How To Paint A Room

Painting is the most economical home improvement you can make. It’s a great way to liven up the feel of your home and make it look like new again! I found a great tutorial from This Old House that really simplifies the painting process. Follow the 8 simple steps below for a quick home pick-me-up.

Step 1: Cover the floors and hardware.

After removing any wall art and moving furniture away from the walls, lay canvas tarps over the furniture and on the floor. Tarps are more absorbent and less slippery than plastic.

Using painter’s tape, fasten down the edges. Unscrew all switch plates and electrical outlet covers, and tape over the remaining switches and holes with painter’s tape. Tape around any other hardware that can’t be removed.

cover floors and hardware to get ready for painting the room

Step 2: Sand all surfaces.

Always sand and paint the ceiling completely before addressing the walls. To do so, follow the steps below:

  • Using a pole sander fitted with 120-grit paper, sand the walls (make sure to wear a dust mask).
  • Sweep the sander side to side as you work your way from the top down. Apply medium pressure, and take care that the head doesn’t flop and gouge the wall.
  • Change the paper whenever the grit gets clogged with dust.
  • Remove bumps or drips on painted molding with a scraper.
  • Then, using a dampened coarse-grit sanding sponge, rough up the surface. Keep a bucket of warm water nearby, and continually rinse the sponge. Finish with a dampened fine-grit sponge.
  • Using a wet/dry vacuum, clear all the dust from the walls and trim.
  • Wash the walls with a sponge, using warm water and dish soap. Scrub greasy or waxy spots. Wipe everything down one last time with clean water.

man clearing dust from teh walls

Step 3: Fill gaps and holes.

Run a thin bead of caulk over any gaps where molding meets wall. Wet your finger and smooth the caulk with even pressure to push it into the crack and leave a crisp edge.

Using a putty knife, fill any small divots or holes in the walls. Use patching compound for plaster and joint compound for drywall. Sand the filler smooth with 120-grit sandpaper.

Prime the patched spots (or the whole wall if necessary). Sand primed areas with 120-grit sandpaper, and wipe clean of dust with a damp sponge.

filling gaps and holes in the wall with caulk

Step 4: Cut in round edges.

Dip a 2½-inch angled brush into a bucket of paint, loading the paint only a third of the way up the bristles. Tap off—don’t wipe—the excess on the side of the bucket. Use the brush to cut in a 2 to 3-inch band of paint at all corners, against the ceiling, and next to molding; this will give the roller some breathing room so it doesn’t bump against adjacent areas.

man dipping brush into the bucket of paint

Step 5: Run a line of paint along the wall.

To cut in, run a line of paint along the wall about an inch away from the edge. Then turn the brush onto the bristle tips, and press down slightly so the longest bristles gather into a point. Use this point to draw a careful line of paint right up to the edge where wall meets trim. Once you have a clean line in place, level out any heavy areas or drips, then move on. In order to keep a wet edge, don’t work in too large of an area at a time.

painting the wall

Step 6: Roll the walls.

Once you’ve cut in around an entire wall area, use a roller to fill in the field. Dampen the roller before using it (with water for latex paint or paint thinner for oils). Dip the roller in a tray filled with just enough paint to reach the grate. Roll it back against the grate to distribute the paint and squeeze out the excess. Make sure the roller is covered completely before painting with it. 

man rolling paintbrush in  the paint tray

Roll a W or M shape on the wall to distribute the bulk of the paint. Then use overlapping vertical strokes to spread paint evenly between the lines. Continue painting the wall in this manner until it is covered. Overlap a bit of the cut-in edges to blend away any visible brush marks.

If a second coat is necessary, wait until the paint is dry to the touch, then repeat Steps 5 and 6.

man painting W shape on the wall

Step 7: Paint the trim.

With broad moldings, such as baseboards and wainscoting, use a wide, straight-edged brush to paint the bulk of the trim. Then, using a small, angled sash brush (1- to 2-inch), finish by carefully painting a straight line along the edge. Hold the brush on edge as you did in Step 5, and let a hairline of paint carry over onto the wall to make up for any imperfections on the molding itself.

painting the rims of the wall

To see the full tutorial visit this link. For more design tutorials and home improvement ideas, follow me on Pinterest.

If you’re not the do it yourself type, no worries. An old friend of mine just retired and is painting interiors to keep himself busy. Give Steve a call at (205) 344-2456. Tell him Phyllis Olive referred you.

The Perfect A-Day Weekend Tailgate

A-Day weekend is one the Alabama faithful look forward to all year long. It’s even more exciting coming off a National Championship winning season. It should come as no shock to anyone this is projected to be the largest audience we’ve seen in Bryant Denny for the game. How many other teams can say they have over 101,000 loyal fans watch them play…each other?

Nick Saban - Alabama Crimson Tide 2011 National Champions

Since we still have a few months until the season gets started, we treat this weekend just like a typical gameday, which means the tailgates will be nothing short of impressive. If you haven’t finished planning yours, you’ll love the recipes I’m going to share.

The Crimson Tide Mojito

Crimson Tide Mojito

I haven’t tried this yet, but it sounds delicious. Very refreshing for a warm day in the Alabama sun.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cherries, cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • 3/4 cup vodka
  • sparkling water

What’s next?

  1. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat; refrigerate.
  2. Put cherries in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over top and stir to make sure the cherries are coated in juice. Stir in syrup; refrigerate at least an hour.
  3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka together. Fill glasses with ice. Put 1/2 cup of cherry mixture into each glass. Top with sparkling water; serve immediately.

White Pizza Dip

White Pizza Dip

Kids of all ages will love this. So simple to make too.

Ingredients

  • 1 envelope Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix
  • 1 container (16 oz.) sour cream
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup (1 oz.) chopped pepperoni
  • 1 loaf Italian or French bread, sliced

Then…

Preheat oven to 350°. In shallow 1-quart casserole, combine Lipton® Recipe Secrets® Savory Herb with Garlic Soup Mix, sour cream, ricotta cheese, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and pepperoni. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese. Bake uncovered 30 minutes or until heated through. Serve with bread.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip…Made Healthy!

Healthy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt (or sour cream)
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (I always use part skim as opposed to whole milk)
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp minced garlic (3 cloves)
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 5 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup chopped artichoke hearts (canned or frozen- if using frozen, make sure they are thawed and drained)

Get started…

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a hand mixer, mix the cream cheese, greek yogurt, white wine, salt, pepper and garlic. Add in the cheese (leave about 1/4 cup of parmesan to top the dip), then the spinach and artichokes. Mix just until combined then spoon into baking dish/dishes. Bake for 30-40 minutes, until the top cheese is browned. You can stir it all together to make sure it is all mixed and creamy, or you can serve it as it.


Chocolate Covered Football Strawberries

How cute are these? The best part…how easy are these to make? Stawberries, chocolate, and icing. Done.  They’ll be a  guaranteed hit with everyone.

I found all of these ideas on Pinterest. I created a board dedicated solely to Alabama Saturdays. Do you have a favorite gameday tradition you’d like to share? I’m always looking for new ideas!

Enjoy this weekend’s game, whether it be from your couch or in Bryant Denny. The road to 15 starts here. Roll Tide Roll!

New Year, New You: Get Organized

How many of you resolved to get organized in 2012? For some, organizing seems like a daunting task. For us OCD people, organization is a part of your daily life. It isn’t difficult or expensive to get organized. Plus, the ideas I’m going to share with you are easy on the eyes, The added bonus: It sets a good example for the kids (both young and old).

Pinned ImageWe all can relate to having a million cords plugged into a surge protector and never what cord belongs to what electronic. This idea is the solution to your problem. Doesn’t get any easier or cheaper than this! Now you’ll be able to tell what you are unplugging before disconnecting everything! Whew!

Pinned ImageLadies, do you need some place to put your makeup brushes?  Buy a glass container and little stone/bead fillers (use whatever you like, as long as it will hold the brushes in place). Put your brushes inside. Not only does it make your brushes more accessible, but it looks great on the counter or vanity too!

Closet Storage, Sock DrawerDo your socks always end up missing? Buy organizers for your drawers. They are inexpensive and a great way to organize socks, underwear, as well as all sorts of smaller clothing items.

Pinned ImageI never would have thought of this, but turn a wine rack into a towel holder. It looks great on the wall. Towels take up loads of space in closets and cabinets and not everyone has a linen closet. If you can’t find one that you love, it would be easy to spray paint it a color to match your decor.

Pinned ImageIt is easy for the office to get cluttered. You could try using a shower organizer to organize your office supplies. Great to store cards, stationary, pens, staples, paperclips, etc. Get creative with it…make it a statement.

I found all of these ideas and many others on Pinterest. If you don’t already have an account, get someone to invite you or request to join. The possibilities are endless!

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