Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Getting It Done!!!

AND using the RIGHT tools....

For if you don't use the RIGHT tools, you WILL BE SORRY!!!

All these years, I've been using the WRONG tools.....!

Pictured here, is a GOOD quality roller from Ace Hardware. Premier brand. 
Not a cheapy, dollar store brand.
 This is after ONE use!!! Mid-way through it's first rinsing.

This is the rinsing.
See how much paint still is in the nap? After at least 10 minutes of rinsing! That paint just keeps
leaching and leaching and leaching out of this thing!!!
This is the nap that comes off the roller.
This is the nap that comes off the roller and onto the wall that has to be picked out of the paint!
This is what throwing away money looks like!!! 
(no comments from the Peanut-Gallery about the dietary evidence....Subway, Spaghettios, Take-Out leftovers, Hot Chocolate..Pepperoni.....There is a Calm tea package in there!!!
We've been busy, you know!)

This is my new best friend.
I will NEVER paint with another roller again!
The Teflon coating REALLY DOES clean up faster AND the paint goes on the wall from this roller
like butter cream. I suggest you go and throw away every roller in your house, RIGHT NOW, and
stock up. Phillip just bought me several from Lowe's, so I will never have to do without....

I am in love with a paint roller! Just like I am in love with my Dyson vacuum.

I just am.

This is the paint roller after about 3 minutes of rinsing. No nap. No leaching paint. No kidding!
Unlike most rollers, too, this one snaps into an adjustable angled paint shield. How nice is that?
Also, the roller part is centered so the wall doesn't get scraped, like the traditional single-sided
roller handles. And, maybe, because it's centered, it's less awkward to hold.

Plus, the paint just glides off the roller. No more pushing and trying to get the paint to come off
the roller, onto the wall, evenly. 

I've done a lot of wall painting. I love to paint. And this just got even better.

(Attn: Peanut Gallery....Yes, that is a spoon in my sink. 
It put the instant coffee in my hot chocolate this morning)

While I'm on the subject, I've shared this before, but my all-time favorite paint brush is
Purdy brand. Yeah, they cost more, but they make painting a breeze compared to the
cheap-o one's and they last F O R E V E R....trust me. Use the angled one for trim and the
squared-off one for flats!

Walls. Done!

What color, you ask?
Well, let me share.
For those who know me real well, you know I love COLOR on my walls.
My house isn't an open floor plan, so every room can be a little or a lot
different. I'm only keeping the trim a creamy white in every room.

I've got numerous shades of yellow. Green. Red. Brown. Tan. Taupe. 
You get the picture...

But, for this little guest room, it's just under 9 x 12, I decided to keep it simple and cozy.

It is a North facing room. Backs up to the mountain, so it doesn't get too much sunshine.

I used Wal Mart's Color Place paint. It was very affordable and since it's a guest room, I figured 
I didn't need to go expensive, like in the kitchen and bathrooms! 

I like the look of flat paint, but it's not easily scrubbed. So, I went with a Satin finish. 
All the trim will be creamy white Gloss.

The accent wall is...
Walnut Wash. Kind of a Sand/Taupe color. Not too dark. Not too yellow. Not too gray.

I chose the color for the other three walls from the same sample strip as the Walnut Wash.
It was the lightest in the row. Walnut was the darkest.

Looked good on the sample, but when it was on the wall, it looked too peach. 
So I was going to drive into the Wal Mart - 16 mile round trip - last night. Then Janice called me. She
was still in town working late and offered to go for me. What a FRIEND!!!

Even more so...because... even though SOFT WHITE is a standard canned color, they were out!
Luckily, I had the color sample with the formula. She took the time to get it custom mixed for me
AND then drive it all the way to my house!!!

Janice....if you are reading this....

THANK YOU!!! I SO OWE YOU (and not just for the cost of the paint!)

So, there you have it.

Buy Shurline by Rubbermaid rollers with Teflon.
Buy Purdy brushes.

Get yourself a friend like Janice.

Carpet gets installed tomorrow. 

I have all the trim. Just need to measure, cut, prime, paint, and install. 

Move all the furniture back in. 

Buy a queen sized mattress.

Decorate. A little. 

I won't go overboard right now. When our guest leaves, I have more plans....! 

paint the headboard creamy white
paint the dresser and nightstand creamy white
paint the closet doors chalkboard
install crown molding
decorate a little more


 curl up with a book 
take a nap


Hopemore Studio said...

It sounds like you do need a nap after all that work!

I actually bought brushes today to paint our trim and doors. It was a real toss up between the Purdy and the Sure-line. I went with the Sure-line and I can say I am pleased with the results and the easy clean up.

Patina Marie said...

I'm telling you, the right tools will make the job SO much easier, even for a Mule, like me! LOL

I always seem to do things the hard way.....

Marilyn said...

I am ready to do some painting and am so glad to find out about the roller you discovered. It will be on my list! It will have to wait for Saturday as it is a 45 mile trip to town one way. Thanks SO MUCH! I know I'll ♥ it!
♥♪ (How do you like my new signature? I just learned how to do it! ;-D

Christine Edwards said...

Wow, looking good. I'm with ya on using quality tools, it usually doesn't pay to use the cheap stuff. I need to repaint our guest room because the color I picked turned out too peachy. Looking forward to the big reveal.

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