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Painting your own walls can be intimidating -- even for someone like Nessa Diab, the self-assured host of Talk Stoop. With a little help and guidance from Ace Hardware, Nessa becomes a DIY pro as she tackles her own project: updating the creative office where she gets camera-ready. With these tips, you too can transform your room from bland to glam, just like Nessa!
1. Choose the Right Paint Color
Nessa’s space is calming and neutral, so rather than painting the whole office a bright color, she chooses to paint an accent wall -- an easy and stylish way to express her personality and make the room pop. A lover of pastels, Nessa decides on an Ace exclusive Valspar Optimus paint and color, Meadow Thistle (VR030R). A calming lavender shade, this paint will bring out some of the great tones in the furniture and bring just enough of a pop of color without changing the feel of the room. And since the space has so much natural light from the windows, this color brightens up the room beautifully. If you decide to do an accent wall, don’t shy away from using bold color -- if you have the right accents around the room to coordinate with your new color, you can choose whatever color makes you happy. The experts at Ace Hardware can guide you throughout the process of choosing a color that meets your project needs, but ultimately the choice is yours!
2. Use a Brush for the Corners
It’s called “cutting in” -- or just “cutting” -- and before you lift a roller, cut-in all the corners in the room, using a good quality brush. Remember, you get what you pay for, so never skimp on tools. With advice from an Ace expert, Nessa masters the art of the paintbrush, dipping the bristles only about a third of the way into the paint, then gently wiping away the excess. When you start to paint, imagine writing cursive using a really good pen -- that’s what a good brush with the right amount of paint on it feels like. Press the tip of the brush to the wall, shimmying it into the corner for full coverage. Next, brush outward a few inches creating a stack of about five overlapping strokes. If needed, re-dip the brush as you go. Later, the roller will smooth over any remaining jagged edges.
3. Use a Roller to Paint the Wall
The best and simplest way to paint a wall is with a quality roller. Stir your paint thoroughly, and pour about an inch into the tray’s well -- enough so that when you work the roller in, it’s fully loaded with paint. Use the flat portion of the tray to make sure the paint is evenly distributed. The roller should be loaded, but not so much that that when you lift it up, paint drips. Apply paint to the wall using the “W” technique -- working the roller back and forth in a “W”-like pattern without lifting it from the wall. This will give you a nice, even coat of paint with no roller marks. Work in small zones -- two to three square-feet at a time -- and listen to the roller. It should sound wet. When the roller loses that crinkly, moist sound, it’s time to load it up with more paint. Nessa perseveres, and by the end, she has completely transformed the room!
Go for it!
With these tips, you too can also revamp any room in your home. And for peace of mind on your paint project, head to your neighborhood Ace Hardware store to take advantage of the Extra Mile Promise. The team at Ace will run through their checklist to make sure you get everything you need for your project and if they don't, the delivery of the additional items is free. Visit acehardware.com for more details on the Extra Mile Promise terms and conditions.