Monday, September 24, 2012


Loyal reader,

I have latex primed, oil primed, painted the ceiling a couple coats, and painted the walls a couple coats.

I free-handed all my cutting in throughout.  It worked pretty well.

I after a bzilliion hours of painting, this weekend I was completing the final step: Putting a semi-gloss on all the woodwork.  Rest assured, there is no shortage of woodwork.

At the bottom of the three-piece crown, I used a piece of ogee inverted. Typically, one would use this as a top cap for some baseboard.  (I just kind of made up my own crown moulding profile).

Ogee on bottom
If you actually click on that picture and see it full size, you will notice that there is only about 1/8" which would be parallel to the floor.  Cutting up to that when your brush is pressed against the wall is easy... Riding along that 1/8" ridge while painting the woodwork is an entirely different story.

And its upside down.  

And its above your head.

I started cutting in free hand. After the eight feet took like 15 minutes, I decided to use...... tape.

Reaching a new low

I used tape not just because I'm a true quitter, but I also thought it would actually save me time (the God's are laughing now).  No, really guys.  I thought if I could tape the rest of the bottom of the crown in less than 15 minutes, then slapping the paint on the crown would be a cinch (keep in mind, I had already cut-in by hand where the crown meets the ceiling with no problems).

Anyway, I get to the end of my tape run (literally, the last inch of tape I needed) and I tack it to the wall a bit misaligned.  So I pull it back to reset (you know where this is going)

Freakin A.  Culprit on the right hand side of picture.

Paint was over 24 hours dry. Two coats.

I'll just say this:

I will never, ever use tape again..

The remedy requires opening the joint compound bucket.  The above picture includes ones coat of joint compound (I put on two)

After sanding two coats of compound, and primer

Look at that semi-gloss shine on the crown!

Coat 1.0

Coat 2.0

Almost as good as new.  What a rip (pun intended).

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