Painting tips cheat sheet *

Painting tips cheat sheet *

Painting ideas info

The untold paint stories.

Last week I sent out an email to the Pineconeshelf community seeking some company as I was planning to visit one of the crown showrooms. I got such amazing responses, It was really inspiring. Some people really wanted to come but since it was really short notice they had other plans. Finally I was able to round up a small group and boy did we have fun.

We visited Crown paints showroom on Likoni road in industrial area last Saturday. It was a great experience. We had lot’s of questions and our host, Carol was patient enough to answer all of them. I took notes so that I could pass this info to you.

Now, I would either have to put up a long post which would probably bore you to death or find a way to really simplify the message in a memorable and easy to follow way. I decided to do a simple flow chart to deliver the message creatively.

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It took a lot of effort to prepare this flowchart so if you find it useful please share this post, the buttons are floating on your left.


I always wondered which type of paint goes where and really this was what I wanted to find out most. So in summary use silk vinyl on walls for a silk finish and matt emulsion on your ceilings. Both are water based paints.

If you’re painting furniture, you can use the silk range of paints but use the universal undercoat first to prime the surface. You can also use the super gloss range in eggshell finish for your furniture although this is an oil based paint. I used the matt emulsion when I painted this chair and when I made this wall art.

Did you know they also have floor paints? And not the red and green oxides, you can get floor paints formulated in the color of your choice. There is a waiting period for this, about four days, but perhaps this depends on the order. I was chatting with one of my readers about this the other day so it was great to get this piece of information.


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We got to see lot’s of decorative finishes, they’ve got ruff and tuff which was hands down my favourtie.. It’s a kind of paste that is applied on the wall and designs imprinted on it using various tools. You can paint it in various colors or even use two different colors for a beautiful two tone effect. Completely versatile and customizable.

I will do a follow up post with the different finishes. Let’s take it one lesson at a time. In case anything is not clear please leave your question in the comments. I will answer to the best of my ability and what’s beyond me I will direct to a professional from Crown paints.


Ruff n tuff

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Dear person reading this from the future.. This was how we took group pictures in 2015

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The beautiful smiling lady in the middle has an equally beautiful blog, check it out: Pretty in my skin


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  1. I must really say I was very green before this visit. I loved the Ruff and tuff as well, and the matte finish and the elephant skin. I’m really amazed at all the wonders crown paints can offer. I can’t wait to have my house redone as well as another chance to do more visits with you.
    P.S the crown App is really amazing I ❤️❤️❤️ It for color choosing for my dream house ☺️☺️

    • I told you, you’d love the app. Hmm.. I should probably do a review soon, yes?
      Thank you so much for coming with us, we would love to have you on our next visit :)

  2. When I heard you mention flow chart I didn’t take it seriously. Gal, thank the Lord for your brain, don know how you put it all together… makes more sense now. Let me just book-mark it for future reference.
    But it was fun, n I can’t wait to see your finished project.

    • I though a flow chart would be easy to follow but making it was a whole other story, considering I hadn’t made one before. Challenge conqured!
      Thank you so much for coming.. Now you will see a lot more painting projects here :)

  3. Have always wanted to paint my room my favorite color at least now got a clue thank you!

    • Wait till you see all the decorative finishes you can do on the next post.. Painting your room will have a whole other meaning :)
      Tag along on our next trip, should be fun.

  4. You are too awesome Wangu.

  5. Hi! I am so happy to have stumbled upon this blog! That there is even a community! I am excited!!
    I am passionate about DIY and have been running a blog for a little over a year now-
    I am following your blog and community and looking forward to other activities you propose!

  6. Nkirote has an amazing blog indeed. I love the group photos. The painting tips are mind blowing.

  7. You look so beautiful here..your hair looks amazing…now back to the main point, I’m loving the work you are doing now I know who is going to do the interior of my future house..

  8. I love that you made a trip to the showroom with others who love the home decor space, the info on the blog is great! I learnt a thing or two or three:) I know I will come back to this post in future. This as a good read and the infographic breaks it down so well.

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