Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Paint like a pro!

Here's what works for me when painting.

The easiest (and the most boring) way to make a painted room look great is to paint it all one color, but if you'd like to attempt painting the ceiling a different color than the walls (or trim) - I have a few tricks that will help you.

The most important thing is to mask. Mask the trim and the ceiling. I use the wider tape to mask where the wall and ceiling meet.

I like to paint the walls first, so I mask off the ceiling right next to the wall. If you've done this before and you have a textured ceiling, you know that the wall color will seep under the tape and you'll get an uneven edge even though you went to all the trouble of masking it.

It's also tough to get a tight seal with your tape on the baseboards. Make sure to wipe them down with a wet rag to get the dust off first. Get your tape lines as straight as you can.

Just take some of the ceiling color (which is usually a lighter color than the walls) and with a brush paint right on top of the tape next to the wall. This will seal the edge of your tape and prevent the wall color from seeping under it. Do the same thing with your trim color; paint it over the top of the tape, right where the wall and trim meet.

Let it dry, and then paint your walls. Later, when you're ready to paint the ceiling do the same process in reverse. Tape off the walls, run some wall color over the tape where it meets the ceiling, let it dry, paint, let it dry (very important), peel off the tape and voila! perfect straight lines. Well, at least as straight as you taped them.

This also works great on orange peel textured walls and bullnose corners when you want to have a crisp line between colors.

For other tips, stop by Rocks in my Dryer or see some of my past tips:

Organizing bags - and a fun giveaway
Secret to beautiful wood floors
Sunday Jar
Family Fun
Math is fun
Behavior incentives
Road trips w/kids
Job charts
Kids' snacks


Martie said...

Wow, Corrie, your paint looks perfect. I wish I'd been here 2 years ago! =)

Thank you for visiting the Big Yellow House!


Cocoa said...

Huh, always wondered how to keep the paint from seeping through. Now I'm going to be staring at my little uneven paint lines because the paint seeped under the tape and trying to decide whether to paint again or not. Gee, thanks! :D

Elizabeth-W said...

Those are VERY good tips!

Am'n2deep said...

So, I'm not a crafty person or a do-it-yourself kind of gal...used to be...not anymore. However, I still do enjoy painting--except all of those frustrating touch ups from the paint seeping under the tape--Uugh! You just made my day!! I think I might just get to painting those rooms I've been putting off! Thanks for the tip!

texastanya said...

Great tip. I've recently painted several areas in our house and all I have to say is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE the blue painters tape. My hubby taught me that every hour spent preparing/masking/taping saved three hours of clean up. I've tried it both ways ~ he's right...

Thanks for the tip!

Adria said...

I've been wanting to paint some of our walls (don't know if I'll really get around to it, though) so this is a very timely post.

Emily said...

Wow, that is a GREAT tip!!! I would have never thought of that in a million years. Had I read this a year ago, my daugther's ceiling wouldn't have splotches of "Bonita Berry" (otherwise known as the color of Dora's shirt) on it!!

M & C in Albuquerque said...

We came across this post when searching for painting tips. We followed your advice and it worked great! Thanks for sharing :)