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My painting journey

Updated on December 30, 2014

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!

Introduction

Supplies:

-Paint

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.

-Painter's Tape

I bought mine at the dollar store.

-Beginner's kit

For a simple project like mine I got 1 tray, 1 cutting brush, 1 paint can opener

-Tray liner

Not very expensive and saves me from buying a new tray every time.

-Can cover

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.

-Holding tray

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

-Spackling

-Drywall sealer (according the my expert, Dad, drywall sucks up paint like a sponge. Sealer is used to avoid this)

-Drop sheet

Found these at the dollar store as well

Day 1 and 2

Ok I'm ready. Let's get painting!

Day 1

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!

Day 2

Owwwwwwww! Too much pain in muscles I didn't know I had. Day off.

TIP

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.

TIP

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 Everywhere

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Wednesday

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?

TIP

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.

TIP

Paint on sunny days. It makes it easier to see defects in your wall.

Day ???

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.

http://www.homedepot.ca/know-how/videos/how-to-paint-a-room

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I am simply painting baseboards and window sills and I have my cats "helping" and "advising" my efforts. Black cats now have a strip of white on their tail from rubbing up against the parts they were inspecting. And another stepped in the paint tray. It was nuts. I guess it boils down to keep your pets locked out of the room and the area well ventilated or things could get very interesting.

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      Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Nicole... great hub and thank you for sharing your experience and yes paint is very expensive. I always use the Behr brand so you in good hands... I di believe it covers the best of them all...

      Hugs from Alberta

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      DreyaB 4 years ago from France

      We're in the process of renovating an old house in France. (I hope to make a page about it one day!) So we've got quite god at decorating - we've had no choice... :0)

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      Lynda Makara 4 years ago from California

      Looks like you did a great job, more thorough than someone you might have hired to paint.

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I have never panted a room, look to me like you did a great job. Just show that when you put your mind to something you can do it. Good for you.

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      ChocolateLily 4 years ago

      We moved into a 90's home that has 60's-style cheap wood paneling in almost every room. It was a nightmare to paint, but it had to be done in most of the rooms. The already painted colors were awful! I don't recommend buying a house with paneling, although it looks nice when painted a good color. Otherwise, painting is so uplifting when it is finished. Don't give up! Thanks for sharing your story! I enjoyed your humorous take on it.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 4 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Looks to me like you did a great job here well done, I've always painted everything myself it gives a sense of satisfication when you look at the finished result. Great tip from kab, I'll have to try that next time myself. Thanks

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      Elsie Hagley 4 years ago from New Zealand

      Good on you for taking on the job, I would leave it to someone that knows that they are doing.

      The main thing that you are happy with the results and ready to take on more.

      Too late now for me to start.

      I like Kab's tip, that's the first time I have heard of that.

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      Nico 4 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      @kerbev: Thanks for the great tip kab!

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      kab 4 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Tip: When you open the paint can, use a hammer and a nail to make a few holes in the inner lip of the can (the lowest point of the ridges. Then the paint will drip back into the can instead of sitting on the top (and eventually oozing down the sides).

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