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DIY Paint Talk: Preparing to paint a Room

Painting PrimerWith Summer coming quickly many people will be finishing spring cleaning and starting your painting projects around the house. For the casual painter, it can be a multiple trip nightmare to get all the supplies needed to paint a room. Mallory Paint Store’s painting specialist are here to help by making sure you have a quick one time visit, getting the supplies you need and helpful advice to avoid mistakes. brushes

Making sure you avoid a mess and that the paint goes on clean and smooth with no bubbles is the first priority. Cleaning the walls with a sponge and some detergent will clear away dust that may have built up and could affect coverage and wear. Accurate measurements are also important, before buying too much or too little paint. Make sure to bring the total surface area of the room so that a painting specialist can get you all the paint and primer you will need.

We’ve produced a helpful checklist that you can print out or pull up on a phone in order to be sure you get all the supplies you need:

Painting Supplies Checklist

Soothing Tones

Accent walls are a great way to add color to a space and experiment with smaller doses of brighter, bolder hues.

Benjamin Moore Hues

Whether you’d like to define a living space or spotlight a treasured piece of artwork or architectural feature, an accent wall can create a striking, unique design element.

Accent walls can also help you create color flow. By using the same color in fabrics, finishes, accessories, and furnishings in adjoining rooms, you can create a seamless transition from space to space.

Accent Wall Ideas

Make a Bold Statement

Bold, colorful shades are good accent wall paint colors because they accentuate a space without overpowering it. For example, perhaps you’re using bright colors in your decorative accessories throughout your space, but they seem far too bold for entire walls. Why not choose one of those colors to create an accent wall for a lively splash of vibrancy?

(TIP: Accent walls can also take away the stress of decorating a kid’s room. Let your child choose a color for one wall and then choose a neutral color that you can live with for the other walls. Use decorative accessories and bedding to pick up the accent color to tie the look together.)

Create a Subtle Contrast

If you prefer a more gentle contrast, try using a deeper version of your existing wall color on one strategic wall. This can be just enough to add interest and break the monotony of a single-color space.

Choosing the Right Paint Color

To help you choose the best accent wall hue for your space, use a color from a pillow or your favorite artwork, for example, as your inspiration. What is the most appealing color to you in that piece? Does it work with the main wall color? Would you enjoy living with accessories in that same color? Whatever shade you choose, an accent wall allows you to express your own unique, confident design style. So grab a paint brush and let your imagination go!

Original Article and Pictures from Benjamin Moore

Decorative Paint Techniques

Whether you love deep reds or vibrant shades, our red hallway paint ideas can give your home’s passageways a hint of style and a boost of personality.

Benjamin Moore Hallway

Here, our hallway paint color idea focused on a gorgeous red clay hue that instantly warmed the space. Then, because the color was substantial enough to work as a design element on its own, we added a few simple accessories to create a finished look.

Keep in mind how your hallway color complements colors in adjoining rooms. In our project, note how beautifully the warm red hallway looks against the gold and green of the adjacent room.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • Prime the surfaces with Fresh Start® Primer. Allow to dry.
  • Roll on the ceiling color first. Allow to dry.
  • Next, roll on the wall color. Allow to dry.
  • Paint trim and allow to dry.

Supply List

  • Drop cloth
  • Benjamin Moore rollers
  • Roller tray
  • Painter’s tape
  • Benjamin Moore paint brushes
  • Rags for cleanup

Original Article and Images from Benjamin Moore

Stepping Stone Walkway

Stepping Stone Walkway Design with Autumn Leaves

Bring your stepping stone ideas to life. With inviting stones stamped with autumn leaves to other stepping stone walkway ideas featuring your favorite phrases or colors and a few simple tools and supplies, creating an inviting path to your home or garden is easy.

To recreate our stepping stone design idea featuring fall leaves, follow the instructions below:

  • Purchase 18–inch–by–18–inch square concrete stones from a masonry/stone yard.
  • Select several designs of leaf stamps from a local art supply store, along with several 1–inch to 1½–inch foam brushes.
  • Use the foam brushes to apply Benjamin Moore Concrete Stain (072) to the stamps. Blot stamps onto newspaper to absorb excess stain.
  • Carefully but firmly press the stamps onto the concrete steps in a random, fallen–leaf pattern.


  • 18–inch by 18–inch square concrete stones
  • Leaf stamps
  • 1–inch to 1½–inch Benjamin Moore foam brushes
  • Newspaper



Original Article and Pictures from Benjamin Moore