Getting ready to paint a room?

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paint roller beside paint brush at paint reservoir

Its the time when people start thinking about fixing up their homes for the holidays. Getting new furniture, and painting might be on your list.

Choosing colors can be difficult. Technology has made it so much easier.

If you have a favorite picture or a pillow or throw, you can take it to the store and have your color computer generated.

There are sites like Pure Home (, and where you can play with colors.

Many of the manufacturers offer larger color samples that you can take home and tape to the wall so you can see the color in different light throughout the day. Or you can buy a sample size container of paint to try the color out before committing to the whole room.

I like to have the colors coordinated throughout the house so I can move furniture around, especially during the holidays when you might need to make more room for Thanksgiving dinner, or the Christmas tree.

The new paints have primer built in. They say you only have to use one coat. I find that is not true. I’ve used both Pittsburg and DutchBoy. I like DutchBoy a little better. I also see that Glidden is making a comeback. That was always one of my favorites for decent coverage at a little lower price. I haven’t used it in recent years.

You want to use better tools. This is a big job, and you don’t want it messed up with visible brush strokes, or link left from the roller. I’ve use Purdy brushes and rollers the last couple of times. They are a little pricier, but I didn’t want to have to do it over – especially over the stairs! I am happy with the results.

One more note – Ceiling paint is formulated to splatter less. Unfortunately, the coverage stinks! High hiding white has a bit of gray in it – it’s not bright white, but I’m wishing now that I had used it in the first place. Just some things to consider.

The most time consuming part of painting is the edging. My neighbor tapes everything. I don’t have the patience for that. I free hand it. I’m pretty good. It’s not perfect, and it takes a lot of time either way. I stumbled across this, and it might help you out –

I found it at Amazon so I could read the reviews. If you are thinking about buying this, make sure to read the reviews. People who have bought it before you have some useful tips.

It seems to me that this is the best deal on the Accubrush, and then if you want to, you can get the special roller tray for just $4.99. I didn’t look at the larger packages just because of the price.

My next painting project is sort of involved, and I’m not sure how it will turn out. The guy in the paint department says it will work, but I’m not sure. So I’m going to try to be smart and not try to tackle it before the holidays this time. Yeah, I know – I say that now.

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