Simple Hall Way redo. #2: Day 2, Texturing corners, painting and dog hair!

Blog entry by MarkTheFiddler posted 07-10-2012 03:07 AM 5561 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Day 1. Demo and reinforcing the banged up corners. Part 2 of Simple Hall Way redo. series Part 3: The big slowdown on day 3. »

I got my corners smoothed out then blended in some crows foot pattern. I got out my shop lights so I could start painting. What do you know. I had done a lousy job on one section of my texture blending. Note to self. Use the shop lights during texturing.

I started painting one side of the door frames down to the floor. The doors I left alone – for now. I’ll paint them two at a time in the garage. The main thurst of the oil painting was to a) paint the part that was easy. Spills were not a huge concern. I could also get some on the walls. b) set up for the rest of the work.

With the oil painting out of my way, I got out the latex and hit the walls. Hallways are just evil if you ask me. I have 6 doors and a double door that leads to the AC unit and water heater. There is a built in cabinet as well. There are 2 intake vents, the door chime and climate control. At least there aren’t a bazillion light switches and power outlets.

Sure, I painted the ceiling in minutes. I even rolled the paint on the walls in under 45 minutes. Then there’s all the cutting in. I don’t know how you pros do it. I hate all that tedium. Painting the line next to the ceiling is like painting a large room room. Painting around the door frames and built in cabinet is just a beat down. I’m just thankful that I got pretty good at it by painting the whole front of the house. I don’t have to rely on tape any more, I just get a good bead of paint going and I watch it flow.

For some reason, everybody in the family decided to go into their rooms around 5:00 pm. The dogs decided to follow them. The dogs left their hair on three of the door frames. I wiped it off, and the paint with a bit of laquer thinner. I love my family and I’m fond of the dogs but I was thinking about evil consequences for the whole lot of them. They won’t know that unless you tell them. ;)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 07-12-2012 06:32 PM

Wow – I knew my blog wasn’t that interesting. I’m just having fun and I certainly don’t mind. But I got a comment from a spammer?! Raspberry Ketone. Who woulda figured.

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posted 07-17-2012 01:08 AM

You didn’t mention priming – did you put a primer coat on first? Especially over any drywall patching.

If you are painting the ceiling a different color then the walls, there is a good short cut you can use. Take your 5-in-1 and run it in the corner. That’ll give you a nice line to follow. Don’t cut into the wall, just leave a mark. I find putting up tape takes too long. After a while, you’ll get used to free-handing the cuts.

This is very interesting. I especially like to watch other people work :)

Good work so far. Keep it up.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 07-17-2012 03:54 AM

Howdy Billy,

I only primed where I did some mudding. The paint I buy is the ultra premium by Behr. Other than direct application to mud, I like the way it looks. (learned the hard way about priming my floating work) It’s one of those primer and paint in one types.

I probably said the wrong thing when I said cutting in. I just freehand the wall paint next to the ceiling.

And now for my confession. I don’t know what a 5 in 1 is. ;)

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posted 07-19-2012 06:19 PM

Another suggestion for cutting in trim. Paint the trim first and cut the wall to the trim. It’s much easier to cut in from a flat surface than to cut in that little edge of trim to the wall. ( And faster )

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posted 07-19-2012 10:34 PM

Totally agree Gary. I wish it wasn’t a lesson I learned the hard way. At least my painting days are easier now.

NOW I know what a 5 in 1 is. I even own a few of those.

Thanks guys!

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