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Painting Tips

June 26, 2009

After my recent painting spree, I thought I would share what I have learned about painting.

1. Never, never paint when you aren’t up to it. You will skip important steps and will do a subpar job. This isn’t meant to be an excuse to be lazy, but if your only goal to painting is to just get it over with, you will likely not be pleased with the result.

2. Speaking of important steps, I like to start the project by looking for wall imperfections. I spackle and sand as necessary and then paint my first coat. During the first coat, I continue to look for imperfections because they usually become more noticeable with a wet coat of paint. After that coat dries, I spackle and sand the newly found imperfections. You should be good to go for your second (and usually final) coat. If you still find imperfections, spackle and sand (being careful to not sand too large of an area) and then just touch up that area with paint. I like to use sponge brushes (shown below) for touch ups because they don’t leave brush marks.

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It’s important to make sure your walls are even. I have played the “nobody will notice” game, and the imperfections are always the first thing people notice. Its really frustrating when you have spent a lot of time on a project!

3. Don’t underestimate the power of a fresh coat of trim. I have finished painting rooms and felt disappointed because it didn’t have that fresh look that I wanted. New coat of white trim….perfection!

4. If you hate your new color, repaint! You will spend more money trying to buy accessories to make the room work than if you just bought a new can of paint.

5. Have the right tools for the job. Here is what I usually have with me when I paint:

  • Roller (with roller handle and pan)
  • Shur-Line Edger (as shown). This is perfect for painting up against the ceiling and trim.

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  • Premium XL Tightspots 2″ Paint Brush (thanks to the recommendation from http://www.thisyounghouse.com). This brush is amazing. I don’t know if it is the angled brush or the short handle that make it perfect for painting the trim, but this ordinarily tedious task is now somewhat enjoyable.
  • Tape. I don’t put tape around the ceiling because I use the edger and the paint doesn’t drip up, but I put it anywhere the paint might drip.
  • I usually keep an assortment of regular tools like a drill and razor around, too, but that is really all. Call me crazy, but I don’t even use drop cloths.

Do you have any tips that you live by when painting? Have you found a tool that you love? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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