Sunday, July 19, 2009

The living room project begins: masking tape is for sissies.

Last week we started the living room refinish. We are going to do it in a very similar fashion as the other rooms, but with a slightly different color. Here are some before pictures:

We decided on a greenish grey for the living room. The dining room is a blueish grey and we wanted something that would be complementary. Although these earth tones can seem a bit dark at times, they have great contrast with the trim, and will look even better once we have art hanging from the picture molding.
Here is a picture after many hours operating the brush and roller:
Next we start to hang trim. We have it all primed and ready to go.
One thing I learned during this painting session is that truly talented painters avoid masking tape at all cost. A co-worker of mine worked as a professional painter and showed me some brush handling techniques that allow the painter amazing control of the paint "bead".
First, he convinces me to buy the most expensive/best paint brush I can find. It is a tool after all and if you take care of it, it will last forever. And as we know, an artisan is only as good as his/her tools. Once you start utilizing more advanced brush control, a good brush is a must!
Basically, to get a good clean edge, you fan the brush out on an arching motion into the edge and then closely watch your paint bead and adjust the brush angle as you go.. I worked amazingly well... No bleed through that you always get with masking tape.
So, we used almost no masking tape on this room (only on the baseboard trim to hold the ground cloth in place). Most of my edges came out damn near perfect.
This edge was done with no tape:

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