Sunday, January 12, 2020

Tornado Warnings, Painting, and Mistakes

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"Faint Coral" by Sherwin Williams

Saturday morning I awoke to an emergency alert on my phone: tornado warning. Thankfully, we were not hit badly and were able to get to work straight away on a task I had planned for the weekend: painting my eldest daughter's room.

Originally I had this paint color picked out for my youngest daughter's room, but the morning I was to begin painting her room she decided she wanted purple instead. We found her a nice purple color and saved this paint we already had on hand for another bedroom.

I am so thrilled with how it turned out! We always choose bright and airy colors for our home, and this color [Faint Coral by Sherwin Williams] did not disappoint. Sherwin Williams is our go-to paint brand. We use them all the time because their quality is great and their color options are phenomenal.

Before moving into our current (new) home, we had painted nearly our entire former home, save three bedrooms. Here, in our new home, we have only managed to paint three rooms. We have a lot more wall space in our new home, and some extremely tall ceilings that we'll have to figure out how to get to when it's time. 

We aren't big fans of painting, so my husband and I have vowed to make sure the next home we purchase (hopefully build!) will be painted the colors we want before we move in. This home is all one single color. Even the ceilings are the same color as the walls! The flat, builder-grade paint is awful, to boot. It's impossible to clean and every smudge and mark shows.

So, even though we hate the process, we love the end result. Paint has the ability to transform the entire look of a room.

 

Some painting tips we've learned over the years:
  • Use the wider painter's tape, especially on the ceiling!
  • Stick all your covers and screws in a Ziploc bag to keep them all together.
  • Roll first, then cut in! It saves so much time.
  • Cut in with the smaller, thinner rollers instead of a brush. It's more uniform and saves time!
  • Peel the tape before the paint dries to ensure you don't peel off the new paint.
 

Do you have any tips to share? My husband and I have a system down and with all these tips we can knock out a room from start (prep/taping) to finish in under four hours! I don't know if that's quick in the grand scheme of things, but it's much quicker than we used to be when we first started painting rooms.

 

Once the room was all painted and I was preparing to put the bed frame back together, one of the long sides of the bed fell from where I had propped it up against the dresser. Thankfully it missed my head, the window, and my daughter, but it did not miss the wall where it put a huge triangular gauge in the drywall and skid downward from there. Nothing like a little humility to round up the day!

Once the wall is fixed and I have her room fully set up and better lighting I will post some more photos.


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