Painting “How To” for the average or less than average painter – Step 2

I hope my ‘Step 1’ post was helpful in every way possible as you make your way to or through a renovation journey.  Just remember, you are making these changes for yourself and it should not have to be a stressful time.  In fact, most of our time ‘renoing’ (if that’s even a word) was spent smiling, laughing and ok sometimes complaining of how tired we were.  But every ounce of effort put into our place was well worth it and we hold SO much pride in our home now.  It is ours, we made it this way.

To start I would like to refer back to ‘Step 1’ for a moment:

Many people also purchase a tarp or large sheet of plastic to protect their floors from those paint drips. I did not include this in ‘Step 1’ and probably should have after learning our lesson. We did not find this to be a big issue but we did end up scraping off a few spots of paint from our floors. So if you want to save yourself the trouble, don’t be afraid to cover your floors before painting.

*TIP: Plastic sheets or a tarp is better suited for covering as paint will eventually seep through an old sheet.

*TIP:  If you are painting over dark colours, as we did on one wall (dark chocolate-brown), you will need to prime before painting.  Essentially any primer will do but the better the quality the less coats required.

Ok, now onto Step 2!

I’ll remind you that we are amateurs, not professionals, but for that reason I am offering these posts.  Most of us are not professionals and don’t necessarily have the time to take every step they suggest… or have the funds to hire them!  With that said, I left you with a pile of painting supplies dropped at your front door. Now what!? Well, now its time to get started!

I would say the most important part of painting is to clear the area being painted as much as possible. Anything that can get in your way, will get in your way and it’s just something you don’t want to have to deal with while paint drips from the roller. Accept now that your house will not be in pristine shape as you reno and if a perfectionist like me can live through it, so can you!

Once the area is emptied, look over the walls for any repairs needed.

Once you have the area prepped, take a dry rag and wipe down all of the walls (especially the ceiling corners and baseboards) to remove any dust or cobwebs hanging around. We found this was sufficient although some might go as far as using hot, soapy water to wipe down the walls (your choice).  Next remove any light switch or electrical outlet plates and store them in a tupperware container or somewhere they wont get lost.  This is also the perfect opportunity to wash these and remove all of the dirt and grime build up over time.

Once your ‘cleaning spree’ is done take a look at the walls to find any holes or dents that need repairing.  This is where your trusty putty and putty knives come into play!  You want to fill the holes and “swipe” away any access putty with your knife.  Once it turns from pink to white you are ready to sand.  A light sanding is sufficient until the area is smooth and even with the wall.  After you have completed this around the room to be painted you are ready to start!

Take a break you deserve it 😉

Stay Tuned!

Lady Champagne xo


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