Back brushing explained!

Airless spray painting is the new norm for exterior painting due to the many benefits that the method offers.

Although spray painting creates a beautiful, even appearance, and can be applied in a thicker coating than the traditional brush-and-roll application, the sealing and adhesion isn’t always satisfactory on rougher surfaces. This cannot be overlooked, because proper adhesion to a surface is vital to a quality, long-lasting paint job.

Back brushing is the process of working the paint into a rougher surface after it has been sprayed. Back brushing should be done while the sprayed paint is still wet.  With a brush or roller, work the paint into the cracks and crevices on the surface. This helps create a better bond to the surface, as you are now able to work the paint in to the smaller imperfections.

Back brushing is an important step in an exterior paint job for rougher surfaces and just about any type of surface that has become cracked and weathered over time by being exposed to the elements.

The following steps further explain the benefits of this two-step method:

SPRAYING:

Allows for faster application of product and helps in the prevention of lap marks and brush marks

Keeps paint fresh in hoses until applied to the surface, preventing premature drying

Allows paint to uniformly cover rough surfaces or hard to reach places

Minimizes mess during painting

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BACK BRUSHING:

Forces product to penetrate the surface and seep into cracks/pores

Evenly distributes applied product over all surfaces, allowing for a smooth, uniform final finish

Ensures every corner, joint, and surface has a proper coat of paint applied

Happy Painting!

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5 annual paint touch ups

Over the years the walls of our homes inevitably need some TLC. You can expect to find a crayon masterpiece on a child’s bedroom wall or scratches, fingerprints, smudges in a living room, kitchen and bathroom.

Typically, the first step is a light wash down, using a solution of mild detergent and water. However, cleaning the surface runs its course and the only next acceptable solution is a paint touch up.

If you had a busy holiday season entertaining or with visiting family and friends then it is likely that your home is taken a beating and may be in need of some refreshing.

With 10 more months to go in 2019, this might be the right time for a small investment of time and money such as this.

If you choose your paint touch-up projects from among the following five areas, you will make a big impact on the appearance of your home.

1. Interior Wood Trims – Wood trims receive a fair share of scraps and nicks. A fresh coat of paint on faded interior trims restores the trims to their original lustre and improves overall home décor.

2. Doors – Both interior and exterior doors experience fading and discoloration. Start with the front entrance door because this makes an immediate impression.

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3. Bathroom – With a steady stream of traffic, high levels of moisture, cleaning and disinfecting, bathrooms are always in need of some maintenance. Since the bathroom is usually a small space, you can complete an entire paint touch up job in a day.

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4. Kitchen – With a constant flow of dust, moisture, and airborne grease, surfaces in the kitchen come under serious abuse. Performing touch-up painting in the kitchen provides an easy and inexpensive solution to making your favourite space look great again.

5. Garage – This high-traffic, heavy use area is largely ignored because one tends to spend less time in there but an annual clean up and paint touch up must be considered.

 

Happy Painting!

 

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How lighting affects paint colour

Have you ever painted a room only to discover that the finished result doesn’t quite look like the swatch you picked out?

The type of light makes a huge difference in how colour looks in a room. Because of this, it’s important to consider the type of lighting that exists in a room you’re painting.

For example: A dark hallway without enough natural light will need a colour that looks good in artificial lighting, while a sun soaked room with lots of windows needs a shade that reflects natural lighting.

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The best way to see how the light works in your space is to do a few test spots on the walls. Choose different walls so you can see how the colour looks at various times during the day. You can then adjust the colour a few shades darker or lighter to get the exact look you’re after.

The location of the room also makes a big difference in how much light you get each day. You might get a lot of morning light in a room, but if you spend most of your time there in the evening, you’ll want a colour that makes the space seem brighter without relying on natural light.

North facing rooms can be tough to work with since they tend to be on the darker side. Light from the North is cooler and tends to make colours look dull. It’s best to stick to colours with warmer undertones. If you’re going with white make sure you go with a creamy, warm white.

South facing rooms are probably the easiest spaces to work with. They are filled with light for most of the day, so most colours look great. To take advantage of the light, opt for lighter tones that really amplify it. Dark colours also work well, but they can often seem brighter than usual, so you may need to adjust the shade accordingly.

Rooms that face West get a few different types of light throughout the day. They don’t get much morning light, so they tend to be dull in the morning. As the light shifts, the room will warm up and make bright colours seem brighter. You’ll want to consider when you spend the most time in West facing rooms and choose your colour accordingly to balance the morning /afternoon/evening light.

East facing rooms have the opposite experience of West facing rooms. They get the gorgeous glow of morning light and become progressively darker. So think about whether you want to highlight the warm morning light or if you need to warm it up in the afternoon and evening. Cool colours will look their best in the morning and those with warmer undertones can be chosen for later in the day.

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Artificial light comes into play during those hours when your rooms aren’t getting much natural light. Not all artificial light is the same, so the kind of bulbs you use is also something to consider.

Fluorescent bulbs give off a blue tinted light. This works well with cooler colours like blue and green. You can find fluorescents that are designed to give off warmer lights, but they aren’t quite as warm as incandescent lights.

Incandescent bulbs give off a warmer light with yellow or amber undertones and can enhance warmer colours like red, orange, or yellow and make them seem brighter. They do the opposite with cool colours like blue and green, making them appear more dull and muted.

Halogen lights are the closest to natural light. They give off a white light and don’t change the appearance of colours as much as other types of light. Halogen lights works well with both warm and cool colours.

Happy Painting!

2019’s trending colours

2018 was all about bringing an edgier palette into the home–with vibrant reds, modern metallics, and variations of the black accent wall.

2019 is taking a more mindful, lifestyle-based approach. Most paint brands have released their colours of the year and they range from aquas to terracottas.

If you’re looking to kick-start your new year by refreshing your walls, check out 2019’s top colour trends.

HAZELNUT

Warm and inviting creamy shades of hazelnut will never go out of style nor clash with existing furnishings as it makes for one comforting, neutral go-to hue.

DARK GREEN

From muted to moody, the deep green colour trend can work to emulate the feeling of lush botanicals and the healing power of nature in your home while setting the tone with a strong foundational hue.

For hunter to bottle green, this trend should be reserved for well-lit, large rooms as its intensity can overpower small spaces and make them look darker.

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MUSTARD

For those looking for a pop of colour and an alternative to gold or yellow, deep mustard is great for instantly creating rich focal accents.

Muted and moody mustard home interior colours create provocative depth and highlight décor and art brilliantly.

BLUES

If you are a traditionalist with a casual approach to interior design, try a new shade of blue – charcoal blue, ice blue, gray-blue, and a very pale powder blue are great options when looking for paint colours that are unique yet subtle enough to not take over a room.

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PEWTER

The perfect gray-beige, it is a rich alternative to all white walls. Pewter is the new black and anything but bland.

PALE PINK

Pale pinks will prevail in 2019 due to their neutral properties and compatibility with other shades. They can be mixed with an abundance of white or a lemon yellow for the ideal look.

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Have a colourful new year. Happy Painting.

 

 

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Three tools every beginner painter needs

When starting your very first DIY project, you might be overwhelmed with all the materials to be purchased. There is a lot of preparation required before embarking on your first DIY painting project, but with the proper tools, it can be completed with little or no stress.

To begin, make sure you have the following 3 things:

 A large drop cloth

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Before buying any other materials, you should first purchase an oversized tarp or drop cloth that can sufficiently cover the floors of your rooms completely. While spilling and flicking paint is never intentional, accidents can cause quite a mess. By ensuring that you cover your floors completely, you can be sure that once done, you will be left with little or no mess.

Masking Tape

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Get the job done like a professional with nice, clean lines when painting around edges and corners of walls. Make a trip to your local hardware store to pick up a roll of masking tape. A highly underrated accessory to a painter’s toolkit, but it’s exactly what you need to achieve a professional result.

Variety Brush Pack or Decorator Roller Kit

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If you are unsure about which brush will be perfect, make a safe choice by purchasing a variety pack filled with various brush types and sizes. With a variety brush pack or paint roller , you’ll be able to carry out any DIY job with a sense of readiness and confidence.

And finally, you will need the best quality paint for which we invite you to visit our store for a professional consultation on the right type and shade of paint.

Happy Painting!

 

Planning your nursery

This blog article is for all the parents to be, who are busy preparing for their new, little bundle of joy to arrive.

This article will help you decide on the perfect look to give your nursery you’ve always dreamed of for your little one.

Here are some of the ways you can prepare your nursery other than just wall paint colour.

CHOOSE A THEME

Not only will a nursery theme help you select the wall colours, but it will also help you plan your decor, as well as give those who attend your baby shower some suggestions on what they can gift you to match the theme.

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ADD ART

If you want pastel coloured walls, we think that’s a great idea. However, if you want bright colours in your nursery, you can either get colourful posters and frame them or add one bright accent wall. The artwork you use doesn’t necessarily need to be themed for babies.

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GREY IS GREAT

We don’t mean that you need to paint the walls grey, (although, that is certainly an option) but we do know that finding white furniture or décor accents like linen, toys, shelves etc to match or contrast the grey can be helpful. Choosing grey or any other neutral colour can keep the room looking light and classy.

GENDER DOESN’T LIMIT COLOUR

Whatever colour you want in your baby’s nursery is up to you. There is no pressure to adhere to any colour rules with regard to gender or any other nursery tradition. A baby boy doesn’t mean you need to choose blue. A blue nursery for a girl is just as lovely.

Happy Painting!

How to paint a striped wall

Adding stripes to a wall in your kid’s bedroom or playroom will add a touch of fun and playfulness. Rather than installing wallpaper which is more expensive, you can often obtain the same result with paint.  And the best part is that it is an easy DIY project.

TOOLS & MATERIALS

drop cloth

ladder

high-quality paint roller

high-quality brush

paint tray

tape measuring

painter’s tape

paint

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You can really let your imagine run wild when painting stripes. Choose a single colour alternating matt and gloss sheen between stripes for a very subtle effect. Or try tone on tone stripes using two closely related shades of one colour for subtle contrast. Or for a bold effect, you can use contrasting colours.

Horizontal stripes can make a room look broader or larger while vertical lines can make the walls look taller or the ceiling higher. Consider the shape and size of the room before you select one or the other. Consider also whether you’re painting just one wall or an entire room.

Careful measuring is the key to a successful result. Decide on the width then measure and mark the walls. We suggest a minimum of 5” to 6″ and a maximum of 12” to 14″ wide. Thin lines look busy and very broad stripes can make a room feel heavy so somewhere in between is ideal.

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If you are changing the base wall colour, paint that first, then wait at least 48-72 hours till fully dry before taping the walls with painter’s tape for the stripes. Make sure the tape is flush with the wall to avoid any paint seeping underneath. Once you’ve taped the walls, check that everything is straight and well measured.

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Use high-quality products and tools. Start at the corners and work your way toward the center of the room (if it’s vertical stripes) or at the top or bottom of the wall and work your way toward the center of the wall (if it’s horizontal stripes).

Happy Painting!

How to rock blue interiors

Blue interiors are a favourite choice with home makers, offices, cafes and restaurants across the globe.  Maybe that’s why we do many photos of blue interiors in home magazines.

Blue is a cool colour by nature, and it works well with pretty much any other cool tone: gray, purple, even black. It’s not as easy to work with as brown or beige, but blue can be really striking when set off by metallics, crisp whites, or even deep reds.

Here are 5 colour combination ideas for truly rocking blue interiors.

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Murky blues are understated but classy and can be teamed with neutral furniture and bright home accents.

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Punctuate a teal blue wall with a deep red chair to add some drama and boldness.

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Classic pastel blues and whites for kids’ rooms work for both genders.

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Light blue walls complement natural wood furniture too and don’t only need to be paired with white only.

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Deep, inky blues can form a dramatic back drop if used as a feature wall choice.

Share pics from your home if you have rocking blue interiors too. We’d love to drool.

Happy Painting!

 

 

How to paint a Mural

If you plan to paint a mural using acrylics, this blog post will answer a few of your questions.

  • What type of paint should I use to paint a mural?
  • What other materials do I need to paint a mural?
  • How do I prepare a wall before painting a mural on it?

When you paint a mural, you’ll have two distinct stages of painting, just as when you paint on canvas: first you’ll create an under painting to block in main areas of colour and outline the general composition, and then you’ll paint in the details.

To paint large blocks of colour use interior household paint. Painting large blocks of colour with latex paint is more economical than trying to cover the entire wall with artist quality acrylics. You will get better coverage from interior household paint and save yourself a ton of money.

Interior household paint comes in different sheens: flat, low sheen, satin and semi-gloss. An eggshell sheen works best for murals. Avoid satin or semi-gloss sheens, because they are too shiny. The flat sheen is also not ideal as it cannot be scrubbed. Low Sheen is just right because it can be cleaned and accepts layers of paint on top of it.

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For the detailed sections on your mural, use tubes and jars of artist-quality acrylics and proceed just as if you were painting on canvas.

Other materials you’ll need to paint a mural

Paintbrushes: You’ll need a variety of paintbrushes, from small to wide. The sizes you’ll need will largely depend on the amount of detail you’ll be painting. For covering large areas with paint, use wide brushes – 1″, 2″ and 3″ wide brushes. You can use a 4″ brush, if you have a lot of space you want to fill in quickly with a single colour. For smaller detailed areas, use an array of round brushes in different sizes.

Primer/Sealer: Just as you would prime a canvas before painting on it, you should prime a wall before painting a mural. The primer will create a smooth, even surface that will readily accept acrylic paint.

Paint Tray and Roller: If you are going to cover wide areas with a single colour, consider pouring your paint into a paint tray and using a roller to apply the paint to the wall. This will save you a lot of time.

Painter’s Tape: You’ll need tape for adhering a protective covering on the floor. The best tape to use is a painters’ tape, because it is easy to remove.

Palette: Once you’re ready to paint in the details, you’ll need a palette upon which to mix your paints.

Newspaper or Plastic /Canvas Drop Cloth: Spread newspaper or a plastic tarpaulin on the floor where you will be painting, and use the painters’ tape to secure it to the base boards.

Apron or old clothes: As you learn how to paint a mural, you’ll discover that painting walls is messy. Be sure to dress appropriately or wear the proper protection.

Cup for water: You’ll need a sturdy cup to hold the water that you’ll dip your brushes into for rinsing and cleaning.

A bottle of clean water: In addition to water for your brushes, a separate bottle of clean water is handy to keep on standby if you accidentally spill paint.

Paper towels and/or old rags: Paper towels and old rags are essential for cleaning up spills.

Stool or stepladder: For reaching the high parts of the wall.

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We’d love to see your pics once done. Do share!

Happy Painting!