Today I thought I would share with you some tips on how to successfully paint a room. After years of trial and error I have finally found what works best for me. My first advice is to buy GOOD painting tools. Spend a little money to get a better finish job. My preference for a brush is the PURDY brand. I use a 1 1/2″ angled brush. I can do all my cutting in and paint the trim with this brush. Plus, if I wash it out and take care of it, this brush will last for several projects. Next I when I am painting walls I always use a LAMB’S WOOL roller. It costs a little more, but the results are worth it. Plus again, if I wash it out really well and take care of it, I can use it for several projects. Now to the paint. I have found that SHERWIN WILLIAM SUPER PAINT in a flat finish is the way to go. The super paint already has primer in it, so it cuts down painting time drastically. And this paint really covers.
I know you are probably freaking out that I said FLAT paint. Isn’t this the gross, builders grade paint that everyone always wants to paint over with at least an eggshell finish. Well, let me tell you what I have found. With a flat paint you can go and touch up one little area and it will blend right in. If for some reason in a few months there is a mark on the wall that won’t wash off I can go back with my paint and a roller and roll that one area. No shadows or different shades of paint will happen. It will blend right in to the paint that is on the wall already. Like wise when I am painting if one spot didn’t cover as well, I can just go back and paint that ONE spot. I can touch up all I want after the paint is dry with no bad consequences. When painting in eggshell or satin finish, you will always get shadows, or different paint shades if you spot paint.
The most important part of a paint job is to PREP THE WALLS. This will take a while. It is one step that I used to rush through, but I have found I get much better results if I take the time to do a good job. Wash the walls and trim down, remove all the outlet covers.
Patch all the holes with WALL BOARD JOINT COMPOUND. Do not use any “light weight spackle” products. They take paint differently and the spots will show up under your paint. Apply smoothly with a putty knife and let dry.
Before you paint sand down the patch until smooth, then wipe clean.
Next is caulking. This is one of the steps that will take your paint job from ho-hum to SPECTACULAR! Take the time to caulk all the gaps that have formed in any of your trim, or along the base boards. I even put caulk in some screw holes that where in the window casings. It is easy to work with and you can smooth it out well. Keep a wet paper towel with you. Apply the caulk with a caulk gun to your desired area. Wet your finger and run your finger all the caulk line. Wipe of any excess on your paper towel. This will help apply the caulk to the gap and also smooth it out.
Here is a picture of the Joint Compound I use. This is the same stuff that was originally used on your sheet rock to fill in the gaps between the sheets. That is why it works so well and matches the texture of your walls.
My caulking supplies. Always look for PAINTABLE caulk. I use the bright white color, since most of it will be painted either wall color or trim color.
Protect your floors with a good paint tarp. This is a good heavy canvas tarp that has a protective coating on the back. They run between $20-$30, but again can be used over and over. We have had this one for years and have painted many rooms and much furniture with it.
I begin a paint job by “cutting in” with the wall color. Cutting in is where you use a brush to put the paint where a roller is not going to be able to go. Mostly along all your trim, along the ceiling and in the corners. With my angled brush I choose not to tape of anything with painters tape. I use a steady hand and with a good brush and good paint I can get a straight line. (I was a little worried about the paint color I choose after cutting in. It was much darker than I had in my mind, but I later realized it was just how it was playing of the yellow of the previous color. I absolutely LOVE it now!)
I realized I didn’t get any pictures after the cutting in. Once you cut in then roll the walls. If it needs a second coat go ahead and do that. Then Paint the trim with your angled brush. I do use a semi-gloss finish for the trim. Again, I don’t tape I just use a good steady hand. (I did put painters tape all the bottom of the base board along our wood floors to protect the floor and make it easier to paint). I did go back with the wall color to touch up around some of the trim. I can do this with flat paint. It is wonderful to work with.
I am so excited with how it turned out. I am still working with all the accessories to make it just right. I think if feels warmer and more inviting than before. It is very cozy and classy.