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Painting Tips

Here are some useful ideas:

Most people can paint their own homes.
It is only worthwhile if the job is well done.
Use drop cloths.
Be particular.
Be a nit-picker.
Clean up the trim.
Remove every little drip, drop or smudge.
Go around with a little jar of paint and small brush to touch up everything.
Look up! If your roller has touched the ceiling - FIX IT!
It will be noticed and will reflect on you.
If you are selling your home, little things like that can cost you thousands of dollars and even a sale!
 
Rollers

My painter told me to quit wasting money on cheap rollers and get the ones with a plastic lining.
Besides leaving less lint, they can be completely cleaned up and used over and over.
There is a 5 in 1 or 9 in 1 tool that can be used to remove excess paint from the roller.
 
Storing brushes & rollers overnight

Latex Paint:
If you can't complete your paint job for another day or so, you do not need to completely clean your tools.
Just wrap up the brushes & rollers in plastic and store them in the fridge or freezer.
When you are cleaning up for good, there is a 5 in 1 or 9 in 1 tool that can be used to remove excess paint from the roller. Rinsing is easier when you get rid of most of the paint first.
 
Panelling

You can't imagine how many times I've seen a home rejected because of panelled basements or living rooms.
Believe it or not, panelling paints beautifully.
Lightly sand.
Use the appropriate primer.
Use a plastic lined roller that looks like 3/8" shag rug for a slight texture.
Lightly sand.
Paint.
If you are picky, lightly sand and paint again.
 
Disquising a problem ceiling

A low ceiling can be disguised with this easy illusion.

The wall colour was extended at least 2 inches into the ceiling.
I assumed they painted the ceiling first. In this case a dark plum. (You didn't even notice the colour)
They masked off a square about 2 inches within the perimeter.
Then applied the wall paint.
More illusion:
The long walls were masked off diagonally / and painted with two strong colours in the same pallet. In this case maroon and gold.
The room was completed with oak baseboards.

The room had a great feel to it. Really cosey. Didn't seem like a basement at all.

My painter told me that you can disguise a ceiling that isn't square using the same "paint-in" technique.
Make the taped off section on the ceiling square by completely ignoring the wonky wall-ceiling lines.

 
Touching up dried paint

When the paint has dried but you can see a poorly painted or off-colour area, you do not want to start rollering or brushing the area.
Use very little paint on a regular brush. (Dry brush) Dab the brush on a piece of paper to remove extra paint from the brush.
Holding the brush at a right angle to the wall, dab the area.
The paint will be applied in little dots.
There will be no paint line and the touched up area will not be noticable.
 
Taping

My painter, Rosalie says taping is a waste of time because the paint can leak under the tape. If you do not take the tape off in time, the paint comes off with the tape. If you cut the tape off you get a cut line in your paint finish.
 
Trim

Paint your trim first running onto the wall a bit.
Then paint the wall. There will be a shadow line between the trim and the wall which you can use as a guide for your cutting in.
Use a angled sash brush.
It is easier to cut into the trim than try to paint into the wall.
And you don't have to tape!
 
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