therealjlow | Painting tips.

Painting, painting, painting

The thing I was most excited for when we moved? Painting. Both Josh and his Mum can back me up here when I say I was pretty on edge about not getting to the painting portion of renovating.

The problem I have always had with renting was the huge reliance on magnolia. This not cream, not quite yellow has haunted me for what feels like for 5+ years and quite frankly I had had enough. Firstly I had planned with Josh on getting a massive tub of white and getting around as many rooms as possible, a fresh start, in white.

However as time wore on and my obsession with minimalism and Scandinavian fashion waned I found myself desiring a little more colour, as long as it wasn’t magnolia.

Unfortunately our house is not free of magnolia as it turns out painting can be a long and tiring process and time was not quite on our side. With this in mind we ended up only getting two rooms painted. One was turned from a luminous, get your sunglasses on green to white and a black, chalkboard wall whilst the second our bedroom, also got a white make over with a deep blue accent wall.

Choosing colours however has been an interesting journey for me. It all started whilst I was reading Abigail Ahearn’s book where she encourages risk takers like myself and Josh to add more colour into our homes.

Considering the book is called colour, she goes into a lot of detail about pulling together colours and although my past studies in art have meant I have a pretty good idea about colour use and a keen eye for when it’s wrong I still learnt a lot on this journey which I will share below.

The bedroom before . . .

(I got Josh to photograph the house before I saw it on the Friday when we got the keys. I had decided to work that Friday and Josh waited to pick up the keys. He had wanted to put together furniture so some of the pictures are a little rushed – not to mention the camera hates looking towards the light – does anyone else have that problem with their Nikon? – maybe it needs replacing (pray thats not the case!)

The blue & bedroom after . . .

White is white, accept when it’s not.

You know that love of white you have, did you know that there is more than one version of white? Well of course you guys did, but do you also know how to pair it with colour? What you might find interesting is hues. When we decided on a dark (almost black) blue feature wall we knew we wanted to pair it with a really fresh white and to do so well we had to choose a hue that reflected well and added to the room. This hue had to have a cool undertone. The most fascinating thing to be found in paint shops is the many different versions of white because there are both warm versions (great for warm walls) and cool whites which are perfect for a deep blue wall! We choose to have our colours mixed in B&Q and we choose ghost white and ___.

Don’t go by the tin.

It’s the small things which catch you out and thinking your choosing a paint colour by the tin can be potentially disastrous. Our dark blue-black wall was electric blue in the tin and yet the moment it dried it goes into this gorgeous, deep blue.

Have the paint shop give you a painted tester

Before taking your tester home make sure it’s been painted in the paint you want to put on your walls. You can get testers which are just printed but what you want is to almost dip your tester in the paint so you’re bringing home a real example of the colour.

Paint the largest test area on your wall.

(this is the current state of our bathroom – we are leaning towards the middle one – the light blue)

I never thought you would need a big tester patch but actually you do. This allows you to better gauge the colours in your room and how it changes throughout the day. Next weekend I am hoping to test our bathroom with an icy blue so we will see how that looks!

Cutting in

I was a complete painting novis when we moved into the house. Thankfully Josh and his mum, Sarah are painting pros and although they spent a great deal of time teaching me to cut in, they were always the masters of the skilled cut in. So what is it? Basically this is where, with a good quality brush you literally line the edges of your room. I would have always thought I could put up masking tape but actually this for those of us with a steady hand is incredibly helpful and less time consuming.

Roller, Roller, Roller

Not only did this make the job quicker but it also gives you a better finish. Particularly if you are using a dark colour this negates the problem of visible brush strokes and gives a better, more professional finish.