This year, we’ve partnered with HANDy Paint Products, our favorite painting tools that make the job so much easier, to tackle four paint projects in our home. Naturally, the first project on deck was painting the wainscoting we added to the nursery last week before the wallpaper had to go up.
Since the main walls, above the trim, were getting wallpapered, there was a lot of brushwork to do. In fact, the only thing we rolled was the ceiling. Inside each box and everything else including the crown molding, chair molding, wainscoting (plus the thin portion of wall around the wainscoting a roller couldn’t get to) and baseboards all needed to be cut in and brushed.
Years ago, we upgraded from using the red SOLO cup (you know the ones) for cutting in, to these HANDy Paint Pails for trim work and it has made the whole process so much more enjoyable. There’s a magnet that holds my brush in place when I’m not using it, which means it never gets dipped too far in.
It also has a really great handle on the back that fits snug to my hand, keeping the pail from slipping or my hand from cramping up from trying to hold a small handle for a long period of time. (It can also slip onto a belt loop if you need to climb a ladder!)
Normally, I do the trim work and Chris does the rolling, but since there was so much, and I just spent four hours caulking the day before, so we tag-teamed the job and it went so much faster.
Painting white on white could be the most boring paint job there is, but all the trim work got two coats of Benjamin Moore’s Super White in satin (so it would really pop!) and we kept ourselves entertained singing every word of our DIY/Painting playlist, you can listen to right here on Spotify or I embedded it below.
When we finished, the liners (you can buy in a 6-pack) pop right out and can be disposed of. This is also super helpful if you have a quick color change to do in a room.
The wallpaper went up the very next day and I can’t wait to show you how that turned out on Wednesday! This nursery is shaping up to be something sweet.
Thanks to HANDy Paint Products for sponsoring this post.
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