The third weekend of November was the one I had been preparing for all month long, the project that most DIYers love: painting my dining room. I knew that I wanted a navy blue color, and that I didn’t want a glossy finish (glossy finishes makes flaws more obvious). With the help of the wonderful gentleman behind the paint counter, I purchased 3 gallons of Blueberry Twist Behr Premium Plus paint, buzzed right home, and got rolling (Get it? Paint rolling? Chuckle chuckle).
The materials I used to paint my dining room include:
3 gallons of Blueberry Twist Behr Premium Plus Interior paint
1 small bucket of warm soapy water
Paint rollers (large and small)
1) Prepare the tools and materials. I wore the same old clothes that I wore to prime the dining room, including plastic bags over my sneakers. Since my laziness in cleaning my angled paint brushed destroyed the brush (the lesson is always clean your paint supplies immediately from start to finish), I used a square brush instead. Let the brush sit in a cup of water for a minute, and shake the excess water out. Rinse and clean the rolling pan as well. You don’t want any dust or small particles in the paint. Make sure that all the painters’ tape and covered areas are still secure. It’s much harder to fix a mistake with paint, especially the dark color I picked out, than it is with primer.
Since the paint had just been shaken at the store that morning, I carefully shook the paint can for a few more minutes, opened the can with a crowbar, and carefully poured half the can into the rolling pan.
Tip #1: Keep a small bucket of warm soapy water and a rag nearby to clean up the oopsies.
Tip #2: Place the rolling pan in the center of the room on some old newspapers. Your much less likely to step in a pan of paint if it’s in the center, since you will be going around the room along the walls.
Tip #3: Keep the entire box of latex gloves around. You never know when you’ll need to change to a clean glove.
2) Paint the corners and edges with the brush and pan of paint. Use the pan of paint rather than the original can, so you don’t accidentally contaminate the main paint source with anything. Paint is more expensive to replace than primer. Gently tap the excess paint from the brush. Paint the areas with just enough paint to cover the areas the paint rollers won’t be able to reach.
Tip #1: Regularly check for, and brush away, dripping paint on the walls. Dripping paint that has dried gives the paint a sloppy and unprofessional look.
3) Roll the paint onto the walls using the big roller and rolling pan. Roll the paint onto the wall in a “W” pattern, just as I did to prime, to minimize drips and an uneven application. Don’t roll the paint on too fast, which can lead to drips, splatters, and flying paint. It’s better to paint slow than to waste time fixing and cleaning up mistakes.
Tip #1: Wetting the roller and wringing out the excess water before painting allows the paint to grip the roller better.
Tip #2: Using an extension pole for the paint roller eases the strain on your back and arms.
4) Blend the edging of the rolled on paint and brushed on paint with the small roller. Blending the two strokes of paint with the smaller roller camoflouges the difference in strokes.
Tip #1: Wet the small roller the same way as the big roller.
5) Repeat steps 2 through 4, if necessary. To make the sapphire color bolder, I painted on a second layer the next day.
Tip #1: Be patient and wait until the first layer completely dries. Applying a second layer over a wet first layer only wastes paint.
6) Touch up any areas that need it. Before I cleaned my tools, I took one last look around the room, and touched up any areas that needed it, like any areas I missed with paint, or any splatters I needed to clean up.
7) Clean the tools thoroughly. Let the rollers and brush sit in a bucket of warm soapy water outside to dilute the paint before cleaning them in the sink with warm soapy water. The sooner you clean the tools after painting, the easier it is.
Now that the main part of my dining room is done, it’s time to focus on the details of the room, like the moulding and trim. And that means doing my own staining. YEY!