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part II: get
by Diana Goodman
time in our painting odyssey, we made the important decision to break
with that ever-popular stark white asylum look and do some paintin'.
(For info on color strategies and types of
paint, check out the last
article....we'll wait here.)
With sample card in hand, it's time to prep!
Because there's soooooo much prep work involved in painting, and it's
soooooo tempting to rush the job by painting first, then paying for it
later in hours of cleaning and endless touch-ups, I strongly advise that
you don't actually, physically buy the paint until 100 percent of the
prepping is done. It's just too tempting to skip those important, albeit
highly tedious, first steps.
1. Protect your furniture
First, move all your furniture far, far out of your way. Cover it
all with sheets...just in case.
2. Spackle away
No, spackle isn't a popular Pennsylvania pork dish. No, it's
not a crispy Hershey's product. Spackle, for the truly fix-it-impaired,
is a putty for repairing walls. It's usually near other repair odds and
ends at a hardware store, in between nails and sandpaper. Spackling is
easy, cheap, and makes you feel tough and industrial. Use a putty knife,
tiny trowel, or very, very old butter knife to smooth on a tiny bit of
spackle. Wait until it's dry (under an hour), then sand the area flat.
If it doesn't work out, spackle some more. Spackle over all nail holes,
dents, and that spot where Andy kicked in the wall during that one
party. For bigger holes, there are patch kits involving spackle and
3. Prep the surface
Next up, check for grease, weak paint and stains. Your paint
job is only as good as what's under it; if the old paint's peeling, your
new layer will come right off with it. If there are grease smudges, the
paint won't adhere properly. The standard test for peeling paint is the
fingernail scratch test. No mark = OK. Comes off in a giant sheet = uh
oh. (Although, paint coming off in giant chunks can actually be a
blessing in disguise -- it means you can complain to the landlord and
possibly strike a deal...you paint, they pay.)
For paint with surface grease, marks, or mildew, give it a scrub with
1 part bleach to 1 part water, rinse well and let dry. For peeling
paint, scrape everything loose and spackle VERY lightly over the ragged
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