(Closed) Tips for First-Time Painters?

posted 9 years ago in Home
Post # 17
1079 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Don’t bother with painters tape – just paint with a small brush. Painters tape takes a long time to apply and then you still have to be careful or the paint bleeds under anyway.

Use Aura by Ben Moore – it only requires one coat and looks amazing and it’s low VOC. Also that way you can use eggshell and not semi-gloss in the bathroom. The Natura is pretty good too – it’s no VOC. Cheaper paints might require two coats, though if you’re painting off-white on white it might be fine.

Post # 18
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

Don’t tape.  It’s a waste of time.

Buy a good brush.  It’s an investment.

Do NOT buy cheap paint.  The crap they sell at HD is just that.  Crap.  I second Ben Moore paint.  It’s around $50 a can but you’ll thank me later.

Take your time.  Clean your (good) brush if you need too if the paint gets too far down and starts making a mess.

The paint chips usually don’t do a good representation of what the paint is going to look like in different areas of your room.  Light plays off and can make anything look different.  

Post # 19
2239 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Oh, another tip my mom gave me a long time ago is if you have to stop between coats for any extended amount of time, put your brushes in your paint tray, cover them with saran wrap, and put them in the fridge til you’re ready to start painting again. Saves time washing everything out and then getting all ready again!

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