did you know i used to be a painter? during college i apprenticed as a decorative painter (while also being a nanny, waitress, and office assistant), then got hired on, and eventually started my own business after college. while most of my time was spent on decorative finishes, distressing, glazing… i always had to make sure the base coat was done really well. so over the years i learned a thing or 2 about painting! because i was taught how to mix my own colors and match colors, i have become very opinionated about colors!
8 years ago we painted the back of our bookshelves a really pretty chocolate brown. i love the idea of a contrasting color on the back of bookshelves! but… i was tiring of the brown and ready for a small, subtle change.
i painted it magnet by behr (in the new marquee paint), the perfect grey. grey can be tricky to get right – i didn’t want it too purple or too green.
i love that both the brown and the grey work great with the distressed wood cover over our tv above our mantel.
because i had this paint at my home for a couple weeks (behr sent me a quart – thanks guys!) it needed to be mixed since the paint had probably settled a bit. while i did my prep work, i turned the can upside down on its lid to start the remixing process.
i started off by taping off the perimeter of the area i wanted to paint, making sure to keep a straight line. after i layed all the tape, i went over the edge with my nail to burnish the edge nice and tight. finally i rolled out a strip of paper towels to cover the shelf top incase i had any drips. the paper towel wouldn’t necessarily stop any drips from seeping through, but it was just a quick precaution. paper or plastic would’ve been better, but this was quick and on hand!
before i started painting, i took my upside down paint can and gave it a few minutes of really vigorous shaking. i didn’t use a paint tray since i was going to brush on the whole job, rather than using a roller. this is because i was working in small sections and the shelf backing is all beadboard. a roller would’ve just gotten the surface but not the deeper grooves. and i didn’t feel like getting out the tray & roller ;)
i waited until morning to pull off the tape. look how crisp the line is!
all in all, this was a really quick job – i started as soon as the kids went to bed and was done in a couple hours or so, prep & all. the best part? i only had to do 1 coat! this marquee paint says its one coat, and it really is! if this were regular paint, this job would’ve literally taken twice as long.
this is not a paid post. i was sent a quart of paint from behr and given a roll of tape from 3m, but these opinions are all my own. i know many of you like to paint – its one of the cheapest ways to transform a pice of furniture or a room. i just wanted to give you some tips to make it easier!
come back in a couple days and i’ll show you how i styled my shelves!