(Closed) Who likes painting?

posted 4 years ago in Home
Post # 3
2623 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Before you commit to doing it yourself, its worth getting a quote. It can be surprising how cheap painting can be.  We recently had our whole house painted on the inside and it was abotu twice what we would have paid for paint alone. Well worth the money.

However, I enjoy painting. Not in the “I want to do this for a career” way, but I dont mind it. Be sure to tape everything so you get your clean lines (use blue painers tape), then tape disposable plsatic sheeting down so its easy to clean up and protect your floors.

Also easy clean up is to wrap a rubber band around a coffee can for brush work. Use the band to drag the brush against instead of the side of the can. Keeps it clean. Then you can lid it when your done for the day. The coffee can is easy to move and hold vs a regular paint can

As for enjoying it I like to put music or talk radio on while I do it and I like that I can immediately see the changes. Instant gratification. And if you are not done with a color in one day, I dont bother cleaning the brushes! I just wrap in saran wrap, then in a bag and toss in the freezer. I defrost it the next day for about an hour before painting again.

And its worth buying the roller tray liners so its eash clean up (just toss). Or alternatively is line the can with a plastic bag. 

Post # 5
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

 I used to love painting.

Until we had to paint the whole townhome we just bought (1600 sq ft including the 10 ft ceilings).

I started out smart – bought the “good stuff” – Benjamin Moore paint. Covers like a dream.

And then.

Then I cheaped out and got the shitty Home Depot Behr Premium Plus to do all the white walls/ceilings and spent weeks cursing myself as I did 3-4 coats just to cover the ugly Builder Beige when I only had to do 1-2 coats of the Benjamin Moore to put black/gray/bright blue over the beige. There are not words to express my disdain for shitty box store paint now, haha.

Post # 7
2810 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

my mother and i love painting. i find it soothing. then again, i like painting in general- walls, art, nails.. i find the repetitive motion to be soothing. is that weird? plus, when i was growing up, my mother used to paint the walls all the time. she was constantly changing wall colors. i became used to helping.

i agree- good quality paint will cut down on the number of coats you have to do. hot pink may require a tinted primer. ask the paint store for tips.

Post # 8
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@sweetchiquita12:  Sherwin Williams, Clark and Kensington, Farrow and Ball are also great. The Aura line from Benjamin Moore is my favorite – almost no VOCs!

Post # 9
5225 posts
Bee Keeper

@sweetchiquita12:  uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm if you can afford to hire someone, do it! We just bought a house last month and were/are in the same situation. We decided to save a little $$ that we would paint it ourselves. Worst decision, ever. I have spent the past 5 weekends ( and weekdays, too), taping/patching/sanding/cleaning/priming/painting… painting again and then going back and going over all of the trim. We have almost 2500 sq ft and I am about 1800 sq ft into it and want to choke a puppy. The only time it is enjoyable is when someone else is there with me sharing in my misery! 


Sorry I cannot be more help haha

Post # 10
10369 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Mrs_Amanda:  I’ve done like 90% of it by myself – shoot me now! Whenever DH helps, he starts complaining about it 10 minutes in, which is also not healthy for our relationship, hahahaha (“Oh, you think the last 5 minutes were bad?! How about EVERY WEEKEND FOR THE LAST MONTH SON.”). Will definitely hire people if I ever do my whole house again!!

Post # 11
5225 posts
Bee Keeper

@crayfish:  I know, I have banned DH from even trying because he makes it 1000x worse. I do bribe my sister with steak dinners if she will help me! Next time, I’m with you– definitely hiring someone! Now it is just a point of pride, I got this far, might as well finish it!

Post # 12
10456 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Well, I also hate it so I’m not much help with that. But I make myself do it because it feels SO GOOD when it’s done. And looks amazing! I get through it one room at a time. Two years after we moved in… it’s almost done. 

Post # 13
777 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Ughhhh we’re currently in the process of painting the wood paneling throughout our ENTIRE house. Yep – sanding, priming, two coats of using the paint brush to get the cracks THEN two coats of paint with a roller. We finished one guest room and turns out we suck at taping off the trim.. we got paint all over it! So now we have to remove the trim. Had we just taken off the trim prior to painting, we would’ve been fine, but now we’re probably going to have to damage our freshly painted walls when we take the trim off.

Suckfest 2013 at the TillerResq house!

Post # 14
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MrsTillerResq:  aaah the sucks! dealing with trim is the most frustrating part about painting to me, that and not hitting the ceiling :p 

Post # 16
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I just want to chime in that I HATE PAINTING!

I used to love to paint but we bought a 3500 sf foreclosure in June and I AM EXHAUSTED!!! Every surface was bright orange inside and out.

So far we have done :

-The master bedroom light gray with pale blue ceiling

– The front office charcoal gray with khaki ceiling

– 3 upstairs bedrooms in pale tan (just to cover up the orange until we can decide on a color)

– 2 exterior sides of the house, plus trim and shutters

– ALL of the trim/doorways/windows which were dark brown wood

– The Living Room/Dining Room/Kitchen which is one huge room, including ceilings and trim

The Living Room/Dining Room combo took us 13 gallons of paint to finish. You read that correctly. 13 GALLONS of Benjamin Moore paint.

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