Olympic ONE Paint + Giveaway
The other day, I had the opportunity to join in on a conference call / online chat with Cooper Monroe from The Motherhood and the celebrity DIY expert, Eric Stromer. I learned so much about painting and techniques. It was very informative and fun! Not to mention the fact that Olympic Paint is giving away $10,000 to one lucky winner!!! You can follow conversations with Olympic Paint on Twitter and Facebook – #OlympicPaint.
Olympic ONE Interior Paint is engineered to offer the best in quality, durability, color and price. It costs significantly less than the leading paint and primer products, but doesn’t compromise on performance or durability. It will ultimately save you time and money – it’s a paint and primer in one, so you only need to buy one product, and it covers your walls in fewer coast, so you don’t need to use as much paint. It repels tough household stains, including dirt, grease, ink and ketchup, to keep walls looking cleaner and newer longer. It’s formulated to guard against the growth of mold and mildew on the paint, keeping rooms prone to humidity – such as the bathroom and kitchen – beautiful in appearance over time. It can endure significantly more scrubs than the leading competitors, while also maintaining the appearance of the finish.
ABOUT THE OLYMPIC ONE PAINT CONTEST
Olympic ONE is hosting a contest through a Facebook application called Simply Done: http://apps.facebook.com/simplydone. Although entries to the contest were accepted through August 10th, you can still vote on your favorite Painting Picture and enter here on The Mommy-Files to win a coupon good for 2 cans of Olympic ONE Paint!
Entries have been submitted and 20 finalists will be selected, with a voting period from August 26th through September 5th. So be sure to vote for your favorite picture and help someone get one step closer to winning $10,000. The winner will be determined in part by a panel of judges, including celebrity DIY expert Eric Stromer, and partly through fan voting on the Facebook application. The winner of the contest will be announced on September 6th and will receive a $10,000 grand prize!
– “With any DIY project, prep work is key!” said Eric, adding that although it may take you a few extra minutes, it will ultimately save you time in the end.
Prior to starting a painting project, put blue or green painter’s tape around windows and doorframes, or where walls and ceilings meet. This will create nice clean lines, and the tape is designed to come off easily.
Eric also suggested moving furnishings and collectibles to the center of the room and covering them with plastic. This will protect your valuables from splashing or drips.
But before you even think about painting, Eric said to “find your own sense of design” – rather than decorating your house based on what’s trendy or what’s in the magazines, figure out what you love and go from there.
Added Deborah, “Paint is the easiest and most cost effective way to change a room. Choose colors that you love–not just because it *goes*, you know? Recently I’ve been lightening our home–from stuff and from darker colors. I love it and the artwork just shines.”
According to Eric, if you make a mistake like splattering paint on the windows or getting the wrong color on the wall, wait until it dries. Then you can easily scrape the paint off the window with a straight-edged razor blade or paint over the wall in the correct color.
“BUT be sure to clean up wet paint off your floors ASAP with water!” noted Kayla S.
Eric also recommends lightly sanding all glossy surfaces before painting to help the paint stick much better. And when he advised that painters should “hold your paintbrush like a pencil for more accuracy when cutting a line,” it resonated with a number of moms.
“I have learned something already!” said Jen, The Suburban Mom.
And another popular tip from Eric described the best way to clean paint brushes and rollers – using a wire brush to comb out the paint.
“Loving this so far! I never knew about the wire brush thing … cleaning is always the part that annoys me most,” said Jennifer, Jen Spends.
“Yes, seriously, I will be trying the wire brush for cleaning!” added Janel, A Mom’s Take.
Jennifer, Mom Spotted: I heard their paints are fume free and safe for pregnant women- is that all of Olympic Paints or just a certain one?
Olympic Paint replied, “Our Olympic Premium is ZERO VOC including colorants… our new Olympic ONE paint & primer in one is low VOC! Both found exclusively at Lowes.”
Shannon, The Mommy Files: I’ve rented many places where the owners have painted the windows shut! How do you prevent something like that from happening?
“Well, you could ask them not to do that,” joked Eric, before suggesting that, when encountering windows that are painted shut, you can wrap a towel around your hand for safety and slide a broad knife or putty knife into the sealed crevices to unstick them.
“Great advice for unsealing windows using a broad knife/putty knife! So simple!” said Anjanette, Raising the Barrs.
1 lucky winner on The Mommy-Files will win a coupon good for 2 cans of Olympic ONE Paint!!!
WIN IT!!! (MANDATORY ENTRY)
– Tell me in a comment what you would paint with the Olympic ONE Paint if you win this giveaway.
– Follow The Mommy-Files on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Follow Olympic Paint on Twitter – 1 ENTRY
– Tweet about the giveaway – 1 ENTRY DAILY
– Become a Fan of The Mommy-Files on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Become a Fan of Olympic Paint on Facebook – 1 ENTRY
– Follow me through Google Connect (new on the right side of the blog) – 1 ENTRY
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– Add my Mommy-Files button to your blog and include the URL – 1 ENTRY
– Comment on any Non-Giveaway post on The Mommy-Files – 1 ENTRY per post comment (no limit)
– Blog about this giveaway and include the URL – 5 ENTRIES
– Contest will close at 11:59 p.m. PST on Monday, August 29th, 2011! Any entries after this time will be deleted!
– Contest open to U.S. residents only.
I received a sample as part of this compensated campaign with Olympic Paint and The Motherhood. The prize package was provided by Olympic Paint. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.