Painting the Guest Bedroom

Project: Babyproofing the House, Episode 3, Part 1

Bob’s third visit to the 1895 Melrose, MA, home focuses on insulating for sound reduction and painting the guestroom across from the nursery.  He opens the show by discussing the effects of sound in the home with Arline Bronzaft, an environmental psychologist whose doctorate in child psychology helps her relate issues of home environment to healthy child development.  She explains that healthful sleep for infants from birth to seven months is critical to their growth and development and requires quiet.  To ensure a quiet nursery, Harry Alter from Owens Corning shows Bob how QuietZone acoustic batt insulation is installed in the stud cavities, nailed in place, fitted around wiring cut for outlet boxes, and caulked with QuietZone siliconized acrylic caulk to block sound entry.  Edward Waller of CertaPro Paints shows Bob how they apply the Sherwin-Williams Harmony no VOC paint in the guest room and explains why this latex paint is safe and superior to other latex paints.  He also shows Bob how to apply paint properly and with the right tools for a quality, finished job.  Bob wraps this episode with Ken Lanoie of Owens Corning as the QuietZone Solserene three-part fabric system is installed for an absorptive acoustic ceiling.  Bob previews upcoming tasks to complete this project, including finishing touches in the bathroom, natural products for the nursery, and baby safety products such as gates and outlet covers.


Part 1: Installing Sound Attenuation Insulation
Part 2: Installing a Fabric Sound-Absorbing Ceiling
Part 3: Painting the Guest Bedroom
Bob is standing in the room across from the nursery, the guest bedroom. He talks to Ed Waller from CertaPro Painters about the kind of paints being used and how to paint a room. The paint being used is a latex paint, which does not contain VOCs (volatile organic compounds). As a result, the room is free from noxious odors even as the paint is being applied. The no-VOC paint actually holds to the walls better and is only a little more expensive than conventional paints. The crew uses a no-VOC primer and a semi-gloss no-VOC paint for the trim, both from the Sherwin Williams Harmony line. Two coats of paint will be applied so no spots are missed. A craftsman will paint the trim with precise, straight lines to cover any gaps where the molding meets the wall. Painting the trim requires a steady hand and is the measure of a good paint job. Waller finds good painters by looking into the previous work they have done and who they have worked for, then training them properly with full supervision in the field. He shares interior painting technique tips, such as using an extension pole, painting in a direction from floor to ceiling, and gently tapping the sides of the pail with the brush to get rid of excessive paint before applying. To paint older panel doors, only a brush is used and the tough stuff is tackled first—working inside to out, top to bottom, and left to right. Bob reminds viewers to tape the hinges and remove the doorknobs and keyhole covers before painting. The tape is removed before the paint dries completely.
In Melrose, MA, Bob Vila helps a young couple expecting their first child to prepare their home. The focus is on creating a safe place with a strong emphasis on indoor air quality and a healthy living environment. Bob reviews child safety products with industry specialists, as they outfit the home from top to bottom in preparation for the new baby.