Category Archives: Paint

My Paintbrushes

Once upon I time I was a scene painter in the theatre and as such I had special paint brushes which I still own and use.

I prefer using the largest brush available that also suits the job.

I prefer using the largest brush available that also suits the job.

Some of them are over 35 years old.

I've had these 2 brushes since college.

I’ve had these 2 brushes since college.

One of the most useful brushes of which I have 3 (or maybe 4) is a “lining” brush. In scene painting a lining brush is used at the end of a bamboo pole with a lining stick to make outlines and shadows. In its use at home it’s great for window frames and interior trim.

The black bristled brush is a lining brush although I also have one with light bristles.

The black bristled brush is a lining brush although I also have one with light bristles.

I also have a few newer brushes (none newer than 5 years) which I use to paint trim, stripe in the boundaries of a wall (before rolling it) and furniture.

I love a natural bristled 3-inch brush.

I love a natural bristled 3-inch brush.

When I dip a brush in paint I’m careful to keep the ferrule out of the paint although it sometimes gets up into it when painting upside down or overhead. I try to keep my brushes impeccably clean by rinsing them with cool water and brushing them with a wire brush after usage.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

From time to time my good brushes need a few hours in brush cleaner to loosen hard paint near the ferrule.

I seldom use soap or detergent to clean the brushes. I do however have brush cleaner in which I soak my good brushes to loosen up any old debris.  I rarely do this as the water and wire brush method seems to keep the brushes supple.

I pour the brush cleaner in the metal can (on the left) and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can's original lid back on to reuse next time.

I pour the brush cleaner into the metal can (on the left) and suspend the brushes in the liquid with an aluminum foil cover. After the brushes are removed I put the can’s original lid back on to reuse next time.

When necessary, however, I pour brush cleaner into a metal can up to the metal ferrule and hang the brushes in the liquid for a few hours or overnight.

Every so often I have a lapse after which I soak the brushes in stripper then use the same water/wire brush method to clean.

Every so often I have a lapse after which I soak the brushes in stripper then use the same water/wire brush method to clean.

Then I use the wire brush/water method, sometimes adding a bit of liquid detergent, to remove the oiliness.

My wire brushes aren't pretty but they do the job of remving paint from the hairs of brushes.

My wire brushes aren’t pretty but they do the job of removing paint from the hairs of brushes.

Now my brushes are ready to get back to work.

Do you keep old things hoping to rehabilitate them one day? (I think I already know the answer to the question. HA!)

In a Few Minutes

Last evening I did a small amount of painting after working all day.  First I needed to touch up the front door in a couple of spots.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

While I had the brushes dirty I painted the sideslip on the fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the "sideslip" of a fireplace.

The exposed brick which had been painted to match the old wall color is sometimes called the “sideslip” of a fireplace.

Ultimately I’d like to tile it with herringbone soapstone or slate but until then it’s painted Benjamin Moore Sparrow like the front door.

LivingRoomFireplace

Tonight our buddy is supposed to come over to help Charlie get started on putting Hardie backer in the showers.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning againt the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

The incredibly heavy 4 by 8 sheets of Hardie backer are leaning against the closet in the conservatory waiting for someone who knows how to use it.

Yippee!

What are your plans for tonight? This weekend?

A Reminder to Be Grateful

Yesterday I actually finished something that I’ve been working on for a few weeks: painting the living room.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Revere Pewter on the walls.

Now the ceiling and the walls in the living room and attached front hall are painted. Yea!

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

I cleaned the mirror I use over the mantel and hung it back up.

Before the front door was moved the secretary was tucked in the corner and disappeared when the door was opened.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

The living room before the renovation. The secretary was tucked into the far corner near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against near the front door.

Temporarily the secretary was against the wall near the front door in its new position.

I moved the secretary from near the front door to the weird wall created by internal duct work.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

The height of the secretary might disguise the beam running through the middle (not exactly the middle) of the wall.

In its place I put our old marble-topped washstand.

LivingRoomWashStand

I also got brave and gave the front door a coat of dark grey paint: Sparrow by Benjamin Moore. I wasn’t sure it would be OK until the whole door was painted and now I’m ready to give it a second coat.  Actually I love it.  The color Sparrow is funny in that it looked brownish until it’s totally on then it’s a warm dark grey.

Sparrow on the front door.

Sparrow on the front door.

On a low note the handyman who came to look over our drywall/Hardie backer project on Friday called to say he couldn’t do it.  At first Charlie and I were upset then we realized God was in the refusal.

Charlie called our talented but busy friend who knows how to do all the building trades to ask if he would give us a hand for a few days.  While they were chatting we found out that our friend’s girlfriend had been in a horrible automobile accident 2 weeks ago which resulted in her losing her right arm up to the shoulder. I hope you’ll pray that the rough road ahead for both of them will be made easier.

Sometimes we just don’t know why things happen the way they do then we get a little glimpse of understanding. So thankful here.

Have you ever been disappointed then realized how petty your troubles really are?

A Week’s Worth

Last week I began in earnest to work on getting furniture back in the living room.  No, I’m not that far yet.  Thanks for asking.

The list was:

I've worked my way around to the front wall which is next to paint.

I’ve worked my way around to the front wall which is next to paint.

The living room is painted.

The living room is painted.

I was all set to work my way around the rest of the room when Charlie got the bright idea to spackle a few more areas.  More days of waiting for spackle to dry, sanding, wiping then (aaahh) I can paint.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy and then Charlie spackled almost the entire wall.  Ergh!

The fireplace wall still needs another coat of paint.

The fireplace wall still needs another coat of paint.

I set up the rug shampooer and got busy on what may have been the filthiest rug ever.  The wastewater was black (not muddy brown, black I tell you).

This is our original living room rug which has grey like the walls and ochre to tie it to the colors in the kitchen.

This is our original living room rug which has grey like the walls and ochre to tie it to the colors in the kitchen.

I pulled up all the old dirty rug pads, vacuumed the floor, dry-mopped the floor and Wet-Jet Swiffered it.

Yes, that's our king-sized headboard (or footboard) in the living room.

Yes, that’s our king-sized headboard (or footboard) in the living room.

Without a rug pad I laid the rug out on the newly clean floor and pulled the blue chairs into the room.

I'm not sure the chairs will remain in front of the seascape but the colors are perfect.

I’m not sure the chairs will remain in front of the seascape but the colors are perfect.

Three out of four things on the list are finished:

I added a little table between the chairs.

I added a little table between the chairs.

Before I attack the trim I noticed a major piece of shoe molding is missing along the front wall which must be installed.

This baseboard needs shoe molding for the entire run.

This baseboard needs shoe molding for the entire run.

Then I’ll get to both cleaning and painting the baseboard trim.  Not my favorite job.

Are you putting off some unsavory task?

Oh, The Doors

The thing is that our interior doors are all painted white,

3-panel door original door painted white

3-panel door original door painted white

Except for the newly installed pantry and closet doors which are bare wood.

The mudroom closet doors are bare wood which Charlie adores. Me, not so much.

The mudroom closet doors are bare wood which Charlie adores. Me, not so much.

All of the doors need to be painted. White is passé, outré, finito. Except maybe the second floor doors.

Charcoal grey stain on the mudroom closet.

Charcoal grey stain on the mudroom closet.

I’m thinking of dark grey especially for the raw wood.  Those doors could be stained to match the lower kitchen cabinets.

Likewise a grey door in the kitchen might look swell.

Likewise a grey door in the kitchen might look swell.

The other doors could be Benjamin Moore Sparrow since I have a $5 gallon of satin.

The living room door is currently dirty white.

The living room door is currently dirty white.

Sparrow living room door.

Sparrow living room door.

Maybe navy would be more exciting. Check out these Pinterest pins here and here.

Navy?

Navy?

I think black is too shocking although I always admire places with black doors.  Hmmm?

The conservatory doors will stay white.

The conservatory doors will stay white.

I would like all of the doors to complement each other which means all the same color.  The trim is remaining white and I don’t intend to paint the 2 sets of French doors at this time.  I shall treat them like windows which are white.

Master bedroom doors can remain white both inside and outside.

Master bedroom doors can remain white both inside and outside.

I don’t need to decide yet. Yea!!

What decisions are you pondering?

Can I Be in Love?

I walked down into the barren living room and am in love with the color, Revere Pewter. The cornice and baseboard molding are nicely bold in the space.  Of course I would like to beef up the front door trim and paint the door.

I'm itching to move the furniture into this spacious and serene room.

I’m itching to move the furniture into this spacious and serene room.

It used to look like this (same viewpoint).

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

The living room door has exchanged places with the window on the right in the picture above.

Was it genius to move the door or what?

I’m glad to have you weigh in on the door color.  Or wait until the furniture is in place.

What are you loving lately?

 

Taking Back the Living Room

Even though minimal work was done in the living room during the renovation it has been a wreck. The actual changes were removing a window and exchanging places with the front door and another window.

The living room before the renovation.

The living room before the renovation.

The same angle as the photo above -- the door has been replaced by a window.

The same angle as the photo above — the door has been replaced by a window.

For a while all our furniture was in the living room covered with dust sheets.

The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.

The living room was the catchall for everything including our king size bed.

Now the walls have been repaired and spackled.

The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.

The large area of drywall mud is where a window was removed.

Last night I gave the unpainted areas a coat of primer so I would be ready to start this morning on the actual painting.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace wall before the renovation.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

The fireplace was really discolored and dingy.

My plans for today are to:

Clearly only a superwoman could get all of that finished.

The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.

The front door and central window in the living room have exchanged places.

The front wall of the living room.

The front wall of the living room.

I’m hoping for the first and last items to be completed before I collapse.

Plans for the weekend? Exciting? Drudgery?