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Painting Techniques…Dirty Bucket

Your only paint bucket is dirty….what to do!

Here are some tips and tricks to get the job done and paint back in the can when done

Tools and supplies you will need:
• A dirty bucket….or a clean one will do!
• A common plastic grocery bag
• A Throw away latex medical glove (always great to have around for messy projects)Color TrasistionsCrisp paint lines
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Painting Tricks: color transition

Painting a sharp clean line between wall and trim

The technique is the same whether you want a sharp line on baseboard, crown, wainscot or really any type of trim

    • If the trim/wall junction has not yet had its open seam caulked then do it now (see previous blog on how)
    Allow to dry
    • If you have just caulked then, with your trim paint, go over the caulking and bring the paint onto the wall surface. Allow to dry. Note: if caulking is not painted over then, over time, it will collect dust that cannot be cleaned off
    • Note: if your trim is stain/clear finished then use clear caulk to fill any seams at color transition
    • Run a straight line of tape along the transition line and burnish edge

    • If trim is stain/clear finished then run a light bead of CLEAR caulk or clear varnish over the edge to bleed under any imperfect tape adhesion
    • If trim is paint finish then you can either clear caulk, clear varnish or brush a light coat of trim paint over the edge to bleed under any imperfect tape adhesion. Allow to dry
    • Now paint wall or ceiling color and be sure to overlap the transition tape edge. Pull up slowly at a sharp angle and you have professional result with a super clean, sharp edge! You are a “DYI” painter

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Painting Tricks: Crisp paint lines

Getting a crisp, clean and straight line can be easy as pie if you know the tricks of the painting trade

On an inside corner between two walls or walls and a ceiling that have an uneven texture, trying to brush along the rough surface results in a very uneven line. To get a smoother transition upon which to transition color with a clean line:

    • You will need a caulking gun, a tube of acrylic latex caulk, a small bucket of water and a small rag
    • First run a bead of acrylic latex caulking where the two planes (wall/wall or wall/ceiling) meet, dip your   finger in the water and run your wet finger over the bead of caulk; re-wet your finger as needed; use the rag to wipe excess of
    • Let the caulk dry for an hour or s
    • Paint surface and overlap inside corner a bit and allow to d
    • Now you can either free hand cut in the new color or use tape to create a sharp and straight paint li
    • If your color transition is dramatic, taping works best. If color transition is subtle the free hand cut in with a brush will be fi
    • If you use tape, you must seal the edge where the colors change by brushing the first color on so it will bleed under tape and seal it or you can run a light bead of caulk along the tape edge and, as before, run your wet finger over it. You do not need much caulk….just enough to seal the edge of the tape
    • Frog Tape by Shurtape is widely available and I highly recommend it. This specialty tape is formulated for sharp clean paint lines
    • On a 90 degree outside corner, you can use the same technique.
    • This is an especially good idea when color transition is dramatic and you want the line razor sharp.

• After just a few minutes, brush the new color along the tape and gently pull up the tape at an angle and “voila”, you are an expert “I did it myself! “DYI” painter

Get sharp lines between walls and baseboards

Painting Kitchen Cabinets


A clean new look for refinishing cabinets at a fraction of the cost of refacing or replacing:

  • What are the steps?
  • Remove cabinet doors and drawers to be refinsihed
  • Clean free of contaminants like hand oils and cooking residue
  • Caulk open seams and gaps
  • Prime and sand smooth
  • Spray apply two finish coats of premium enamel
  • Voila! A bright new set of cabinets!


Crown Molding Really Dresses Up Your Home

Clean and sharp look!

We can install crown molding to give you a whole new look! Because we are painters we can pre-paint the crown before installation and then caulk, fill nail holes and touch up after installation…..this is more efficient, cleaner and less cost than hiring a separate contractor

This client had us install crown throughout the house. They were pleased with how quickly we took care of both installation and painting to completely update and change the look of their home.

We can paint any color or sheen

Varnished Natural Wood is Beautiful and Durable

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

Beautiful and smooth oil varnish adds a slight amber tint to wood that will accentuate grain while protecting from food and alcohol. Sanding between coats if critical but oh what a pretty look good old fashioned varnish brings to this refinished bar top!

I have found several varnishes that work quite well. Shopping at the Marine Exchange or West Marine in San Diego provides the best options and the varnishes are high VOC and meant for marine environments….they dry quickly and very hard

Comes in Deep Colors!

After sanding and 2 more coats this bar will serve for many years!
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Best paint for Bathrooms

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

Mildew Proof Paint for baths

In the past oil semi-gloss was used in baths/kitchens and laundries but with the emphasis on reducing chemicals VOC’s harmful to the ozone layer, many paints have become more prone to streaking as soaps and other surfactants used in bathing are deposited on painted surfaces and mar the surface with streaking.

I have found a couple that perform as well or better than old oil enamel:
Zinsser Perma-White paint is carried by many paint stores and can be tinted to most medium pastel colors. It is fantastic at keeping mildew at bay and not streaking….even in very steamy rooms. I have it in two of my own bathrooms; one a medium yellow and the other a medium turquoise…both were painted well over 5 years ago and are easily cleaned and have no signs of any mildew. Very low sheen eggshell

Comes in Deep Colors!

Comes in Deep Colors!

Benjamin Moore Spa and Bath is another very nice paint I have used with some clients who are looking for deeper tones and an almost matte finish….a very nice look in a bath.

Best Bathroom Colors

A Dramatic Look for a Small Bath

Bold Color for Small Bath

For Small Vanity Baths:

The trend is towards bold deep colors for the walls to make the space dramatic. Accents of compatible complimentary colors can be used for bath towels or a striking art piece. A vanity bath is a super fun place to use metallic and specialty finishes.

Bright happy colors for Children's Bath

Fun and bright colors for a child’s bath

For Children’s Baths:

I have always enjoyed fun bright colors with a theme. Turquoise walls with white cabinets and yellow towels along with undersea stickers of fish and maybe even Spongebob Squarepants.

Warm tones help with make up

Warm Tones for Master Bath

For Adult Bathrooms:

Warm tones and lighting are important for makeup and getting ready to go out.

Proper surface prep on KOGO radio

Cheap paint can cost you far more in the long run
Lack of proper surfaces preparation can make even the best paint fail.
How can you avoid these common pitfalls? John Peek, owner of Peek Brothers Painting explains surfaces preparation tips and techniques on KOGO radio on The Home Pro Show.

Baseboard Painting Clean and Sharp!

People often ask me, “How do you get such sharp, clean lines when you paint base and other trim?” Here is how professional painters do it (but don’t tell anybody….it is a special secret)!

  1. Clean base and protect wood or tile flooring with a smooth “clean edge tape”; caulk the top edge of base.
  2. If flooring is wood or tile, use clear caulk to seal the seam at the floor/base seam. You can caulk right onto the tape. Allow this to dry.
  3. Paint the baseboard…go up onto the wall and down onto the tape over the caulking you have done. Allow to dry.
  4. Score the seam at the floor where tape meets baseboard with a putty knife or sharp razor blade and pull up tape at an angle. Success! You should have a sharp line at the floor with no bleed through.
  5. Tape the top of the base with “clean edge tape” and again, paint the wall/tape junction with the baseboard paint. Allow to dry.
  6. Paint the wall color on down over the taped edge and allow to dry.
  7. Pull the tape and you will have a sharp, clean line. Good Job!