Refreshing Your Home with a New Paint Job

April 29, 2010

If your home is not looking its best and could use a fresh coat of paint, the spring months are the ideal time to provide your house with a splash of color. But before grabbing that paintbrush and bucket, be sure that the preparation work is done correctly so that the new paint job will endure for years. Take the time to cover bushes, flowers, etc., with plastic and apply some masking tape to light fixtures, door knobs and other immovable objects. Although doing these things is time consuming, it is worth the effort as clean-up afterwords will be a breeze.

It is very important that you select a high quality exterior house paint to use. There are dozens of types of paints on the market which can make the selection process a bit confusing, but a general rule of thumb is to avoid the cheap, discounted paint because it contains fewer binders. When cheap paint dries it leaves a thin coat which makes it far less resilient and more prone to chipping and cracking. You may very well be faced with having to repaint your entire house again in just a couple of years if you go with the inexpensive paint. On the other hand, a high quality paint will give you much better results which will protect your home and keep it looking nice for many years to come.

Wood siding contracts and expands with changes in the temperature so the paint for this type of exterior must be high quality. Brick is very porous and therefore requires a top quality paint that will permeate the small holes and fissures of each brick to prevent chipping. Metal siding also requires that you use high quality paint that offers superior adhesion. It is best to speak to a paint professional before making your selection as they may suggest using a particular type of paint that is recommended for the environment you live in. Factors such as the degree of temperature extremes or UV exposure that your house is subjected to are taken into consideration when determining the type of paint to use.

Considering what color to use for the exterior of your home, the easiest approach would be to use the same color that your house currently is painted. Going with a lighter or darker color will require that you apply multiple coats in order to hide the original color. It is best too to paint your house a color that blends in with the neighborhood. For example, if most of the homes in your immediate area are painted subtle shades of blue, painting your house pink may not be the best idea.

Is it Best to Use a Roller or Sprayer for Interior Painting Projects?

April 26, 2010

Painting the interior of your house is one of the best ways to greatly improve the looks of your home. Not only will your rooms look fresh and clean, but if you choose a color that is trendy and in style, you will make the inside of your home look newer which could increase its value if you decide to sell.

When tackling an interior paint job, you can either roll the paint on or use a paint sprayer.  If you would like to use a sprayer,  you should be aware of the fact that only the highest quality sprayer should be used. Cheap sprayers do not do a good job applying an even layer of paint and they are also prone to spitting paint and clogging. Even if you use a high quality sprayer, it is very easy to miss areas because of the large amount of mist that becomes airborne. You also have to mask off larger areas when spraying, which can take a considerable amount of prep time. What you may save in time with the sprayer will probably be eaten up by having to go back and checking for missed spots as well as having to cover windows and lights with plastic, not to mention the masking  requirements.

If the room that is to be painted is very large, you could most certainly use a good quality sprayer when painting the walls and ceiling – just remember to cover any fireplaces, radiators, light switches etc., with large sheets of plastic. Also, take the time to secure the plastic with tape so that no gaps are visible because the paint mist can very easily get into these areas.

In medium to small sized rooms within your home, it is best to roll the paint on the walls and ceiling because you will achieve a consistent and uniform coating of paint.  Rolling does allow you to apply the paint rather quickly once you get the hang of it.  Be sure to start with the ceiling and roll the paint in the direction of the windows. This is done to make the roller lines less evident when the paint dries. Take care not to put too much paint on your roller because this will cause the paint to go on unevenly. Instead, dip your roller into the paint on just one side, then gently roll it back and forth in the roller pan a couple of times before lifting it up and rolling it on the walls.

Painting Tips for Your Home’s Exterior

April 22, 2010

Painting the exterior of your home is one of the most important home maintenance projects that can be done simply due to the fact that the paint and caulking on your home is all that stands between your house and the weather.

If you are planning on painting your home’s exterior, be warned that it is probably the most difficult and physically demanding home maintenance project you can do. It takes a lot of time, patience and good old fashioned hard work, but if done correctly, you will get the best value for your money because hiring a professional painter is quite expensive.

Following some good exterior house painting tips and using the best quality materials can add years of life to the outside of your home before needing to be done again. Also, using good quality painting products will result in lower maintenance and fewer repair bills in the future.

An exterior paint job requires that you evaluate the condition of your home’s surfaces to see what is needed to produce the best results. A key aspect of this evaluation process is to choose the best primer to use because the primer is just as important as the paint.

Once the preparation is completed, you need to select the best paint. What paint you use depends upon the type of surface is on your home’s exterior, so it is a good idea to speak to the professionals in the paint store you choose to purchase your paint from. You will be told which type of paint to use and then given some choices. Avoid buying the cheapest paint because frankly, it will not do a good job of adequately protecting your home from inclement weather.

You can either brush, roll or spray the paint on your house. If you have a single level home, brushing and rolling are often the best choice. A paint sprayer is well suited to multi-storied homes but you will be required to have a bit of skill and experience to spray the paint on your home. The method you choose will also depend upon the type of paint chosen. Regardless of what method you choose to use, be sure to use professional grade tools so that you achieve the best results.

The most rewarding aspect of exterior painting is putting the finishing touches on the trim as this is what pulls the whole house together and makes it look finished and new. Most typically, brushing the paint on the trim is the best method although you can use a roller on the bigger areas as a way to speed up the process.

If you are considering painting the exterior of your home as a DIY project, them make sure you follow some good saftey advice. One of the key items will be the use of a good ladder. Keep in mind the fact that you will have to be on a ladder a lot, so be sure to use a high quality extension ladder that is certified to be safe. If you have any doubts about any of the steps involved then it may be best that you hire a professional house painter to do the job for you.

Choosing Paint Colors For Home Redecorating

April 19, 2010

Selecting a paint color can be a really tough decision to make when decorating your home. There are so many color choices that you may end up feeling that you will never be able to decide, leaving you frustrated and confused.

When deciding on what color of paint to use for a particular room in your home, start at the beginning. Consider the features or existing finishes in the room such as the cabinets, whether the room consists of tile or brick, etc. For example, If your kitchen cabinets have a red undertone, be sure that you choose a paint color that matches that hue.

You can also choose a color that emphasizes particular architectural features in your home, such as unusual moldings or windows that are arched. Using a contrasting color or painting the surrounding areas with a glossy finish is a good way to bring out these special features. Using a common color palette in each room can create very distinctive spaces by altering the shade and hue with the palette. Considering the color of your carpeting, rugs and furniture when selecting a color for the walls should give you a good idea of what would look great.

Long and narrow rooms will appear to be wider if you use a darker color on the short walls and a lighter color on those that are longer. If you want a ceiling to look higher, apply a light color. To make a large room feel more intimate, consider painting the walls in shades of red, gold, orange or brown. Small rooms appear larger when the walls are painted in shades of blue, green or violet. Keep in mind the fact that some colors look different at various times of the day.

If the room(s) to be painted will also be re-decorated, a good way to choose a paint color is to collect samples of all fabrics, furnishings and flooring that will be in that area. Put these items on a white background to see their true colors. Next use a paint manufacturer’s fan deck and rule out those groups of colors that will not match your samples. Select a few of your favorites and then further narrow it down by choosing the perfect shade.

These tips should give you a very good idea of what to consider when selecting paint colors to use inside your home. Many paint stores will allow you to take small amounts of paint home to use as samples. By painting a small area of the room with this sample paint, you can get a general idea of how the room would look in that particular color.