What Will They Think of Next

I wasn’t completely sold on magnetic paint when I first heard about it- now I am a huge fan.  Once I realized that you could use it as a primer and then put magnets on the back of picture frames I was hooked.  Picture hanging is such a pain in the rear- to be able to move them around so easily on the wall without damaging it would be amazing.

The company that makes it is called Magnamagic– they even make magnetic chalkboard paint.

C2 Paint


I was at a local paint store the other day picking up a fan deck-  I asked the dude who worked there (for lack of a better term- paint guy?) if Benjamin Moore was the paint they sold the most of.  He said yes and that he wished it wasn’t so.  He recommended C2 paint- it is a European paint which he raved about.

C2 is mixed using 4 additional pigments that most other brands of paint do not use, which creates a richer, deeper color.  They have a line of low VOC paints called LoVo, if that is your thing.

VOC’s, Volatile Organic Compounds are elements in paint that make it smell like chemicals and apparently not so good for the environment.  You can find paints with no VOC’s but I’ve heard they are not the best quality of paint.  Not to run Duron under the bus, but I have heard that they traditionally have been known to have very stinky paints which means they probably contained quite a lot of VOC’s.  Hopefully they have cleaned up their act, it looks like they have from their website.

House Beautiful Color Institute


The House Beautiful Color Institute is hosting day long seminars all about color….how fun!  I am dying to go, I’m not sure if I will be able to make it to any of them :(


Design Center of the Americas- Dania Beach, FL


Atlanta Decorative Arts Center- Atlanta, GA


Decorative Center Houston- Houston, TX

Blue Kitchens

The rumor is that you aren’t supposed to paint your kitchen blue.  Blue is a favorite color of mine, but it wouldn’t be my first choice for my kitchen.  The color blue is an appetite suppressant, the color red apparently makes you hungry.

Here is a link to some more info on the color blue and it’s affects on the appetite.

If I had my fan decks on me I would point out some lovely colors for your kitchen, but you will have to wait.



Actually now that I look at this picture it looks more green than blue…but you get the idea right?

Paint Class

If you are interested in learning about the basics of paint: the types, terms and more, Benjamin Moore offers some great online classes.  Check it out.


Paint Tips from O Magazine

3 Ways to Keep it Clean:
“Stretch a large rubber band around the mouth of the can, then use the band (rather than the rim) to wipe excess paint from the brush.

Nail a hole into the inner lip so that spilled paint will drain on its own- instead of clogging up the rim.

To minimize splatter, cover the whole shebang with a plastic bag before hammering the lid shut.”
-p 92 O Magazine Winter 2008

I wish I knew this a long time ago…

Just read this in The Post: to get paint off your hands, try some Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer. Apparently works like magic… try it on hardware that paint has dried on.

-As recommended in The Washington Post Home Front by Jeanne Huber

The 1, 2, 3 of Painting from O Magazine

“Map out your prep. Do you have bad walls (or a lumpy paint job) to cover? Bite the bullet and give everything a good sanding with 200-grit paper before you start. Are you painting a light color over a dark one? Priming is a must. If your walls are pale and smooth, feel free to sip both of these steps.

Pick the right paint (and brush). …a synthetic-bristle brush if you’re using latex paints; natural bristles for oil.

Get down to business. If you’re painting an entire room, plan to start with the ceiling and work your way down, tackling walls, then trim, and baseboards last. Remove light-switch plates, cover outlets with tape, toss drop clothes over the furniture and floors, and tape the edges of the area you’re going to paint with clean-release tape. Pour paint into a Teflon Shur-Line tray ($7; lowes.com) which allows you to peel off any remaining paint in a sheet when you’re finished.

Master the stroke. Cut into ceilings and walls first, feathering out the paint as you go to avoid creating unintentional borders. When painting over tape, brush away from the tape to prevent leaks and blurry lines. For best results, plan on two coats.

Need a break? If you’re stepping away for a day (or less), there’s no need o wash your brush. Just squeeze out the excess paint, wrap the brush in foil, and secure with a rubber band if necessary.

…And Repeat. Give your surfaces that second coat of paint. Let dry, then remove the tape, pulling it off at an angle to prevent chipping. Pour a little extra paint into a Rubbermaid Paint Buddy ($9, lowes.com), to keep on hand for touch-ups later.

Finish up. If you have oil-based leftovers, go to earth911.org to find a hazardous-waste disposal near you. Stir ‘Waste Away Paint Hardener’ ($2.50 homaxproducts.com), into paint and toss the solidified mixture into the trash.”

-p 89 O Magazine Winter 2008

What type of Paint?


Pros- This workhorse choice hides flaws in walls, dries evenly (good for amateur painters), and can be spot-painted for touch-ups.
Cons- Shows every single smudge and fingerprint and is the hardest to clean.
Best used for- ceilings and imperfect walls.

Pros- It’s durable and fairly easy to clean, with a neutral, versatile cast.
Cons- It’s not as scrubbable as semi- or high-gloss.
Best used for- Kitchen and bathrooms walls

Pros- Offers and appealing shine and is easy to clean.
Cons- It’s harder to touch up than flat formulations, and highlights flaws in the wall.
Best used for- trim and cabinetry

Pros- It’s the diva of the group- all glamorous shine, bouncing light, and high drama.
Cons- Like we said, it’s the diva of the group; It requires pristine surfaces and, ideally, should applied by professionals.

Oil vs. Latex? The short answer is latex (water-based) paint is great for nearly every job- and definitely better for the environment.”

-O Magazine Color Issue Winter 2008 p 92