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TV Personality Carey Evans Reveals This Season’s Pro Painting Secrets
The right prep and a twist on the traditional can make you a trendsetter
A clean “canvas” and a twist on traditional painting techniques is all you need to make your home stylish and trendy. Carey Evans, TV personality, carpenter, and interior designer, shares this season’s insider tricks and tips for achieving long-lasting, designer results.
Carey’s “Must Do” Prep Step: Caulk For a Clean Start
First, properly select a caulk. “The secret to an enduring, clean look is to seal with a long-lasting caulk,” says Evans. “If the caulk underneath shrinks or deteriorates, then the paint that you worked so hard to apply may age prematurely due to unsightly cracks that have formed.”
“My top pick for all my painting jobs is the latest caulking innovation by GE–Groov*,” says Evans. With Groov caulk, you can do the job right the first time because it provides long-lasting performance. Groov caulk won’t shrink, crack or break down like acrylic caulk. Evans’s strongest word of caution: beware of acrylic caulks. “Acrylic caulk may go on easily, but it shrinks over time, leaving unsightly cracks, which can spoil a great paint job,” says Evans.
Groov is not only long-lasting, but also applies with ease, without being sticky or stringy. With other caulks, caulk could end up on your hands and the surrounding areas rather than where you intended.
Now that the critical preparations are complete, it’s time to get the creative juices flowing.
Carey’s Trick for Picking Colors: Less is More for Lasting Power
When it comes to color, Evans cautions that less is more. A wall color should maximize the design potential of a room as seasons, styles and trends change. “Neutral colors with subtle undertones have great lasting power because they can change in appearance depending on fabric choice or with varying amounts of light,” says Evans. “Have fun swapping out accessories each season, or when a new design trend strikes your fancy – try it out!”
Look Up, Down and All Around
Embrace the opportunity to give color to the fifth and sixth walls of a room: the ceiling and floor. Soothing pastels or subtle ceiling designs are increasingly popular. Painting a floor, also popular, is even more cost-effective than having it refinished.
“If you’re looking for unexpected ways to bring patterns into a room, try one of these tricks — paint a runner on the stairs where the treads have worn down or add a favorite color or pattern to the rise of each step. It’s all about drawing the eyes to an uncommon area,” says Evans.
The “Wallpaper” of 2011: Texture Tricks
Painting techniques that add texture and depth can liven up monochromatic walls. For beginners, Evans suggests the colorwashing technique. It’s easy to achieve using two colors in a wet-on-wet fashion. For more experienced painters, she recommends the grass cloth technique that achieves the same look as the popular wallpaper. By using a wire comb, broom, or favorite tool, you create serene lines that add interest to otherwise flat walls.
“With a stronger color like royal blue, you can even mimic the look of your favorite blue jeans, a look that can be adorable in a little boy’s room for a little flare,” Evans says.
A Twist on Trim
You don’t have to paint each level of your home the same color. Mix it up by placing trim vertically between rooms to create definitive spaces that can be painted their own color. Modern homes with open floor plans are the perfect candidate for this technique.
While black, gray, white and brown remain the traditional and most popular color choices for trim, increasingly designers are experimenting with other colors. “I like to choose neighbors on the color wheel for the wall and trim for a tone-on-tone, subtle richness,” says Evans. “But you can also take the same color as the wall and mix it with a glaze for added dimension.”
No matter how you choose to trim your room, Evans recommends caulking the areas where molding and trim meet the walls before painting, and using a high-gloss paint that looks shiny and new and can be easily wiped down.
About Carey Evans
Carey Evans, HGTV personality, is a hands-on professional interior designer, organizational expert and carpenter. Her work has been seen regularly on television shows and in national publications. She prides herself on creating environments that improve and simplify a modern family’s hectic lifestyle. For more information on Carey Evans and DIY or painting tips, visit www.careyevans.com.