I love finding amazing resources and sharing great information through my blog! Any time I find a great website, blog, or new home goods brand I immediately want to share in on my blog! I am so glad I found this AMAZING paint and DIY project resource in the ROWE SPURLING Paint Company
. They are the oldest running paint supply store in Bermuda, they provide car, boat, and residential paint as well as an amazing brand called Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.
I reached out and asked the Rowe Spurling Paint Co. to come up with some amazing paint and DIY tricks and tips for this post and I am so excited to share! Here you go…
Whether you own or rent your home, there is always something that needs doing around the house, especially around the holidays. Being a lifelong procrastinator, I find that the deadline of arriving guests is a great motivator to get the house in shape and finish those DIY projects.
While there may not be enough time or room in the budget for renovations, you can still give your home a fresh new look quickly and inexpensively with a fresh coat of paint. Since the last thing you want is more stress around the holidays, there are some helpful tips to make it quick and painless:
For a durable and beautiful paint job do your prep! I had a high school teacher who drilled into us the 5 P’s – Proper Planning Prevents Poor Performance. Move all of your furniture in the middle of the room, cover it with drop cloths, old sheets, or rolls of plastic and take everything off the walls. Scrape off any old paint, fill holes/cracks, and clean off any surface dirt. Tape up window/door frames, baseboards and floors to keep your paint job tidy and cut down on clean up. Apply a coat of primer over repairs or stubborn stains to ensure your paint goes on smoothly without any dry patches or discoloration.
Before you head to the paint store, figure out how much paint you’ll need to purchase. An average gallon of paint covers between 350-400 square feet. That’s one coat on an average 12’x14’ room. Remember that if you’re making a drastic colour change or using a deeper colour, more than one coat will probably be necessary for full coverage. TIP: If you’re on a budget and not fussy about colour, ask the paint store about mistints which will cost a fraction of the regular price.
After you choose the paint colour, it’s time to think about sheen, or how much shine your paint will have. Flat paints are the least shiny (almost chalky) and are great for minimizing glare and hiding surface imperfections. They’re perfect for ceilings or low traffic areas like bedrooms. For living spaces, step up to a matte finish. It has minimal shine but can be wiped clean. For high traffic areas like hallways, kitchens, or bathrooms choose an eggshell finish, which has almost a waxy glow. You’ll be able to easily clean any dirt, grease or grime from the walls. Save the semigloss and gloss paints for smooth surfaces like woodwork, trim, cabinetry or furniture.
Now that you have your paint, you’ll need something to put it on with. For latex (water based) paints, look for a synthetic bristle brush with either nylon or polyester bristles. For cutting in, an angled brush works best (I find a 2 ½” size the easiest to work with). For large areas, use a 9” paint roller. The rougher the walls, the fluffier your roller should be. TIP: Pick up a paint tray liner if you’re planning on using more than one paint colour. They make clean up a breeze!
If you need to do multiple coats, wait a couple of hours in between – longer if the humidity is high. Wrap up your brush or roller tightly in plastic wrap to keep it from drying out between coats and you’ll be pick up where you left off. After all the painting is done, clean your tools thoroughly with warm water. When dry, store them for future projects.
There are a lot of design rules out there but at the end of the day, you have to feel comfortable in your home so remember to have fun with your design. Get inspiration from magazines, the internet, even a favourite outfit. HAPPY PAINTING!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: After graduating from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island with a degree in Theatre, Karolina, along with her husband, took over operations of the family business, Rowe Spurling Paint Company, which is the oldest operating paint store on the sunny island of Bermuda.
For more amazing tips and trick please check out their amazing blog here and their company’s website right here.