Intern Michelle on How to Paint Your Dorm Room

I was privileged to complete my senior internship at The Green Painter located in Rice Village.  If you are one who shies away from paint due to the toxic fumes that linger for days on end but long for the fresh start that paint affords, you are in luck. Just like I was once hesitant to start DIY projects, you too can be unconcerned about fumes and harmful chemicals when you use products  from The Green Painter. With paints that have very little odour and zero toxins you can have your cake and eat it too.     

Grateful for the opportunity to  intern at The Green Painter I now have a basic understanding on how to do all the projects I have been putting off. The first of which was painting an accent wall in my bedroom.  Here are the basic steps which I  feel will help any new green painter to roll up his or her sleeves and have a reason for sporting  paint  behind the ears.

Picking a color

I prefer cool colors such as blue, green, and purple because they help calm my nerves after a long day at work, school, or any of life’s surprises.

At Green Painter, you are able to select from sample color cards and figure out what colors make sense in your space. If you are not attracted to one of their 1300 colors available you can have a color mixologist help you create your own.   

Once you have decided which color , next thing is to look at finishes which can add either depth or durability. I enjoy eggshell because of its low-luster sheen and increased durability; however, many prefer flat because of its aesthetic appeal.  

The necessary supplies are

Painters Tape -- to mask off areas where paint knows not to get into. Also helps create professional looking lines.

Spackle -- a putty used to fill holes, small cracks, and other minor surface defects in drywall and plaster.

Putty Knife -- plastic or metal spatula used to manipulate and spread spackle.

Primer-- ensures better adhesion of paint to the surface, increases paint durability and provides  additional color masking to get rid of last years kelly green.

Roller--roller frame is used for painting large flat surfaces rapidly and efficiently

Roller Cover-- felt pad that slips over roller frame, can come in ½”, ⅜” and ¾”. Typically the greater the         texture on the walls the larger the roller cover.

Roller Tray- A container that holds paint for easy access when rolling.

Tricks of the trade

Here are some tricks that I picked up from a certified green painter on how to paint using a brush and a roller:
Paint brushes are mainly used to cut edges and borders of the wall. When painting it is advisable to dip the tip of the brush in the paint and then spread it onto the wall by taking long strokes.

The roller brush is used for painting large flat surfaces rapidly and efficiently.When rolling make long, slow, upward diagonal stroke to deliver a “W” pattern on the wall.


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