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My painting journey
Learning to paint
My husband and I bought our first home in July. My brain has been working on renovations ever since. That's when it hit me, I don't even know how to paint a wall!
So here is my journey while painting my guest bedroom. I now love it and look forward to more!
Holy cow paint is expensive! Expect to pay around $50/Gallon.
I used Behr Premium Plus Ultra semi-gloss enamel in Sweet Chamomile (360B-4). I love the colour that came out and the paint did not smell very much. I would recommend it to other.
I bought 2 gallons for a room that was 11'6" X 13 X 7'6" but ended up using only 1 gallon including the closet.
I bought mine at the dollar store.
For a simple project like mine I got 1 tray, 1 cutting brush, 1 paint can opener
Not very expensive and saves me from buying a new tray every time.
Not needed but VERY handy. It allowed me to pour the paint with more precision and store it with a screw cap instead of having to hammer the lid back on.
Yes you can use an old tin car but I really liked the one I bought at Walmart. It had a handle and magnetic clip to hols the paintbrush
-2 step, step stool
-Drywall sealer (according the my expert, Dad, drywall sucks up paint like a sponge. Sealer is used to avoid this)
Found these at the dollar store as well
Day 1 and 2
Ok I'm ready. Let's get painting!
The room I decided to paint had a molding about 3/4 of the way up the wall. I decided to remove it simply for aesthetics. But lo and behold! Dark purple glossy paint was under it. This was not a good start.
While thinking about what to do about the infernal purple stripe (just add an extra coat of paint?) I decided to start prepping.
I moved out all the furniture (except the bed that wouldn't fit through the door), took of the blinds, took out all the nails and screws from the wall and socket cover plates (place these in a Ziploc bag to not lose any of the tiny screws! Then I covered the floor and bed with drop sheets.
Then the scraping began. I tried to scrape and sand off the purple border, but it stuck to the wall like gum sticks to hair.
I spackled all the nail holes and other wall oddities. Spackle stinks! By this time I was pretty sweaty and stinky. It's quite a workout.
I then cleaned the walls with a bucket of warm water and Sunlight. Things get pretty dusty when sanding!
Owwwwwwww! Too much pain in muscles I didn't know I had. Day off.
To tape electrical with the face plates off, simply tear off one piece of painter's tape and apply it around the socket. Be careful not to electrocute yourself!)
A few days later...
Yes Iv'e been lazy, I know. But today is Dad's (the expert's) first inspection.
Thankfully Dad saves the day by spackling over the dreaded purple stripe. Yay for Dad!
While Dad was hard at work I decided to do the taping. I tapes off the borders, edges, windows, doors, etc.
More scraping of what looks like electrical tape someone just painted over. This also means more spackling. sigh.
Knee pads are not necessary but more comfortable. Avoid the bruises!.
The Next Day
More sanding of what used to be the purple stripe which means more cleaning of walls to get rid of dust.
Painting the dry walled areas with a drywall sealer/primer.
Re-taping. Because of all the dust, some of my tape came off the edges.
Cutting. Finally some painting.
One of my plastic drop sheets keeps blowing from the vent into my painted cut edge. Frustrating! Also my sweaty feet keep sticking to the plastic dropsheets.
Holy workout Batman! I'm feeling it now!
And (drumroll please) the first coat of paint is on!
Hmmm there seems to be paint EVERYWHERE! all over my body and even in my nostrils. How did that even get there?
Paint Paint EverywhereClick thumbnail to view full-size
I needed to add more paint to my brush and roller than expected.
Second coat is going on but I chose a day that's +30 with a humidity warning. Not smart.
Hmmmm will it need a third coat?
Always keep the paint tray AHEAD of you. This saves you from the embarrassment of taking a step backwards right into the paint.
Dad's inspection #2
Dad is really insistent that I paint inside the closet. That was not my intention.
The good news is, the room does not need a third coat (Yay!) and there is no sign of the devilish purple stripe.
Although I though my work was done, Dad points out that I still have to paint the baseboards and doorframe. A project for another day.
Time to take off the green painter's tape and re install the face plates to the electrical outlets.
Sweeping up all the dust.
Paint on sunny days. It makes it easier to see defects in your wall.
Time for the closet. Sigh.
Same as before. Spackling, sealer, taping, sanding, etc.
I'm realizing that painting is about repetition.
Day...something or other
The closet is painted and it only took 1 coat! I still have 1 Gallon of paint left too.
Off to plan my next room!
Check out The Home Depot's how to videos.