Once a kindergarten teacher, now your go-to guide for all things DIY. My passion for teaching didn't stop when I left the classroom - I merely switched from ABCs to DIYs. I've learned a lot from transforming my own home from scratch, and now I'm here to pass on that knowledge to you.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’ve been so excited to get my hands, or rather my paintbrush, on the walls of our master bedroom. When we first moved into our home the space overwhelmed me with picking out a paint color that would go with the abundance of natural light that poured into the space. Even though it’s just paint, I wanted to get it right. At the time we settled on giving the walls a fresh coat of white paint.
Fast forward to this week and I was finally ready to put a splash of color on one of the walls in our bedroom. We decided on a bold paint color: black. I knew with all the natural sunlight that this room receives throughout the day, it could certainly handle a dark paint color like this.
What I was nervous about was creating clean paint lines along the ceiling, where the black wall meets the adjacent walls staying white and of course along the trim and baseboards. Going with a dark paint color can easily make mistakes stick out that much more. Which is why I’m beyond excited that I teamed up with FrogTape® to achieve a professional look with ease. Who wouldn’t want crisp, clean paint lines the first time around?
Here’s a fun fact for you. FrogTape® is the only painting tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. It contains a super-absorbent polymer that reacts with the water in latex paint and instantly gels to form a barrier against paint bleed. This gives you the sharpest paint lines possible.
Although we all love a great before and after, I’m pretty sure we also love getting a clean paint line the first time around without having to clean up any paint bleeds. That’s exactly what I’m sharing with you today and how to do it so you can enjoy your next paint project even more with less of a mess. So what do you say? Let’s dive in!
Like any paint project in a space, I start off by giving the baseboards a fresh coat of white paint. I used the FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painting Tape to tape off the baseboards. You’ll also notice the FrogTape® is wide enough to easily protect the flooring as well.
Tip: Make sure to clean the surfaces first that you’re applying the FrogTape® to so it adheres properly.
As the baseboards start to dry after painting them, you’ll want to peel off the FrogTape® while the paint is still wet. This will help create that clean paint line and prevent the paint from peeling off compared to letting it dry on the tape.
After the baseboards were fully dry, I started taping off the adjacent walls and ceiling once again using the FrogTape® Multi-Surface Painting Tape. This took no time at all!
To protect the baseboards as I paint the wall, I switched out my tape. I used the FrogTape® Delicate Surface Painting Tape since I was dealing with fresh paint. The delicate surface tape is best for use on finished wood, fresh paint (dry to the touch), wallpaper, veneer, laminate, vinyl and drywall (primed only) to prevent messing up the surface you’re applying the tape to. Pretty awesome, right?
Before I started painting, I took an extra step of running a card over all of the FrogTape®. I wanted to make sure I truly pressed down on every inch of the tape I applied. Can you tell you I really wanted those crisp paint lines?
I got into a rhythm that worked best for me as I started painting. Using a paintbrush, I painted along the tape to about 3-4 inches beside it. As soon as I finished a section, I slowly pulled the FrogTape® off at a 45 degree angle before the paint even had a chance to start drying.
Now, if your walls require two coats of paint, you still want to remove the tape before the first coat dries. You’ll have to apply the FrogTape® again for the second coat. Those perfect paint lines are worth it!
I was impressed with the results especially along the ceiling. I was dealing with a textured ceiling so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. But no worries there as well! Once all the tape was removed, I went back and rolled the rest of the wall. The hardest part was done, which wasn’t hard at all!
Now, right when I thought I was done with this project, I decided to add trim around the windows. Going from never using the FrogTape® Delicate Surface Painting Tape, here I was grabbing it for a second time in one day. I taped off the freshly painted walls and applied a coat of white paint to the trim around the windows. And just like that our bedroom refresh was completed!
I can’t tell you how great it feels to see the difference paint made in this space. Even better, how clean it looks when I take a step back to admire it. FrogTape® allowed for perfect paint lines while also protecting the areas I didn’t want the black paint to touch.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to add FrogTape® to your home improvement tool belt. I usually have 2-3 rolls on hand because you truly can’t have enough of it. Tag me in your upcoming paint projects so I can celebrate your clean paint lines along with you.
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