Monday, November 10, 2008

Painting 101

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.”
-Henry Ward Beecher
Things we learned this weekend!

  • Taping up a room takes twice as long as you think. Don’t plan to tape up three rooms in one evening—you won’t finish.
  • Also, have more tape than you expect. Luckily, we had each brought our own rolls, not knowing the other person had already packed some.
  • Splurge on the wider tape—you can be a lot more haphazard with your painting that way.
  • Don’t judge a paint color until you have a whole wall painted. I promise it will look better once you start rolling.
  • Leave a pair of flipflops outside the door of the room, so that you don't track paint all over the house.
  • But if you do, paint will wipe of hardwood and tile, if you can catch it soon.
  • Our new house has great acoustics. You can turn the radio on in one end of the house, and hear it all over.
  • Invest in the more expensive roller extension (and handle, too). Over the course of the weekend, we broke three extension poles and two handles.
  • Don't bother with cleaning paint trays. Buy tray liners that you can toss!
  • A room with nooks and crannies take a whole lot longer to paint than a room with four straight walls.
  • It’s best if you don’t switch off the breaker before you paint, however, if it’s necessary, wait until daylight to paint—you won’t be able to see what you’re doing otherwise.
  • Bring socks because the metal ridges on the ladder will cause your feet a lot of pain.
  • Rob and I battle each other when conquering a familiar task (one where we both think we know the right way to do it), but when it comes to something new (like painting a room), we get along just splendidly.

1 comment:

  1. Oh wow! The rooms look amazing! I love the green in the dining room (a definite improvement) and the blue is perfect!!


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