Color Changes Everything, well okay, Almost Everything

by: Patty Kennedy

What are you painting in 2012...A kitchen, a bath, a family room?

Now that the frightful weather has arrived, we need something to keep us occupied and to cheer up our space, even if it's just pouring over color chips.

Greens, oranges, blues and pinks are the colors for 2012. The more vibrant the color, the better. If you’re afraid of color try using it in a small area like a bath room. I think once you try it you’ll be hooked. If you're still not convinced, there are a number of inspiring neutrals out there to choose from as well. And even if you are stuck inside for a few days, there are several paint companies who offer, low and no, VOC products. They cost a little more, but worth the price if the windows need to stay closed or you have small children.

Paint chips vs Samples
Small paint chips work well when you're trying to decide what colors to pick, but once you've narrowed it down, don't use the small chips to decide if the color is right for your room. If the paint manufaturer does not offer the large sheets of color samples, buy the small sample containers; especially if you will be covering a dark color. This gives a truer picture of what the color will look like.

1. Brushes and roller
2. paint pan
3. Spackle
5. Drop cloths. Old sheets work well. Don't use plastic on floors, you'll slip.
6. Sturdy step stool or ladder.
7. Paint - screw driver to open

Prepare, Protect and Putty
No shorcuts here. You spend too much money and too much time to miss important steps while preparing your room to paint.
1. Remove electrical plates and wall switches.
2. Cover any furniture that can't be moved out of the area.
3. Wipe all surfaces, that you'll be taping, with a damp cloth.
4. Tape trim and around windows and doors. No matter how steady you think you will be, you won't.
5. Lightly sand if your existing paint has a sheen or if painting a kitchen.
6. Use a primer to cover marks that can bleed through the paint. Example: Anything a 3 year old would use on the wall.
7. Spackle nail holes and dings. Sand the spackle flat after it dries.
illustration of how to paint a room
Now We Paint
Use a brush to paint (cut in) the trim, ceiling and corners. As you finish brushing trim on each wall, roll immediately. Then move to the next wall surface.

Admire your work =)

Tips and Tricks
If you absolutely have to use masking tape, take the stick off by rubbing it on upholstered furniture first.
If you need to stop for a short time, instead of washing the paint brush, or roller wrap in a ziplock bag. This will prevent it from drying out or having to wait for the washed brush to dry.
To remove dried paint (latex) from brushes, soak in Lestoil.
Store leftover paint in an empty (washed) peanut butter jar. Saves space and gives you a snapshot of each color.

Watch out, I'm looking at wallpaper books.

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