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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Prime Time

So anyone who has been paying attention to the blog knows that John and I are about to move out of our apartment into our new house (pics coming, I promise!). Well, because of our impending move, we have the wonderful task of re-painting our bathroom to the original color. Boo. With my incredible need for organization, it sure does help to make some critical steps before getting started.
Case and Point: the right kind of paint for the job.

Kilz is the perfect kind of paint for a bathroom, basement or any area that gets any moisture. It covers well and keeps mold from growing. And for a whole gallon is only about 12 buckeroos at Lowes. Which I think is just a.w.e.s.o.m.e.

Now before we get started, there are a few steps that need to be taken to be sure we have easy clean-up and less work for you later.
I like to take a nail make sure its a pretty fat nail (the one shown here is not and I had to switch) and hammer some holes along the rim of the can. This way any paint that is left in the rim after you pour it will drain back into the can. Yay! No more rings or drips down the side of the can!

See? Its working!
And just for a little more ease-of-use, I like to have an extra can on hand to pour some paint into for trim work or small areas. You can get small, empty cans in the paint section for anywhere from 47 cents to a buck.
I keep my can, even after I have used it. I pour any paint left back into the large can and rinse out the small one and keep it for my next project. As you can see, this one has been around for a little while. But at least I am going green!

Be sure to take off any light switches, outlet covers, or towel rods before you start painting. Use painters tape to outline any areas where you do not want paint. I know its a pain in the a** but all the prep work really will help save you time later.
I like to paint my trim first, then the walls. When using primer, ALWAYS paint THIN coats and then re-apply if needed. The more paint is not the better in this case. I am thinking 3 coats will do it for this bathroom, simply because it is a navy blue and will be hard to cover. Lighter colors will take fewer coats.
So now you know how to properly prime a bathroom.
I hope this post will help someone with their paint delimas and hopefully, lend some aid. Happy painting and enjoy your home. No matter where you live.

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