop and want to continue the next day. It saves messy clean up when your not ready. The brushes are still wet with paint the next day with no problems.

5. If you don't have a tray you can use a trash bag over your metal tray, it works good in a pinch.

6. Save paint from each room even if it is a little bit in Tupperware containers or baby food jars. You can easily remove the lid for touch ups and it stays fresh. Label the jars and throw the big paint can away.

7. My last tip is to look up paint colors online and google them in images to see if you like them as much as you did at the store or on your paint swatch. With so many blogs now your sure to see a image of that paint color swatch you loved on a actual persons wall. Let them be the Guinea Pig. This is how I decided on my paint colors and so far I have been happy with them.

The colors I have picked so far are all Sherwin Williams colors matched at Home Depot in the Glidden paint in a eggshell finish.

Above: The ever so popular Comfort Gray. This is a nice color but depending on your room and lighting can look green or blue. This is a picture from my new powder room, blog post to come..

Below: Our living room used to be 90's peach. This color is called Ramie, we are going to continue it into the entry way and upstairs. It is a nice lighter warm tan. Not to dark but not to light. I also used this in Rob's office, boys room and plan on using it in the basement.

I love my pictures!! I think Ramie will look great on this staircase wall.

Here are the colors I have used so far. I probably won't go with more then four colors in the whole house. I like everything to flow and not be to busy. Oh, Lauren's room is light lavender that doesn't count (: That was a non-negotiable for my little lady!!

This is Relaxed Khaki I used this in my beach room. It has green undertones, but is a brown tan.

Ramie A warm tan that is not dark at all.

Comfort Gray a green/blue/gray depending on lighting.

I like that these colors change throughout the day depending on time of day and what lights I have on. I am trying to go with lighter neutral colors that are still warm and friendly but not drastic. Since our yard has so many trees it can be dark inside so I am pleased with these colors so far.

Love this website this will help you with paint colors!!
I will be posting our powder room transformation next..Defiantly blog worthy!!

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