I also came across this brilliant, brilliant tip from In My Own Style: a thin coat of lip balm along the edge of the window pane will make it much easier to clean any stray paint off the glass. I had a tube in my pocket and was itching to get started, so I gave it a try.
I smeared a line of lip balm along the frame.
And smudged it in with my finger.
Did it work? It was amazing! I was pretty impressed. I took a video to show you how easily it wiped off when the paint dried:
Highly, highly recommended. Full disclosure, I used a Whole Food’s brand lip balm (which, admittedly, is a little embarrassing. I’m not that frivolous with my little luxuries, but at $1.99 a tube, it is cheaper than a roll of painter’s tape!). I’m sure any brand would work. The ingredients are coconut oil, beeswax, extra virgin olive oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, hemp seed oil, mixed Tocopherols. I’m guessing that even straight-up coconut or olive oil would work well, too, but I really loved the built-in applicator of the tube.
For the baseboards, I tried to be very careful and used a good stiff, angled brush. To protect the floor, I used a wide scraper and the last little bit of painter’s tape I had to make a reusable edger, which worked pretty well! I had a couple little spots to wipe up, but overall, it went much faster than taping all the edges. As always, Abel-the-dog was totally helpful.
We’re going to paint the ceiling Ultra White next, but leave the beams for the time being. I have dreams of stripping them down to the original wood, but that’s a project for the hot mid-summer when the paint practically peels itself off the walls.