4 Questions to Answer Before You Decorate a Rental Home

Decorating a rental house is tricky – you want to add your own personal touch to a space, but don’t want to overstep your boundaries, lose your deposit or invest too much money into a space that isn’t yours. Read on for some questions to ask yourself before you start the decorating process.

Greenery is Pantone’s color of the year for 2017

Simple ways to modernize the interior of your home

Simple ways to modernize the interior of your home

Whatever kind of home you have, whether it is a few years old or a hundred years old, modernizing can be a daunting task. Even knowing where to start can be confusing.

Today’s trend is for monotone walls, often grey, with simple, clean white trim, and this alone will offer a very new look for your home. However, there is more that you can do for yourself that work well on their own, or even better with our high-quality paintwork.

The first thing you can do is look around your home for details that date your décor, a gold light switch plate for instance will stand out to anyone looking around, but may be something you just get used to over time. Swapping them out for clean white plates, or something to compliment your décor, will have an immediate effect and create the cohesive deign look that everyone loves.

It is not just the light switches that can date your home, lighting itself tends to be very much ‘of its time, in that you can often tell when a house was built or last remodeled just by looking at the light fittings themselves. By updating ceiling lights, sconces and bathroom fittings to more modern equivalents, you not only create a more modern look very quickly, but with new lighting technology, you could save energy or overall improved lighting that shows off your rooms better.

Materials are another area that can make a difference. Switching from an old carpet to a new one, or a wooden floor, can transform a room, especially if the carpet is worn, or even if it is just a pattern or color that is somewhat dated. While this is definitely a bigger change than others mentioned, it does work very well and is well worth thinking about.

The kitchen is the heart of your home, and you are probably thinking that a new kitchen is just too much hassle and expense for a home makeover. But that does not mean you have to leave it as it is. Today we are able to offer a complete kitchen refinishing service that will transform the look of your kitchen, helping you create the modern look you are after. And because we can create this new look by refinishing your existing kitchen, it is done quickly, efficiently and very cost effectively too.

Our professional painters can bring your kitchen right up to date, working with you to choose the colors and finishes that match your dreams. Clean lines and subdued color is the trend right now, but you may prefer bold and bright, however whatever you choose will look like a brand-new kitchen, created for you in just 3 days.

With a kitchen transformed into a modern style, and a few changes to lighting and materials, you can modernize your home much faster and for a lot less money than you ever thought. Clever use of color and style really do make a difference, and best of all, no need to throw that favorite chair away, cover it with a throw to match the new décor, and it will blend in with the modern style of the rest of your home.

 

 

Kitchen Styles That Make Your Kitchen Distinctive

Kitchen Styles That Make Your Kitchen Distinctive

The kitchen is the heartbeat of your home. It’s where your family gathers for meal prep and meals. It’s often where homework is done and heartfelt conversations are had. The kitchen of your home is designed for functionality and aesthetic appeal in a way that no other room of your home can quite match. Let’s take a look at some of the design aspects of your kitchen that can make it uniquely functional, uniquely fashionable, and uniquely you.

Storage Space and Cabinet Styles
Your kitchen holds a plethora of secret stashes – appliances that only see occasional use, food and pantry items, cookbooks, and even glasses, dishes, and silverware used only for holidays and special occasions – all those items have to be stored. The key is to create storage in your kitchen that is as pleasing to the eye as it is to the organizational effort. Storage is a big part of where cabinet styles come into play. Choose kitchen cabinets that have built in Lazy Susan’s, cutting boards, and lots of drawer space.

The real secret to great kitchen storage is to make it both hidden when needed and attractive when seen. The best way to accomplish that is with finishes that fit your family’s personality and make your kitchen distinctive. A few of the best-selling kitchen cabinet finishes this year include the following:
White kitchen cabinets can create a light, airy, feeling in a diminutive kitchen. Conversely, they work their magic in large kitchens by making then sleek and polished.
• If you’re highly organized or have china or cookbook collections you want on display, glass doors can create an uncluttered feeling while showing off your prized possessions.
• Warm colors like cooling blues, vibrant reds and sunny yellows can make your kitchen cabinets, and the pop of color they provide, the focal point of the room.
• Wood finishes come in a variety of veneers and stains that are well suited to any kitchen. Whether you want blonde wood or sturdy oak, solid wood cabinetry will stand the test of time with its classic appeal.
• Chalk paint – not to be confused with chalkboard paint – gives a nod to yesteryear with its vintage look and feel. It gives an aged, milky feel to your cabinets reminiscent of farmhouses of old.
• Metal, stainless steel, and chrome finished make your kitchen look ultra-modern and up-to-date. They’re long-lasting and pack a powerfully contemporary punch.

Drawer Pulls and Cabinet Hardware
The drawer pulls, hardware and faucets are probably the most frequently touched parts of your kitchen cabinets. Take the time to match those items to the cabinets and to the uses they’re for.
• Opt for hidden hardware that’s functional like quiet drawer slides.
• Choose the visible hardware that dresses up your cabinetry and speaks for itself.
• Glass knobs and cabinet brackets make metal finishes look sleek and they’ll do wonders for white finishes as well.
• Uniquely shaped hardware dress up wood cabinet finishes and keep fingerprints at bay.
• Brushed-nickel finishes are sleek and modern. They look especially seamless on gray cabinets, which, by the way, are closing in on white cabinets in popularity.
• Choose shapes that compliment your cabinets as well. Round, square, fat, thin, or thick, choose pieces that feel good in your hand and blend well with your kitchen.
Cabinet Styles and Trends
Kitchen cabinets come in as many styles as they do finishes. That’s a good thing, too, because what suits one kitchen might not suit another. Some of the popular cabinets styles of 2017, include:
• The clean, simple lines of shaker style doors lend themselves to many different types of finishes and paints.
• Inset doors and drawers create a bit more space and let you show off unusual hinges since they rest on the outside of the doors.
• If the cozy family appeal of an open farmhouse fits your tastes, show off that chalk paint mentioned above with doors in a rustic style.

Your kitchen can be as casual or contemporary, as modern or as classic, as sleek or as timeless as you want it to be. The cabinets you choose married to the right hardware can create the kitchen of your dreams. Add details like built-in cutting boards and cabinets that match your appliances for a look and feel you’ll love and one your friends and family will ooh and ahh over.

Furniture to Complement Your Paint Job

Furniture to Complement Your Paint Job

Imagine a situation where you were given carte blanche to create the space of your dreams. In this space you can choose the paint color, type, and texture. You can choose the type of windows, furniture, and accessories or electronics you want to include. You can even pick out rugs, lamps, tables, and more. In this situation, the sky’s the limit. Sound overwhelming? That’s because it is overwhelming. Having to put together an entire room or space can take time, research, and in most cases, money.

But for argument’s sake let’s narrow it down a bit and try to make the choice a little less overwhelming. Let’s imagine the room you have in mind is already painted and has a spattering of furniture, including a basic desk with no drawers, a television on a TV stand, a recliner, a coffee table, and a love seat. In this situation, you’ll want to remove the recliner, love seat, and desk to rearrange the room so that it has a more open feel. Imagine what your options are. Will you get a regular sofa? Will you get a sectional? What color will the furniture be? How will it match your current paint? How will what you buy make the room feel? Not as easy as it sounds, is it?

We love painting. To us, painting goes beyond just refinishing kitchen cabinets or painting a room or space and leaving. For us, painting is part of establishing a greater aura that influences how the room will look and feel. When we consult with you, we take into account your goal for the job. In many cases, we do work for those who are flipping houses, selling houses, moving into a new house, or completely repainting a space for any number of reasons. One of the more frequently asked questions we get is how to pick out furniture to make the new space not only work with the paint color and texture chosen, but to feel or look a certain way as well. With that in mind, we wanted to suggest a few tips to use when picking out furniture to help enhance your space and make it work with your new paint job.

 

 

Purpose
We want to be clear that we are not recommending any furniture company over another. Where you buy will be dictated by many choices, including your budget. In this situation, we refer to LazyBoy because they have a wide range of options that help us make our point. You see, when you’re looking to buy furniture for your space one of the first things you need to figure out is why. Is your space for decoration, random use, or everyday use? Are you looking to create a man cave, home office, or baby’s play room? Knowing this will help you narrow down your furniture choices. If you look at LazyBoy’s site, you’ll realize that the options are endless. You can choose sectional sofas and remove and add parts. You can accessorize lamps, rugs, end tables, and more. You can choose your fabric color and texture. And you can even choose power features that will blow your mind. Knowing why you want to furnish a space will help you narrow down your options and have a clearer goal in mind. From here, you can match the furniture you choose to your existing paint job or pick the paint based on the furniture you choose.

Which Comes First?

Which comes first, the furniture or the paint? That is completely up to you. Some people choose to paint first and match the furniture to it. Some people go with a neutral color so any pieces of furniture will work. Others choose to pick the furniture first and match the paint accordingly to either compliment the furniture or contrast it. You have to decide which way you want to go, and there is no right or wrong choice. It is a matter of preference. Certain factors will dictate this too. Depending on your budget, the size of the space, and the purpose for it, you may just choose to keep the paint neutral, pick the furniture that serves your purpose, and paint last. In the end, you or your potential buyers need to love the space, so it’s your call. But we are here to help if you need it.

Take it Slow

Depending on why you need to furnish, you may need to move at different speeds. However, no matter what the case is, you should take your time. Rushing to find furniture and get it set up can lead to buying the wrong size or type of furniture, shoddy furniture, or furniture that does not match your purpose or paint scheme. Thus, take your time to do the research, visit some stores, and piece things together, even if it takes years. To get it right is priceless. To rush and throw good money away is reckless.

 

Use a Pro

We put this tip last because it is the best. Some people hear “hire an interior designer” and think it’s just too expensive. But this could not be further from the truth. Some stores like LazyBoy have full-time interior designers that will come into your home, learn about what you need, take measurements, and then meet with you in the store a few days later to show you your options. They will take your paint choices into consideration, whether you painted already or are about to. Plus, they show you a 3D mockup of what your space will look like from an aerial and eye level point of view. They can exchange pieces of furniture to show you different options as well. To find an interior designer, check your local furniture store or read this.

Make the Investment

While some pieces of furniture are for accent or decoration only, and a minimal budget is okay, some pieces deserve the financial investment. This holds especially true when it comes to pieces that will be used on a regular basis, such as couches, recliners, kitchen furniture, and beds. The more you pay for furniture, in general, the better quality construction and durability you will get. This keeps your furniture in great shape for a long time and from consequently ruining any part of your paint job by staying away from the walls.

 

Other Furniture Buying Suggestions:

● Mark visuals on the floor where furniture will go to get a better idea of what it will look like
● Make sure measurements are correct, including the doorway, to ensure the furniture can get in your house
● Use the room’s natural design to pick furniture. A fireplace in a living room, for example, may call for more rustic furniture
● Consider stain-resistant fabrics
● Ensure your pieces complement each other
● Consider your theme (modern, casual, etc.)
● Start with the basics that will go in that room and add accessories from there

Picking the right furniture is critical to complementing your paint job and creating the best possible space for your needs. When picking your furniture, you want to consider many factors. You want to hone in on your use for the room, such as whether you will match the paint to the furniture or the furniture to the paint, take your time, use an interior decorator, know how much you are willing to invest in your furniture, and know what your other considerations are. Taking all of this into account will help you get the best return on your investment and a room that complements your paint job to help it all come together magnificently.

 

5 Tips & Ideas for Painting Your Child’s Bedroom

5 Tips & Ideas for Painting Your Child’s Bedroom

According to the Sleep Foundation, children need to sleep upwards of 17 hours depending on their age. You can learn more about that and see exactly how much sleep on the chart on the Sleep Foundation’s website.We all know the importance of sleep. Any parent or person who does not have a good night’s sleep knows it can cause tiredness, lack of focus, messing with our hunger cues, and increases the risk of accidents. And when your child is in their formative years when they are developing, sleep plays a crucial role in that process.

Kid’s Health does a nice job of summing up the importance of sleep. During sleep, the brain is hard at work organizing and storing information from the day, and the body is repairing itself. Sleep is an amazing process that is very important, so we should work to make the place our children will spend almost half, if not more, of their day a cool and comfortable place to stay. Plus, we want our children to enjoy time spent awake in their rooms, playing and being read, to a pleasurable one. Thus, we thought we would share some ideas and tips for painting your child’s room so it is one they love being in and will never forget.

Make it Thematic

As adults we probably can think back to our favorite childhood TV shows and super heros. It is likely your child has some of his or her own. Thus, turning your child’s room into something that represents their absolute favorite toy, show, or otherwise is a great way to make it a fun and warm place to sleep and play. Just like the image above, you can go to any length to create a room that rocks. You can paint scenes from a show, add the characters, and go all out, or you can use decals and posters that blend with the color you paint the room. The sky’s the limit.

Use Calming and Favorite Colors

Colors can have an effect on our mood. Red, for example, can convey aggression while blue can convey calm. Since you want your child’s room to be a place of peace, consider using neutral colors or colors that are friendly and calm. In addition, if your child has a favorite color, be sure to include that as well as it will make the room that much more special.

Wallpaper and More

This can be a great way to make a room feel fresh with ease, and it involves the child. You can put up pieces of wallpaper in strategic locations to give it a certain look. Or, if your child likes to draw on wall, you can use wall paper with a border around it. Even more, you can always put up paint that is erasable or a whiteboard for the child to draw on as well, which will make the room truly theirs.

3D Objects

Making a room with things coming out of the wall can make it an exciting place to be. You can add touches like a kite flying or a super hero’s cape coming out of the wall. This can add a wow factor to a room and make it really fun and bring out your child’s imagination.

Involve the Child

This is your child’s room after all, so involve them in the process. Ask them if you have correctly added their favorite things. Have them help you pick out colors and objects. Let them help paint some if they are old enough. Getting the child to buy into the creation process will help them take ownership over the room and make it truly theirs.

Think back to your childhood room and what you loved about it. You probably can think of at least one thing. That is the lasting impact a room has for a child. It is a memory that lasts forever. Plus, it helps them feel safe and sleep well when done right, which is important. To get more ideas or book a consultation to paint a child’s room, give us a call today!

5 Resources to Become a Better House Painter

5 Resources to Become a Better House Painter

Learning how to paint a house takes time and technique. We’ve been at it for over thirty years, so we’ve honed our craft. However, if you are trying to improve your house painting skills for weekend projects or to paint a small portion of your house, you may lose yourself trying to find all the right answers to get the job done perfectly. There are resources out there that can make the painting process simpler for you. We have listed five go-to resources you should take advantage of for your next house painting project.

Color House Paint

Color House Paint has two valuable resources that help you become a better painter. The first tool lets you decide how much paint you need based on the size of the room. You simply fill in some measurements and it’ll calculate how much paint you need. The second tool will help you choose a color. This service does cost $50, and if you are okay with that, it is like having a distant professional do a consultation for you without visiting. You simply send in pictures of the room and other material and they help suggest what colors might work well in that room. This website is a great resource to help you become a better house painter.

DIY Network

We love the DIY Network because they have informative articles and videos about various painting tips and tricks to help you learn to paint better. From painting techniques to finishes, they have informative articles and instructive videos that are easy to understand and follow. Take a look around and see if you can’t take your house painting project and do it yourself.

This Old House

You cannot go wrong with the television show that has been a staple of the do-it-yourself crowd for years. Their website is just as enriching as the show itself. With sections dedicated to specific projects, including painting, you can learn so much about caring for or restoring portions of your house. If you need to repaint a brick fireplace, for example, you can learn more about that on their site. If you want to become a better house painter, this is the source to show you how.

Your Local Paint Store

Don’t overlook your local paint store as a great resource for improving your painting. Your local paint store has trained professionals who work in the industry. Not only can they talk to you about your project, they can also show you the tools needed to get it done right as. Nothing, after all, can replace talking to a human being about something as intricate as painting.

Buzzfeed

If you are wondering what Buzzfeed is, so did we when our children told us about it. Buzzfeed is a very popular website with articles on many topics containing a more visual style. Their articles have more images than words, which makes them easy to browse through and read. It is popular among youth, but the information is very informative, to the point, and engaging. They have paint hacks that can help you become a better painter as well. That is why we love it. It provides a fresh perspective from a creative generation that has much value to offer.

Whether it’s a tool to figure out how much paint you need, a great and established TV show, or a new-aged website, there is no shortage of resources to make you a better house painter. If you need more resources or just want to ask some questions, contact us today!

How to Play it Safe While Painting

How to Play it Safe While Painting

If you have read any of our blogs so far, or just a little about us, you know we love painting. But, we also take it seriously. Painting carries some inherent risks. From potential falls to paint in your eyes, it can cause injuries. As a company, we are all too aware of injuries that are covered under workman’s compensation laws. While accidents happen, there are ways to keep safe while painting and we wanted to share a few important ones that have kept our injuries and accidents to a minimum and allow us to complete jobs in a reasonable amount of time.

Wear Safety Equipment

You may be thinking that painting involves no equipment. You just roll some brushes on a wall then call it a day. This could not be further from the truth. Painting absolutely requires some standard safety equipment. Aside from wearing clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, wear safety goggles to avoid getting paint in your eyes. Wear knee and elbow pads if you will be on leaning or kneeling for extended periods of time. Also, keep your skin covered so you do not come into contact with harmful chemicals. Most importantly, consider a mask to keep from allowing paint and fumes into your lungs.
You can find common safety equipment at your local paint store.

Use the Right Tools

Imagine trying to paint a ceiling using a kitchen chair. You may find yourself wobbling back and forth and eventually falling. Just like you would not use a frying pan without something to hold the hot handle, you should not paint without the right tools. The proper tools vary depending on the task at hand. Items like ladders will help you easily reach places without risking falling or straining muscles. Using a paint brush with an extended handle will help as well. In some cases, automation can help avoid repetitive use injuries. Before you start painting, give us a call or visit your local paint store to get the right tools for the job to avoid injuries.

Read the Instruction Manuals

Paint brushes may not come with a manual to tell you how to use them. But, paint will have instructions and safety warnings as may some of your protective gear and tools we referenced earlier. Take the time to read this information. It could make the difference between getting hurt or not. Below are some things you may read on paint labels or elsewhere, for example.

● Solvents are highly flammable – keep these paints away from all sources of heat, and never expose directly to an open flame.
● Store in cool, well-ventilated areas.
● Keep these products out of reach of pets and children.
● Dispose of rags properly – rags soaked with oil-based materials can ignite spontaneously if not spread out to dry.
● Ensure good ventilation with open windows and doors.
● Wear protective equipment.
● Keep children and pets out of the painted area.
When painting, it is important to read all instructions so you know what you’re dealing with. Mix the wrong chemicals, store something the wrong way, or try to clean something the wrong way can lead to a negative health outcome. Please take the time to read.

Take Your Time

Painting can have a physical toll on your body. We know. When you only do it once in a while, you feel that toll greater than when your body is accustomed to the rigors of the work. Do not rush your paint job. Take your time and lots of breaks to stretch, rest, and rehydrate. Not doing so can lead to cramps, pulled muscles, and even torn body parts such as rotator cuffs. Yes, painting can send you to the hospital if you are not careful. If you feel an unusual ache or pain, please do not just take some pain medication and push through. Stop and rest until you feel better. What you are painting will be there waiting when you get back.

Painting is fun, but also a serious business. Before you paint consider all the safety protocols that will help make it fun, efficient, and not leave you cursing the experience. Call or email us to ask any questions about painting safety you have!

The Benefits of Painting

The Benefits of Painting

Painting is one of those things you either love or hate. For some, it is messy, dirty, and hard work. Yet, for others, it is blissful, an escape, and something to look forward to. We love painting, so you can guess which side of the argument we fall on. However, we realize not everyone is aware of the many mental and physical and health benefits painting provides. Whether it is painting your house, which is our passion, painting a model car, or painting on canvas, we think painting can help you in so many ways. Below are just a few key ways painting helps you physically and emotionally.

Improved Creativity

Painting is a creative process. Just by looking at the picture in this blog post, you can envision the imagination used to create such work. For those who are more creative, painting enhances creativity and keeps it sharp. For those more analytical folks, painting can help stimulate and improve creativity. Painting is especially important to children. While they are in the developmental stages, painting can help their brain development, which can lead to better academic and social success.

Improved Memory

Painting helps improve memory by boosting recall skills. This is why you will see painting classes for seniors or those with mental impairments widely available. Painting helps sharpen the skills of memory because as you paint you have to remember the patterns and strokes to use. This can translate into better memory at work or in life in general. Some research shows painting may help keep dementia away.

Stress Relief

This is one of the major benefits of painting. For some, painting becomes a trance-like experience where all the worries, fears, and external pressures of the world disappear as they get lost in the project. It is well documented that stress can be a contributor to disease. Releasing stress is good for everyone! It certainly does not hurt to paint outside in nature either, which can double the relaxation. Especially here in the beautiful Treasure Coast.

Feeling Positive

The cumulative effect of painting is feeling better about oneself. After working on a project, and seeing it in its final state, one can only feel excited and proud of themselves. Plus, when painting, you are doing physical movement and are engaged. This can make you feel good as well.
Oh, the Exercise

Painting burns calories, especially when it involves large spaces such as a room of a house. In addition, it will help make your muscles stronger, create muscular endurance, and perhaps some muscle tone if you do it on a regular basis. We know because we paint year round! Plus, when exercising, your body releases feel good chemicals to the body, which can help improve mood.

Other benefits of painting include the following:

● Release hidden emotions
● Increase emotional intelligence
● Improve mobility
● Increase observation skills

We love painting. We want you to love painting too. Painting can improve memory, make you feel better, and help you get some exercise. It is great for the growth of children, as we have seen in our own children who paint with us. So, if you want to get started experiencing the benefits of painting, contact us to see how we can help!

5 Most Asked Questions About Painting Your House

5 Most Asked Questions About Painting Your House

Painting can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. Just thinking about it makes some people nauseous. In fact, some avoid painting because it can make you sick if you do not follow certain protocol. Among this gem of knowledge are many others that we get asked about time and time again. We want to help clarify the painting process to help you enjoy it more. We love painting, and we want you to love it just as much. In that vein, below are five of the most commonly asked questions about painting and our responses.
How do I Estimate How Much Paint I Will Need?

While there are a number of factors that come into how much paint you will need, a simple mathematical calculation can help you figure this out. Calculate the square footage of the surfaces you want to paint and divide that by the number of square feet that the manufacturer indicates a gallon of your selected paint will cover.

Estimating Example:

If a room is 10 feet by 20 feet with 8-foot ceilings, your square footage is 480 (the circumference times the ceiling height). If you have a number of windows and doors, subtract the square footage of those openings (standard doors are about 21 square feet, standard windows about 15 square feet). For many paints, including primers and stains, a gallon will cover about 400 square feet (the product label will show the coverage). Since two coats are normally recommended for most projects, two gallons would be needed for the 10-by-20-foot room example. (This assumes there are one or two windows.) Remember, it’s always a good idea to have a little leftover paint for future touchups.

Are There Ideal Conditions to Paint the Exterior of My House In?

It is best to paint in temperatures between 60 and 90 degrees. Otherwise, your drying time is going to be vastly different, which can affect the overall quality of the paint job. In addition, if you paint in high winds, your paint may dry too fast. This not only makes your paint more brittle, but debris and dirt can blow into the wet paint and dry with it. If you can paint in direct shade, that is ideal. Be sure to also check the paint manufacturer’s recommendations.

Is It Always Necessary to Paint Two Coats of Paints on Exterior Painting Work?

It depends. If, for example, you are painting siding where the previous paint has been removed, you will want to apply a coat of primer followed by two coats of paint. However, if the surface has already been painted and the paint is still on it, one coat of paint will do. As always, speak to your local paint supplier or painting contractor about the particulars of your situation.

Should I Use Water-Based Latex Paint or Oil-Based Paint?

Like many aspects of painting, this depends on a few factors as well. While both will do an excellent job, water-based paints are easy to use and easy to clean, which is great for do-it-yourselfers. Plus, latex paints usually have great adhesiveness to most surfaces and are more superior and resistant to bleaching and fading over oil-based paints. However, to figure out which paint will be best for your project, you can give us a call or speak with your local paint supplier.

Do I Need to Prime Every Time I Paint My Walls?

No, you don’t always need primers when repainting. If you’re repainting a similar color, for example, you can lightly scuff-sand the walls to remove any gloss and then clean the surface. Once you have completed that, you can simply repaint over the existing latex coating. You may need to paint more than one coat to keep it uniform. It is, however, important to note that switching sheens or drastic color changes may require a primer to minimize the amount of topcoats used. Moreover, a wall containing stains may be harder to cover. To make sure you have complete coverage, consider using a paint and primer in one product.

Boy, you sure do ask some great questions, and we love answering them. To ask your question or have a consultation on us, contact us today.

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your House Painting Project

5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your House Painting Project

Painting your house can be a fun and exciting, if not exhausting, project. Whether you’re painting a room, a wall, or your entire house, painting can be an exciting opportunity to express your creativity, spend time with your family, or get some physical activity. In fact, painting has many benefits. It makes perfect sense, then, that you would want to paint for all the fun and benefits that come along with the project. However, there are some practices people engage in when painting that they may not be aware are damaging. Below are five we want you to avoid so you love painting just as much as we do!

Picking the Wrong Color

This seems obvious at first, but picking the wrong color is probably the most common mistake we see that tanks a painting project. When you pick your paint from a strip of color choices, you may think the paint will look the same on the area you are painting. In many cases, however, the way the paint looks on the wall or outside of the house is different than what you chose. The best thing you can do to avoid this is going to the paint store and asking them to mix a small sample size of the color you want to use. This will help you see what the color you love on paper looks like in real life, saving you both valuable time and money.

Keep a Lid on It

We see this one too much. People keep the lid off the paint thinking it will be easier to access. But inevitably, someone steps in it, on it, or knocks it over, causing an unsightly mess. Combined with lack of proper floor covering, this can become a costly and frustrating disaster. Moreover, your paint will crust and dry, and you are more likely to get paint mixed by putting the wrong lid on the wrong paint. And you may even track paint across your floors after stepping on it. Take the extra second to keep the right lid on the right paint as soon as you stop using it to avoid all of the above messes.

Keep Pets Out

Here is another common mistake that upsets us dearly. We love pets almost as much as painting. We know they are like family members and that you want them to be a part of your project. However, paint can not only be dangerous to your pets, it can also get messy. Imagine a situation where your dog or cat decides your brush is a toy to play with or that paint is fun to lick and roll in. Not only would you get a mess on your pet, your supplies would also be ruined. For the sake of everyone and everything you hold dear, lock your pets out of the area you are painting.

Bumping the Ceiling

When painting, it is easy to touch an area you did not intend to paint with your brush or roller. Even with the same color, this can cause a need for touchups that take time and waste paint. To avoid this, create a buffer zone by painting a 9-inch strip of paint near the ceiling or area you are painting toward.

Over-Brushing

When painting with a brush, the tendency to want to paint the same area more than once to get a smooth and even finish is tempting. This is especially true when the paint is dry. However, doing so can unintentionally lead to unsightly brush marks and ridges, essentially ruining your paint job. So when you are painting woodwork, doors, or cabinets, avoid too much brushwork.

It is the small mistakes that can sabotage your painting project. We love painting too much to see that happen. For a professional painting experience without having to concern yourself with sabotaging your painting work, call us today for a free consultation.