Originally Posted by staceychev
and don't scrimp on decent brushes. Makes a huge difference. If you can afford a better paint, you'll be able to tell the difference as well. ....
Oh, and make sure you pick the right gloss. I like eggshell, because it catches a little light and is easier to clean than flat, but it doesn't show imperfections in the walls like a semi- or hi-gloss.
THIS. all of it! If you can get satin paint, that's even easier to clean, and still doesnt show too many imperfections. in a bathroom, you need at least satin, or something with more gloss, to help protect the walls from moisture. We actually used exterior satin paint in our bathroom
, since we have no vent fan. water doesnt effect it at all! It would also work in a well loved kitchen or play room, as it's specifically rated to stand up to UV rays, rain, snow, pollutants, debris, etc. An uncle told us this trick, and it's been a lifesaver! (plus, the wall next to the toilet is easier to clean- if you have boys, you know what I mean... eww.)
Oh, and re: tools- you can generally avoid painters tape (very expensive) if you get good brushes. The cheap ones are easy to justify tossing instead of cleaning and reusing, but they start to get all bristly and they can leave unwanted marks on adjacent walls. Good brushes, if cleaned well right away and stored properly during drying (hanging from a nail in a ceiling beam in the basement would work) they will last for all of your projects. wash them WELL. a drop of dawn in a quart of water works wonders to get the darker colors out, just rinse really well after till water runs clear.
Originally Posted by akwifeandmomma
I just found a simple living blog -- someone posted it here, I'll go look in a minute and link if I can find it... She painted her plywood floors white, and they look totally fresh and airy. As they wear, she can just re-coat.
is the blog, and this
is the post on painted floors.
these floors look beautiful! wow! If you have big spaces between some of the sheets of plywood, get some paintable caulk with silicone in it to fill the bigger gaps. (the silicone helps it to stretch and flex as moisture from the air affects the wood floor and it wont crack and pull away like non-silicone caulk) If done properly, they could look like nice solid surface floors. I bet 1-2 tubes of caulk would do a large room, and costs about $3 per tube for decent stuff. a Dollar General or someplace might even have it cheaper. again, primer is your friend here, make sure to use exterior primer under porch paint! it will make the boards look much smoother and the paint adhere better. and you can even tint the porch paint, to add a painted on "rug."
If you dont have tons of money for fabric, you could find some well loved t-shirts, sweaters, or other clothing and/or linens around the house and make pillows and or curtains with stitch-witchery or with a quick hand stitch. Use those colors as your inspiration for the tone of your neutral walls. if you found some nice vintage sheets at a thrift store, they could make nice window treatments with relative ease! (or even a makeshift bedskirt!)
If you're unsure about colors, Home Depot does color samples for like $3.99 I've used only a sample to paint a small piece of furniture or do a touch up without having to buy a whole quart! it works great and saves a TON when you need quite a few colors in small quantities. Also, you can just do ONE accent wall, in a room, then if you hate it, paint over it with your neutral from the other walls. The colored wall could have very simple neutral decorations or B+W family photos, and the neutral walls can have pops of color, or, just leave the accent wall to speak for itself, simply.
definitely check out the rejects from HD, but check the notes on top of the can! sometimes it's not the sheen that they note on the sticker, sometimes they used the wrong paint base. either way, the clerk will be able to help you- they generally know their stuff behind the paint counter.
We have an MAB clearance center (a local paint brand, i think) where I got gallons of flat paint for $5 each. I mixed 5 different flat paints in various browns/khakis/tans and came out with a color that we adore- and get LOTS of compliments on it. and we got 5 gallons of paint for $25!! can't beat it. You could check to see if there is a clearance center in your area for any other brands, and also post on Freecycle for it, if you only need a gallon. I know I have full "extra" gallons from when I over ordered at the paint store just sitting in my basement.
OK, that was a novel. sorry.
I hope that you can do a few quick fixes in at least one room to get it to where you at least *like* it
oh- one last thing- even trim with dings in it looks MUCH better when cleaned and painted a fresh color!! semi gloss will hide more imperfections and still allow you to clean it easily, and resist water if you leave a window open in the rain. you could even paint the trim a color instead of white or off white, and that will also hide more of the imperfections.