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Painting Tips

Interior house painting has commenced!  Finally!!!






Starting with our living room/entry way.  I’ll give you a brief tour.


Oh no.


OH HELLS TO THE NO!!!!  Orange ceiling, one olive wall, one peach wall + bad wood laminate walls – all topped off with delightful dark navy trim!!!!  Barf-o-rama!!!!!  I can’t even deal.

Better tarp this sucka up!!!

You know what is a royal pain-in-the-you-know-what????  The tiny grooves in the laminate that the paint roller doesn’t penetrate.  So each groove has to be HAND PAINTED in.  Sooooooo tedious.  I HATE tedious!!!!

Ask anyone.  I am the worst house painter ever.  I’m neither patient nor meticulous.

Oh, let’s not forget I’ve been working on the bedroom too.

OH GROSS!!!!  Olive ceilings + lemon yellow walls, begone!!!!

OKAY here are my handy painting tips!!!

#1  –  The “W” method really speeds up the process!!!

Paint roll a W shape + fill in the remainder of the shape!  Very efficient + quick!!!

#2  –  At the end of the day, wrap your paint roller in saran wrap + put in the freezer.

The next day, thaw the roller out for 15-20 minutes + voila!!!!  Good to go!!!

#3  –  Trim guards!!!!  I vow to never paint without one again!!!!  In the beginning of my endeavors I asked Jeff about using painter’s tape.  The response was, “Painter’s tape is for wussies!!!”.  Now I know why.  Stick a trim guard under your baseboards + paint away with confidence mis amigos!!!

#4  –  Go + purchase a Mastercraft Work Platform before you start painting!!!!  “DO WHAT??!!” you exclaim.


I’m telling you.  You won’t regret it!  The bench allows you to scoot along the length of the platform + paint as you go.  As opposed to a ladder which forces you to paint, move, paint, move, paint….you get the picture.  This bench is a lifesaver!!!!!



#5  –  Find a large rubber band, wrap it around your paint can + you’ll always have a neat place to wipe the excess paint off of your paint brush!!!!




This tip comes from the wonderful Martha Stewart.  Here are more of her painting tips here.  People may hate on her, but her publications have sparked countless useful ideas!!!!






Paintbrush combs.  Yesssss.  Awwwwwesoooome.   Get one.  At the end of your painting day, run your paintbrush under warm water + come the excess paint from your brush with the comb.




Makes for a real purty, sparkly clean brush to start your new day with!!!  Oh, the little joys!!!





That’s all for today, folks!!!  Keep close to your monitors for more painting escapades to come!!!

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow…talk about colour-blocking! How…just…why…? Oh my goodness…. 😛

    Thanks for the tips – I HATE taping – I’ll try one of those guard things next time!

    October 13, 2012
    • TELL ME ABOUT IT!!! Whyyyyyyy???!!!! Yes! Trim guards are the bomb!!!!!!!

      October 15, 2012
  2. can’t wait to see the “after” pictures, bet its going to look airy, light and bright!

    October 13, 2012
    • Thanks, A!!! I wish you could be here! Your architect’s eye would be FREAKING out over this wacky house!!!! I have to force Jeff to ignore all the wackiness of this house!

      October 15, 2012
  3. Lizzzzz #

    Shells! You should have waited on the repainting. It looks like it was very “Fall-festive” colours in your place! lol…xoxo

    October 15, 2012
    • Ha ha!!! I know, can you believe it? It’s too bad to ignore!!! Something HAD to be done!!!

      October 15, 2012
  4. kenny daddO/Papi nishino #

    ALOHA, Nan, sorry we couldn’t be there 2 help U,
    but luckily your place is doable since the size is not
    on a grand scope, and Jeffrey is helping, AWsuM !!!
    Ok, take care, Meg’s, Sydney and Blue miss U heaps
    and so do we, …cheers, MAHALO nui loa, Luv, Dad

    October 17, 2012
    • You + mom are the best painters around! Yes, luckily the house isn’t too big + ANYTHING is an improvement to what it looked like when we first walked in!!! XOXOXO

      October 19, 2012
  5. My office is thinking about hiring a commercial painter, so I decided to look online for painting tips. I like your tip about painting with the “W” method, I didn’t know about how this method is beneficial in the painting process. Now if I see these painters use the “W” method, I’ll understand why they are painting in that manner.

    June 5, 2017

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