I have friends who are organized enough to have every room in the house painted before moving in, but for us painting the house is still an ongoing project six years after moving in. We lived with bare builder’s grade “China Doll” white walls for years before we finally decided what colors to start start putting on the walls (the master bedroom is still white). Of course, after every room is finished I think, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”
Paint is one of the quickest, least expensive ways to transform a room and give your room a little pick-me-up – especially when you DIY! But it isn’t without work, which is why it has taken me so long.
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a live chat with Eric Stromer (you know they guy from TLC’s Clean Sweep), and he inspired me to get myself in gear and get the last few rooms painted. (Well, maybe after the baby comes.) During the chat I learned a few key tips for DIY painters:
- Hold your paint brush like a pencil. It will give you more control over the brush to help you to cut around the edges more precisely.
- Use a wire brush to help get your paint brush clean.
- When you roll, roll slowly. The faster you go, the more paint will splatter in front of the roll – resulting on pain on the ceiling.
Olympic Paint recently introduced a new product to help with tedious setup to get ready to paint. Olympic One is a paint and primer all in one. Priced at around $24 a gallon, it ultimately saves you time and money because it covers your walls in fewer coats without the need to buy a separate primer. Now, that I can get on board with.
Additionally, Stromer told us that Olympic ONE is “scrubable.” This means that it is durable and perfect for bathrooms, kitchens and playrooms. (Apparently, he has kids who like to perform wall graffiti too!) It also repels tough household stains, including dirt, grease, ink, etc., and it is formulated to guard against the growth of mold and mildew.
If you have a DIY paint project you’ve been putting off at your house, here’s a little incentive for you to get started. Olympic ONE is hosting a contest called Simply Done. To enter the contest, share a photo of your Olympic ONE paint project – the photo must include a can of Olympic ONE paint (bonus points for paint cans displayed in interesting or humorous ways) by August 26. Celebrity DIY expert Eric Stromer will select one entry to win a $10,000 grand prize!!!! WOW – wouldn’t that be amazing!
Olympic ONE paint is available exclusively at Lowes.
Giveaway – To help you get started on your project, one luck winner will receive two cans (gallons) of Olympic ONE paint in your color choice.
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Disclosure – This post is brought to you by Olympic ONE and TheMotherhood, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.