Let me just lead with…ta-dah!
Once again, a little paint makes a huge difference. But what if you don’t have the time to paint or a bundle of money to hire a painter? Then you are looking for every time saver you can get your hands on. When I hooked up with the nice folks at HomeRight, They promised I could paint an 8×8 wall in under 10 minutes.
Truth time. I’ve been sitting on a gallon of paint for about a year at this point in the story. In fact, I’ve had this little paint chip taped in the hallway for nearly two years. It’s Sherwin Williams SW7505 Manor House. It’s one of those colors that is very hard to describe, mostly dark, slightly purple-y, reminiscent of mushrooms in some weird way. As you can see, it was a departure from the white walls, and a big departure for the lighter, brighter colors I generally go for, seen in the background.
This ambiguity of color is what is going to help me visually shorten a very long hallway. (Did I mention I hate hallways?) The color is, however, impossible to photograph, so please bear with me. But even with the paint picked out, I just couldn’t find the time to get it done. Mostly because I am decorating and organizing your house as often as I’m working on mine, but whatever.
(Oh my gosh, yes, I really am showing you the dust that can build up around a can of paint that sits for over a year. Lord, help me.)
Time saving HomeRight EZ Twist Paint Stick? QuickMask to protect the trim? Check.
Time to get the project done this winter? ***Crickets***
When I finally did get a slice of time, the HomeRight PaintStick kept its promise to help me save time.
In case you are thinking of getting one of these, you should know:
- it requires no tools to assemble,
- draws paint neatly from the can,
- really does paint a wall in about 10 minutes
- is a cinch to clean up
I painted almost my entire main wall with just one draw from the can. It saved me a ton of bending and reloading, versus a traditional roller.
The roller does produce a little mini-splatter, just like any roller, but the shield was very easy to adjust to any angle.
If you are working in a tight space, fill the tube about half way, since the fully extended handle can get in your way. But in this hallway, I just rolled side to side when crunched for space.
The thing I really, really liked about the roller is that the twist-tube allowed me excellent control of the flow of paint. I never felt like I was overloading the roller with paint just to get done faster. The paint was applied nice and evenly.
Another helpful tip…when you get to the very end of your project, don’t squeeze the roller onto the wall to get the last bit of paint off. This approach works with traditional rollers, but it will leave weird little paint dots on your wall with the EZ-Twist that dry with a dotted shadow, so don’t go there. Just finish your project with a wet roller, and use your 5-in-1 tool to squeegee off the remaining paint from your roller. (Did ya know that’s what that curved part of the tool was for?)
It still took a few hours to prep, paint, cut in, and clean up the hallway, but we are so happy with the results! The light color scheme was a selling point when we bought the house, but it always felt non-committal and made that long hallway just insufferable. Now, the luscious, rich SW7505 Manor House from Sherwin Williams shows off the trim, and goes perfectly with the glam wallpaper.
About that trim, I protected it with self-adhesive HomeRight Quick Mask Paper Dispenser. At first I thought they were kind of gimmicky, but I ended up loving them. I would absolutely buy them for future paint projects, especially once I saw the splatter that ended up on them from the roller. It’s very, very light, but it would have been very visible on these white baseboards.They no longer carry the plastic version, but they do carry the ones made of paper .
I’ve got some finishing touches planned for this hall, but I didn’t want to keep my secret (and goodies) from you too long. There is one more space that I’ve been itching to paint. It’s the one room that we didn’t have painted when we moved in. The last (ugly) wallpaper holdout. Armed with my HomeRight Paint Stick, I might just get this done before the kids go to college.
Just in case you have a paint project lined up way before my kids or yours go to college, you probably want your own HomeRight EZ Twist Paint Stick. If so, just enter below, and we’ll announce the winner on May 30.
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