Monday, October 22, 2012

The Beauty of Color… Paint!

Painting is the fastest and easiest way to transform your home.  A coat of fresh color on the walls breathes life into any space - and decorative paint techniques go a step further, adding dimension, drama, and distinctive personality.  

Color is key to your room’s personality and combining new colors and decorative techniques will make your home and rooms come alive.  I am sure we have all painted a room whether it be in preparation of a newborn coming home, or getting a home ready for sale.  Here are several tips to keep in mind when taking on this fun project:

  1. ‘Preparation’ is the key to any great paint job.  For starters, sand away any flaws and create a smooth surface to work with
  2. Be sure to fill holes and patch cracks with joint compound prior to slathering your color of choice
  3. Use tinted primer: Tinted primer does a better job of covering the existing paint color than plain primer, so your finish coat will be more vibrant and may require fewer coats
  4. Eliminate brush and lap marks with paint extender.  The secret to a finish that is free of lap and brush marks is mixing a paint extender - also called a paint conditioner, such as Floetrol into the paint
  5. Finish one wall before starting another: Pros get a seamless look by cutting in one wall - painting along the edges - then immediately rolling it before starting the next.  This allows the brushed and the rolled paint to blend together better
  6. Box the paint for consistent color: The ‘same’ color of paint can vary between cans.   To ensure color consistency from start to finish, mix the cans of paint in a five gallon bucket, a process called ‘boxing’
You are now ‘armed and dangerous’ to give your place a fresh, new look.  If you do not feel comfortable and prefer to delegate the task, feel free to reach out to me and I will give you some strong recommendations of Painters in the City.