Lately I have been itching to get started painting some of the rooms in my house. In the past I attempted painting rooms but to no avail. I was terrible at getting the edge between the ceiling and the wall. I would always end up getting paint on the white ceiling or on the baseboards and trim. And that painters tape was terrible too! I would spend so much time trying to make the tape taught against the walls, only to frustratingly find that paint had somehow seeped underneath it. How the heck did those professional painters do it? What was their little secret that I wasn’t privy to? This time I was determined on figuring the trick to painting those edges so I wouldn’t have to hire someone to do it for me, thus saving me hundreds of dollars. I watched some YouTube videos and asked my good friend who has lots of experience painting what the trick is to getting a perfect edge. I am so pleased to announce that I have successfully mastered the elusive art of edge painting and I am going to share it with you now.
Okay, the biggest secret is…..
1. Get a good quality, professional grade angled brush. If you have an angled brush with crisp ends you will end up with a nice clean line, no painters tape necessary. I used a Wooster 2 in. Pro Nylon/Polyester Angle Sash Brush like this one here:
The second most important secret.
2. Load up your brush with a good amount of paint like this:
Then watch your technique.
3. Hold your brush right up against the edge and slowly pull away from you like this (and this):
4. Hold your breath like you’re going to throw a Hail Mary before you begin your strokes and hope that you don’t mess up. (Just kidding…don’t hold your breath, it’s going to turn out great and at the end of the day it is only paint.)
Choosing the Paint:
When the first phase of the Covid 19 reopening began in my area, I went down to my local Sherwin Williams with my mask and gloves, thinking I would walk in and start to browse the paint swatches. Unfortunately they were only open for call in orders making my paint search a little more difficult as I had to rely only on pictures I could find on the internet for help.
In my dining room I have these lovely wide striped bluish-green curtains I picked up from Wayfair a few years ago, that actually went fairly well with the gray paint that already came with the house.
However, I have been wanting to lighten and brighten it up. Our entire house is painted in this neutral gray and although it isn’t bad, I’ve been wanting to change things up and put my own stamp on the place. I have always dreamed of Diane Keaton’s Cape Cod style house in Something’s Gotta Give, with its heavenly soft blues and creamy walls.
I really wanted to try to find a blue similar to what she had in her house which led me down a rabbit hole of paint problems.
I went to Home Depot thinking I could find a light blue in their paint swatches since I wasn’t able to go inside Sherwin Williams. I chose a few soft blue colors from Glidden, but after putting it up on my walls I just couldn’t get past the fact that it looked like a baby boy’s nursery.
To make a tedious and frankly boring story short, I ended up buying over 6 samples of colors from Sherwin Williams. I also ended up downloading the Sherwin Williams ColorSnap Match app, which helped me make comparisons from colors I selected via Pinterest. (This is an app I would recommend to anyone contemplating Sherwin Williams paint).
My dining room was looking like a quilt with all the samples I had been putting up, but I have learned in the past that if I don’t love the color paint I put up, it will drive me crazy and I will just end up repainting it again. So although I did spend a bit of money on samples, it really saved me time, money, and energy in the long run so that I wouldn’t wind up repainting the room that just wasn’t perfect for me.
I decided to throw in the towel on my Something’s Gotta Give paint. It was just too difficult to find the right color blue without being able to see the samples in person. Oh well, maybe I can get my bedroom that color someday. Moving on, I decided upon an off-white color called Celery Root from Sherwin Williams. It has a very slight hint of an ocean-green, and I felt it would compliment the green in my curtains.
Before I show the final reveal, I have one last tip for a novice painter. I recommend Sherwin Williams Cashmere Interior Acrylic Latex paint. I used this paint in another room and I only had to put on one coat of the stuff. It was opaque and covered the room thoroughly. Unfortunately in my dining room, I had to go over the walls two to three times in some areas because I purchased the lower, mid-range priced paint. In the end, spending $20 more on the better quality paint will save you time and energy on having to go over your walls with more coats.
Okay, now for the final reveal, the results are…
Not that drastic quite honestly, but I do love how it turned out. Yes, I played it safe with my paint choice, but the room is lighter and brighter and it makes me feel happy!
Here are some other angles of the room…
I accidentally dropped a finial cap for my wall sconce down the heat register (yeah, you’re going to want to cover those up in case you didn’t already know!) When I went to Home Depot to replace it they only had bronze which wouldn’t match my brushed nickel. I figured I would try to spray paint it to match eventually, but then decided I would just change all of them to brass and it actually turned out pretty nice!
Well, that concludes my dining room paint job. If you are the type of person who doesn’t detest painting, I encourage you to give it a try yourself. With the right tools and a little practice on the technique, you will save so much money doing it yourself.