Revamp Home Interior and Not Go Broke!

December 13th, 2013

Redoing the interior of a home can be very exciting, but also pretty pricey. It is important for you to stay within your budget. If you cannot afford professional services or prefer to do it yourself, get familiar with the following procedures to learn and greatly improve the quality of the paint job.

1. Study proper prep techniques for the walls to eliminate nail pops, dents, and other defects.

2. Research what tools to buy. Cloths, buckets, brushes, rollers, roller naps, tape, ladders, etc.

3. Learn how to roll out walls and ceilings.

4. Memorize how to properly hold, bump, and edge with a brush.

5. Get familiar with the order of painting, ceilings first, walls and then trim last.

6. Once ceilings and walls are painted, tape off walls to create straight lines between the trim.

There is no need to go broke from enhancing the interior of a home, so use available resources to become an expert in these areas!

Professional Painting Toolbelt

December 13th, 2013

Who doesn’t love to save some time and money? Take a look at some of these tools that will enable you to get your house painted in half the time.

Investing in a few of these relatively inexpensive products as you begin the painting project will save on frustration and time.

Rags- Keep these close during a project. Dripping paint is pretty much inevitable, so keeping a rag handy will eliminate running around and searching for something to clean the mess.

5-in-1 Tool- This tool is invaluable to anyone embarking on a paint project. Not only will it quickly open cans, but is also has a pointed edge that can effectively poke holes to prevent paint from drying up. The 5-in-1 tool is also perfect for scraping paint drop from windows, hammering down can lids, and draining rollers. What else would you need?!

A Wire Brush- Save the brush and save money. Scrape the paintbrush from the metal to tips with a wire brush. This will preserve the painting surface of brushes making clean-cut lines for a longer period of time.

Painting Trim, Baseboards, and Wainscoting

October 13th, 2013

Whether you decide to paint the woodwork first or last, be sure to inspect for defects and make necessary repairs before actually painting. If you are painting over already-glossy woodwork, you will need to sand it lightly with sandpaper to help with adhesion.

Painting trim If you are using only one color on all surfaces, you can easily paint the trim as you come to it. Of course, alternating between a brush and roller will be necessary, but this shouldn’t be difficult in rooms that only have a few windows and one door.

Painting baseboards Paint down from the top for five or six strokes, then smooth them over with one single, long stroke. After paint is applied, you should use a thin piece of cardboard to cut in along the floor. Only paint 2 or 3 feet of baseboard at a time and frequently check for drips, spatters, or overlapped edges!

Painting wainscoting Similar to baseboards, cut in along the top and bottom edges where the wainscoting meets the wall and the floor. Next, paint the indented panels and the molding around them- paint tends to collect in the panel corners so make sure brush strokes are directed towards the center. Raised surfaces should be painted with up-and-down strokes on the verticals, and back-and-forth strokes on the horizontals.