Painting And Wallpapering: Tips And Techniques

3 Tips For Repairing Cracks Before Painting

Posted by on Feb 23rd, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips For Repairing Cracks Before Painting

If you are planning on painting the walls in your home, you first need to inspect them and check for holes or cracks. These tips will help you repair the cracks so that you have a smooth paint job by the time you’re done. Clean and Prepare the Surface First Before you start filling cracks or holes in the wall prior to painting, you need to prepare the surface. Begin by making sure the area inside and around the cracks is completely clean. Fingerprints, smudges, oil, and grease can build up on the area, making it more difficult to repair the cracks. Also clean out the cracks themselves, making sure no dirt or debris is stuck inside. This might require enlarging the cracks slightly so you can remove the debris. Once you have cleaned the area, smooth out the surface as much as possible by using sandpaper. Begin Filling the Cracks Once the surface is clean and you are sure no debris is inside the crack, you can begin filling it with compound. Smaller cracks don’t need much more work than simply filling them with joint compound, which is easy to find at any home improvement store. Get a tube of compound that is easy to apply to the crack. Remove the top and begin squeezing it into the crack. Let it reach the surface of the wall, then smooth it out by using a utility knife. You want the wall to be completely flush, so add a little more compound to the crack and smooth it out again if needed. Work On Repairing Larger Cracks If you have large cracks in your drywall, it will take more than one simple step of filling the cracks. This type of damage requires a couple extra steps. After you have cleaned out the cracks thoroughly, use the same method of filling the inside of the crack with drywall compound. After filling the crack completely, continue with adding some of the compound to the wall surface around the crack. Work quickly to put some fiberglass tape over the crack while the compound is still wet. Make sure the tape is completely flat against the wall. Now use more compound to secure the tape and cover it completely, making sure everything is flat and flush with the wall. This extra step provides better stability of the crack. Once it dries, you can paint over the wall to cover the...

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Planning to Paint Your House? Here’s a Full List of What to Consider

Posted by on Jul 22nd, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Planning to Paint Your House? Here’s a Full List of What to Consider

Whether completing your new home, making repairs, or renovating, even an exercise as simple as painting should never be taken lightly. Paintwork plays a huge role in accentuating the right colour themes across your home, waterproofing walls and increasing the value of your home. Before you get your home painted, you should evaluate several important factors first: What necessitated the re-paint in the first place? First, you should always take notes on why you’ve had to repaint your house in the first place. Most paints can last well over several decades if applied well using quality products. If the paint on your house has worn too quickly, certain underlying problems could have caused the wear. Common problems include peeling, flaking and cracking. These are often caused by painting on damp surfaces, not sanding old paint properly or not priming the walls first. Have your professional painter look into these problems first to avoid a repeat of the same. What are the right colours schemes for your home? Next, discuss with your painter the right colour schemes for your house, both inside and the outside. Your painter will provide you with samples to choose from. The most important consideration is to make sure the colours you choose have the right harmony. For example, brown is best paired with close colours such as charcoal or cream, instead of blue or red. Your painter will help you choose the right palettes to ensure the right colour coordination. Note that for interior painting, you have the liberty to choose more colour options. However, with exterior house painting you have to ensure you match your colours with other factors such as the roof, the surrounding landscape and often other homes in the neighbourhood. What type of paint are you going to use? Not all paints are the same in terms of what they are made of and how they respond when applied to your house. You have the option of choosing between oil-based paints, water-based paints and environmentally-friendly ‘green’ paints. Oil-based paints have better water resistance, have a glossy finish but take longer to dry. On the other hand, water-based paints don’t fare well with moisture, take less time to dry and are not as glossy. Paint finishes for the final look In addition to just painting your walls, your painter can also have your walls touched up with plain, classical or contemporary finishes depending on what your tastes are. These are decorative additions that will add a bit of character and art to your walls. You also get to choose the type of sealer coat to apply to create either a glossy or semi-glossy finish on your walls. Glossy walls are brighter but show dirt more while a semi-gloss (satin) finishes are less conspicuous. Once you have evaluated the above, you can give your painter the go-ahead to start working on your house. In the end, you can expect a pleasing new paint job carried out in the right way, right from preparation to finishing. For more information or assistance, contact companies like COLOUR CRAFT QLD PTY...

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Why It Pays to Hire a Professional Painter for Any Job Around Your Home

Posted by on Jun 10th, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why It Pays to Hire a Professional Painter for Any Job Around Your Home

Painting an interior room or the exterior of your home may seem like a simple job; you only need to clean the surface and then apply a new coat of paint, right? In truth, painting any surface of a home is typically much more complicated than most homeowners realize, and trying to tackle this job on your own can leave you with a poor finish and can even compromise your safety. Note a few reasons why it pays to hire a professional for any painting you need done around your home. 1. Sanding and dust control Interior walls and ceilings need to be prepped before they can be painted, and in some cases this can involve actual sanding. If walls or ceilings have cracks or if there are stains that simply won’t be cleaned such as from cigarette smoke, sanding can be the best option. Sanding a wall or ceiling without damaging it takes skill, and it’s also important that you consider how the dust will be controlled. Even if you cover your furniture and other items, dust can make its way into your home’s ducts and settle anywhere around the house. A professional painter will not only know how to safely sand these surfaces but will also have the tools needed to control the dust that this creates. 2. Checking for lead paint Lead-based paint was, for the most part, phased out of use in the late 1970s, but if your home was built before 1980 then it may still have lead-based paint on the interior walls. If you were to simply cover this with a fresh coat of paint, it may still chip, and this could be dangerous for a child or pet who might ingest paint chips. A professional painter will know how to check for lead-based paints and if they’re present in your home, can ensure that they get removed completely before fresh paint is applied. 3. Getting the right recommendations If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many choices when it comes to interior and exterior paint, you need to remember that they are made for different surfaces, have varying degrees of durability, and will give you a different appearance when applied. Rather than choosing your paint based on price alone or by what you see from a small sample, it’s good to hire a professional who can recommend a type of paint for the interior or exterior surfaces of your home so you get the look you want, and so that the paint jobs lasts as long as possible. For more information, contact a business such as Allure Painting...

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Beyond Painter’s Tape: Essential Products You Need For A Professional-Looking Paint Job

Posted by on May 7th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When doing trim work, most people use painter’s tape to separate the areas to be painted from the areas that don’t need to be painted. However, for a perfectly professional looking job, you may want to grab a few additional supplies. Here are the items you should consider integrating into your painting project: 1. Putty knife You can use a putty knife to smooth your painter’s tape down. The closer you get your tape to the wall, the less likely paint is to drip behind it and get into unwanted areas. However, your putty knife can be even more useful once you have completed the painting. When it comes time to remove your painter’s tape, keep in mind that bits of the paint stuck to the top of the tape may also be stuck to paint on the wall. As a result, when you pull off your tape, you may accidentally pull of patches of paint from the wall. Use a putty knife to score the paint between the tape and the wall. That will allow you to remove your tape cleanly and easily. 2. Caulk If you really want to prevent paint from getting under your tape, reach for the caulk. After applying your tape, spread a thin layer of caulk along the tape. Remove the tape, let the caulk dry and use the caulk as your guiding line. The precision created by caulk is great for along baseboards and ceilings, but it can also help you create perfect stripes for patterned walls. When you are done painting, just remove the dried caulk. 3. Lint remover If you have a lint or pet hair remover, use it on your roller brush. Unfortunately, roller brushes tend to attract dust, lint and fluff, and those elements can get onto your wall and make weird bumps under your paint. If you simply run a sticky lint remover over your roller brush before you begin painting, you will prevent fluff from getting on the wall. 4. Strainer A simple metal gravy strainer or sieve is ideal for getting your paint ready for the day. You can skip this step if you are using a brand new bucket of paint, but if your paint has been opened for previous work, use the sieve to remove any coagulated bits of paint. Taking this extra step before you start painting every day helps your paint to stay smooth and look tidy. For more information, contact a professional like Glendening Painting...

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In the Mood for Colour: How Particular Coats of Paint Can Create a Happy Home

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

No doubt you will have been sat in a room somewhere at some point in your life, and felt a strong wave of emotion overcome you for no apparent reason. It may have been giddiness, it may have been irritability, or it may have even been a sense of restlessness. What you might not know is that there was probably a reason for these supposedly random bursts of emotion. Psychologists have proven that the colours of the walls of a room have the ability to alter people’s moods and feelings, with particularl shades inciting particular effects. With this in mind, it is useful to consider the aspect of colour psychology when it comes to painting your home. By applying the right licks of paint in the right places, you’ll be able to create an emotionally balanced household that consistently projects a positive atmosphere.  Bedrooms When it comes to choosing the right colour to coat your bedroom, it’s important to take certain factors – such as the occupant’s age and personality – into account. Whilst red is a warm colour that can ignite fierce passion within a room, applying it to a restless child’s bedroom can create difficulties. Red is often an excellent choice for an adult bedroom, but coating a child’s room in the same shade can rouse fits of hyperactivity, especially in children who are typically restless. It is a colour that has the ability to get the blood pumping around the body, and it is much healthier for children to grow up surrounded by soothing colours like baby blue, pale pink, or even forest green. Home Office  A work environment ought to be soothing in order to help relieve tension during busy periods, but also vibrant enough to instill confidence and vitality in its occupant. Two of the very best shades for home office walls are green and blue, as both colours have the ability to inspire concentration and productivity. Green in particular is restful on the eye and has the ability to calm nausea and headaches. One thing worth considering if you’re undecided is to paint the walls a light shade of blue and dot a couple of lush green plants around the room.  Kitchen Kitchens can work in several different licks of paint, and when it comes to your cooking space, it really is down to matter of personal opinion and choice. Red has been proven to increase appetites, and whilst this may be an appealing choice for many, anyone suffering from high blood pressure may want to avoid it. Black is another great colour for kitchen spaces, but people are often reluctant to apply it, as too much can evoke sombre tones. As long as you are careful and controlled in your approach, black can make your kitchen appear modern, sleek and elegant. Coating your cupboards and appliance doors in rich, glossy black can create a fine-looking cooking space, just remember to take it easy as you go. Bathroom It’s not a coincidence that the vast majority of home bathrooms are white. Not only does this calming colour have the potential to create the illusion of space, it also exposes any stains, marks or damage immediately and clearly. This in turn encourages prompt cleaning, and as a result white bathrooms often tend to stay...

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About Me

Hello. I am an accidental renovator. Initially, I inherited a rundown worker’s cottage and undertook the task of preparing it for sale myself. After some trial and error, I managed to make it look presentable and was impressed by the sale price. I caught the bug and have since bought and renovated a number of properties. The main way to give a property a facelift is to use the right paint or wallpaper. With ideal colours, textures and contrasts, a room or building can be completely transformed. Using proper techniques and durable products are also important to maintain the value of a property. I see many poorly executed paint and wallpaper jobs when visiting open houses to glean ideas, so I started this blog. Hopefully, you’ll gain tips about painting and wallpapering and pitfalls you should avoid. I hope you find it useful and that your property shines!

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