I’ve partnered with Clean Ones to share these 9 painting tricks, tips and hacks.
We are moving! We’ve outgrown our small townhouse and need a little bit more space. I’m so excited………yet also hating all the work we have to do to prepare to move. I’ve been purging, cleaning, packing, and painting for the past few weeks. It’s been a much bigger chore than I realized and can be extra hard to accomplish with 4 little kids running around. Our house hadn’t been painted in 6 years and, between the kids and pets, really needed a fresh coat. We decided we should also change all of the colors to something neutral for the most appeal. We are almost done painting the full house and have learned quite a few tips and tricks along the way,so I wanted to share those with you today. I hope they’ll be helpful to you too!
Talk to a Realtor
If you’re wanting to give your house a fresh, updated look but you aren’t an interior decorator, you may struggle with knowing what color(s) you should use. We originally were going to paint the entire house white, but after talking with a realtor we were told that is not the best idea. Instead, he told us that the hot new color is “gray beige” with white trim. We decided to follow his suggestion and let me tell you, the house is looking amazing! I only wish I’d painted it this way when we first moved in. I love the new look! It’s so fresh, modern and clean looking. I would have never thought to choose gray before, so I’m so glad we talked to a realtor first!
Ask For a Discount
If you’ll be painting a lot of rooms, consider stopping into a smaller hardware or paint shop and seeing if you can get a better deal than the big box stores. For instance, we stopped at the local Sherwin Williams store and were able to get our paint at 75% off because they had a paint line they were discontinuing. This saved us literally hundreds of dollars on paint. If you’re purchasing a large amount, simply ask if they give a discount for buying in bulk. While the big stores will probably tell you know, many of the smaller shops are more likely to make you a deal for shopping with them.
Prep the Walls
Between our 4 kids, dog and a cat, our walls have taken a beating! I remember growing up that one of the chores my mother would have us do was wash the walls. I thought she was nuts. Now I’m an adult with a house and family of my own and I totally get it! The walls get nasty and you can’t put a fresh coat of paint on them until they are clean. My husband and I are trying to paint in the evening hours once the kids are in bed and always looking for a way to speed up the process so we discovered this quick way to clean the walls. First, take one of those disposable dusting cloths (you know, the kind you use to sweep the floor) and run it all over the wall. If you have a handle for it that might make the job even faster, but you don’t need one. This will trap all those tiny dust bunnies that are lingering. Next grab one of the disposable wet mopping cloths and run it over the wall too. In no time at all you’ll have a clean wall, ready for a fresh coat of paint.
So we learned this lesson the hard way. It takes forever to rinse roller trays…..forever! And when you can only fit in about 3-4 hours of painting a day and have the whole house to paint, you end up having to clean the trays many, many times. Your local paint store sells disposable liners for about $1. They are worth the investment — in fact, if you’re on city water you’d probably end up spending that on the water bill anyway from all of the rinsing. If you can’t find the disposable liners, lining the tray with foil is another option.
You put on some old clothes, laid out a drop cloth and assume you’re ready to go. You even pulled out an old baseball cap so you wouldn’t get any paint on your hair. At the end of the night as you go to wash out your brushes you look down and realize you have paint on your hands and arms. Oh and it’s Friday night. And you have a wedding to attend the next day. And it’s not washing off (no, I don’t speak from experience, not at all).
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After painting the walls and trim, we realized how drab and sorry our doors looked. They obviously needed a fresh coat of paint too. My husband and I hate the look of brush lines though and were afraid that might happen on the doors. Luckily we discovered paint extender. By adding that to your paint it takes it a little bit longer to dry BUT it dries more evenly, without the brush strokes. We didn’t even need to take the doors off of the hinges (just tape around the handles and hinges).
Painting in Tight Spaces
Sometimes there are tight spaces that are SO hard to get to with a roller or brush, like behind the toilet. My father in law suggested uninstalling the toilet – I said no way! All you need to do is take a flat paint edger brush and adhere it to a paint stirring stick. With this simple trick you’ll be able to paint in a lot of tight places!
Store Brushes and Rollers in the Refrigerator/Freezer
If you’re like us and going to be painting every night (or just taking a short break between painting sessions) if you place your brush and/or rollers in a plastic bag then put them in the refrigerator, you don’t need to rinse them. We’ve left ours in the refrigerator for up to 48 hours without any issues, but if you’re planning for it to be longer than that I’d suggest putting them in the freezer.
Use Vinegar to Clean Brushes
You’ll likely find that after rinsing your brushes well there is still leftover dried paint. Vinegar can help with that! First you’ll need an old container (if you have an empty glass pickle jar, those work great). Next heat some vinegar just to boiling and pour it into the container. Finally, add your brushes and let them soak for about 30 minutes. After they’ve finished soaking you’ll want to scrub and rinse them with some dishwashing soap then let them dry. If you want a more detailed description of how to clean your brushes with Vinegar, check out this post.
Painting is tough work but so satisfying once it’s complete!
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