The room is cleaned out and the painting has begun. I had to remove that wire shelf from the wall over the washer and dryer and man those make a mess of your walls. So much patching to do.
So first I will go through a little about my painting process. I am in no way a professional painter. But, I have been painting since I was young. My mom used to like to freshen things up with paint and would always let me help her. We were a team! She would do the edging and I would get to do the rolling. Now I am able to share that experience with my girls. Lucky them!
Over the years I have learned a lot of techniques that I would love to share with you!
First, I find it helpful to pull all the supplies you are going to need together so that you are not running around in the middle of painting. I have included a printable list of Paint Supplies for you to carry while you collect.
So, now I have gathered all of my supplies and am ready to take on the prep work. Yuck!! I hate prep work and clean up! But LOVE the painting!
Make sure you prep your walls properly. This includes patching all holes and marks, giving them a good sanding and wiping away any dust that was left after sanding. Some of the holes you fill will need a little extra work to get them nice and smooth. If they are quite large you may have to use some mesh on them to get a good finished surface. Once you are done run your hand over the surface or look at in from an angle to see if you feel/see any ridges or dents. If you do… apply some more filler, wait for it to dry thoroughly, sand and wipe. Do this until they are all smooth.
I give my walls and trim a quick wipe with a slightly damp cloth just to clear away any loose dust or dirt at this point.
Now you are ready to tape and remove any wall plates. I like to use Frog Tape as it creates a great seal and helps give a nice crisp line. And I put all my plates and screws into a baggie so they don’t get lost in the mess. I have had this happen a few times before! Learn from me, Padawan!!
Use the end of your finger or nail to seal the tape to the trim. This will prevent paint from seeping under and will give you a nice clean finish.
Now that the walls are prepped we can start getting our paint supplies ready.
By the way, there’s a fun trick I learned from Pinterest a while ago and have loved it since – line your tray with tin foil. I always forget to pick up a tray liner from the store and I hate washing out my trays so tin foil is always handy and available. When you are done, just roll it up and toss it!
You can also prep your roller by wrapping it with tape first to remove any loose fuzzies that may find a way into your paint. (Another wonderful Pinterest idea! Gotta LOVE Pinterest!)
To begin, I usually like to have a small sour cream container or something similar in size to hold paint for the trim. Also, I can’t live without a good angled brush.
YAY!!! Time for the fun part. Painting.
I do all the trim on one wall first. Using the angle brush you can get right up against the ceiling without actually painting it.
Then comes the roller fun. When you apply the paint you want to start it in a W formation then fill it in.
This is my daughter helping me out!
Once the wall has a coat of paint applied to it I like to finish off the wall with a light single roll from top to bottom to try to avoid any roller marks. I find this gives a nice finish and doesn’t leave crazy marks everywhere. Don’t load your roller with more paint… just lightly KISS the wall (With your roller! Otherwise people will think you are strange!!) and do one long roll from top to bottom.
It used to stress me out when I would watch Trading Spaces and the people would run the roller in every direction and not finish it off. Then in the end you would see roller marks all over the wall. Insert image of me crying in a corner!!
There you have it! A painted wall. Now take your tape off carefully. Some paint may have seeped through where it didn’t quite seal but if you remove it soon after painting you can usually give it a quick wipe and it will come right off. What a difference a coat of paint makes! It always makes me smile.
For clean up all you need to do is pour any remaining paint back in the tin and roll up the tin foil. If you don’t feel like washing your brushes right away, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, seal them in a bag and place in the refrigerator until you are ready to clean them. Have a garbage bag handy before you start so that you can just drop everything in there and not have to worry about getting paint everywhere.
Next week… I am going to hang the cupboards and start decorating!!