Updated: Jun 27, 2019

I love to paint rooms. And I do mean me painting the room. Yes, when we moved into this home there wasn't enough time for me to paint all the rooms, so we hired someone, but when I want to change a single room, I can hardly wait to get started. The dramatic change that you get by simply changing a color is exciting to me. When the mood hits and I happen to have the paint, you might find me at 10 p.m. starting the job. The room that we refer to as our library was an attractive navy color, but it made the room look small and dark and it didn't really go with the rest of the house, so voila, it went from small and dark to lovely within a few hours.

[NEW] Farrow & Ball: Dimity + London Stone | [OLD] Benjamin Moore: Kendall Charcoal

Many people are afraid to tackle a painting project. It's fine if you really think that you would be horrible at it, but you should try it at least once. You might be surprised at how good it turns out, and you can become like me, fearless when the mood hits you.

Family Circle had a few good tips for painting a room, and if you didn't see it, I thought I would share:

-If you are using white paint hold the paint swatches over a plain white piece of printer paper to determine the undertones. It may look pinkish or yellowish. If you're stuck Behr's three most popular white paint colors are Swiss Coffee, Antique White and Polar Bear.

(I think this is a great idea because, for example, when you look at a polar bear you think that it is pure white, and then when you see one on tv all of a sudden he looks tannish or yellowish compared to the snow. It's funny how a color like white can have so many undertones.)

-Use the W Technique -in a 3' x 3' space, paint the letter 'W' with a paint roller and fill in the blank spots by lightly overlapping the previous pass. Repeat with more 'W's' until the wall is covered.

(Of course before this you need to cut in, meaning using a hand brush to paint a few inch area next to all the trim and ceiling.)

-Paint your walls when the weather is dry and warm, ideally between 50 and 90 degrees. If it's humid run a dehumidifier so the paint doesn't take too long to dry, but avoid running overhead or floor fans since they dry the paint too fast.

-Another good tip is not to use plastic drop cloths on the floor. You can place them on any remaining furniture in the room, but on the floor they don't absorb any drips, and you can end up tracking paint around. Your best bet is a canvas drop cloth which is sold where you get your paint. It only costs around $15 and will be well worth it especially if you get the painting bug. However, if you're not sure if this will be a one shot deal, an old bedsheet should do.

(I have never paid attention to all the rules because if I waited for the perfect conditions I might never get around to doing the job. I have always been happy with the results, so see what works for you.)

Source: Redbook, Jessica Barr from Behr

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