Last Updated on December 28, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
Yesterday I had to go to Gwen’s house to address a little paint issue we had. Now I know this won’t be an incredibly exciting post (hey, I can’t go dumpster diving every day!), but I thought this info might help at least a handful of you, so I wanted to pass it along.
Here is the problem:
This is right next to the shower. Now I don’t know if there’s a special type of caulk that’s used with cultured marble, but what I do know is that it won’t take latex paint. When I painted this room, of course I painted right up to the cultured marble, but within a minute or two after painting, the caulk had repelled the paint. You probably can’t tell from the picture, but the paint literally “crawled” about 1/2 inch from the marble, and left a very uneven, feathered edge (which is obvious in the picture).
Here’s another area:
But there is a way to fix this problem…
Now I want to give you one more painting tip. This is an important one, and all of you with crown molding will benefit (well, if you decide to paint your room, that is).
I don’t use painters tape when I paint a room, and people always seem amazed at my “steady hand” and the perfectly straight edges I get when I paint. Well, here’s my secret…I cheat. Take a look at this wall and crown molding.
Well, I like for people to think that. 🙂 But let’s take a look up close.
The fact is, no matter how steady your hand is, or how well you tape off a wall, the texture on the wall is going to affect the straight line. There will be bumps, uneven places…just enough to make a perfectionist go a little nutty.
So rather than try to create a perfectly straight line where it’s impossible to do so, I use the perfectly straight line that’s conveniently provided by the crown molding. I paint that tiny little 1/8″ to 1/4″ edge of the crown molding that meets the wall.
And the best thing in the world is this…the process goes incredibly fast if your crown molding is already painted with semi-gloss paint. That way all you have to do is paint the wall color on, not worrying about getting paint onto the crown molding, and then wipe away the excess paint with a wet rag, and you’re left with a perfectly straight edge. And most people will never, ever know the difference.
So there you have it…my secret to a perfect edge. But please, let’s just keep this between us. I’d hate for this information to get out and ruin the illusion of “Kristi, the Perfect Painter”, okay? I do have an image to uphold. 🙂
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