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Painting Interior Rooms in Our House

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Artisan Fan, Apr 30, 2010.

  1. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    We've been painting some rooms in our house and have learned a few things along the way. I don't know how helpful this is but we learned the following:

    1. A good quality paint brush like the Purdy Chinex we used allows easier painting of straight lines than 3M painter's tape. It also requires some skill but the angled bristles really help.

    2. If you must use painter's tape, get the more spendy "Frog Tape", loads better than 3M which itself is loads better than anything else.

    3. Buy quality paint. On my brother's recommendation (he is a general contractor) we got Sherwin Williams Cashmere paint. It looks so much better than the Duron and Valspar we had before.

    4. When choosing color paint a larger swatch of the color to test on the wall. We noticed small swaths of test paint don't always reflect and show the light coming into the room throughout the day.

    5. Hire experts to do the difficult things like tall ceilings. We have really tall ceilings in our great room and you really need a scaffold to do that.

    It is really turning out nice. Feels like a new house and the darker colors make it cozier.
     
  2. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    I will agree to an extent that higher quality paint is better. If you're buying the cheap crap paint at wal-mart it's going to take more coats to evenly paint a surface, so I don't think you actually wind up saving any money in the long run.

    But there's always a limit to this. I don't think it's necessary to spend much more than $25 a gallon on paint.
     
  3. edmorel

    edmorel Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Valspar paint [​IMG]


    My favorite paint has been Ralph Lauren, I know that sounds brand whorish but it actually is amazing. Of course, it is now discontinued. I will look at this Sherwin Williams cashmere.
     
  4. TRINI

    TRINI Senior member

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    I will look at this Sherwin Williams cashmere.

    What's the weight? 9 oz?

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  5. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    darker colors make it cozier.

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  6. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    My favorite paint has been Ralph Lauren, I know that sounds brand whorish but it actually is amazing. Of course, it is now discontinued. I will look at this Sherwin Williams cashmere.

    Very much agree! The island in our kitchen is done in a beautiful olive green by Ralph Lauren.
     
  7. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    We have very large rooms and we had a light color before which accentuated the vastness. Or were you sad about something else? [​IMG]
     
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    What color will the 'library' be? [​IMG]
     
  9. Artisan Fan

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    What's the weight? 9 oz?

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    I can say we put in dozens of hours of handwork on this project. [​IMG]
     
  10. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    What color will the 'library' be? [​IMG]

    Have not decided but possibly a shade of brown.
     
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    Got a friend who works for Behr. He swears the RL stuff is utter shite.
     
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    It is really turning out nice. Feels like a new house and the darker colors make every room more suitable for front projection.

    ftfy [​IMG]
     
  13. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    ftfy [​IMG]

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    You discovered my evil plan...convince the wife it is a "redecorating" while planning to sneakily improve the home theater aspects of our BluRay system.
     
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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What are the dark colors?
     
  15. Artisan Fan

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    What are the dark colors?

    Latte (looks like same), Penfield (?not sure but a nice shade of green), various shades of rich brown but we are still working on the final colors.
     
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    InsBrokerTX Senior member

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    We've used both Behr and Ralph Lauren and liked them both very much. They may not be the best but it would be hard to get me to use something else.

    What color are your ceilings? Are they different than your walls?
     
  17. kaiserkarl

    kaiserkarl Senior member

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    i used prada paint in my house. it's the same green as the one in their stores. also have a lot of wenge furniture for that prada feel. after that we put a coat of margiela flat latex.
     
  18. visionology

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    I just finished painting around 10 rooms in my house including the hallway and ceilings and I would echo most of what you said. I'll add a few too...

    1. To me while Purdy brushes are a necessity I find having tape as a backup helps. If taping off walls to paint trim make sure to use super light tack paint to avoid peeling the paint off.

    2. There is a paint called Stix, similar to Killz that will cover any glossy surface without sanding. Great for painting trim from older houses that have 10 coats of lacquer.

    3. Use good dropcloths. No matter how careful we were drops were spilled and we noticed this after taking all the cloths off. Now that the floors have been refinished we are super careful.

    4. I'd say while I spent 95% of my paint on Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore is an equal.

    5. Use the right paint for the right room. Bathrooms will need different paints than say a bedroom.

    6. Never use flat, always use at least an Eg-shel / satin for cleanup.

    7. On trim use a minimum of semi-gloss to pop off the walls and make cleanup even easier.

    8. Get the right nap rollers for the right surface, 1/2" for textured ceilings and 3/8" for flat walls.

    9. Tinting primer can make painting over dark colors much easier however it also can't be returned if you order too much and can't be used in other rooms obviously.

    10. For baseboards use an oil based paint to avoid rusting. Latex paints have water that will corrode the surface. Will be messy and smelly and is best to do when the heaters are off to avoid burn off fumes.
     
  19. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    ^This is good advice, especially about using a good dropcloth. The cheap ones just don't lie flat and create a cleanup headache.

    Wife and I are enjoying the new room colors. Next up is our library and we are hiring a pro to do the great room. Living and dining room were done last year.
     

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