Home Improvement - Paint Tips For Beautiful Rooms

Thursday, February 28, 2013
So, the house is getting a little dingy, and you want to liven it up, with a new coat of interior paint. Here are some handy tips and how-tos. First, look into what you intend to do with the renovation. You're converting sweat equity into dollars and cents in your home, and you'll want it to look nice. There are plenty of interesting techniques for painting interesting patterns on the walls, from sponges and distressed acid baths to carving balik stamps and creating regular patterns that way. Choose your colors to suit the room and its intended function when you're done; for example, pick colors that match the window treatments, or the furniture that will go into the room. Similarly, any trim you have should be taken into consideration for matching paint jobs as well. In general, lighter colors tend to promote activity and awareness, making them good accents for a nursery; darker colors recede from view. Darker colors will make a room seem a little larger, due to an optical illusion. Large expanses of color will seem darker than smaller areas, so beware of dark colors on large walls. Look at the lighting that's coming in - if you have a south or southwestern facing window in this room, the amount of light it gets throughout the day will vary; you'll want to make sure that whatever color you choose won't be too dark in the mornings or afternoons. On to the job itself. First, empty the room to be painted, just like you see on Bob Villa. Put drop clothes over the floor, and put masking tape over the window sills, edging it with a putty knife to make sure you've got a clean line to work from. Next, scrub the walls down as thoroughly as you can; if the surface isn't clean, the paint won't last as long. Look for cracks and nail holes and seal them with plaster and spackling paste, sanding them down so they're smooth. Be sure to remove all light switch and electrical outlet covers - cover the screw joists with tape so that you don't clog them up with drying paint. Third, make sure you buy all the paint in one batch; a typical can of paint is good for a given number of square feet of wall space; give the dimensions of the room you're painting to the local paint store and they'll give you an estimate for how much paint to get - hold on to some of the excess in case you ever have to touch up the room.

Home Improvement - Painting (on Budget)

Monday, February 11, 2013
Buying a new property can be a stressful experience. Not only we spend a lot on the property itself but also we have to cover all the additional cost associated with the purchase and move. Estate agents, mortgage brokers, bankers, solicitors, lawyers, moving company employees, all these nice people you meet want to be paid for their work. In the end you are left alone standing in front of your new home with a shiny set of keys in one hand and set of bills to pay in another. If you have done your research properly and have found good moving company, boxes with your precious belongings were carried inside. If not, though. You will have to carry them inside all by yourself. But lets get to the point. If you want to save on redecorating your new property just do it yourself. It easy. If I've managed to do it, everyone can. You have to devote your time and effort though. If you have friends and family ready to help for pizza or crate of beer the better. It will cut the time necessary for the task. Here are quick steps: 1. Examine walls and ceilings. Is there a wallpaper or paint? What is their general condition? (surprisingly I came across properties where somebody put wallpaper on ceilings. I'm not saying that is wrong, but if you don't have experience with papering don't even considered doing it. Save yourself a hustle, sore arms, and angry look on your helper's face and paint the ceiling) 2. What would you like to have on these walls? (In this article we will focus of painting.) 3. Buy paint, sandpaper, rollers, brushes, masking tape, and some plaster. Unfortunately there is no way to save on these necessities other than looking for bargains. Always read instructions on paint. If you are unsure it the paint you chose is proper for the task ask in the store just before you buy it. 4. Cover floors. If you're really on budget you can use boxes your belongings arrived or you can buy tarpaulin ground sheet (or similar product). 5. Prepare the surface. Regardless what you want on your walls (and ceiling) that's very important step. Plaster all the wholes and let it dry. Depending on climate leave it for 2 hours to a day to dry. The less plaster you leave on the wall the less work you will have sandpapering the remains off. Now. If there was a paint it is advisable to sandpaper the surface. It will help new paint to adhere better. If there is a wallpaper I would advise you to remove it before painting or papering it. In one property I visited I saw 3 layers of wallpaper one on another! And believe me, it doesn't look pretty. After removing old wallpaper we have a task of cleaning the wall of the old glue. Use dump rags and soap or cleaning liquid. Unfortunately if you removed old paper and it took off some of the old paint underneath you have a bigger challenge. You have 2 options. Remove all the paint using sandpaper or try to wash of the old paint and glue that was left. That would depends on the kind of pain that was used there. 6. Using a masking tape cover sockets, bits of door frames. 7. Paint the ceiling first. Once the paint dries use masking tape on the ceiling in the corners preventing ceiling from being painted. Unless you decided to paint the ceiling the same paint as walls. 8. Now the easiest task. Painting. If necessary paint the wall more than once. Remember to wait between each coat. If you do it too soon the paint from previous painting will roll artistically on your roller. 9.When you satisfied with the result, wait for the paint to dry, remove tape from sockets (and ceiling) and its ready for you to move in.

Home Improvement - Painting

Thursday, January 31, 2013
In just a few years, traditional paint will flake and chip, then its time again to go through the hassle and expense of repainting your home. While putting home improvement task into play, if you are a home or a property owner, then you are forced to repaint homes every couple of years to keep up the new look which creates a lot of confusion when choosing among the options available. The exterior of your home is the first view that people notice which should not be left outdated. Interior remodeling and adding accessories is beneficial to increase the value of your home but first, people should feel to walk through your door. Currently, warm earth tones are replacing the plain white or pastels of the 80's and 90's. Repainting your home interior with new fun filled fashion colors can be done by picking a floor dominant color in the room, like a piece of furniture or artwork that you want to keep as a focal point and blend other colors around it. For exterior match the color to the existing brick, stone or trim it accordingly. This will tell potential buyers that your home isn't as old as its built date, but would surely give a fascinating look, increasing their interest to buy. The color scheme in a room can dramatically turn your mood positive when you have good color combination of roof with flooring as you walk in. Colors are not just about change of ambiance, it would be a good idea to flavor your room colors according to the type of mood you would like to create when in the room. Bright colors like red and orange will energize your room, so better to choose these colors for your social and activity rooms. Yellow is another active color that stirs up your thoughts and brings out the creativity in you. Choose softer colors like blue, purple and green if you are going for a calm and quiet environment like in your bedrooms or bathrooms. Getting people's advice about what suits your home is important but it is you who would ultimately be living in your home, not them, so it's important to go with colors you like while making the home remodeling. Make sure you listen to yourself more than them and follow your instincts to build your dream home. Also, keep it simple, because too many colors will spoil the vibe. Think about sticking with one color and varying the shade of that color, and pick a color or shade that can blend in with almost anything. This is your piece of art, and you can use your furniture and drapery as accents.

Picking Colors For Your Home Improvement Painting Project

Saturday, January 12, 2013
Every once in a while, it is important to spruce up your home by applying good coat of paint. If this strikes a chord with you, what you need is a number of strategies on picking colors for your home improvement painting project. A number of design and style factors are necessary in this regard. Each house and home is unique in a number of senses. What color scheme works for one project may be out of place on another one. This means that the decision has to begin with an evaluation of what hues and shades work best in attaining or enhancing the look and feel that defines your home. While a total overhaul may feel like the best decision, what is often needed is but an enhancement of the features already in place and your home has a decidedly novel look that will leave your guests and neighbors awestruck. Where you are looking for quality results, be prepared to spend some money and time on the home improvement project. Visiting most upscale paint stores you are likely to get free or cheaply priced color chips. They enable you to go home and paint a small surface and then evaluate the effect from up close. These can prove crucial in having a visual idea of the effect you want to achieve. Homeowners always, rightly or wrongly, prioritize repainting of walls above all other surfaces in the house. The ceiling in particular is almost never given as much consideration. Although universally white is the preferred choice as it makes the rooms brighter and give an expansive feel, it is not the only option. Going for light blue, azure or aquamarine can be decidedly tasteful and just as effectual from a utilitarian point of view. Giving your home a new look needs not be a costly or lengthy affair. Sometimes all that is required to give your aging home a new lease of life is a fresh coat of paint and a little sprucing. The guidelines provided here will be important in picking colors for your home improvement painting project. Additionally, if you find yourself in the paint aisle without a clue on how to make a decision and move forward, it is best to consult the help of a professional. Professional painters and interior designers or decorators are highly skilled in recommending the proper color, finish, and brand suitable for your lifestyle. They often have many years of experience and can save you invaluable time, money, and frustration, by guiding you in the right direction.