Monday, May 14, 2012

Things Our Parents Taught Us #1 : Painting a Room

My mom has been painting since I could remember. No, she's not a fine artist... she'll be the first person to admit she can barely draw a stickfigure... but a housepainter.

It kinda helps that we have a paint store in Dunellen that's been family owned for about 100 years: Yospin's so she's been taught by people who know what they are talking about.

1. Get good paint. She is a diehard Benjamin Moore fan. I have not listened to my mom, and so have bought paint from bigbox places. The paint lost its luster fast and needed a lot of coats to look smooth. Listen to your mother.

2. Use those small rollers, especially for doors. When she was explaining why... "I like a short nap." I answered "I do too but the boss frowns upon it." . Any way... it's because the paint goes on smoother and especially when using a semigloss, the smaller rollers don't show paint strokes like a nappier roller or paint brush would.

3. Paint the molding and doors a semi-gloss decorator's white. It's made at the factory so you know it will all match up throughout the house. The semigloss makes it easier to wipe clean.
angled shorthandled brush is perfect for cutting in.
4. Use an angled shorthandled brush for cutting in. You'll have more control. And won't have to use blue tape.

5. Don't bother taping the windows. Just cut in as much as possible and use a straight razor to clean off the window.

Oh and just in case you're wondering my mom's new favorite neutral is Benjamin Moore "Silver Lining." It's a grey which changes depending on the lighting, sometimes it even looks lilac or blue.

2 comments:

carol jane said...

Great advice. Im new at painting, so this is perfect for me!!!

Heidi's Cottage said...

The angled brush is also recommended by Young House Love (although they discovered it a few decades later than my mom) http://www.younghouselove.com/2009/06/how-to-paint-trim-like-a-pro/