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!

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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!

 

Using colour therapy in your bedroom

Want a good night’s sleep?

There are many little things that you can do to ensure you get your much needed rest, such as painting your bedroom walls the right colour. Find out which colours to use in your bedroom to help you relax and recharge after a busy, stressful day.

The right “colour therapy” in the bedroom will make a visible difference to your day and life.

Blue

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People with blue bedroom walls tend to get the best night’s sleep and wake up feeling positive and happy. This is due to the calming, cooling and relaxing qualities of blue, which are said to slow the heart rate, reduce blood pressure and help combat headaches. Choose sky blues or navy blues. Electric blues are more rejuvenating and invigorating.

White

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White is associated with peace and tranquillity. Its simplicity helps to clear the mind and refresh the soul. Avoid very bright whites which can lead to headaches. Choose soft whites which are very relaxing and calming for the mind, body and soul.

Green

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Green is a balancing colour that soothes and relaxes us both physically and mentally. There are so many shades of green – bright greens are invigorating. Soft and dull greens like moss green or olive green are recommended for the bedroom to make it more calming and relaxing.

Pink

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Pink is emotionally soothing and calming. It relieves the feeling of loneliness and depression and brings an air of optimism and happiness. Choose this colour for your bedroom to create a positive atmosphere.

Yellow

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Yellow is a bright, uplifting colour which also stimulates the mind. This is a popular colour for the bedroom as it creates a great space illusion. But, too much yellow will have your mind working overtime, so it might be best to stick to soft buttery tones if you want to get more rest.

Colours can also be added to your bedroom with furniture, decor accessories and bed linen to complement the colour of your walls. Happy Painting.

 

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Paint tips to consider when selling your home

Getting your home ready to sell does not have to be a daunting task. With a little planning, your return on investment will be well worth it.

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The most economical way to make your home look fresh and attractive to potential buyers is by giving it a fresh coat of paint.

Exterior

The first thing a buyer will see is the exterior walls. It creates the first impression, so it is important you pay particular attention to the exterior and entrance of your home.

Your exterior paint should do the following:

  • Complement the other homes in the neighbourhood. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb.
  • Reflect the character of the architecture.
  • Highlight architectural features you want to stand out. Example – French windows, pillars, columns, etc.
  • Hide features like drainpipes by painting them the same colour as the house.
  • Blend in with the environment – sand, stones, shrubs and trees in the area.
  • Make a home look bigger than it really is with the right colour choice. Lighter colours can help you achieve this, just as painting a big house on a small property a darker colour will make it more proportional to the size of the property.

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Interior

Colour is very personal.  Bright yellow may be your “happy” colour, but some potential buyers might find it too distracting. White can look cold and clinical to some. Feature walls appeal to only a few and they need to match with potential buyers’ home decor and ideas.

We suggest you play it safe with neutral shades that have much broader appeal, plus they never go out of fashion. Neutral colours are non-distracting and considered more friendly than white, a great background colour allowing potential buyers to imagine their own furnishings in the space.

Neutral colours don’t need to be boring. Earthy tones, like sand, create a warm welcoming feel. They are soothing and relaxing and work well with most other colours. They also add warmth and balance rooms with lots of stone, metal or glass.

Ceilings and skirtings painted white will frame the wall. If you want the walls to appear higher, then paint the skirting the same colour as the wall.

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Adding plants and green to your home will link it to nature, which is very trendy right now.

Call us to find the perfect paint colours.

Happy Painting!

 

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The most versatile shades for your kitchen

The kitchen is not just that room in the house where the food is cooked. It is the most essential room in a home as families spend most of their waking time in the kitchen and since it is the most used room, choosing the right colour is important.

Instead of choosing dark, dramatic colours which might become overwhelming in a few months, a simple, bright, yet comforting colour can make your kitchen the best room in your home.

Do not forget to take into consideration the availability of light that can change the appearance of your kitchen in major ways.

White

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What can be more comforting than the colour white? Whether you have a traditional kitchen or a modern one, the colour white results in perfection every time.

There are endless possibilities for one to explore with home décor like crockery, jars, curtains, chairs, blinds and so much more as everything goes great with white.

Ivory

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Ivory is the best alternative for white. It is equally soothing and bright and will make your kitchen look fresh and clean. Ivory also complements easily with most home décor choices and so it is a safe bet.

If you worry about white being too stark then, ivory should be your next choice.

Grey

Grey is the most underestimated versatile colour in the palette and should be a popular choice for your kitchen if you have enough natural light to boast of.  Grey can be combined with red, green or yellow for a bit of contrast.

Green

Add shades of green to give your kitchen a sophisticated look. You can do this with a mint or turquoise green feature wall.  This adds drama without becoming too overwhelming.

Another way to get a contemporary look for your kitchen is to have green walls with wooden cabinets.

Yellow

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Yellow in all shades are a welcome choice for kitchens as yellow perks you up and makes waking up to a cuppa in the kitchen an easy choice.

Since yellow is pretty neutral it can be used on all the walls and it will complement beautifully with most kitchen cabinets like bright white or light and dark wooden ones.

 

Happy Painting!

Painting your home in winter

Home painting is usually a summer project all across the world but sometimes we are stuck with home improvements in rainy and cold times.

Most people are discouraged from taking on a paint project in winter for the following reasons:

  • Painting outdoors in wet weather will cause the paint to streak if exposed to the rain.
  • Painting indoors in lower temperatures might not allow the paint to dry properly.

If you are going to tackle a paint project this winter, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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You can still work on indoor paint projects during cold and wet weather as long as it’s between 12 and 30 degrees Celsius and you have adequate air circulation. The paint will dry just fine.

To speed up drying times you can increase air circulation by opening doors and windows during the warmer part of the day (as long as the rain doesn’t come in), by using fans or in extreme cases by using blow heaters. These can hired from some equipment hire stores.

Deluxe Coatings only uses premium paint, so generally issues like humidity have only a marginal effect on the product.

Winter means slow business for painters so you might get a great deal for the job.

Happy Painting!

How to make your old wrought iron look new

Wrought iron railings, fences and deck furniture are an integral part of most homes. The only disadvantage is that wrought iron can rust easily and needs refinishing to look fresh.

Pick a warm, dry day to paint your wrought iron pieces. Don’t start painting if surfaces are wet or when the humidity is high. Try painting directly in the sun, if you’re painting movable wrought iron pieces like furniture.

Set up a clear space to work and cover the floor with a drop cloth to protect from splatters and drips. For fences or railings, make sure that the ground, walls and surrounding surfaces are protected by drop cloths and painter’s tape.

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Clean the metal with a vinegar/water solution (50/50) or use water with a mild detergent and a brush or rag to scrub of any dirt and grime. Use a bleach/water solution to remove any mold or mildew.

Completely remove old paint and rust for new coats of paint to adhere properly. The surface needs to be free of loose flakes of paint. Sanding and scraping the surface will improve paint adhesion. Remove both rust and paint using a stiff wire brush. Emery board can also be use to sandpaper railings or fences because of their flexibility. Remove sanding dust as you go. You should see bare metal where the rust has been removed.

Do not forget to wear a dust mask, safety goggles, and appropriate clothing that cover your skin while you sand and scrape away metal paint.

Spray wrought iron with a primer made for metals for smoothest coverage results. For best results, apply two coats. When spraying, use a brush to keep painting over the freshly applied paint before it begins to dry to work the paint into the surface for better adhesion and to smooth out drips. Allow the primer to dry thoroughly for at least 24 hours.

Spray paint or apply with a small to medium-sized paintbrush. Spray painting gets the job done fast and provides excellent coverage and a smooth finish. For best results, apply a second coat of paint within one hour of applying the first coat. Let the paint dry for at least 24 hours before using.

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Happy Painting!

How to avoid exterior paint disasters

Cooler and colder weather is soon going to set it and this might be the best time as any to start and complete your outdoor painting projects.

Go about them the right way and you’ll be treated to years of problem-free paint. Here’s our advice.

home-1689859_960_720Properly prepare the surface. Good surface preparation is essential if you want to avoid cracks, blistering, flaking and peeling paint. Before you apply the finish coat, make sure the exterior surface is clean and sound, with no loose or peeling paint, and prime any and all bare or unpainted wood or metal. All surfaces must be clean, dry and free from dust, wax, grease, etc. Loose, powdery or chalky surfaces should be brushed down thoroughly and sealed with a solvent based primer e.g. Deluxe Coatings Super Seal.

Invest in our top quality Acrylic Based Exterior Coatings. Assuming that the surface has been properly prepared, the best protection against bad paint jobs is to use a top quality Acrylic Based Coating. This type of paint adheres well to the surface, yet is flexible enough to expand and contract with temperature variations making it extremely tough, durable, and long lasting. Investing in top quality paint is not as expensive.

Visit our store to get the quality exterior paints. Deluxe Coatings exterior paints are suitable for use on multiple types of surfaces including gyprock, hardwall plaster, brick, cement, cement render, galvanised iron and timber.

The best quality painting tools allow you to apply a thicker, more uniform coat of paint, offering maximum protection from weather woes. Choose brushes with split bristles of multiple lengths that are packed tightly together. And, when working with acrylic paint, be certain to use brushes and rollers made of synthetic material, which will hold their shape better.

Paint only in moderate weather conditions. Most coatings form the best protective film when it isn’t too cold or too hot outside, and when the wind isn’t excessive. Do not apply if surface temperature is less than 12°C.

Happy Painting!

 

How much does it cost to paint your home?

You have two ways to go about a painting project – hire a professional or do it yourself.

Hiring a Professional

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The cost to hire a tradesman to paint an average-sized room (10×12 feet) currently ranges from $200.00 to $250.00. There are the three major factors that will determine cost when it comes to hiring a tradesman to paint a room in your home.

Room Size: Before you start considering colours, provide your painter with the room size to estimate how much paint is needed. To calculate your painting surface area, add together the length of every wall in the room and multiply by the height of the room from floor to ceiling. Then use the same calculation (length x height) on the windows, doors, and skirtings and subtract those numbers from the overall area. One 4 litre bucket of paint covers about 8 – 10 square metres.

Use our easy calculator.

Textured Walls: A textured wall will need more paint than a smooth wall to ensure that the surface is completely covered. Painters generally estimate about 3 square metres per litre of paint to account for texture finish.  Factor in this additional surface area into your square footage calculations when seeking an estimate.

Time: Time to finish the job will also affect the cost.

DIY Project

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If you want to DIY, you can buy paint and equipment from Deluxe Coatings at very reasonable prices. Visit our store, today.

Here are a few pointers:

  • Decide on a colour palette by taking home colour samples pots from our store and testing them out on different spots on your walls.
  • Buy supplies — including rollers, brushes in a range of sizes, standard painter’s tape, a drop cloth, a paint tray, paint rollers.
  • Remove or cover all furniture to protect it from stains, using a canvas drop sheet, Deluxe Coatings has all sizes that are reasonably priced.
  • Sweep surface with a soft broom to remove any dust, prepare the surface,  mask up any surfaces that need to be masked up using our 14 Day Masking Tape , being careful not to get to much masking tape on the wall surface.
  • Paint the first coat; allow it to dry according to specifications.  Apply the second coat. Remove the masking tape before the second coat is dry.

Finishes available

  • Lo-Sheen – has a slight sheen and suited for areas requiring frequent cleaning like living rooms, hallways and children’s bedrooms.
  •  Semi-gloss – has a medium sheen and can be easily cleaned, ideal for skirtings, kitchens and bathrooms.

Don’t forget that almost any paint job will require a primer, especially on surfaces and on previously painted doors, door frames and skirtings.

Popular colour choices this year are: Shades of Grey and Pastel colours.

Happy Painting!

 

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