Works for Me Wednesday, hosted by Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer.
Here are a few tricks to make your next painting project look like you actually hired a professional to do the job.
1. TAPE OFF! Tape off all your trim with the blue painter's tape (3M). Don't try and make straight edges with your paintbrush, it'll never work, and it's the first thing that makes your paint-job look bad.
2. Don't just tape off, burnish the edges of the tape. There's nothing worse than pulling tape and finding that paint has seeped underneath. So take your thumbnail and pull it along the edge to seal it well. Try and work the tape into gaps and over bumps.
3. If the wall is too bumpy or the woodwork too far gone to make a clean tape job, try this! Take a small cut-in brush and run a small amount of clear sealer (Minwax) or paint in the color of the trim along the taped adge. The paint that seeps underneath will be the color of the trim, and then it seals the edge for your new wall color. Paint right over this "edge primer" when it dries.
4. Take the time to cover everything. If you're like me, you are anxious to get to the fun part and are tempted to skip actually covering the floor and furniture. The giddiness of the moment makes us cocky. "I won't spill!" are my famous last words. This is a very big mistake, because anything that isn't covered WILL get a drop of paint on it. Guaranteed. Bonus tip: use the disposable plastic-backed paper tarps instead of plastic sheeting on the floor. Paint will get absorbed into the paper and thus, not tracked into other areas of the house.
5. Use enough paint. It's a bummer to have to buy 2 WHOLE gallons of paint when you only need 1 gallon and 1 quart to do the job. But it's better to have some left over that can be used for touch up, than to not quite make it around the room. A good paint job should look velvety, not skimpy.
5a. If you DO buy 1 gallon and 1 quart, mix them together in a larger container before you start. Gallons and quarts MAY have different formulas and MIGHT not match exactly. Mixing them together gives you one contiuous color.
6. Use the right tools. Rollers with too much "nap" for a smooth wall will put too much paint on the wall. Rollers with small naps will not load enough paint onto rough texture. You don't HAVE to spend big bucks on professional brushes, but PLEASE oh PLEASE don't use the 3.00 brushes with the stiff bristles. A good brush (when properly cleaned) will last many years.
7. Have rags/wipes handy for those inevitable spills. "Painter's Wipes" are great for removing paint, even dried drips and spots. I love these.