Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Much better

I woke up early this morning and decided that I was getting that final coat of color rolled out for the girl's room. It took me less than 3 hours and I Got R Done.


As you can see the girl chose a cheery Creamsicle color for her room. Delish, right?

I've learned a couple of things painting these two interior rooms. It's definitely a good idea to invest in drop cloths, painters tape, and a decent light step stool. I learned that glossier paints (I used satin finish on these walls), while easier to clean, show imperfections (like my roller strokes) more--I will probably move to eggshell on the more public areas downstairs. I learned that heavy drops of paint can soak through the drop cloth and get on the carpet underneath--thank goodness I also invested in some rags and paint cleaner. Unfortunately I also learned to that painters tape needs to be sealed tight to the edge--I had a few places where paint oozed into a bubble of tape and didn't discover them until I pulled off the tape after painting the second coat but the first coat had dried. I have a few key places on the baseboard trim where it looks like it's crying orange tears. Rubbing with a damp rag didn't work and I tried scraping it off but I ended up taking off the original paint as well. What to do? Do I pick up some white semi-gloss and repaint the trim at these places?

Four more rooms to go: the master bedroom, the dining room, the living room, and the kitchen...

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

It doesn't hurt to paint the baseboards. Depending on the age of your home, they may need a little touching up anyway. Painter's tape always allows paint to sneak in underneath. One way to prevent that from happening is to lightly, cutting in with a brush, paint a broad swath over the tape and the wall. This hopefully "glues" the tape down, so the paint won't seep in. Then you can "cut in" over the top of the tape with another coat of paint. Where wall and ceiling meet, I usually "eyeball" very carefully instead of laying down tape, because of the uneven-ness of the wall texture. I'm in the process of painting the whole upstairs. You're right, the more you go towards flat the easier it covers up mistakes and one's technique.
-David P

Erik said...

David P is a smart man...

Kristen said...

Great job Fran! Looking at Velina's room makes me want to eat an orange creamsicle. Yum Yum.
I can't wait to see the whole finished product in December!

Pound said...

that color is sweet. you can remove paint w/ acetone but unless you're very vareful it'll remove the bottom color too. hey use white out on the baseboards.

Anonymous said...

I gotta hand it to you.....I would never have picked this color for a wall, but it is super fun-looking. Good job ladies! I love creamsicles btw :) - Veronica