And so I got to work. I emptied the porch and did a thorough check on the entire floor. I filled in some holes with wood filler and sanded those down. I then vacuumed all the dust and buildup until I had a smooth clean surface. Then came the primer. My plan was two coats primer to make sure I covered up every bit of brown, red and green that could possible show through. Using a 9 inch by 3/8 inch nap synthetic roller cover on my fancy schmancy extension pole I rolled out two coats of the primer.
I made sure to start in the corner farthest from the door. I rolled a frame around the edges of the room first and then filled in the rest. Once the first layer was done I waited 5 hours before applying the second coat. I then let the primer dry overnight.
Tip Number One which I read online was to put the roller brush in a plastic bag between coats. I actually put it in the refrigerator as well. I was told later by
my dad an expert that the refrigeration part was not necessary. Regardless my roller did not dry up and I was able to keep painting right where I left off.
After deciding to use the floor boards as my guide I determined the width of each stripe. I did not plan on dividing the room up equally in stripes so I ended up having 11 stripes in total, 6 white and 5 gray. Each stripe is 13 inches wide. The last white stripe against the outside wall would be a couple inches shorter. This is not a problem for me since it is underneath the wicker sofa and out of sight. The stripes nearest to the doors are all even in width and much more visible. I also planned on the stripes nearest to the wall to be white. This way the white seemed to be the dominant stripe with the gray stripe as the accent stripe. Since I’m happy with the way it turned out I’m going to assume this was a good decision on my part.
I began laying the painters tape down following the lines of the floorboards. I measured every so often just to make sure they were straight and even. I was laying out the tape to be filled in with the Coventry Gray stripe. I begin making “x’s” with the painters tape on the white stripes. This came in handy later on when I was painting. I didn’t have to count out the stripes to make sure I was painting the right one. I just did a quick check to find my “x” and make sure I was not painting on it.
Tip Number Three for painting stripes is a great one. I filled two small containers with both my paint colors with separate foam rollers for each color. Using one roller I begin painting over the area at the edge of my painters tape with the original floor color, Benjamin Moore’s Decorator’s White. Right away I painted my entire stripe with two coats of the Coventry Gray and then immediately pulled the painters tape off. I was left with a crisp and clean line. By doing this, the first paint color around your painters tape is your base color. Any seepage that happens will be with this color. You are basically sealing the color in. Once you paint your stripe color it will be over the newly applied base color and over your painters tape, leaving you a perfect clean line.
Once the whole room was done I let it dry for 24 hours.
Nice clean lines, right? Tip Number Three is definitely a keeper.
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