Caring for your paint brushes and rollers

Brushes

A paint brush cover is important to any paint brush. It helps the brush maintain its shape when it dries and protects it when you need to transport it.

A simple and free method to keeping your brushes protected is to use old toilet paper rolls. Just flatten out the roll and you have a perfect fit for a 2 inch brush which is possibly the most versatile brush.

Clean paint brushes immediately after use. Do not soak brushes in solvent or water, as this can damage the bristles.

To wash latex paint off a paint brush any mild bar soap or dishwashing detergent will work. Prepare soapy water and pour into a clean container. Dip the paint brush into the mixture, working the soap through the brush bristles. Follow with a clear water rinse. Repeat the process if necessary. Always use a clean container with clean soapy water and follow with a clear water rinse. For stubborn water-based paints, try lacquer thinner, followed by warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.

When cleaning oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs from your paint brush, closely follow the manufacturer’s instructions to select the proper cleaning solvent. Pour the solvent into a container and dip the paint brush into the solvent. Work thinner through the brush bristles, dipping up and down in container several times. Spin the paint brush into a waste area to remove excess thinner and then repeat process with a clean container and clean thinner.

A paint brush comb is also a good tool to clean a paint brush. This tool is very useful in cleaning through the center of the brush and removing any residue near the ferrule’s edge. Paint residue left in the brush will harden and “set” the bristles, making them lose their bend recovery. Once clean, use the paint brush comb to straighten the bristles. Reshape the paint brush to its original shape and lay flat to dry.  Do not use a wire brush on a paint brush. While it will help remove the dried paint from the tips of the bristle, it also knocks off the flag (splits) at the end of the bristles.

Whenever possible, store brushes by hanging them. Never store a paint brush on its tip, which can result in “curling.”

Consider using different brushes for oil-based products and water-based products. It is much easier to clean the paint brushes if you don’t switch back and forth between the two types of bases.

 

Rollers

Remove roller cover sleeve from the painting frame immediately after using. Do not allow the paint to begin drying on the paint roller. Clean roller covers immediately after use. Never leave the roller sleeve soaking in water or solvent.

To clean oil-based paints, varnishes, lacquers and shellacs from your roller cover, closely follow manufacturer’s instructions in selecting the proper cleaning solvent. Pour the solvent into a container and dip the roller cover into the solvent. Repeat this process using a clean container and fresh solvent until the roller cover is clean.

Cleaning water-based paints from your paint roller covers requires a good wash with soap and warm water. Then rinse until clean. Repeat the process if necessary. Always use a clean container with clean soapy water and follow with a clear water rinse. If needed, use a putty knife to help scrape off the paint. For stubborn water-based paints, try mineral spirits or lacquer thinner, followed by warm soapy water and a clear water rinse.

Dry and store your roller covers with care. String roller covers on rope or dowels to aid in drying the sleeves. Don’t stand the paint roller on its end or lay it down. Dry thoroughly before storing in dust-free cabinets or boxes.

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The right way to use chalk paint

Chalk Paint is specifically designed for furniture and it can be used on walls, doors and shutters and more.

It has a chalky finish and is often used to achieve a shabby chic or aged look because it is easily distressed.

Chalk painting on furniture doesn’t have any set guidelines. If you are doing this for the first time, start small. Maybe, with a stool or a nightstand. Don’t choose something with a lot of detail or challenging aspects. Stick with one colour to begin.

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Here’s what you need to begin:

  1. Chalk paint
  2. Finishing wax (optional)
  3. Paint brushes, one for painting and one for applying wax
  4. Drop cloth
  5. Moist cloth for dusting/accidental drips
  6. Sand paper, for smoothing

The pros

You can paint indoors because there are no harsh odours.

Most pieces don’t need prep.  Just dust off and begin to paint.

It dries super fast.  You can paint 2-3 coats in a day.

The prep

Use a moist cloth and remove all dust and dirt. Dry it well. Make sure there is no oil from treatment products like furniture oil.

If your piece has loose paint you should do a little sanding. If you will be distressing your piece then these other layers of paint will add fun character to your piece.

The process

Shake your chalk paint well.  Because of the thicker consistency you will need to stir every 15 minutes or so.

Use back and forth quick strokes. Paint in all directions.  Work in a small space and move quickly as it dries very fast. Don’t go over an area you just painted.  Don’t worry if you see paint strokes or if you can see through on your first coat.  The second coat will cover up.

Let your first coat dry for 2 hours before moving to the next.  Follow the same for your second coat if you need a third. Usually, two coats should do.

After you are done painting, take a small piece of sandpaper and pass over your piece lightly, as if you were dusting. This is for smoothing only and makes a big difference in the look of your final product.

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Waxing is not essential, but without it your piece will look slightly more rustic with an unfinished look. Waxing will ensure protection from wear and tear and give it a slightly more finished look.

Apply wax with a regular brush. Then wipe it with a lint-free cloth. Let your piece dry overnight before use.

Happy Painting!

Colour choice for a most productive office

Colour can majorly affect how productive you are.

What defines whether a colour is stimulating or soothing is not the colour, it’s the intensity. A strong bright colour will stimulate, and a pastel colour will soothe.

Interestingly, when you combine more than one colour, you get the effects of both of them. For example, if you combine a bright/bold yellow with a bright/bold blue, you will get a colour that stimulates both your emotions (yellow) and mind (blue).

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If you need to stimulate your mind, then blue would likely make you the most productive.  If you do mind-work all day, try blue with a bit of orange.

If you’re a designer, and you want creativity, make yellow your choice, because it stimulates your ego and spirits, and makes you more optimistic.

If you want to be more productive doing something physical, the colour red would make you more productive because it stimulating.

If you’re in an environment where having a strong sense of balance is the most important, the colour green might just be the colour that makes you the most productive.

To determine which colour to paint your office, first decide which main colour (or combination of colours) will work the best in your profession by deciding whether you want to affect your mind, emotions, body, or balance.

At the same time, the colour chosen is both scientific and personal to you.

Happy Painting!

How to select the right wall for an accent wall

If you have wondered how to pick a wall to feature as an accent wall, then you are not alone.

Accent walls can be tricky to select, but if done right, they can add interest and excitement to a space with little money spent.

While skimming through a home décor magazine, drooling over a dining room or hallway with a stunning accent wall, you are only seeing part of the picture.  You may love what you see but you have to remember how it will apply to your home, and you need to think of the space as a whole.

It isn’t as simple as adding a few ‘pops of colour’ to get your intended look.  In order to achieve a certain look, all of the colours and the décor in a space must be considered.

So how does one select the right wall to accent?

Accent walls should only be done for two reasons:

  1. A wall is symmetrical.
  2. A wall has an architectural detail you want to highlight, like an art niche, a fireplace detail, or special mouldings.

When you paint an accent wall, you are trying to create added style and flair.

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And how does one pick the right colour for an accent wall?

Look for colours that are already present in the space.  For example – cushions, pictures, knick knacks, rugs, drapes, etc.

You could also choose a colour that is in use in another part of the home for the accent colour.

For example, the living room and dining room might be one colour while the family room is another.

Try using the living room/dining room colour as the accent in the family room. This works well to bring unity and cohesion in the space, without letting it getting too busy.

Using an accent colour that is two or three shades off the main colour is commonly done but not advised.

Happy Painting!

Cheap painters can be a costly mistake

Home improvement is always expensive and even though we do not undertake it often, when we do, we are looking for the best bargains and cheapest quotes.

After all, we are homeowners and small business owners, so we know how important it can be to stick to a budget and find a great deal whenever possible.

The truth is if a cost is low you are sacrificing something to make that cost possible.

Here are a few things that could go wrong:

  • Surface Preparation – Proper prep takes time and skill, both of which cost money. If your painter skips over or minimises this essential stage, you will be negatively impacted in finish quality and longevity.
  • Low-Quality Paint Products – Cheap paint doesn’t do the job effectively. It results in poor colour retention, shorter lifespan, and it requires more product to cover a surface.
  • Inconsistent Employees – Small, cheaper painting companies tend to rely on either subcontractors or freelancers which translates to lower quality work, less experience and a general lack of accountability, sometimes causing the project to spill over beyond budgeted time.
  • No Guarantees – Small time painters won’t offer a guarantee for the work done and that can be risk in the long run.

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Call us for a quote and we’d be happy to help you make the right decisions for your next home make over.

Happy Painting!

 

How to choose the right colour for your commercial property

Commercial buildings need a fresh coat of paint from time to time just as homes do. It is beneficial to your business to add modern touches to your landscaping design as well. That said, certain buildings look best with certain neutral colours but commercial buildings cannot be painted just any colour without consideration.

It may surprise you to learn just how much inspiration you may find looking around your office parking lot /block for certain aspects that would be better highlighted by a specific building colour.

You must ask yourself whether you want your building to stand out from its surroundings or to blend in with them.

Sometimes extremely bright wall colours are used, because ‘standing out’ is considered attractive and smart. Although standing out is important for a commercial business, you should nevertheless first look to common colours associated with your logo and branding.

Many companies overlook this simple and obvious trick and fail to take advantage of lasting branding recognition built directly onto the building’s walls. This will publicize your brand in a way that is subtle and effective.

Colours play a key role in the emotions felt by those who visit the building, and certain colours are more conducive to a productive work environment than others. Colours such as blue, green, or yellow are great options because they help to promote a feeling of soothing, safety, or energy.

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Speak with your landlord about the choice to paint the exterior walls, because you may have limitations.

Happy Painting.

Our favourite non-neutral colours

Picking a paint colour is hard, and we are no strangers to that fact. Our customers are constantly seeking advice on the right shades as they are often sceptical about trying shades that are not in the neutral palette.

We have put together our list of ‘go to’ non neutral paint colours that we have tried and tested – and loved.

This deep, intense, and modern, and yet totally classic shade of blue is perfect for small rooms or big ones too. It has the most perfect amount of green in it, so it’s not purple-y.

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This teal shade is perfect for those who can’t decide on green vs. blue as it appeals to both colour preferences.

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This versatile and soft pink is just the right shade without it becoming a baby pink or a bright magenta. It is in between a coral and a bright pink, which makes it the perfect adult appropriate shade.

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Doors are usually always painted in neutral shades but we found that colourful doors can be more fun and attractive. Don’t be afraid to give yellow or red or blue a try.

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Chocolate brown is an unlikely shade for bathroom walls but we think this shade is not only versatile but grows on you.

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So, which ones are your favourites or are there any we forgot to include that you like?

If you have any colour recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Happy Painting!

 

Colours that boost home prices

When you are ready to sell your home, you know it’s time to slap on a fresh coat of paint before listing your property. But, how do you decide what colour is the right one and will attract prospective buyers?

Specific colours can boost a home’s selling price. At the same time, certain colours can put off buyers. Here’s what we found.

Colour makes a big impact on buyers and though trends keep changing it is good to know that certain colours never grow old and are most favourable with would-be buyers.

Front doors can really make an impression on prospective buyers. Doors painted shades of navy blue, dark gray or charcoal have found to be more appealing.

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Usually grey or beige for exterior walls are more appealing to buyers than white.

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Soft grey is the most appetizing colour for kitchens. This allows more room for further personalisation by the new owners.

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Prospective buyers are attracted to light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal living rooms.

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Light-grey neutrals proved to be the most popular paint shades in bedrooms and dining rooms.

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When it comes to the bathroom, think clean colours like whites and creams.

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Happy Painting!

(All pictures from pixabay.com and freepik.com)

 

How to make black, white and grey interiors work

If you’ve been told that black, white and grey are boring colours and would make your interiors look dull, think again. These are the top trending colours of 2018 and when used right can really make an unforgettable impact and add perpetual calm and class to a room.

Look at these design ideas that are easily replicated in your own spaces.

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White doesn’t only help to make small rooms look larger. Using white with a touch of light grey can make large spaces like this look grander.

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Do you see dull? We see character. Make a minimalist style statement with greys and whites.

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Whether your home is modern or contemporary, all white walls teams with beige and other neutral colours will aid in making your home look bright and new.

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All white kitchens will never go out of style. Not in this century, any way!

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You don’t need colourful furniture or home décor accessories to make a style statement. Combine black and white to suit all seasons.

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Black walls are here to make a bold statement this year. Try it in at least one room of your home.

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Pristine white interiors are a top choice for small offices across the world.

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Grey is making a huge comeback in restaurants.

Consult us for 2018’s paint trends for your home, office, restaurant, store, etc. We are here to help you pick the right colour. Happy Painting!