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Showing posts with label Dutch Boy Paint. Show all posts

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Painting Tips for Making the Job Easier {With an Awesome Contest}

As I mentioned in this post, I recently re-painted my kitchen. I had the pleasure of using Dutch Boy's new Refresh line of paint in the color Boulder Neutral {satin finish}. AND...the most AWESOME Purdy painting tools ever!

Purdy is currently giving YOU a chance to win a special dinner with HGTV's Lisa LaPorta in LA in their Save the Walls Contest {details at the end of this post}.

This is our before {it's also before I made my cafe curtains that are over my sink window as well as before we did our kitchen island transformation}.

I was thrilled to get rid of that mustard-yellow.

The number one way to make your painting job easier is to use the right tools for the job. You'll need an angled brush for cutting in {I prefer a 2"...I just like the way it feels in my hand}. A roller {and an extension if you're dealing with a lot of "up space"}, roller covers {be sure to select the appropriate ones for your type/texture of walls}, paint trays, painter's tape and drop cloths. I mentioned the taping/prep process in my previous post, if you're interested in reading more on that.

I am slightly obsessed with this 2" angled brush Purdy sent me. It's a dream. I cut around cabinetry without even taping in some places.

And thank you to Vilay...who was kind enough to craft this brush just for me. Yes, Purdy brushes are that awesome.

See? Cutting in without tape next to cabinetry! The angle just flows with the paint and the bristles bend in all the right places so the paint gets in the places it's supposed to.

Another tip when painting is to do all of the cutting in first. Cutting in can be a pain {and, honestly, my least favorite part of the painting process}. But, if you do it all first, it will ensure the entire job gets done all the way {and the right way}.

Another tip is to remove switch plate and outlet covers. This is so much faster than taping around them. And you get such a better painting job with you can paint right up to the opening and then put the cover back on over that paint...it's perfection.

Try not to tape against your ceiling {yes, that's my ceiling...weird angles & all}. It's easier to use a really good brush with an angle and glide it across the space where the wall and ceiling meet. Make sure there's plenty of paint on the end of the brush...it makes a smooth line that way.

After you've cut everything in, grab your roller and go to town on the larger areas. Again, the nap of the roller has to do with the texture of the wall. I opted for Purdy's roller covers made for "rough to semi-rough" textured walls. I have overly-textured {awful} walls to deal with. But my Purdy roller was fabulous! It held so much paint that reloading was minimal in a large area. The roller's nap was able to get into all of that texture and cover it with plenty of paint.

One trick for getting good edges is to take your roller's end right up to the end of your wall. Perfect every time.

In taller areas, be sure to utilize your ladder's paint features {most ladders have this}. You can hook your tray {be sure to buy a paint tray with hooks} to the ladder's fold down shelf so it remains steady {even if you don't!}...let that ladder work for you.

When you're done painting, be sure to clean everything up right away {the faster you can get to it, the easier the job will be}. I do treat roller covers as disposable. However, nice brushes like this one, deserve a good bath. This brush comb is something I will never be without! It gets into all of those hidden spots and pulls out the paint that's stuck in there. It made clean up so fast!

And there you go! I was able to paint the whole kitchen by myself with the help of Purdy's awesome tools.

 Next up, cabinets are going white!

Don't forget to register for your chance to win dinner in LA with HGTV's Lisa LaPorta! Just head over to Purdy's Save the Walls contest to enter today. You could also win one of their daily prizes as well!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Easy Mini-Makeover with Paint {and a GREAT contest!}

I re-painted the kitchen last weekend {and into the first part of the week...our kitchen is 90% cut-in, 10% roll-on: it's a bit time-consuming to paint}. I had the pleasure of using Dutch Boy's new Refresh line of paint in the color Boulder Neutral {satin finish}.

Dutch Boy is currently giving YOU a chance to win a $5,000 makeover from HGTV's Lisa LaPorta in their Restore My Décor sweepstakes! {Details at the end of this post}

This is our before {it's also before I made my cafe curtains that are over my sink window as well as before we did our kitchen island transformation}. I'm not sure what I was thinking with this yellow...but it's been four years since I made that choice, so we'll go with the fact that it was way awesome back then {I guess}.

My goodies from Dutch Boy! I also received several products from Purdy to review as well. I'll be telling you all about them {along with yet another great contest} in the days to come.

Refresh Paint: Adds Beauty. Reduces Household Odors.  The first and only paint with Arm & Hammer® odor eliminating technology that beautifies and reduces odors at the same time. What more do you need in a paint...it's got it all!

Key Features of this AmAzInG Paint:
  • Exceptional hide and durability
  • Gives mildew-resistant coating
  • Zero VOC† / Greenguard® Indoor Air Quality Certified 
  • Limited Lifetime Warranty 
  • Also available in Ceiling Paint to maximize odor reducing performance when used with Refresh®

It was a GREAT paint to work with. Much creamier and smoother than most. It had superb coverage and I only needed ONE coat {that was a bit mind-blowing to me}.

Before painting, I thoroughly prep {I feel like the key to a good paint job is a great prep job}. I like to clean all the surfaces that will be taped up.

I tape. And then I smooth...and smooth some more. I can't handle leaky paint tape.

I also spackle any holes or imperfections. I can't stand our over-textured walls. Bleh. They've been a pain in my neck for five years now. Hate.

I also keep all of my plate covers in one spot. I used to try to put each one close to the outlet it came from...but that just gets crazy. One spot. Much easier to find when replacing.

It was crazy, messy madness. But way fun.

Before painting, I primed the whole room. Here I am on top of the refrigerator trying to prime that weird space over the pantry. Weird angles everywhere in this room.

Before rolling, I cut in everything that needs cutting in. I always do the cut in first. I've seen people get so sick of painting that they roll everything out...and then give up saying they'll "get to the cut-in later". Let's face it, cutting in is no fun. At all. But it's a necessary evil that must be dealt with. And doing it first ensures it will get done. Then on to rolling...which is fun, in my opinion. :)

After your paint is dry {and you've touched up any missed spots}, pull off your tape and enjoy!

I'm loving the new color. I think it will look even more awesome once I get those cabinets painted white!

And this paint is every bit as good as it claims. We do low carb...and seem to always be cooking bacon {although I recently learned the trick of cooking it on the side burner of my backyard gas grill}. But since using this paint, I never smell that bacon-y junk all day long like I used to. Love that.

Soooo much better than the yellow. I was looking for a good greige-color to neutralize the walls so all of my color can be brought into the space in other ways. And once that awful orange-y, builder-grade cabinet color is white, I think the color will be even more fabulous!

 I think I put the table back too far to the left...haha! Nothing seems to line up here.

And I love how the island pops against the more neutral backdrop. 

 Good stuff. 

Let's not forget the awesome contest that Dutch Boy is running! The Restore My Décor sweepstakes gives you a chance to win by submitting a “tired” and “boring” room you want to makeover to www.restoremydecor.com. The grand prize winner receives a $5,000 room makeover by TV Design star, Lisa LaPorta.

Happy Painting!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Needing your help, friends!

Head over to my Facebook page {facebook.com/ishouldbemoppingthefloor} and help me pick out a new color for my kitchen! Dutch Boy Paint is giving me a couple of gallons of their Refresh paint to try out and tell you about. Can't wait to see how it all turns out!

And be sure to check out their AWESOME contest right now: