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Monthly Archives: November 2011

Disposal of Paint Is Relatively Easy!

Oftentimes after a painting project a customer has unused paint, leaving them with a critical question. What do they do with it? Should they keep it for touch up or dispose of it? There are benefits to either choice.

Disposal of paint products has become significantly easier in the past few years. Oregon in this time period established a recycling program for unused paint called PaintCare. Customers who wish to dispose of unused paint just have to drive to one of the PaintCare collection sites and drop it off for FREE. Select Miller Paint locations are among these collection sites. If you’re having a hard time finding a drop off point call your local Miller Paint and they can direct you to a collection site, or go to and type your zip code into the search bar labeled “Locate a Collection Center Near You.” Additionally one can always check the Metro website to find additional drop off points.

Alternatively one can opt to keep unused paint for touch up. Nothing touches up your painted wall better than the same can of paint you used originally! There are several tricks one can use to keep their excess paint viable for the future. One of these is do not let your paint freeze. Storing paint in a heated garage or closet is an excellent way to prevent freezing. Another tip is to move your paint into a smaller container, like a quart can or two, if you have about half a gallon or less in your can. Changing containers is also a good idea if your can is rusty. Finally to preserve your paint you should consider storing your paint upside down if your can seals well. Wrapping the lid in cellophane and taping the cellophane to can is an excellent way to prevent messes in case your can doesn’t seal well. Practice these tips and your paint should be ready for use the next time you open the can.

Josh – East Vancouver

When you decide to take on an easy and dramatic room make over this are some keys to success that will ensure you will have the result you are desiring..

Running out of supplies or not having the correct supplies is the last thing you need when knee deep in a color upgrade or an attitude change, whichever you prefer to call it.

Here is a list of recommended supplies that are easily forgotten or overlooked, what they are for, how to use them and the impact they will have on your project.

First of all, make sure you have the correct color.  You can consult your color expert in your neighborhood Miller Paint location and we can recommend a color sample to help see more accurately how that color will look and most importantly how that color will feel in your home. ( Read “Bring the Outdoors in This Season” posted 10’14/2011) Sheen selection is also important in the color decision process as higher sheens could affect the colors overall appearance ( Read” Is That a winning sheen? How to select paint sheen” posted 9/29/2011 )

Recommended Supplies For Your Next Painting Project

After you select the correct color and sheen, you will need the following supplies

  • Brushes: A high quality 2 to 2 ½-angled sash brush Miller Brand or Purdy
  • Roller covers: One per each color and one for primer 3/8ths or ½ inch shed resistant covers are the best. Miller Brand or Purdy
  • Roller cage: A good wooden handled
  • Sand Paper:150 and 220 grit or a sanding sponge
  • Spackle: Light weight and regular
  • Putty Knife: 1 inch will be adequate
  • Tape: 2 to 3 rolls of 1 ½ inch Frog tape or Scotch brand with edge lock technology
  • Spray texture: One can, will usually be enough for most repairs
  • Drop Cloth: 4 x 15 leak proof is recommended.

Make sure that you are aware of any wall repairs that you may need to make Nail Holes, scratches in the drywall, any texture issues. The items you’ll need to fix any repairs are

For Nail Holes and Scratches You will need some lightweight spackle and putty knife, quart of primer and some 150 to 220 grit sand paper. All of which your friendly Miller paint consultant can assist you in locating the right products. (Note: Even though our high quality paints are thick and cover exceptionally well they will not fill nail holes)

Step one: Locate all the nail holes around the room and take your lightweight spackle and 1 inch putty knife and lightly fill each hole by smearing some spackle over the hole from roughly ½ inch from the top to ½ inch past the hole. Wipe off excess with putty knife

Let completely dry roughly 30 minutes and see if any needs any additional attention.

Step two: Take your sand paper and gently sand over area to smooth out the roughness of the spackle and to feather out the edges.

Step three: Assess whether some light texturing is required,  (Note: This will depend on the severity of the wall repair and weather the area repaired blends with the surrounding walls ) If needed, lightly spray some of the spray texture on the repaired area.( Note: Please take some time to practice on some card board as to get yourself the proper technique and texture)

Step four: Let texture Dry,  Then follow behind and spot prime all those areas you have spackles.  All of these steps with help assure that you will not see any repairs you made.

For larger repairs (Door Knob size) you will need a drywall repair screen and instead of lightweight spackle, a heavier grade spackle. This spackle requires some additional dry time so make sure you allow this to dry properly. Then all of the above repair supplies and techniques still apply.

After you finish all your repairs, texturing and priming then it is time to start painting. You should start with the ceiling first. Cause sometimes after you finish painting the ceiling could appear dingy

Make sure to tape all the walls and fixtures with a good tape that will protect the other substrates. The type of tape I would recommend would be either the 1 ½ inch Frog tape or the 1 ½ inch Scotch brand blue tape with “Edge Lock technology”. These technologies’ stops the paint from flowing under the tape and on to the areas that you are trying to protect.

You will need a High quality cut in brush for the edges. A 2 to 2 ½-tapered sash brush, either, Miller brand Silver series or Purdy brand Latex brushes are highly recommended.

Once you have Taped the area look at the ceiling and determine if priming is necessary any dark areas, smoke stains water stains all need to be covered up before painting. Ask your Miller paint consultant to direct you to the proper primer for your particular problem.

For heavier textured ceilings (Popcorn) I would recommend at least a ¾ inch roller cover.

After you have completed the Ceiling, you are ready to move to the walls. Make sure you tape off any trim door window and floor, Ceiling and any outlets or switches.

For dramatic color changes priming may be required ( ask your Miller consultant for help)

Start by cutting in around the edges and switches. Work in a small are so the product retains its wet edge.  So that the paint will level correctly and blend properly so you get the finish and result you want. (Note: Do not cut in the entire room this could lead to an uneven finish in those areas)

Then paint the area that was cut in working while the product is wet.

Once you have completed the wall take a look at the trim the same principal could apply as the ceiling.

Congratulations! Your Project has turned out amazing! Please feel free to bring in pictures of your project and share with your Miller Paint consultant.

- Lake Oswego Location

Because, because, because, because, because…

Because of the Wonderful things it does!

Color Wizard Computer System

The New Color Wizard Computer System

The Wizard has arrived! The eagerly anticipated Color Wizard computer system, where consumers can play with and pick their perfect color scheme, is now here @ Grand Avenue. Be creative and join the fun as you select your dream rooms and colors! The program is very intuitive and user friendly – even non-geeks are comfortable!

Warm up your home for the holidays!  Beautiful designer wallpaper and window treatments are always available at Grand Avenue and are the perfect way to create the holiday home you have always imagined – you just need to add the aroma of cinnamon and holiday baking!

Wallcovering Book Selection At Our Grand Avenue Location

Our Grand Avenue location has the largest selection of designer wallpaper catalogs in the entire Northwest! Lots of times folks come in w/ magazine photos and we are able to direct them to the right book.  If you have seen it, we can probably locate it! We have even been able to custom reproduce papers for historic restorations!

Insulating Blinds and Window Treatments

Improve Your Homes Insulation With Miller Paint Window Treatments.

Brrrr…It’s cold and wet! Consider warming your house with insulatin window treatments available at our Grand Avenue Location!

- Grand Avenue Location

Painting a Baby's Nursery

Pink or Blue?

Planning a nursery to welcome that special new member to the family, is an exciting time, but can be stressful. Choosing what color to paint for the nursery shouldn’t be. Let us help. Whether there is a theme to the room, or is gender specific or a neutral color palette that can grow with the child. It is easier than you think. Just bring in an inspiration piece to your local Miller Paint Store. That can be a piece of bedding, a toy, picture or even a piece of dishware.

Pink and blue are still the most popular colors of course, but yellow and green are good neutral, non gender specific colors so the room can be changed easily when the child ages. Also painting the bottom or top part of the wall a different color, gives the room a fun effect. Some people choose to paint the lower half of the wall with chalkboard or dry erase board paint. Even magnetic board primer can be used and painted over with your choice of color.

Remember to have fun with this project. It is just the beginning of great times.

Miller paint has zero VOC primers and paint, also zero VOC colorants, so that the new mommy can help or just supervise.

We are here to help and make this a fun experience.

Darlene – Grand Avenue Location