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.

Selecting a Color Scheme For Your Home

June 13th, 2013

Whether you are building a new home or re-decorating your current home, deciding on the color scheme of the different living areas can be a daunting task. Every house has different sections, and each of these sections is unique in their own way as they are used for completely different purposes.

It is important for you to consider the four maincomponents of any house- the bedrooms, living room, bathrooms, and kitchen. Not only is an ample amount of time spent in each of these areas, but guests also access these areas every time they visit. Having a consistent color scheme is essential in creating a wholesome house filled with comfort and character.

Color schemes for living areas Decide if you prefer a warm cozy feel, a bold or neutral feel, or a simple “homey” feel to their living room. Since this room is used for both relaxing and entertaining stick with a scheme that reflects your personality.

Color schemes for kitchens The most important aspects to consider as you choose colors for your kitchen is the kitchen lighting and size of the space. Blending several brighter based colors is usually a popular scheme, as long as it is done tastefully and discreet.

Figure out whether your kitchen depends on artificial or natural lighting most of the time. Dark colors are not ideal for small kitchens, as they make them look even smaller. If the kitchen does not get much natural light, bring in brighter colors to add some energy!

Color schemes for bathrooms With the right color scheme, the bathroom can have a very calming effect. If you are not sure which colors to go with, recommend bright aqua colors or a snow white. These colors insinuate cleanliness and comfort. Stick with two colors for the bathroom and try to blend- too many colors in a small space can be overwhelming.