Just these 2 tips will make your DIY paint job look like a pro did it!

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA

As a Realtor, it can be frustrating showing buyers their dream home only for them to complain about the interior paint color, and be reluctant to make an offer on the home.  “It’s just paint.  That’s a simple fix,” is something most of my buyers have heard me say.  Well, Karma got me on this one!

My husband and I purchased a home two weeks ago (that's another blog post!), but we really couldn’t live with the paint colors.  I told my husband, “it’s just paint.  That’s a simple fix.”  Famous last words!  This home is larger than what we previously had, and there are a lot of walls that need new paint. 

In order to tackle this big job ourselves, we followed these two tips, which saved us a lot of time and money.  


Tip #1:  Use quality paint. 

We used Benjamin Moore paint, and it made our paint job look like a pro did it.  Benjamin Moore paint is leaps and bounds above the best box store paints.  


What I like about Benjamin Moore paint is:

  • This high-quality paint hid our amateur roller and brush marks.
  • This paint covered the existing dark paint with one coat.  (It would have taken two or more coats if I used a lesser quality paint.  Paying slightly more for good paint actually was the better bargain between my time and money.)
  • Benjamin Moore has an anti-splattering additive (so no more paint in the hair!).
  • Low VOC, which means no choking fumes or a smelly house.
  • We used a washable matte finish, which is also made our work look professional. 
  • We purchased in 1 gallon increments but all the paint was mixed expertly with no variation in color from can to can. (Maybe that’s due to Keith Lovell’s expertise!  See below….)

Where to buy Benjamin Moore paint in Olympia, WA? 

There is only one place to go and that is Northwest Paint & Supply located at 1027 Fourth Avenue East in Olympia.  Keith Lovell is the owner and is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to paint, painting techniques, supplies, color choices, etc.  Anything you want to know about painting, talk to Keith.  His expertise will save you a lot of painting heartache. 


Tip #2:  Use Frog Tape. 

Better than blue painter’s tape, Frog Tape really holds up to its claim of preventing paint bleed.  This is another tool that created a professional look to our paint job, with clean, precise lines along the molding and trim. 

Our walls have a heavy texture.  I equate it to trying to paint an English Muffin.  The Frog Tape didn’t give in to paint bleed and kept a clean line even with all the nooks and crannies of the drywall.


Just these two tips can easily make your paint job look like a pro did it.  So the next time I have a buyer who dreads painting, I'm sending them to see Keith Lovell at Northwest Paint & Supply! 

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Francine Viola, Realtor
In Tune with your Real Estate Needs


Serving Buyers and Sellers in Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey and DuPont, WA

Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Inc.  |  Olympia, WA


Cell:      (360) 359-0689

Email:  Francine.Viola@cbolympia.com

Web:     www.FrancineViola.com





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Adrian Willanger
206 909-7536 AdrianWillanger-broker.com - Seattle, WA
Profit from my two decades of experience

Hi Francine, very good paint tips. I to like BM paints, the only thing I could add is use the best brushes you can afford. 

Apr 08, 2014 03:28 AM #1
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

I'm a BEHR girl myself, but I know exactly what you mean about quality.  And thanks for the tip on Frog Tape.  Third tip is start with the edges, corners, 

Apr 08, 2014 04:24 AM #2
Cindy Graesser
Keller Williams - Temecula, CA
CG Premier Realty Group. "We'll Get you Moving!"

Thanks those were great tips! It is funny - I say..its only paint... so many times!!b lol

Apr 08, 2014 10:00 AM #3
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

The paint colors can scare a buyer off.  These are some great tips - thanks!  I adore the idea of having a paint store expert to refer my clients too, I will be working on that!

Apr 08, 2014 11:34 PM #5
David Noce
Annapolis, MD
Professionalism and Dedication to my clients

I do a lot of painting myself on my own home! I'll have to remember this. Thanks for the tips.

Apr 09, 2014 12:17 AM #6
Randy Shamburger
Movement Mortgage - Greenville, SC
FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional Mortgage Expert

Great information, thanks for sharing.

Have a Big day,


Apr 09, 2014 02:18 AM #7
Francine Viola
Coldwell Banker Evergreen Olympic Realty, Olympia WA - Olympia, WA
REALTOR®, In Tune with your Real Estate Needs

Hi Adrian - absolutely!

Hi Carla - if you lived here and met Keith, you might be a Benjamin Moore convert!

Hi Cindy - I need to take that phrase out of my vernacular because painting is a big project!

Hi Karen - paint makes a world of difference and it's good to have a resource to turn to!

Hi David - I can't wait until I can hang up my paint brush for a while!

HI Randy - thanks for stopping by!

Apr 09, 2014 04:58 AM #8
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