I also need to wrap my head around the work in front of me. As I mentioned in Part One of this series, painting projects ALWAYS take longer than you think they will.
Before I even starting thinking about any of this, I consulted with one of the most highly respected resources on the subject…Pinterest!
I didn’t find many “Pink Bathrooms” on there, but what I did find helped me understand I did NOT want to stay in the 1950’s with black as the alternate color in these rooms. Sock Hop I want not.
So…I decided Grey, or some shade of it would suffice nicely. Grey, White & Pink. (fingers crossed)
This project has been started and I’m geeked… and I can’t wait to show you pictures.
Here are their 15 Tips for DIY Painting Projects:
1. PHOTO OP
You’re about to turn your “Before” into a very stylish “After.” But not so fast…don’t forget to snap a “Before” pic so you can share your amazing room makeover with all your friends when you’re done!
2. PROTECT YOUR GOODS
You have stuff. Some of it may even be nice stuff. You don’t want paint on that stuff. So move it, cover it and you don’t have to worry about it. Don’t forget the floors too. Drop cloths are your friend and try using a clear acrylic sheet to do tough borders on the fly.
That should be how the saying goes, anyway. Prep your walls by sanding down any rough patches or lumps first. THen use a slightly dampened sponge to wipe all the dust away (don’t forget the trim). Clean walls ensure that your tape will stick, and that no dust will muck up your pretty paint job.
4. TAPE TRICK
Here is a master taping secret: heat-seal the tapes edge (with friction!) by running a smooth tool like your finger, a spoon or a paint stick along the edge. Heating up the sticky stuff helps it form a stronger seal against paint seepage. You don’t want paint seepage.
That lint brush isn’t just for pet hair anymore. Rub it over your paint roller to get rid of pesky excess fuzz so it doesn’t end up painted onto your wall for an eternity. no lint brush? Just wrap your tape around the roller for the same effect.
6. NO MUSS, NO FUSS
Cleaning is no fun, especially after a day of painting. A tray liner makes it easier, but if you don’t have one you can also wrap your paint tray with aluminum foil or a plastic grocery bag (check for holes!). When you’re done painting, you can just wrap up the foil and toss it, leaving a perfectly clean tray.
7. DEFEAT THE DRIPS
When you dip your brush straight into the can and wipe it against the side, you get messy drips on the can and, eventually, the floor. But here’s a simple trip fighter – a rubber band. Just wrap it around the can, forming a band across the top of the can. Now you can wipe away excess paint without a drip in sight.
Drips happen to the best of us. hopefully you’ve protected your floors, but if a stray drop ends up somewhere you don’t wan it, keep a damp cloth on hand to wipe it up right away. If you miss it and it dries, pimple pads that contain alcohol will make cleanup easy (plus, no blemishes!)
9. WORK WET
Paint the edges of a wall first, but only in a manageable section. It’s very important that you always put wet paint on wet paint. Don’t let an area dry around the edges before you paint the middle, or you may be able to see the different layers in your finished paint job.
10. THE POWER OF THE W
Your ABCs can help your painting technique. Specifically, the W. Make long, Ws with your roller, then go back over them to fill in without picking up the roller. This pattern is perfect for hiding your roller trails on a dried wall.
11. MIND YOUR MANNERS
ben* makes painting easy, but it’s still a big job and that can make people a little testy. If you’re painting with a friend ro loved one, remember to have fun and keep cool. If you do snap at them, however, we recommend flowers or some baked goods to smooth things over.
12. GET THE RIGHT ANGLE
Don’t wait to pull your tape. Remove it, preferably while the paint is still wet, downward and at a 45 degree angle. Otherwise, you risk pulling some paint off with the tape, making all your hard work for naught. If that does start to happen, run a sharp blade lightly across the painted edge of the tape before pulling.
13. WRAP IT UP
If you don’t finish the paint job all in one go (hey, we all need the occasional nap break), don’t let your brush or tray dry out. Wrap them super tightly in plastic or foil and seal all edges to keep the air away from them, then store them in your fridge. Don’t eat them.
When you’re finished, clean your brushes right away. Hot, soapy water should be all you need, but if they’re especially messy, let them sit in hot vinegar for a half-hour first. Have leftover paint? For a little, soak it up with kitty litter before tossing. For a lot, consider sharing with neighbors, or donate it to the community. Don’t forget to save a little for touch-ups, too.
15. SHARE YOUR ‘AFTER’
Now that you have a freshly painted space that fits your style, take another photo to be your “after” shot. Now you can show off how big a difference a little bit of color (and a tiny bit of effort) can make in your home. It’s OK to brag.
Wow…color makes a difference. A HUGE difference.
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