I don’t really paint well. I try, and I do like the end results, but I’m not one of those people who can just pick up a paintbrush and create a gorgeous new living space. I’m more one of those people who fusses and fumes and throws a couple of fits and then makes everyone come see the room and praise her highly in order to make herself feel better.
I am glad to say, however, that it does get a little easier. You learn as you go and you retain those lessons (like, remembering to cobweb before you start to paint—that was a good lesson) and each time, you get a little braver, too. I haven’t outgrown the need for praise, though, which is why I’m posting my project, so you can all pat me on the back and tell me how awesome I am.
When we first moved into our home, this is what my master bedroom looked like:
It matched the previous owner’s things, but didn’t really go with mine. I wanted to paint, but felt a little skittish about doing it. Then I don’t know if it was something in the water, but I suddenly became brave. This is the final result:
Isn’t it pretty?
I’d like to share with you some of the things I learned along the way when it came to the painting, (maybe I can spare you some of the painful moments I experienced) and next week I’ll share step by step instructions on how to hang the border.
1. Don’t be afraid to play with color. I’ll admit, when it came to picking out my brown (which goes by the delicious name Chocolate Almond, by the way) I was nervous. What if my choice ended up being a huge mistake? You’ll never know if you don’t try, and if it’s terrible, you can always paint over it.
2. Don’t worry about trying to reuse your brushes and rollers over and over again. Chances are good, you’ll get called away from your project and your brushes will dry out before you get back to it—rather than spending all kinds of time trying to rinse out your brushes so they can be reused, just throw them out and use new ones. They’re inexpensive and it’s just not worth the time and frustration.
3. Buy a paint that specifically promises one-coat coverage. You’ll save yourself so much time this way.
4. If your house has molding that’s covered in a faux wood finish, don’t mask off the wood. You’ll pull the “wood” off when you remove the tape. Depending on the type of paint you use, you might be able to gently massage off the paint from the molding with a warm, wet cloth—that’s what I’ve been doing. Or you can cut in the edges with an angle brush.
5. Use paint with low or no fumes. This is becoming easier to find, but check the labeling and don’t just assume that’s what you’re getting.
6. Give yourself time to do it carefully. A slap-dash painting job isn't worth the minimal amount of effort you put into it.
I’m really pleased with how my bedroom turned out, and it’s given me confidence to tackle a few other projects that need tackling. I’m going to paint the lower portion of my living room in the same chocolate brown as the bedroom, and I’m looking forward to that. The trick is to stop being afraid of the process. As long as you’re smarter than a paintbrush (and there are some days when frankly, I’m not) you’ll do great.
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