Post # 17
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
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
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!
Post # 20
Thanks for the painting tips everyone! We successfully painted the master bedroom 🙂
I had no idea about the rollers and brushes being able to be refridgerated – what a great idea! I’ll keep that in mind for the living room 🙂
We did end up taping, and used painter’s tape. In my opinion, it was worth the hassle. We have white wooden trim along the floor, and if we didn’t tape I am confident we would have gotten paint on the trim. We also used paper to cover the windows, which was good because I accidentally got some paint on where the glass would have been had it not been covered in paper 🙂 Phew!
We actually changed our paint to Sandstone Cove by Behr, which is a darker beige color. We used their Ultra Premium Plus line of paint, which is paint and primer in one, and it cost $42 per gallon. Since we are only going to be living in this condo for another two years at most, we decided it would be better to spend more money on a place we would be living in more permanently. The guy we bought it from was a painter in addition to working at Home Depot, and he said he really noticed a difference using the Ultra Premium paint. To get better, you would have to go to a paint store.
@Bailey – lol! Perhaps we’ll hire your husband if we ever get a stand-alone home – it would take forever to paint a house!!