Thursday, November 14, 2013

Mo' Woodwork, Mo' Cutting In

You know what the best part of painting is?

Being done with painting.

When it comes to the trades, I personally don't like anything that has goopy or mucky substances involved. It is messy, gross, and entirely imperfect.  These trades also require drying times, or what I like to call "Progress Destroyers".  How can you get your renovation done while you are waiting for some inanimate object to dry?   Tiling, sheetrocking, plastering, paintings... its all for the birds.   May God have mercy on the souls of any individual who has to exchange that type of misfortune for their daily bread.

Now, if you like to dress up your rooms with more than just the obligatory woodwork, your painting time is going to increase.  Not exponentially, but possibly by an order of magnitude.  There is simply more coats, more drying times, and most importantly: more cutting in.

From Occupy Archives: Master bedroom
mo' woodwork, mo' cutting in.

I have learned my lesson from the last room I painted, and I will this time follow what many other painters like to do.  Paint the woodwork first.  It is a son-of-a-b cutting into crown molding, with all its nooks and crannies, where it intersects with walls and ceilings.  Especially, when your final edge can be a delicate angle of 1/16" trim.  This way, you can just paint the moldings and be sloppy.  Focus your cutting in skills on a flat surface like the walls and ceilings.  It makes way more sense.

Yours truly, painting the crown in middle bedroom.
Walls and ceiling primed.

Here is my personal playbook for painting a room (I'll throw a nod to this guy for even making me acknowledge that there are physical steps to manage through this process).   It is a thirteen step process, and thus, it is officially one step longer then the twelve step process we all are familiar with.  No, step 1 is not admitting that I have a problem.  However, that would be very good candidate for my next revision of this list.

Painting steps:
  1. Brush woodwork with primer
  2. Roll ceilings and walls with primer
  3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for second coat if it seems necessary.  Use your own judgement here.
  4. Brush the crown
  5. Repeat step 4, second coat
  6. Cut in the ceiling
  7. Roll the ceiling
  8. Repeat steps 6 and 7, second coat
  9. Brush door trim, baseboards, wall moldings, wainscoting, etc.
  10. Repeat step 9, second coat.
  11. Cut in the walls
  12. Roll the walls
  13. Repeat steps 11 and 12 for second coat
I'm on step 4 in that picture above... just look at the shine on that woodwork!  Semi-gloss all the way.

Stay tuned. We're finally getting somewhere on this project.

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