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Painting 101

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As spring approaches, homeowners and businesses have been cooped inside too long. It is time to freshen up and rejuvenate your atmosphere, and there is no better way to completely revamp an area like painting it. In fact, wall-to-wall paint is an excellent way to change the entire feel and design style of a room because colors are extremely influential on our emotions. For instance, painting a room red will feel completely different than painting it beige. Painting is not only affordable, but it is easy enough that anyone can do it. Here is what you need to do:

Prep Work

Nothing is more critical to the outcome of the final project as much as prep work. To begin, use painter tape and tape off the ceiling and the baseboard. Remove all outlet covers and light switch covers. Remove pictures, curtains, and furniture as well during this time. This step is also a great time to patch any holes in your walls.

Primer

A primer will allow your final paint coat to turn out the best. Each coat can take several hours to dry, so be sure to prime each wall thoroughly. Your prime should eliminate the prior layer of paint behind it. This step will prevent the old paint from bleeding through into your new paint color.

Paint

After your primer has dried completely, you can now begin painting. This step can be exciting, but do not rush it! Add two to three coats of paint and allow to dry completely. This whole project can take several days. Once dried, you can put back all your outlet covers and light covers. You can also touch up any areas where you see flaws at this time.

Paint is a fantastic way to upgrade and enhance your home. Be creative and add a new color. You can do several rooms at once to help between dry time. You may want to tarp carpet or flooring to prevent spills or drips. From more home improvement tricks and tips, make sure to subscribe.

Prep Work for Painting Interior Doors

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Most people who have painted enough know that your preparation work before painting is critical to the overall paint job. In fact, when you are painting interior doors, the prep work holds true, just like the other prep work for painting walls and ceilings. To help, we have listed a few detailed tips below that will assist you with painting interior doors. Let’s take a look!

Remove the Door from Its Hinges

We know how difficult the very first step is, but it will lead to a beautiful paint job! When you take the door off the hinges and lie it flat to paint, you will avoid unsightly drips and runs. Once you have laid the door flat, take this time to remove all the doorknobs, plates, and locks from the door. Make sure you put all the pieces from the door in one container, label it, and place it on a shelf out of the way.

Clean the Door

If there is dirt/grime on the door and you do not clean before painting, you will see the dirt and grime bleed through as soon as you paint over it. Can you imagine the fingerprints that are covering the door, especially if the door is used on a daily basis? After you have thoroughly cleaned the door, allow enough time for the door to completely dry.

You can use a cleaner like TSP (trisodium phosphate) to clean. It is a powder you mix with warm water and apply to wipe down your walls before painting. TSP cleans the dirt and grime from walls, ceilings, and woodwork and is used by professional painters. Just make sure you let the door completely dry.

Fill Any Dents & Holes

Please take the time to fill any and all holes, dents, and scratches in the walls and woodwork. If you do not fill, the new paint will only highlight the unfilled damaged areas. For small damaged areas, use a spackling compound to fill the holes. If the holes are deeper, use an epoxy wood filler. Before you can move to the next step, you must sand and clean the repaired areas.

Use Primer

Please do not skip this step; it only enhances the paint job and results in a smooth, painted door. You must prime the entire door; do not spot-prime the door because it will show through when you apply the topcoat. It is best to use a gray-tinted primer for doors if you are trying to change the color of the door.

Sand

Using fine-grade sandpaper, sand the door to remove ridges or bubbles in the paint job. Make sure you dust and clean the door thoroughly when finished sanding.

Now you can take the time to paint the door, let dry, repaint with a second topcoat. Make sure to let the door dry thoroughly before replacing the hinges and doorknobs, etc. Best of luck, and happy painting!

Six Questions You Need to Ask Yourself Before Picking a Paint Color

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You have spent the past few weeks analyzing paint swatches, and you are finally at the point where you just wish a color would pick itself. Selecting the right paint color is crucial because it sets the tone for the room, and you want to choose a hue that will harmonize with the other design elements in the room. Before you result in randomly picking a color, here six questions you need to ask yourself:

Where Am I in the Decorating Process?

Paint should be the last element that you implement. However, it needs to be a part of the process from the beginning. After all, repainting can be a simple change. Once you pick out the right sofa and see how those expensive window treatments finally look, you can launch a paint job. If you know what color you interested in using within a space, hold off until all the major design components are in place before you settle on a color.

Will I Actually Love This Color?

The truth is, you will never know whether you really love the color you have selected until it is applied to your walls. If you really like a color, avoid being driven by fear and trust your instincts. Do not let anyone talk you into sticking with white or a muted tone just because it is “less risky.” If it is in the budget, you can hire a professional color consultant to give you advice on what colors look best in a room and how you can implement your favorite color.

Have I Used the Available Tools?

While the color may look great in the magazine, in real life, it may not be as appealing. Before making your final color decision, you should analyze paint chips, samples, and swatches. Using such tools will help you get a good feel for how the color will look on your walls.

Have I Looked at the Color More Than Once?

Lighting can dramatically affect the way a color looks. If you are using a paint sample or analyzing swatches against your walls, be sure to see how it looks at various times of the day and in different lighting scenarios.

What Mood Am I Trying to Create?

The mood and tone of a room can be established by the colors we choose. Therefore, it is important to recognize their power and choose a color or color palette that reflects the mood you want. For example, if you want a tranquil bathroom, you may opt for light blues. On the other hand, if you want a cheerful living room, you may choose a bright yellow.

Does It Complement the Space?

There is a huge debate about whether or not dark colors can be used in smaller spaces. Our opinion is to look at your space and determine the darkness based on your room. Since no two rooms are alike, you can decide if a light or dark shade would work best for your space.

What other questions do you ask yourself when selecting a paint color? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section.

Tips for Choosing the Right Paintbrush

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Have you found yourself standing in the paint store trying to figure out which paintbrush you need to buy? Well, welcome to the world of paintbrushes! The main goal is to choose a paintbrush or roller that will give you the smoothest finish possible. Below, we have put together a few tips that should be helpful for choosing which type of paintbrush you need to get the smoothest paint finish possible. Let’s take a look!

Standard Paintbrushes

A standard paintbrush is used for interior surfaces. 

  • One-Inch Paintbrush – Best used for detail work like window frames and small cans of paint or sample paint. 
  • One and One Half-Inch Paintbrush – This size paintbrush is ideal when painting doors, frames, and baseboards. 
  • Two-Inch Paintbrush – Two-inch paintbrushes are perfect when painting small walls, doors, and radiators. 
  • Three-Inch Paintbrush – Three-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 
  • Four-Inch Paintbrush – Four-inch paintbrushes are used when painting walls, ceilings, and large areas. 

Specialist Paintbrushes

  • Four-Inch Masonry Brush – Four-inch masonry brushes are used when painting smooth or rough outdoor masonry surfaces. 

Angled Paintbrushes

  • One-Inch Angled Brush – This paintbrush is designed for indoor use when cutting in window frames and other detail molding work. 
  • One- and One-Half-Inch Angled Brush – One- and one-half-inch angled paintbrushes are used when cutting doors, frames, and trim work. 
  • Two-Inch Angled Brush – Two-inch angled paintbrushes are ideal for cutting in doors, trim work, and painting radiators. 

Paint Roller & Accessories  

  • Nine-Inch Paint Roller – A nine-inch paint roller sleeve with a medium pile that is woven polyester is best used for walls and ceilings. Keep in mind that paint rollers come in various widths according to the job. Buy a small width roller for furniture, cabinets, small walls, and trim work. 
  • Extension Poles – When you are painting an area with a high ceiling or if the staircase is exposed and the height gets higher with increased steps, consider buying an extension pole to complete the jobs. Extension poles are perfect for interior and exterior paint jobs and come in a variety of lengths. 

We wish you the best of luck with your paint job and would love to hear how it turns out!

Tips For Renters Part 2

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#5-8  Advice on pests, parking, furniture and appliances, home improvements.

Continuing our series, find here the next five pointers on how to successfully rent a space and live there happily! Don’t forget to go back and read Part 1 of Tips For Renters!

  1. Ask about pest control.  Many landlords will cover the cost of pest control because it is in the best interest of the property. But if they don’t, you could end up with a costly problem. You don’t want to end up sharing a bed with 16 spiders. Also ask about wildlife in the area if you have small children or pets.
  2. Inquire about parking. Is there a garage or car port to protect your vehicle from the elements? Or, is it street parking? Are spaces reserved or first come first serve? Find out if parking is an additional cost. Once you know how parking is handled, make a mental note of the furthest potential distance between your car and your potential home. Is it a long way, and does it include stairs or an elevator? You’ll be making the walk on a daily basis so give it thought.  If it’s the dead of winter or your carrying eight bags of groceries, two blocks will feel like a mile and stairs will feel like a form of punishment.
  3. Before visiting properties, make a list of large items you own so can determine if they will fit. Places often seem bigger or smaller than they really are. Once you know, you can plan to sell anything that won’t fit before you move so that you don’t have to move it.
  4. Determine home improvement changes you may want to make so you can ask if they are allowed. A lot of landlords these days are totally open to cosmetic changes such as flooring, paint, and fixtures as long as you pay for them and get permission first. Some landlords will even deduct the cost from the rent in exchange for you coordinating the upgrade. If you decide to paint, schedule a time prior to your move-in to do so. It is far easier to paint an empty room! To get the most out of your investment, choose upgrades that are easily removed and transported to your next home. For example, light fixtures, bathroom hardware, and temporary flooring.

Next read guidelines #9-12.  Leave us a comment telling us the most awesome rental fix-up idea you ever used to improve your space!

Use Fall’s Trendy New Colors

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So maybe you don’t want to paint a wall but you want to incorporate the trendy new Fall colors into your home this Autumn.

Paint a chair. If an old chair frame is in good shape, it can easily be repainted, reupholstered and loved like new again. Try peacock blue.

Paint the back of a bookcase for a pop of color. Try a citrusy chartreuse hue.

Keep your kitchen cabinets a neutral color. Instead paint your kitchen island a bright, vibrant Kelly green.

Add an unexpected splash of color to the inside of your vanity, dresser or nightstand drawers by painting them a bright yellow.

Paint your closet doors. Pick up a color from your bedspread or throw pillows. This will make a dramatic difference in your bedroom. Why not also add vibrancy in an unexpected way by not just painting a your headboard but the entire bed frame? If you have a four-poster bed this will be especially striking.

Just like any other piece of furniture — a dresser, bookshelf, headboard or nightstand — a secondhand desk can be given the same custom update. All you have to do is look beyond the scratches and exterior imperfections, because most can be fixed and covered with a few coats of paint.

A freshly painted front door is not only a warm welcoming for guests, but it’s also an easy way to add instant curb appeal to your home. Fiery red, anyone?