Monday, January 11, 2016

Paint. A Four Letter Word.

Looks like five letters, but trust me, it qualifies as a four letter word on many levels. I decided to paint my cave. Piece of cake, right? So not. It would have been fine if I'd stuck with white, but nooo, I had to go with 'Girls Night Out'. As you can see it's a lavender with a gray base. With white if you meander into the trim or ceiling, it's no big deal. With a color...it's pretty noticeable.  I've been painting, repainting and touching up all week. But I'm done (so done). It's obvious it wasn't done by a professional, but it will have to do.
Next project...painting the babies room. sigh.

To add insult to injury I purchased PAINT Shop Pro X8.  I should have paid more attention to the Pro in the title, cause I'm so not.  Our pal CJ uses this program and I was intrigued with it. After I downloaded it, I totally freaked. Too many options. Old dog, new tricks, etc. etc.  When I master it, I know I'll enjoy it. I think I'm going to hit on my beautiful and talented sister-in-law that overhauled my website. Now if I knew what I was doing with Paint Shop, I could have removed my shoes from the picture....I think.
Anybody else using Paint Shop?  Any and all tips appreciated.
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Today is my lovely niece's birthday.  
Happy Birthday, Sweetie.
 

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  1. I hear you on the four letter word front. The preparation and the clean-up are nearly as bad as the work. And when I am doing it, it never, ever looks right.
    Sigh.
    Yours looks much more professional than I have ever managed.
    What colour are you doing the babies room?

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    1. Thanks. Mainly because I didn't take head shots of the walls paint owies:)
      I think I'll use the same color.Their room is directly behind the cave and it will give some continuity.

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  2. Love what you have painted, but know those frustrating experiences. PSP is a great program, but you need time to learn it, other programs are much easier for beginners to master. Have fun, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks, Val. I think my sister-in-law is going to help me out.

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    2. PS. You use your PSP to great effect.

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  3. Painting any room always turns out to be a project twice the size as expected. And sucks.
    Happy birthday to your niece.
    I've used Paint Shop, but use PhotoShop. Now, if you had any questions about that program, I could answer them.

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    1. Very true about painting doubling in size:)
      Photo shop certainly has a good name. If I ever figure this one out though I probably won't be switching over;)

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  4. Lol I feel your pain. Painting is one of those jobs that you regret starting halfway through doing it. One room down, just one left to go X

    THEFASHION-JUNKIE

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  5. nope, I will leave painting to the professionals.

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    1. Hmmm, that may have been a good idea;0

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  6. I'm always surprised when people paint in the middle of winter :) but I'm guessing it's possible with these modern paints and equipment?

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    1. I'm in the south, Dez. As long as it's inside, not an issue. Your winters must be pretty tough, hey?

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  7. It's been a long time since I painted a room, but I remember how great it felt once it was done.

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  8. It looks beautiful! I took a class on Photoshop back in the 90s and still can't use the thing. It's WAY too complicated! I just hire someone to do all my graphics for me because it's worth it to save the frustration. We tried to hire someone to paint our old house when we moved, but everyone was charging $1 per square foot. Yikes! Luckily we got away with just touching up because painting is a LOT of work.

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    1. Thank you.
      I hope I can at least figure out the basics of PSP.
      Having a whole house painted could get salty. We paid about $500 in our old house to have the bedroom and powder room painted. But that was basically one room. Add another five+ rooms and it would have been a big ouch.

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  9. Happy birthday to your niece! :)

    I hate to paint and usually screw it up. Fortunately, DH does a good job. I really do like the color you chose though, so soft and inviting, especially with the white trim.

    Sorry I can't help with Paint Shop Pro. I use Photoshop, but it's taken me a long time to learn it....and I'm still learning, LOL!

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    1. Thanks, Mae.
      My HH HATES painting. I usually rope him into the prep:)
      I think the PSP is going to be a life long learning process for me;)

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  10. It looks like you did a great job of painting your cave. As to PSP X8, Corel has a free tutorials on how to get started with the software. Take a deep breath. And take one step at a time. http://learn.corel.com/photo/tutorials/grid/course/PaintShop-Pro-for-Beginners

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    1. Thanks, CJ, I'll try that. I want my stuff to look like your stuff:)

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  11. I've used photoshop a time or two, pffft waaaay too many options. Painting always ends up taking a while

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    1. Agreed. I do better with just a few options.
      It sure does.

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  12. Hi, Sandra!

    Your room looks marvelous. I love the color you chose! Recently Mrs. Shady and I painted one of our bedrooms. Painting is messy business but when you're finished and the room is furnished and has that "new room smell" it's worth all the aggravation. Mrs. Shady and I love to tone down shades with gray. We picked a blue-gray mix (confederate blue) for one bathroom and a plum-gray shade for another. Gray is good!

    I am eager to see the new look of your site. Happy Monday, dear friend Sandra!

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    1. Hi Shady,
      Sounds like good colors. I love grays for the home. We've got it in the kitchen.

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  13. Anything other than MS Paint is too complicated for me....

    I painted my room once. There was deep purple and turquoise paint all over the doors, ceiling, windows, and carpet.

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    1. You're my kind of painter:)
      MS Paint? Hmmmm. May have to check that out.

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  14. My "go to" is Microsoft Digital Image Pro 10.......I'm so not a Pro, but I've learned to use it for photos for my blog. I also have Adobe Photo Shop 12.....more complicated and I have taken 2 classes on it....not much help.....same old dogs...new tricks. But I am putting in on my goal sheet for this year.
    I like you color choice. Last time I painted my house was about 10 years ago, it desperately needs to be re-done but I don't think I have it in me to do it all again.....LOL Good luck with the baby's room.

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    1. Hi Krisha,
      Did you take online classes or did you take a seated class. A class would be a good idea for me.
      When it comes to painting you definitely need to gear up for it don't you.

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  15. Gah! Painting is always so much harder than it looks.

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  16. I tried to paint my master bath. The result was hideous. My son completely re-did it, and it's beautiful. I will never paint again.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Hmmm, maybe I could borrow your son:)

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  17. I love that color though. Nice choice!

    I've never used Paint Shop so I unfortunately can't offer any tips.

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    2. Glad you like the color.
      I've discovered Picture Tube.(Like virtual stickers) It's fun:)

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  18. I am allergic to paint so this can only be done with windows open or I will be at the ER unable to breathe. I do like the color of the walls.

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    1. Oh yikes. That could be nasty.
      Glad you like the color:)

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  19. I have Paintshop Pro 7, had it for years now. Like it, and usually can figure things out.
    Also Adobe Photoshop CS6 I have also, but I only use it to resize my photos and put my 'stamp' on them, occasionally I made a graphic using both, or one or the other.

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    1. Margaret, I think you fall under the heading of pro;)

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  20. I love this paint colour! It looks wonderful! I like painting (sorry) so this looks great to me-you are being too hard on yourself

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    1. Thanks, Birgit. Come visit any time...oh and don't forget to bring your paint brush. grin.

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  21. Your paint color is so soothing. I really like it. I'm with you on painting. I spent weeks painting my kitchen and it finally came out the way I wanted it. But it took about five coats before I got it the way I wanted it.

    I'm a Corel person, and still use WordPerfect for all my word processing. Back in the 90s, I used an old version of Paint Shop, but bought PhotoShop and used it once for a client. Then I forgot everything I learned. Now I just use it to store, size, and watermark my photos. I DID notice the shoes before you mentioned them (grin). I believe Chris is using Paint Shop Pro, but I'm not sure what version it is. You can visit her blog here and ask her questions, I'm sure:
    http://pearshapedcrafting.blogspot.com/

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  22. Boy, painting (or Pro for that matter) is not for the fainthearted is it.
    I'm trying to psych myself up to read up on Paint a little every night. Thanks for the heads up on Chris.

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