Monthly Archives: March 2013

Painting – Supplies – What’s in my bag?


When it comes to painting, I truly believe that if you’ve got the right products, your project will be done faster and better than if you just “get by with what you have”  Pictured here is my main arsonal of supplies.  By keeping them bagged up in these convenient recyclable bags, they’re ready to go, saving me tons of preparation time.  The only thing missing here is my stepladder and halogen light, both of which are also an easy grab just before I’m ready to start.

Preparation is probably for me, the most boring, tedious part of the job.  I have a few tips here that have made my life easier and hopefully will help you, too!


Item #770094 at Tri-County Lumber costs $25.99 and is a great investment in your supply arsenal.

Item #770094 at Tri-County Lumber costs $25.99 and is a great investment in your supply arsenal.

First off, get yourself a good drop cloth.  I don’t like using plastic when painting because the droplets don’t dry as fast, making it easy to track paint around the house with your shoes.  I use an 8az. 9’x12′ canvas drop cloth that I bought of course at Tri-County Lumber.  Don’t laugh, but there’s a total of four of those canvases stuffed into that large, pink bag!  They really are great though.  Having more than one makes it easy when you have to turn a corner so that you can just lay them out and keep moving, rather than having to adjust your cloth for every new wall  you start.  They also work awesome if you’re repainting your ceiling so that you can keep your eyes up on the task at hand without worrying if you’re getting close to the edge of your drop cloth.


Another item that I always keep in tow that might surprise you is baby wipes.

Baby Wipes

These little guys are great for cleaning up any spatters or “oopses” that happen.  They’re already moist, saving you the time of running to the sink, and they’re disposable!  So grab yourself a package of baby wipes and throw them into your bag!  I’ve got to credit my sister Lita for this one.  She’s got a toddler at home and used the baby wipes when working on a project in her home and shared the idea with me.

I’m not really one to use normal painter’s tape like Frog Tape or the Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape.  I’ve had better luck with a nifty little product that you may not know about.  It’s called Paper Masking Tape.

Easy Mask Painter's Tape

It is an out-performing masking tape that will give better masking results. Unlike regular masking, paper mask does not allow seepage and bleed-through. The uncoated portion acts like a drop cloth to catch extra spills and splatter. The specially formulated adhesive won´t leave a sticky residue even after being exposed to direct sunlight. The features and benefits on the trilingual package clearly illustrate why Easy Mask is a superior paint masking product. It provides clean, razor-sharp edges on baseboards, ceilings, windows, walls, woodwork, graphics, trim, and cabinets.  If you’re working on a wall that has base trim and casing, this stuff is rigid enough, yet thin enough to slide in right behind that trim, allowing you to have a crisp trim without getting it on the wood.  I have also tucked it in behind the window frame of entry doors.  The trick is, to peel it off as soon as you’re done with a section.  If the paint dries on it, it acts like a glue and when you pull it off, it will pull the paint off too.  This product has saved me so much preparation time.

More to come on what’s in my bags, stay tuned!




Paint and Primer in One – When do we need it?

Paint companies in the last couple of years have released new formulas of paint that they label as “Paint and Primer in One” (PPIO), but when do we really need to use it? The cost of the PPIO is higher than traditional latex paints and most of them are a different type of paint altogether. Take for instance our Valspar Integrity Interior Paint. Up until now, this was labeled as a traditional latex (Vinyl Acetate Ethylene Copolymer) paint. Recently however, without even changing the formula, it is now dubbed as a PPIO. Our “best paint” – Medallion PPIO is an acrylic (Acrylic Resin) latex. If you’re familiar with acrylic at all, you know that it is highly stain resistant and very durable.
So when should I use the “best” paint?
The Medallion PPIO is great for projects where you will be painting over an existing color. Tests show that the Medallion PPIO has a better coverage over hard to cover colors. The formula dries quickly as well. You can re-coat within 2-4 hours.
When working with a new construction surface, my opinion is that you should first use a standard primer and then topcoat with the Integrity (traditional) latex paint. Primer is much less expensive than top coat paint and can even be tinted to match the color of the wall. This primer will then fill those pores up, giving your top coat much better coverage at less cost than if you used only the Medallion PPIO.
As you now know, I do a TON of painting. I’ve had experience with both the Medallion acrylic latex and the Integrity traditional latex paints. I can’t really say that I like one better than another. I still do use the Integrity on interior projects, but also use the Medallion under certain circumstances such as painting the outside of our house and our fiberglass entry door. When painting a product other than drywall, like a door or siding, be sure to read the manufactures specifications for paint. I’m finding more and more are requiring that you use the acrylic paints in order to keep your warranty valid. At least now, we have easy access to both types of paint, so the only decision other than color to make is, “Which one should I use?”
Whenever in doubt, feel free to ask me at the store. I’d love to help!

Painting – What Color Should I Use?

Valspar Color Cards

One of the most commonly asked questions that I get at work is, “What color do you think would look good with this ____________ ?”  Well, here’s a tip to help you choose.

After you’ve decided what color family you’re wanting to have, go to the store and find some color chip samples.  Our store has hundreds of them to choose from and they’re all free for the taking.  I usually take three or four different ones home, each with a different “background shade” so that I can decide which is best.  Remember, colors will look much different at your house than they will under the fluorescent lights of the store.

When you get home, find yourself some scissors and painter’s tape.  If the color chip has several different colors, cut out the ones you’re most interested in.  If you’re lucky and the color you’re interested in is on one big card, you can use that.  Use the painter’s tape and put a small piece on each of the color chips.  Put chips up on the wall – eye level – spacing them so that they’re not one on top of another.  Be sure to do this in a place where the lighting is good.

Now the easy part!  For the next few days while you’re walking in or out of the room, take a glance at the wall, chances are, one of the colors will continuously draw your eye.  This will most likely be the color that works.  Just to be sure, move that color to a different wall where the lighting might be different.  That way you can make sure that the color doesn’t take on a different tone.

Wasn’t that easy?


Painting – Let’s Get Started!

Some of you may know already that I LOVE to paint.  Whether it’s on a wall, canvas or the outside of my house, it’s always fun for me.  I’ve done many different types of projects over the years and each one seems to get easier because I’ve learned a few tricks here and there.  Well, now I think it’s time to share those with you!  Here are just a few of the projects that I’ve completed.  A little color goes a long way!