I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional products used in the project were selected by me.
Before we listed our first home we went on a major painting spree. You know, just a few of the projects I wish we completed years/months before, but you know how it goes! Last month, I showed you how I gave our existing dining room table a new two-tone look using ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape and today I’m sharing Tips for Painting A Room .
Are you noticing a trend, yet? Yup, aside from the new rug, this dining room makeover has been done entirely with new paint. Just another example of how it doesn’t take much to give a space an entirely new look.
Even though I went with another neutral tone and the color change was subtle, I felt like the room became so much brighter and cleaner just changing the color from a standard beige (Wicker by Eddie Bauer®) to Gray (Travertine by Eddie Bauer®).
– Small Roller
– Small Soft Bristle Brush
– Paint Tray
– 3M™ Patch plus primer and Putty Knife
1. PREP YOUR WALLS
The first step is to prep your walls for painting. This includes removing all art, mirrors, shelves, etc. And then taping the edges with ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. The Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector makes a huge difference in helping prevent paint from bleeding, you’ll see an example of this below.
2. Patch Problem Areas
You will also want to patch any holes or divots in the walls. I absolutely love my 3M™ Patch plus primer. It’s a spackling and primer in one and only takes 30 minutes to dry. I honestly have this stocked in my house at all times and considering how often I change my mind with decor I end up using this weekly (if not daily). FYI-You’ll want to lightly sand the areas before painting.
3. Use Roller For Large Walls
When I first started painting rooms I used to use a large 2″ roller, but I have now switched to a smaller roller because I feel like it has better coverage. When dipping the roller into the paint tray make sure to roll off all excess paint so it doesn’t splatter when you roll onto the wall.
4. Use Soft Bristle Brush To Cut In Small Spaces
When painting near the tape edges use a high quality brush to get into those small spaces. The Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector really helps the paint from bleeding, but it is still important to not drench the paintbrush in paint, instead do a few lighter coats.
5. Apply Two Coats of Paint
There are a lot of paint brands out there that say you only need one coat, but I still think two is always best. I generally end up applying one very thorough, full coverage coat and my second is a little lighter.
You can see here just how amazing the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. You can see the difference between the previous beige color that I painted several years ago and the new gray color that I painted with the ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape for Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector (2093EL). Look how much straighter that line is.
5. Prep Trim For Paint
Since I was painting the room anyway, I wanted to freshen up the existing trim and board & batten. Painting this close to the carpet can be tricky so I decided to try out the ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter’s Plastic Loaded Dispenser which includes ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Multi-Surface with Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector 2093EL to help protect against paint drips and splatters from getting on the carpet. This technology is AMAZING!!! Seriously one of my favorite new painting tools.
This new tool is perfect for painting moldings and trims. This ScotchBlue™ Pre-Taped Painter’s Plastic is easy to use, saves a lot of time and it eliminates the gap in-between your tape and a tarp you may lay down. Just slide it out, press the tape down and unravel the plastic.
Ah! I love how bright and airy this space looks! Even though we didn’t get to enjoy it for long, it’s all set for the new owners.
And here is a little look at how our dining area has evolved over the years. If you take a closer look, the dining set, mirror and light fixture haven’t changed in 5 years but look how the space has changed by making a few sublet changes with paint!
Enter the Home of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape Contest at www.scotchblue.com/home contest October 1 through November 15, 2014 and you could win $5,000 to put towards a home makeover! The first 500 to submit an eligible entry will receive one (1) roll of the new ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector!
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Contest open to legal residents of the U.S. and D.C. (excluding AZ, MD, NJ, ND, TN and VT), who are 18+ (19+ in AL & NE and 21+ in MS) at the time of entry. Void where prohibited. Enter from October 1, 2014 at 12:00:01 a.m. CT through 11:59:59 p.m. CT on November 15, 2014. All contest communications, entry/judging criteria and details subject to the full Official Rules. To enter and for Official Rules, visit www.scotchblue.com/homecontest. Sponsor: 3M Construction and Home Improvement Markets Division, St. Paul, MN.
I am proud to be a 3M sponsored blogger, and, as part of my responsibilities, I get the opportunity to evaluate products from ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape. Opinions are my own and additional product used in the project were selected by me.