If you follow along on Facebook, you know that I have been painting the last couple of days, but not furniture this time. Our keeping room and breakfast area haven’t been painted since we moved in over four years ago. I haven’t quite finished, so no big reveal, but I thought I’d give you a few painting tips and ask your advice on one issue.
This project actually started a couple of months ago when I decided to paint a feature wall in the keeping room. This wall is straight ahead as you walk in from the living room. That door you see around the corner on the right is our laundry room.
I didn’t do any decorating because I knew I would be moving stuff out again to paint the other walls and ceiling. Who knew it would be months later… until this week when I couldn’t stand it any longer. Notice my hutch-turned-bookcase?
While I was procrastinating, Richard did some sheetrock repair- nail pops and loose tape joints. Those darker spots on the slanted areas of the ceiling are where he made the repairs and painted them with the new wall/ ceiling color. It looks very dark, doesn’t it? Kind of freaked me out, but it’s the same color as our living room, so I knew it wouldn’t look that dark once finished. There isn’t usually a tree sitting in the middle of the room- I had already started moving things out in preparation to paint when I took this picture.
I taped off the blue feature wall, but the line where the ceiling starts to slant was not level, so I first had to draw a line using my level. This wouldn’t have been necessary if I was only painting, but next week, I’ll show you why I did this. I hope.
I also taped the baseboards and around the windows in the breakfast area. Once upon a time, I was able to do the cutting in without taping, but my hands have gotten too shaky to make a straight line. Ok, time for the first tip.
If you leave the dust on the baseboards, any paint that seeps under the tape is much easier to remove. The dust acts as an extra barrier. Of course, you must have just the right amount of dust, because if you have too much, the tape won’t stick properly. Just kidding. Sort of.
So, everything is taped off. Time to cut in with the paintbrush. And time for the next painting tip, this one for real.
Slightly dampen your paintbrush with water before using. It will be much, much easier to clean afterwards. Truly, it works. I got that tip from a professional painter.
Over the course of two days, I cut in and rolled as much as I could reach.
Richard did the ceiling tonight- I really do appreciate that he was willing to do it after working all day. He just has a few areas left at the highest points to cut in tomorrow.
Which brings me to
If your painting job goes over the course of a couple of days, or you need to take a break, or wait for hubby to get home to do the out of reach areas, wrap your roller and brush in wet paper towels and plastic wrap or bags. This will keep them from drying out for several hours or overnight, and you won’t need to clean them until you’re finished.
Rhoda from Southern Hospiatlity taught me that placing your brush in the fridge or freezer also works, if you have enough room in there.
Our breakfast area and keeping room have two doorways, a pass through, and a bar that open into the kitchen. I have a dilemma about what color to paint the openings, and would love your input. Here is the pass through and one doorway:
I think I want to paint the kitchen the same blue as the feature wall, but not sure about those openings. Should they be painted the taupe color or the blue? Or should I forgo the blue altogether? Please say I can have blue in my kitchen.
Do you have any painting tips you’d like to share? Do tell!