I have had a few painting projects in the back of my mind….just waiting for the right time to be painted. Or I should say the right time for the husband to be around to paint them. Painting projects can seem overwhelming- no matter the size. One of the reasons I put off painting my piano and big sideboard for years was because I thought I would have to have a garage to paint them in or even have to move them out of my home. I was excited to come across Trimaco and all their great products to tackle any project in your home. I partnered with them to share some of our painting tips that we used when we pulled out our favorite black, gray and white paint!
First on the painting to do list- this wooden child’s chair. I used this chair for both of my girls. I do have your typical highchair for Finn but I wanted to get this wooden chair painted to transition him into, it is the perfect size for our small kitchen. The light blue paint was really washed out in our space and I envisioned black.
Before painting anything make sure to clean it. Paint will adhere so much better to a clean surface. We have a box of Wonder Rags from Trimaco and let me tell you they are a wonder! Seriously. I don’t know why anyone would buy paper towels that fall apart when you get them wet. They are handy to have for those paint spills.
As I mentioned we don’t have a sepreate space to paint- we don’t even have a garage. We protected our floor with THIS Stay Put Canvas Plus from Trimaco that has a non-slip grip on the underside and is also leak proof. When you protect the area around where you are painting you can paint right in the space.
Here it is finished! Painted in my favorite black paint from Sherwin-Williams Emerald Paint in High Gloss Tricorn Black.
Now I just need to keep one of those Stay Put Canvas under Finn while he eats!
The next painting project was the second level of the banister. When we moved in it was the same color as the lower level hand rail. BUT…we had a little accident and totally busted the upper hand rail in half when the sleeper sofa my husband and I were trying to move to our family room upstairs opened on us! We had it replaced and the installers stained it and I never liked the color.
We used THIS Stay Put Canvas on our stairs. It is 300% more slip resistant than any other canvas. I highly recommend having a Stay Put Canvas with Surface Grip for big or little projects especially on stairs and high traffic areas.
See how much better it looks painted white? Our stair runner was protected the entire time. (we need to work on that stair runner next…the strips were hard to install and keep straight!) I used Cloud White from Benjamin Moore our favorite white paint. I also painted Cloud White in Finn’s nursery HERE.
Here is the view from our front door…love seeing the striped stairs and the new white hand rail. And since you can see our front door- that is another paint question I get a lot. We painted it in Blue Coal from Valspar, you can see more HERE.
Last painting project was our barn track door, that I wrote about how we installed it and where it is from HERE. I recently added this door in the Spring and it was painted when it came from White Shanty. But I really wanted to try it out in our favorite gray paint.
I am the worst at not preparing the area before we start a painting project and end up starting and stopping to tape or clean or protect the area. Waisting time. We cleaned the door with the wonder rag then we tapped off the gold hardware and handle. Next we used our handy Stay Put Canvas to protect the floor and the sofa in the room.
This is what the door looked like before- a lighter gray. And this is what it looks like now-
We painted it in Gray from Benjamin Moore, in a flat finish. This is probably the top paint question I get on my Instagram. I used this paint on our back door HERE and in our master bedroom HERE.
Lastly the paint that I get asked about often is what we used throughout our entire home. We used Cloud White from Benjamin Moore, you can see more pics HERE.
Thank you Trimaco for sponsoring this post and making painting easy and mess free!
Love the updated paint colors Brooke!
Where is your upstairs hallway light fixture from?
Also, Finn is adorable?
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Thank you so much! It is from Home Depot, look for “School house light” – I just spray painted the cap in gold.