1. Invest in a good brush. (His 8$ Rubbermaid brush put my cheap ones to shame! My friend and I fought over his brush after he generously lent it to me – feeling pity for us after seeing my supplies).
2. Never use painter’s tape. Or – if you use it, peel it up while the paint is still WET. I found this out the hard way, after letting the red dry… and watching the latex (now turned to a plastic-like substance) peel mercilessly off the wall as I tugged on the tape. I did the entire room today without painter’s tape, and it looks MUCH better – and no mess to patch up later!
3. Use a tiny flat paintbrush (such as what you would allow your kids to paint watercolors with) to do trim corners, make straight lines, or go around light switches or plugs. I made the most awesome corner crease today between the red and gold using a little brush like this.
4. When putting glossy paint on, use the roller going down the wall from the top as your last stroke. The gloss looks better this way.
5. And I already said this, but once again, never judge your RED paint until you have two coats on and it is dry!
NOW FOR THE PHOTOS:
Wow!!!!!! So when are you coming to help me with my house? 😉
So with the lack of painter’s tape…is that where the little paintbrush comes in, so that you don’t get paint where you don’t want it?
Looks great! I found the same problem with painters tape, and I am NOT happy about it! Now I have several areas I have to go touch up with a mini paintbrush. Once I figured that problem out though I started scoring the area with a razoe before peeling the tape off. (And we won’t discuss the areas I somehow “accidentally” got on the ceiling, yeah…must fix that still)
Thanks Keer and Sheri! 🙂 So I guess that means I did good for a novice, eh? I am putting off the upstairs master bath for a bit, though. With school about to start, I may make that a weekend project instead.
Yes, I used a flat water-color paintbrush (very small) for the corners and crease at the ceiling only… and to go around the electric plates. I do have some touch-up paint work to do where the tape peeled the paint off like plastic on the red wall… and where the paint seeped under the tape on the red floor-board.
wow! Your kitchen looks great! I love those colors together.
Thanks marineswife. 🙂
Your kitchen/dining room looks like what I’ve been thinking about for my home. Those colors didn’t work with my house for some reason.They look beautiful in yours. Ive been visiting so may websites and books looking for decorating tips. I finally decided that I dont fit their categories and decided to search for painting a homeschool kitchen and voila! I found you. What a neat site. Thanks for the inspiration with your colors. I have 2 boys, 10 and 8. I am now looking at soft greens and yellows that might help to keep us all calm as we do our math (often in the kitchen).I’ll let you know. I hope mine turns out as good as yours.
Thanks Anonymous… but I don’t live in this wonderful house anymore. 🙁 We didn’t do most of our school in that room, anyway. We had a dining room which we had turned into a school room. I sure miss my honey and red hot kitchen and the house it was attached to!
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