Painting Tips & Tricks

A couple samples I bought at Lowe's. 

A couple samples I bought at Lowe's. 

As I mentioned last week, we are getting ready to redo both the guest room and master bedroom, and it is time to make some final decisions before project weekend begins! This weekend is mostly about painting, but there is a bit more involved before you put the roller to the wall. I have painted way too many rooms to count and after a few mishaps of the wrong paint color - my mom's purple bathroom and a super bright orange bedroom in college, I have figured out a few tricks in picking out the paint & painting the actual rooms that I figured were worth sharing! 

The beautiful navy's for the guest room... which to choose!?! Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the right & Sherwin Williams Naval on the left. 

The beautiful navy's for the guest room... which to choose!?! Benjamin Moore Hale Navy on the right & Sherwin Williams Naval on the left. 

Really love the blue with the brass bed, but debating if it is going to be too dark. We do get a ton of light and you could sleep in forever! 

Really love the blue with the brass bed, but debating if it is going to be too dark. We do get a ton of light and you could sleep in forever! 

Tips & Tricks 

  • Buy samples! I know its extra work, and that sometimes you really think you know exactly which color you want, but you really never know! A lot of hardware or paint stores require that you buy a quart of paint to get a sampling, but Lowe's has the perfect size paint samples and will mix any paint number/brand that you want to try. Each sample is about three dollars, but honestly that is way cheaper than a half gallon of paint that you don't like! 

  • As you can see, the colors in my images above look different. Colors constantly change based off of the lighting that filters through the room. As you can see, the blues change pretty dramatically and the whites below, well some of those don't even look white! So take a few days to look at the colors on your walls at different times of the day. 

  • Make sure you prep your walls. Take out all the nails, outlet covers and vent covers. If you aren't planning to put the artwork back in the same spot, patch up the wall and let it dry! If it is a super tiny hole, I highly recommend tooth paste. I know its weird, but works amazingly well & is super cheap! 

  • Tape off all the base board, windows and doors. This may be the most tedious part, but saves you so much time and will make your job look pretty professional! If you haven't painted a lot and haven't done the wall/ceiling edge, you might want to tape that too. I highly recommend using FrogTape. I have used blue painter's tape, but personally would choose Frog instead. 

  • Large floor coverings are a must, unless you are my dad, who I swear could paint in his dress clothes and not have one spot on him. However, mom and I put on painting clothes and try to remain inside the room until we have finished the first coat. 

  • There is always a new paint out promising that it will cover in one coat including the primer... this has NEVER worked for me. Typically I put a primer, unless the paint is dramatically darker, and I ALWAYS do two coats of paint. Spots will always be missed or thinner after the first round. The second coat usually goes much faster, so you might as well just do it while you have everything out! 

  • Buy good equipment (brushes & rollers) and quality paint! I know it is tempting to buy super cheap brushes, paint the room and toss them, but the better the brush the better the paint job. I often buy a couple nice brushes, clean them and have them stored away for future paint jobs. 

  • Washing brushes after each coat is unnecessary, which is also a pain in the butt. If you still have your second coat or a few touch-ups that you think you might need to do, wrap your brush in aluminum foil real tight & stick in the fridge. This works for about a weekend, so don't leave it a week and think it will be fresh the following weekend. But I promise it makes the process of two coats so much better! Just be weary, if you go with a red it may take almost 6 coats for it to truly be the right color! 

  • Commit the day and have fun! Like anything, more people you work with the more fun you will have. I know it sounds crazy, but I love when my parents come up and we work on things together. We all learn a lot and get a lot done... four people instead of one or two accomplishes WAY more! 

The four whites I am looking at for the master bedroom. From top to bottom - Benjamin Moore Sleigh Bells, White Dove, Decorators White & Super White. They are definitely white, but I think it will be super classic! I think I am going to go with the 3rd one down... thoughts? 

The four whites I am looking at for the master bedroom. From top to bottom - Benjamin Moore Sleigh Bells, White Dove, Decorators White & Super White. They are definitely white, but I think it will be super classic! I think I am going to go with the 3rd one down... thoughts? 

Just a few more days to make a final decision, and then it's game time! I am still digging both the navy & the white, but Tyler doesn't really agree so I have been second guessing myself all day. However, I really do love both... ahh decisions. Hopefully this makes everyone else feel a bit better about how tricky it can be to find the perfect paint color! Anyone have favorites to break the tie? 

Wish me luck!

-a.