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My Hero and DIY Painting Tips

July 14, 2011

I am leaving out names to protect the innocent (and, the not-so-innocent) but I will give you the names of the awesome! Long story short – Kyle from Sherwin Williams saved my life this week. He is my hero!

After a frantic call from a facility maintenance company this week I was in a large fitness club trying to fix a botched paint job. Apparently the last person did not know how to match paint colors nor did he/she know the difference between flat, semi-gloss or even eggshell. When I went in and looked at what had been done I actually laughed out loud. It sort of slipped out before I could put my professional persona in place. I apologized but it was too late. If I could include a picture here, I would (check out my Facebook page for an example). It really was bad.

This leads me to some DIY painting tips:

  • If you are painting for the first time, keep a list of your color choices for each room, the name of the paint (the type), where you bought it and when. If you go to Sherwin Williams – they have a customer database and they can sometimes find you in their system. (Kyle did a lot of secret agent work for me).
  • If you buy a house ask the old owners if they have the old paint or a listing of the colors just in case you want to fix up some nicks or scratches.
  • Know the differences between semi-gloss, satin, eggshell, flat, latex, etc. (next week, I will give a breakdown).
  • Buy good quality paint! Please don’t buy what’s on sale. It’s not worth it. Cheap paint gets cheap results.
  • If you don’t know the paint color, you can take a small paint chip (from a place that does not show) to your local paint store and they can do a match for you.
  • Do not store your paint outside in the sun or cold. Keep the lid secure.
  • Always stir the paint well before using it. The paint will settle when it has been sitting for more than a couple of days.

Next week…more painting tips.

To women holding hammers (and paintbrushes), 

Jo Ellen Soesbee, The ToolBox TomGirl

 

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