DIY GIVEAWAY: Country Chic Paint is giving away free samples of paint!

Hi everyone!

I'm Sarah from the team over at Country Chic Paint. Our beautiful, chalk and clay based furniture paint is specifically designed for DIYers with a love for refinishing furniture and home decor. Best of all, it's very eco-friendly and contains little to no harmful solvents.

For a limited time we're offering free, 4 oz jars of Country Chic Paint to anyone who follows the two easy steps below. That's enough paint to easily do a small project, such as a chair or a side table. We want you to experience Country Chic Paint for yourself because we know that you'll fall in love with it! Here's how to claim your free sample:
  1. Comment on this post and share with the Hometalk community: What was the best/most interesting painting advice you've ever received or given, AND
  2. Head on over to the Country Chic Paint website to fill out a quick form and redeem your unique coupon at any of our participating retailers!

Enjoy, and happy New Year!
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  • Lannah Lannah on Jan 01, 2017
    The best advice is the type of sand paper to use when it is required.!

  • Lannah Lannah on Jan 01, 2017
    The best sand paper to use on a paint job that requires sanding.

  • Madison McGahan Madison McGahan on Jan 01, 2017
    The best advice I've gotten AND given, is there is no such thing as "no prep" painting! :)

  • Kim boulanger Kim boulanger on Jan 01, 2017
    Type of sandpape to use

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Jan 01, 2017
    When painting with a brush - the brush matters!

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  • William William on Jan 01, 2017
    I like to use foam rollers and foam brushes most of the time. Get a better smooth finish, no brush marks, and no brushes to clean! LINK DOES NOT WORK!

    • Country Chic Paint Country Chic Paint on Jan 01, 2017
      Hi William,

      Foam brushes can be a huge help! We have sponges in our line that are fabulous for applying quick, smooth coats of paint, just like you said. The link appears to be working on my end so maybe try copying and pasting this link into your browser:

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • M&M Embellishments M&M Embellishments on Jan 01, 2017
    Using the correct brush can make a huge difference in the outcome!

    • TracyRogersIsLoved TracyRogersIsLoved on Jan 26, 2018
      Definitely, your work will only be as good as your tools will allow. Spend the few extra bucks for a Purdy or a Wooster, and.....never use a wire brush on them !

  • Kim Hodson Kim Hodson on Jan 01, 2017
    I've gotten so much advice from a lot of people. I'd have to say the best advice is applying top coat with a sponge. Not a handled sponge, but like a car sponge. It works fantastic

  • Lisa Allen Lisa Allen on Jan 01, 2017
    I painted a set of nesting tables with this paint,

  • Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom Jennifer | CrazyDiyMom on Jan 01, 2017
    It's working again! :)

  • Becky Hammer Becky Hammer on Jan 01, 2017
    Best advice I've had is from just doing it and learning as I go. Being creative and experimenting with techniques and materials.

  • Suzie Suzie on Jan 01, 2017
    The best advice I was given: good paint really does make a difference.

  • Think2inkme Think2inkme on Jan 01, 2017
    My best advice I ever got was never pick paint late at night , always use a good brush and prep well .

  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Jan 01, 2017
    I love chalk paint because it is so forgiving! The brush does not really matter with chalk paint (I use cheap brushes that can be thrown out), no real prepping or priming and it if you don't like something, you sand it or paint over it! So easy - definitely my "go to" paint for my numerous furniture projects!

  • Patty Burt Patty Burt on Jan 02, 2017
    Do the prep work. It WILL show in the end.

  • Use a good brush and don't be afraid .. it's only paint!

  • Becky Becky on Jan 02, 2017
    New to chalk painted I have used it once on an ore and loved it, I have a few small pieces I'm excited to paint!

  • Suzanne H Stack Suzanne H Stack on Jan 02, 2017
    I think the best advice is to use a good quality paint and prep the area good before starting.

  • Suzanne Canfield Suzanne Canfield on Jan 02, 2017
    I actually buy an artist stiff brush for painting and edging around walls. I buy them at the hobby store!

  • Jwoodard Jwoodard on Jan 02, 2017
    Be sure you have everything on hand before you start and do the prep work it make a big differance

  • Lor10586860 Lor10586860 on Jan 02, 2017
    The best advice I've ever received about DIY projects - go with your first instinct and do it the way you want. Don't compare quality with someone else's work. Most of all...enjoy what you are doing.

  • Mic8076206 Mic8076206 on Jan 02, 2017
    use good materials, take your time, don,t sweat the small stuff

  • Kristil Albof Kristil Albof on Jan 02, 2017
    I am on a very very limited budget so I can't afford to buy gallons of paint for the projects I do, so every couple of weeks I go hunting my local hardware store and the 3 big box stores near me for their OOPS paint!! I LOVE PAINT lol and have around 50 gallons and like 20 or so quarts. There's not always "good" colors , but a lot of the time there is! I mix my own colors from these various paints , and I also buy all sheens, whether it's flat, satin,semi gloss etc, . The gallons cost 5 to 7 dollars and quarts are 3! What a steal!! I also use the cheap brushes, and wrap them up in foil and store them in the fridge between uses. Thanks for the chance! HAPPYNEW YEAR

  • Jodi Anne Jodi Anne on Jan 02, 2017
    Prep! Quality paint !

  • Hop13040401 Hop13040401 on Jan 02, 2017
    If you need to take a break or have only small amounts of time to paint, put your brushes or even roller in a zippy bag and put them in in the refrigerator. Cover the paint left in any pans with plastic wrap. Everything will be ready to work again when you are. And take chances - you can start over and repaint if you don't like it.

  • Kayte Kayte on Jan 02, 2017
    Best advice given to me is; 'just paint'. If you don't like the end result, keeping painting until you do! It's only paint and it's more fun if you can shake off the fear of messing up.
    I've never used a paint product like Country Chic Paints and I'm super excited to try it!

  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on Jan 02, 2017
    I don't know if this would be considered advice but it was something that I was told many years ago. We had bought our first house it needed a lot of updating and we were on a tight budget the countertops were all (kitchen and bathrooms) avocado green we replaced the ones in the kitchen but could not afford to replace the ones in the bathrooms. I was talking to a friend about how bad it looked with new paint and tile but the green countertops and her husband said paint them and that was when I learned that you could put primer on a slick surface and then paint it.

  • Maude  LaFountain Maude LaFountain on Jan 02, 2017
    I too like to buy the OOPS paint at the stores its like opening up a box of Chocolates you never know what you are gonna get ...I love PAINT !!!!! and I love painting anything and everything that I can with PAINT !!!!!! My go too to update something old into something new !!!!! Can't miss with a nice color of Paint !!!

  • L.Bishop L.Bishop on Jan 02, 2017
    Advise drilled into me by artist who gave classes...Prep all surfaces carefully. This will determine the quality and look of your finished project. Use best quality paint you can afford. While this applied to art projects (canvas, furniture, etc.) I find this is excellent advise for ANY PROJECT.

  • Kathleen Wheeler Kathleen Wheeler on Jan 02, 2017
    The best advice I received was make sure you have everything you need before you start.

  • Beckie Frantz Hudson Beckie Frantz Hudson on Jan 02, 2017
    Paint a piece like you're doing it for your best friend. Be proud of every piece you do. Keep working on it until you are.

  • Ralph Boyer Ralph Boyer on Jan 02, 2017
    prep and keep piece clean

  • Celeste Amaro Celeste Amaro on Jan 02, 2017
    I painted a lamp from black to sky blue and it came out very nice

  • Gaynell Gaynell on Jan 02, 2017
    Use the right paint for the perfect Job. I painted my kitchen cupboards white from a dark red because I heeded that advise.

  • Judithcausey Judithcausey on Jan 02, 2017
    Paint with sample paint first. I've had some close calls with paint I thought was perfect until I got it on the wall where it was to go. Wow! Huge mistake averted.

  • Avitaathome Avitaathome on Jan 03, 2017
    ADVICE: when stencil, use those little triangle makeup sponges you find at the dollar store instead the stencil sponge brush!

  • Samantha Woolley Samantha Woolley on Jan 03, 2017
    Don't be afraid to try something out of the ordinary and just have's easier to create something wonderful when your not stressed.

  • Pam16867676 Pam16867676 on Jan 03, 2017
    Prep all surfaces before painting and have everything you need before starting!

  • Lisa Armstrong-Moorman Lisa Armstrong-Moorman on Jan 03, 2017
    Prep prep prep, for the best result. And take your time!

  • Ana Bacallao Ana Bacallao on Jan 03, 2017
    Make sure the piece is clean before you paint, wipe it down completely with a moistened towel to get dust off the crevices. Work in an area you have prepared and protected to avoid accidental splatters. Have fun!

  • Zina Gable Zina Gable on Jan 03, 2017
    Paint in well ventilated area.

  • Marj MRC Creations Marj MRC Creations on Jan 03, 2017
    I agree with everyone about how important it is to have a dust-free, clean piece before painting it, and using the right paint for the right surface. My favourite thing I learned in the past 2 1/2 years that I've been painting and upcycling projects, is that a little paint usually goes a long way and you don't have to buy large quantities. I've been buying smaller sized jars and cans of chalk paint and having more fun with different colours and textures. Love that!

  • Dididit Dididit on Jan 03, 2017
    The best advice I was given is really simple, but I have to remind myself not to get in a big hurry. Sand it down, wipe it down, and use several thin coats rather than one thick coat.

  • Robin Robin on Jan 03, 2017
    Use TAPE! I always tape off every painting project. It is very time consuming but worth it when you see the finished project. No messy overpaint and looks so much more professional. I love painting and no one else is allowed to paint any of my projects. LOL

  • LaVonda Popp LaVonda Popp on Jan 03, 2017
    Always, always do a practice board when you are trying new products or new techniques! Even though it takes a little more time, better safe than sorry.

  • Jeanette Koselke Jeanette Koselke on Jan 03, 2017
    I always use an air compressor with hose attachment or can of air to clean out the small details

  • Don't hurry, line your paint tray with foil or a plastic bag for easy clean up. Keep wipes handy in case you happen to bump or touch something ( a dresser, your arm,, etc.) - you can wipe the wet paint off easily

  • Jen5095952 Jen5095952 on Jan 03, 2017
    It's only paint. If you aren't happy with it, paint it again. Don't sweat the small stuff.

  • Sarah Sarah on Jan 03, 2017
    Everything everyone has posted plus I love to experiment. Sad to say I have never used chalk paint before. I have a new project I'd love to try the chalk paint on. I don't even know where to buy it except online.

  • Connie Cooke Connie Cooke on Jan 03, 2017
    I always use rubber gloves when I paint (save a lot of aggravation when finished).

  • Homegirl Homegirl on Jan 03, 2017
    Wet brushes can be stored in the freezer in plastic between painting sessions to eliminate extra cleaning times.

  • Lin11117598 Lin11117598 on Jan 03, 2017
    When mixing paint be sure to mix enough for the entire canvas so you don't have to go back and remember the recipe when trying to duplicate the color.

  • Abbigail Hunter Abbigail Hunter on Jan 03, 2017
    Use an artist brush when doing detail work like carved wood that has detail.

  • Str Str on Jan 03, 2017
    Don't skimp on the prep - it will make or break your project. Always clean up the project first before you even touch it,

  • Lindy Lindy on Jan 03, 2017
    Did you ever have the paint dry around the lid of the can and have trouble prying the lid off the next time you need that color? Use a nail to punch holes in the groove around the edge of the paint can so paint in the groove will run back into the can. Keeps the lid able to be removed easily every time.

  • Maureen Maureen on Jan 03, 2017
    Paint is the easiest way to spruce up a room

  • Karen Hyde Karen Hyde on Jan 03, 2017
    I tend to paint in a hurry and I've learned two things-Tape off and cover things you don't want paint on and, when painting over your head, slit a paper plate and slip it under the bristles part of the brush to keep paint splatter off of you. Can't wait to try this new paint.

  • Donna Donna on Jan 03, 2017
    Found out the hard way that prep is the most important part of any paint project.

  • Jillro Jillro on Jan 03, 2017
    You can't screw it up............if you think you did, repaint!

  • Viola Viola on Jan 03, 2017
    So many objects to paint and so many wonderful ideas on hometalk. I go through every idea, reading and trying to remember the ideas they have. Now to just get enough energy to get up and do it. The prep is what gets me. I last painted a metal door with rustoleum paint and love it. I an 72 and still doing the DIY thing.

  • Valerie jones Valerie jones on Jan 03, 2017
    Painted finish can change dramatically with different type brushes. Foam brushes are smoother finish, even the highest quality brush will leave brush strokes, and chalk paint brushes leave a lot of strokes/lines.

  • P P on Jan 04, 2017
    Paint in well ventilated area. Always prep what you are painting.

  • Shirley Fisher Shirley Fisher on Jan 04, 2017
    I've done a lot of painting in my home and learned that taking the time to prep before you paint is the only way to go. It may take time but in the end it is worth it.

  • Mic16802851 Mic16802851 on Jan 04, 2017
    Clean brushes and paint trays immediately after using. Also, as mentioned previously above, prep work takes more time, but the finished product is well worth it! Also, keep a damp, clean rag handy during the painting - you can wipe up a drip quickly before it dries.

  • Aline dommell Aline dommell on Jan 04, 2017
    Let paint dry before seeing if you like it or not, wet paint looks streaky and then you just end up putting more coats on than you need

  • Leah White Mccarrick Leah White Mccarrick on Jan 04, 2017

  • Ann Conrrad Ann Conrrad on Jan 04, 2017
    I learn when I paint from dark to lighter color the best is to prime first, even if the paint says you do not need to prime, it looks more even and better .

  • Lori Ludwig Lori Ludwig on Jan 04, 2017
    I have never used chalk paint, but an intrigued by it. I love the look.

  • Sandy Gianino Karsten Sandy Gianino Karsten on Jan 04, 2017
    painting matts to put in frames saves alot of money and gets just the right color you want. Once you find the size matt you want, then you can't find the color.

  • Melissa V Melissa V on Jan 04, 2017
    First tip, do not let my ex-husband paint (int or ext), or caulk.  After that, I'm looking forward to trying this oh-so complimented chalk paint. I have a few ideas in mind- Thank you!

  • Ceh4874997 Ceh4874997 on Jan 04, 2017
    Spray painting has saved me a lot of money...furnished my daughters college apartment with thrift store finds and paint. Recently started using chalk paint because it involves a lot less prep. Now that I have another daughter in college, I'm going to hit the thrift store. Can't wait to try your paint!

  • Rebecca Rebecca on Jan 04, 2017
    Instead of cleaning your paint brush, you can put your paint brush in a baggie and sit it in the freezer. The next day, sit it out to defrost and continue with your project.

    • Wyldecent Wyldecent on Jan 04, 2017
      You can also keep it in the fridge, so you can use it quicker. I do this whenever I'm painting.

  • B. Walton B. Walton on Jan 04, 2017
    Prep work always pays off with better results.

  • Amyhilesmaynard Amyhilesmaynard on Jan 04, 2017
    ANYTHING can be refreshed, restored, upcycled with a quick coat of paint.

  • Roger Pekkanen Roger Pekkanen on Jan 04, 2017
    the best advise I gave was when you need to paint something make sure you sand the item really good always primer the item first. This way you can see anything like a little crumb Then you can remove it and sand over the area again. Then paint your project.

  • Charlette Vroman-Smith Charlette Vroman-Smith on Jan 04, 2017
    when in doubt, prime it

  • Jjo8053530 Jjo8053530 on Jan 04, 2017
    my best painting advice was to wear gloves and store my brush in a securely closed plastic bag...I'm always being pulled away from fun projects by my business, so I need to start and stop multiple times!

  • Karen Karen on Jan 04, 2017
    The very best painting advice I was given was to invest in one of those tops for a spray paint can which converts the can from a "finger" sprayer to a "trigger" sprayer. This clip on top totally saves me from finger fatigue and enables me to be much more careful with coverage so I don't accidentally get drips.

  • Gail vesely Gail vesely on Jan 04, 2017
    This is Great! Thank you! Advice that was given to me:buy more paint than you think you need. I usually under estimate.

  • Jeane shaw Jeane shaw on Jan 04, 2017
    To keep my brushes and rollers ready to paint with the next day, I wrap them in Press and Seal. I don't put them in freezer or fridge, just leave them ready to go. If I can't get back to the painting the next day, no worry, they stay fresh for days.

  • Kathy Ruth Kathy Ruth on Jan 04, 2017
    Most important piece of painting advice? Prep, prep, prep! Clean the surface to be painted. mask anything you DON'T want paint on and most importantly--wear OLD clothes!

  • I was shown had to paint a 3 shelf wire stand in my bathroom so it would match my dressing table. Worked great!

  • Jeanne Pinto Jeanne Pinto on Jan 04, 2017
    Best advice I've gotten was to smooth drywall patches with a damp sponge as a final finish before priming.

  • Lauren Marshall Lauren Marshall on Jan 04, 2017
    Spray paint can make almost everything look brand new! I love Krylon anitque bronze. Instead of buyin new light fixtures to replace the old outdated brass ones, I just spray painted them and they look high end.

  • Kwi15454748 Kwi15454748 on Jan 04, 2017
    My best advice was to watch the temperature. Even for little projects the heat in southern California summers can make a big difference in the results.

  • Marcie Marcie on Jan 04, 2017
    Being an artist, the best advice I received was to spend the time needed on prepping your piece/walls. I didn't because I was too excited for the painting to begin, but always seemed to regret it. Now I prep like crazy, and it pays off!

  • Margaret Margaret on Jan 04, 2017
    My best advice I have received was always keep brushes in a zip top baggie. Always prep as much as possible, wear old clothes and experiment. Try new things.

  • Shar Shar on Jan 04, 2017
    The best advice I received was to dampen your paint brush before you start to paint and to take a damp rag and wipe your roller pad prior to rolling as it will remove any "fuzzies".

  • Sally Sally on Jan 04, 2017
    Best painting advice...patience! Taking your time makes for a much prettier finished project.

    • Cheryl Kuebler Cheryl Kuebler on Jan 05, 2017
      The best advice I have gotten to date is using a drop of Dawn dish soap along with 1/4 cup vinegar in a half bucket warm/hot water to clean my paint brushes, especially after using varnish!

  • Silvia Silvia on Jan 04, 2017
    Find old pieces to turn into new treasures with great products like yours! Color is good! Anything can become awesome .

  • Jamie Bradford Jamie Bradford on Jan 05, 2017
    The best advice I was given was to use good quality paint brushes when painting walls. Best advice ever. No streaks in your painting and no little pieces of the brush left in your project.

  • Crystal Yanzer Crystal Yanzer on Jan 05, 2017
    My favorite tip is to put a rubber band around the can to swipe excess paint from the brush.

  • Linda Linda on Jan 05, 2017
    Best advice. When painting walls or baseboards close to the carpet, use an old metal venetian blind as the edge so no paint goes on the carpet. Just tuck it into the carpet and baseboards.

  • May5672846 May5672846 on Jan 05, 2017
    The worst part about painting is cleaning a paint brush that you will need to finish the project, walls etc, in a couple of days.
    I wrap the brush in foil and put it in the freezer.
    When I'm ready I take it out, let in thaw( doesn't take long) and you're ready to go.

  • Flossie Hageman-Evans Flossie Hageman-Evans on Jan 05, 2017
    Base coat your project first so the paint adheres to your project. Let dry 7 days before use.

  • Eve16457806 Eve16457806 on Jan 05, 2017
    I also put my paint brushes & rollers in baggies and put in the refrigerator. I do not use blue tape as I find the paint leaks thru anyway so using a slanted brush to cut in is much less prep work and works better. I also put clear cling wrap between my paint can and lid, it keeps the painter fresher longer.

  • Debbie Debbie on Jan 05, 2017
    Wow, you guys covered just about everything I was ever told about painting! One other thing that I have always been told when I go to paint is cover every thing you don't want paint on, flooring, furniture and of course me....put your old clothes on, you know the ones, ( praying no one knocks on the door outfit) and slap an old Walmart plastic bag over your hair. Cause it never fails the first gallon goes on me!!!! Happy New Year y'all

  • Sherry Sherry on Jan 05, 2017
    My favorite tip is to be patient. Hurry and I always have problems.

  • Debi Swan Boyles Debi Swan Boyles on Jan 05, 2017
    Keep paimt brushes tied up in a plastic bag during breaks.

  • Carol Cooke Carol Cooke on Jan 05, 2017
    Do your prep work thoroughly. Don't take shortcuts

  • Patti Patti on Jan 05, 2017
    mohair roller brushes!!!

  • Diane Bemus Diane Bemus on Jan 05, 2017
    Use drop cloths and painter's tape!!

  • Jean Jean on Jan 05, 2017
    I let my husband do the clean up, he does a better job at it.

  • Rad12708938 Rad12708938 on Jan 05, 2017
    These people have pretty much said all there is about painting. I don't mind painting or cleaning up, it the afterwards when the project is done...and it looks great. We did the dining room ceiling white, 3 walls the same light color, and the other wall a Spiced Cinnamon... looks awesome.

  • Jo Jo on Jan 05, 2017
    When using painters tape, first apply a thin coat of the paint you are protecting along the tape edge. Then proceed with your other paint when dry. Bleed thru will be the same paint you are protecting.

  • LaVerne Jutila LaVerne Jutila on Jan 05, 2017
    the best tip I ever got was to use a good brush u get what u pay for and a good brush will make the painting and end result that much more easier n nicer
    a good brush is worth the investment and if cleaned and or kept well when the job is done will last a long time

  • Gandriel Gandriel on Jan 06, 2017
    I see where someone else said that you should paint a sample area on the wall. The light changes in the room throughout the day and the paint can take on different hues.

  • Marilyn Fowler Marilyn Fowler on Jan 06, 2017
    Hi- Happy New Year. The best advise I ever recieved was get plenty of rest before you paint because you know it's going to take longer than you expected.
    Thanks for listening.

  • Robert Earl Higdon Robert Earl Higdon on Jan 06, 2017
    My favorite advice - and lesson learned - is not to be afraid to paint. If you don't like it paint over it!!

  • Dian Dian on Jan 06, 2017
    It took me three weeks to paint my livingroom, ceiling to baseboards, working totally alone. And I was 66! BE PATIENT, don't rush! And crank up those Oldies. Have fun.

  • Brenda Elmer Brenda Elmer on Jan 06, 2017
    When painting crafts paint it the way you see it, not so much the way the world would see it, you don't have to stick to the traditional way something looks.

  • Darlene Darlene on Jan 06, 2017
    Good brushes make all the differance .

  • Mms10445082 Mms10445082 on Jan 06, 2017
    Never paint your walls or ceiling at night! Even using good lights you'll see a lot of missed spots.

  • Gro7795127 Gro7795127 on Jan 06, 2017
    The best advise I got was to buy the brush that is right for the project. Pay attention to the width, the stiffness and the material the brush is made from for the perfect project.

  • Apr1628509 Apr1628509 on Jan 06, 2017
    Prep properly. Don't take shortcuts! It saves time in the long run and yields better results.

  • Woo10361688 Woo10361688 on Jan 06, 2017
    I've been wanting to try this paint for a while now so getting a free sample would be great. I've only heard good things about this product from friends who have used it so I am super excited to be able to start a project using it!

  • Alisa Vogt Alisa Vogt on Jan 06, 2017
    Have a damp cloth handy. I'd you make a mistake it's easy to wipe off while the paint is still wet!

  • Mable Dotson Mable Dotson on Jan 06, 2017
    I had spent too much money trying to save on brushes, only to really find out that if I bought the right one the first time I could save myself a lot of extra money. So from now on, I will buy the right kind for the job!

  • Casey Casey on Jan 06, 2017
    For a natural texture on a wall, I mixed plain yogurt and powdered spice. I especially liked using tumeric for yellow and chili powder for a ruddish red. Let it dry for a couple of days. When u paint over it, it leaves a nice texture - rough but not bulky. Note that it's not good to leave the yogurt spice paint as is, since the color fades pretty quickly. Best to use it for texture, then use a nice paint over it for a lasting result.

  • C Batts C Batts on Jan 06, 2017
    Prep is everything! AND, don't hurry.

  • Marie Keller Marie Keller on Jan 06, 2017
    If you're going to paint another coat wrap the wet paint brush in a plastic bag or plastic wrap. It will still be wet for the next coat.

  • Buy the best brushes you can get and take care of them! Clean them as soon as you're finished using them with the appropriate cleaner for the paint. A good brush, with proper care, will last a long time and save you money in the long run.

  • Sobeam Sobeam on Jan 06, 2017
    Never take the time to tape a window before you paint it. Instead, buy a sash tool (paintbrush) and use it to paint around panes in the window. Not messy and it takes less time. Told to me by my late father-in-law when my husband and I started painting our first house.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Jan 06, 2017
    As many others have already commented, spend a little extra money on good brushes. They make all the difference in the world!

  • Dee B Dee B on Jan 06, 2017
    Don't skip the proper prepping process. It will give you the best results and in the long run you'll save time not having to redo what you just did. Do it once, do it right!

  • Sparkles Sparkles on Jan 06, 2017
    I have a couple of dressers, and a bed, I would like to use chalk paint on. getting a free sample would be great for me. if I like the look I will buy more to finish the projects.

  • Jean D Jean D on Jan 06, 2017
    My favorite paint tip: When painting a room or large project that you cannot finish in one day, wrap your brushes (most any type) and rollers in aluminum foil and place in the freezer until you can complete your project. It may take a few minutes for the paint to "thaw" before you are ready to resume painting but this trick saves a lot of paint usually left in tools and also saves the water usually required for cleanup. I have left these in freezer for several days with no problems. WORKS BEST ON LATEX BASED PAINTS.

  • Helen Guffey Helen Guffey on Jan 06, 2017
    As many others have already commented, when you are finished painting for a while but intend to come back to in, wrap your brushes in plastic wrap and put them in the freezer.

  • Virginia Truedson Virginia Truedson on Jan 06, 2017
    Hi everyone, I love DIY started out sewing for my children then got into crafts and now i repurpose, recycle, knit, crochet..the best thing i have found is Pinterest..i get to keep all the ideas and see what others are doing and making...

  • Linda Lemiere-Zile Linda Lemiere-Zile on Jan 06, 2017
    If unsure, always primer before painting!

  • Kathryn Bushong Kathryn Bushong on Jan 06, 2017
    I am teaching my 7 year old granddaughter .... Never dip your brush all the way into the can. It's best to just dip it in 1/4 of the brush...then use smooth stokes till your brush is empty.

  • Shelagh Mayhew Shelagh Mayhew on Jan 06, 2017
    If you're going to paint with children, let them start the job by doodling drawings with small foam brushes and that way they get to contribute to the job on their level ! Of course if you want their artwork to stay, that is an idea too !

  • Patty Allamon Hoffman Patty Allamon Hoffman on Jan 06, 2017
    if your job isn't finished, wrap brushes and rollers in Saran Wrap And line your paint pan with aluminum foil. When finished for the day, just remove the foil. No mess, no fuss.

  • Gin10456265 Gin10456265 on Jan 06, 2017
    prime! Prime! PRIME!!!

  • Melinda Melinda on Jan 06, 2017
    Roll the roller in the paint tray till it starts to get a little tacky then you won't have drips from the roller.

  • Jennifer Jennifer on Jan 07, 2017
    I put on a heavy hand lotion before I paint so the paint won't stick to me it just washes right off. I don't like gloves.

  • LADYBUG LADYBUG on Jan 07, 2017
    I saw on this site to put a fee drops of vanilla flavoring into your paint so that the paint fumes are not so strong. I also used the clear vanilla extract. It's a great idea!

  • Joan Harris Shults Joan Harris Shults on Jan 07, 2017
    My daughter painted an old farm table top with shades of blue for each piece of wood. Then she sanded it a little and scuffed it a bit. Added poly top coat. It came out gorgeous. rustic with a little elegance.

  • Donna Marie Donna Marie on Jan 08, 2017
    I learned how to make a textured wall finish using tissue paper between layers of paint First paint a section of the wall. Then place crumpled sheets of tissue on the wet paint. let it dry a bit then apply a second coat.

  • Sarah Robinson Sarah Robinson on Jan 08, 2017
    I've learned to use a primer as well as a good quality paint

  • Candy Walsh Candy Walsh on Jan 08, 2017
    Something I've learned that I never knew was about using Vaseline to help you distress things to a certain level. I thought this is really cool. I'm always looking for good quality paint, especially chalk paint since there's little or no prep involved.

  • Julie Julie on Jan 09, 2017
    Patience is a challenge for me but if you can manage that well, The end result is always worth it. Of course this applies to more in life than just DIY projects or painting in general.

  • Terrie Terrie on Jan 09, 2017
    When I complete a large project like a dresser or nightstand, have available a few smaller projects to finish using the paint on the brush or painttray. A frame, mirror, wine glass, and/or cup etc. They look nice alongside or resting on top of the dresser or nightstand for color coordination.

  • Rut12950172 Rut12950172 on Jan 09, 2017
    I have learnt a few techniques in painting ,but I must say as a beginner using a sponge and layering I like most

  • Lynn Lynn on Jan 09, 2017
    Instead of taping each window pane before painting the wooden frame around the glass, use a thin smear of petroleum jelly where you would normally tape. Saves money and time and aggravation of using so much tape, and the jelly simply wipes off. After painting, take paint off hands by rubbing oil over hands, then using soap to clean off oil...and by oil, vegetable oil, or bath oil, etc.

  • Joan Kenney Joan Kenney on Jan 09, 2017
    Take the time for a thorough prep before starting. My impatience to get to the painting without proper prep has caused a few disasters!

  • Robby Treichel Robby Treichel on Jan 09, 2017
    When I heard about using a different color paint for the inside of bookcase shelves I loved the idea so much. Now my black and purple bookcases in my purple bedroom have teal interiors which is so pretty!

  • Pat Pat on Jan 10, 2017
    I learned that to achieve the best results in painting use quality paint and brushes. It's true!

  • Tam 15076171 Tam 15076171 on Jan 10, 2017
    I wanted to try the Country Chic paint I have never used chalk paint and was excited when I saw the 4oz. jar giveaway only to be let down when I found out the only way to get it was to go in to an actual store that sold it and there are none anywhere even close to me. I was willing to pay shipping and was pretty shot down on that too. So what I am saying is check and see if you have a retailer close to you before you get excited about the giveaway. I DO NOT MEAN THIS IN ANYWAY AS BAD FEEDBACK AGAINST COUNTRY CHIC PAINT I JUST THINK THE GIVEAWAY SHOULD HAVE BEEN THOUGHT OUT BETTER BEFORE POSTED

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    • Country Chic Paint Country Chic Paint on Jan 16, 2017
      Hi Robby,
      You can present the coupon on a phone or tablet as well!

  • Bar6807391 Bar6807391 on Jan 10, 2017
    I have learned not to be in a hurry and do the prep work,it pays off in the end..

  • Michele Michele on Jan 10, 2017
    You MUST BE PATIENT!!! That wasn't always easy for me. I get sooo excited about the " finished" project that I've messed up so many time and time again. Also have ALL supplies within arms reach BEFORE YOU. START..

  • Donna Bennett Lantz Donna Bennett Lantz on Jan 11, 2017
    Best advice given me concerning chalk paint to (1)wash with TS, rinse good and allo your project time to completely dry (2)don't overload your brush or rollers. The chalk paint I used was really thick and I used a really stiff brush giving me the look I wanted.

  • Kathy Bitzan Kathy Bitzan on Jan 15, 2017
    After sanding make sure the piece is wiped down really well before next step of using a sealer or wax. I also learned more about using wax as a finish on painted items.

  • Melody Edstrom Melody Edstrom on Jan 16, 2017
    • I use a bar of soap to go around the window before I paint, it is easyto clean the soap off once the paint dries

  • Lynette Coetzer Lynette Coetzer on Jan 16, 2017
    Snip the bristles of an old used paint brushes that you would normally get rid of with a scissors so that it looks like it has spikes. (The paint old brushes must be slightly hard and tattered). Dip the tips in different colors of wood stain and paint. This would create beautiful grain lines on ordinary and uninteresting wood.

  • Tish Tish on Jan 16, 2017
    You can get paint rollers at the dollar store-no mess cleaning up, just throw away.

  • Grandmasue10 Grandmasue10 on Jan 16, 2017
    This is for pain in cans: Put a thick rubber band across the opening to scrape your brush rather than using the rim. To keep more paint away from the rim,
    poke a few small nail holes into it so that the paint drains back into the can. Also coat the lid with Vaseline or Crisco so that it doesn't seal itself to the can.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 19, 2017
    The best paint tip I ever received was to be patient. Wait for each coat to dry completely or you will just take your paint off again.

  • Le Le on Jan 20, 2017
    My best paint tip was for paint projects that were longer than a day. Put your wet paint coated brushes and rollers in plastic bags and then put them in the freezer. Works for both alkyd and latex paints.

    • Debbie Debbie on Jan 21, 2017
      No need to put them in a freezer. When I am using a paint tray, I slip the whole tray into a large garbage bag and twist the bags end so it is airtight. I'm ready to go the next day.

  • Le Le on Jan 21, 2017
    That works to, Debbie. TY

  • Torijane Torijane on Jan 22, 2017
    The best paint advice -- it doesn't have to be perfect! Once I relaxed my perfectionism, my results were far more pleasing and a bit artistic. Now I love to paint furniture.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jan 22, 2017
    If you don't have the time and skill to paint your walls correctly, hire a professional. I'm not kidding: been there, done that. If I want to paint something smaller than my walls, I'm good to go after spending time properly priming the surface as necessary, using thin layers, and usual 2 light coats.

  • Abbigail Hunter Abbigail Hunter on Jan 22, 2017
    I learned more about waxing after painting. I never knew those techinque were out there.

  • Kim Kim on Jan 22, 2017
    Use a good paint brush.

  • Sew9163046 Sew9163046 on Jan 22, 2017
    Use only Behr paint for inside walls and outdoor house painting. The Behr paint is amazing, makes such a difference. Only a happy customer.

  • LoFoHo LoFoHo on Jan 23, 2017
    can't wait for my countrychic paint samples

  • Diana Diana on Jan 23, 2017
    Best paint idea for me was a paint exchange party. Right before the holidays most of my friends were buying new furniture, and I really couldn't afford to. So my mom suggested a paint/exchange party. So, I got together with my friends that also couldn't afford to buy new and had them bring over stuff that they couldn't wait to get rid of plus I asked for a dish of food to pass. All of us brought left over paint and a couple of our husbands agreed to paint for us. At the party some of us traded items, others at our party just decided to repaint what they already had. I had wanted a new couch. Ours, the fabric had become faded in a couple neighbor whom had only brought fabric paint wanted to fix my couch in exchange for my coffee tables. I gave in, she rubbed fabric paint into my couch/sectional and gave it a wonderful expensive two tone look. I love it, she also saved me $1250-the price of the new sectional i wanted. Before the party was over she painted my coffee cup mats to match. ( My husband's family whom came at Christmas thought i bought new furniture.)

  • Diane Smith Diane Smith on Jan 23, 2017
    Best advice was zip lock bags to save brushes and rollers from drying out when taking a break,and allow dry time in between coats.

  • Vicki at Entri Ways Vicki at Entri Ways on Jan 23, 2017
    My best painting tip: If you're having trouble choosing a color, look in your closet. First clean out your clothes closet and keep only the things you love. Then organize these favorite clothes by color. Choose a paint color in the color family of your clothes. If you have mostly Fall color clothes, paint with warm colors (tans, browns, warm reds, olive greens). If you have Winter colors choose bright reds, black, bright white, light gray. If you have cool Spring colors choose grassy greens, navy or cornflower blue, or lavender. If you have light Summer colors paint with bright yellows, creamy whites, or turquoise.

  • Michelea973 Michelea973 on Jan 23, 2017
    Take your time and prep you piece, enjoy it and have fun with it.

  • Em Em on Jan 23, 2017
    Thanks in advance for the paint sample!

  • Kim Kim on Jan 23, 2017
    I recently painted the kitchen, used frog brand tape for edging, the tape worked great at keeping a straight problem is I left it up while I primed (2 coats) and painted (2coats)..when I removed it, it peeled the paint and primer with it...My advice is to remove the tape after each coat..I know it seems like a pain but you won't have peeling paint in the end...good luck...

  • Kim Kim on Jan 23, 2017
    I'm sad did everything they asked and when I looked at the list of stores to get paint sample...they don't have any stores in the northeast part of the country where I live...figures

  • Jeane shaw Jeane shaw on Jan 23, 2017
    I would like to un-follow this but every time I press un-follow it just pops back to follow. Please take me off this list.

  • Susan Lord Susan Lord on Jan 23, 2017
    Best advice I ever received - always spring for a sample of the color you think you want. It may not look the same on the piece you're painting. Better to waste four or five dollars than fifty or sixty!

  • Angela Harris Angela Harris on Jan 24, 2017
    My favorite painting tip - put a rubber band around Your gallon container so you can remove excess paint off your brush. it works great and is less messy.

  • Amy Amy on Jan 24, 2017
    My best painting tip was... "it's only paint, you can paint right over it if youre not feeling the color". (I have major commitment issues when it comes to choosing paint colors)

  • Eve Moore Kiser Eve Moore Kiser on Jan 24, 2017
    My best painting tip was....take a hammer and flat-head medium screwdriver and make 3 holes in the rim so when you pour the paint out it drips back in to the can with very little drip on the side and easy clean up (this is a 1 gallon can of course)

  • Tim11503511 Tim11503511 on Jan 24, 2017
    the best tip Igot is to clean dried paint brushes in white vinegar soak for a while!

  • Sandra Sandra on Jan 24, 2017
    Always save a small jar of left over paint from your project to touch up nicks and scratches when they happen.

  • Con Con on Jan 25, 2017
    Advice: Always start painting at the highest point.

  • Liz Liz on Jan 25, 2017
    Mix a small amount of your wall color with wall spackle. When you want to move items hung on the wall, just fill in the hole with the paint and spackle mix. Quick fix!

  • Paula Paula on Jan 27, 2017
    The best advice I've received is to be brave with color.

  • Karen Karen on Jan 27, 2017
    Best advice? When you have to leave your project for a short time, place your brush inside a zip top plastic bag instead of cleaning it - it will be soft and ready after your break!

  • Lori Kelly Lori Kelly on Jan 27, 2017
    My best tip: Line your paint pan with aluminum foil for easy cleanup.

  • Cherylee Larden Cherylee Larden on Jan 28, 2017
    Tip 1 : line your paint tray with a freezer bag Tip 2 : Place your paint brush / roller into a freezer bag then put Tip 1 & Tip 2 into the fridge until your next coat.

  • Kathleen Kathleen on Jan 28, 2017
    The best tip I ever got but did not do was hire some one to do It! I think I will take that advice next time. Painting is hard work,!

  • Nomnom Nomnom on Jan 28, 2017
    Don't be afraid to try it......

  • Linda Brock Linda Brock on Jan 28, 2017
    I wash out my paint rollers with hot soapy water and then let them soak in soapy water overnight! After that I rinse them well and let them air dry! Good as new!

  • Mindy Mindy on Jan 29, 2017
    A little goes a long way....

  • Stacy Davis Stacy Davis on Jan 29, 2017
    Use vaseline, in between paint coats, in high use areas on a piece when you want to speed up the distressing technique.