Types of wall textures

Wall textures and finishes serve several purposes like adding charm, warmth and character to a home or hiding defects in a wall or ceiling.

Here are a few you and a friend can try during your next home renovation.

All of these are a two-person job.

A swirl finish is usually accomplished by applying a thin coat and then dragging a stiff bristled brush or a comb through the fresh paint in a circular pattern. Maintaining a consistent geometrically even pattern does require a high level of skill, so keep that in mind.

A tree bark finish with ridges can be created by using a special type of foam roller. The foam roller ensures the pattern is applied uniformly across the ceiling and walls. It’s better to have this pattern on the ceiling only so that the whole room doesn’t feel overwhelming.

A stomped brush finish is tough to achieve but if you are great at DIY projects then it might be worth a try. The best stomp brush is one that’s round with long bristles. While the paint is wet, just stomp the brush upwards on it until you cover the entire surface. This texture will look great in any room in the house.

A slapped brush finish is also tough to achieve and needs practice. A brush with stiff bristles is needed. First, you must apply a coat of paint with a roller. Then use the brush and slap the wall starting from the edges. It will create patterns, but you must be careful about the angle of the brush. Not slapping the brush at the right angle might leave a messy look.

Give us a ring or send us an email if you need help deciding on a wall finish for your space. Visit www.deluxecoatings.com.au

Happy Painting!

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Is spray painting better?

Do you only associate spray painting with wall graffiti?

Have you ever toyed with the idea of spray painting but never taken the plunge as you may have heard about harmful effects?

These pros can help you decide if spray painting is what you need to get the job done.

  • Spray painting allows you to get a more even coverage without brush strokes.
  • Spray primer is so much faster to apply than brush primer making any DIY project a breeze.
  • Spray paint is also so much faster to apply than the conventional brush or roller.
  • Spray paint is typically oil based, therefore more durable than water- based paints.
  • Spray paint is a good choice for outdoors, where surface areas are larger and time is of the essence.

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  • Spray paints are great to transform metal, wicker, plastic, resin and other surfaces that need face lifts after a few years of wear and tear.
  • Spray paint dries much faster than conventional paint from a can.
  • Clean up after using spray paint is quicker – no brushes and rollers to rinse or buckets to wash.

Happy Painting!

 

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Can I paint while pregnant?

Doing up the nursery is a rite of passage for most parents-to-be. A lot of people have some fears, though, and very valid ones. Here are some tips and precautions on painting while pregnant.

There is no clear evidence that exposure to paint is harmful to pregnancy. However, limiting oneself to unnecessary exposure of chemicals is always a good idea. The current thinking is painting a small room like a baby’s nursery involves very low levels of exposure. If you decide to paint during your pregnancy, consider the scope of your project and be smart about exposure levels. One-time projects that take a day are safer than painting your whole house over many months.

The first trimester is generally considered the riskiest time in a pregnancy, since the baby’s organs are still forming and therefore it makes sense to avoid such an activity during this time.

Avoid paints with harsh solvents. Oil-based paint isn’t a good choice when painting while pregnant, because it contains harsh solvents. It gives off vapours, called volatile organic compounds (VOCs), that can cause headaches, eye irritation, nausea, dizziness and fatigue. Acrylic paint is water-based and considered much safer. Avoid anything that contains ethylene glycol, ethers or biocides.

Follow these important steps to protect you and baby.

Cover your skin. Wear long sleeves, long pants and gloves to keep any paint from getting on your skin. If you do get paint on you, wash the area immediately with soap and water.

Wear a mask. Any approved mask or respirator will provide protection against paint fumes. Covering your nose and mouth with a handkerchief won’t do. If you start to feel nauseous or dizzy at any point, leave the room immediately.

Ensure good ventilation. Open your windows and make sure you have good air circulation.

If you’re removing layers of paint from an old home and suspect there may be lead paint involved, have someone else tackle the project.

Keep food and drink out of the room.

Be careful of heights. Your centre of gravity shifts during pregnancy and you may be prone to losing your balance. Have someone else climb the ladder to paint in high places.

Wash up. Even if you didn’t splatter yourself with paint, shower and wash your hair when you’re done to rinse off any lingering fumes.

Happy Painting!

 

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Summer hues for your walls

Say Hello to the summer of 2019.

These vibrant hues and soothing shades are our top picks for the last summer of the decade.

From the kitchen to the bedroom to the living room and everywhere in between, let these shades transform your home and head space.

A room that gets lots of sunlight is the perfect condition for going all out with one colour, like a light blue or mint.

A soothing soft blue feels like fresh air when you walk into the room. It adds an ethereal, dreamy quality to a bedroom but also offers a ton of versatility. On the other hand indigo blue is a classic for beach houses and really channels the ocean vibe but if you don’t own a beach house do not be afraid to try and bring a bit of the sea to your town house with an indigo blue splash.

Going floor-to-ceiling in a bright sunny yellow shade could be a bit overwhelming, but painting just the bottom portion of a wall may add the right amount of bright.

Just like you could wear an outfit of two different blues or greys, the same effect works beautifully in home decor. Try it out by painting the window trims a few shades darker than the colour of your walls, for instance.

Lavender made a comeback this year but the key is in finding the right shade with a bit of grey in it, so that your room doesn’t end up looking like a pre-school.

Pale green is a gorgeous summer colour for your walls, but it can also be a lovely accent colour for painted furniture.

Baby pink is the new neutral.

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Pinks don’t have to feel over the top and one-dimensional. A muted coral tone can be timeless, sophisticated, and fun all at once when paired with black furniture, splashes of marble or metallic wall art.

There’s no such thing as too much pink or pink being too feminine. But if you just want to dabble in the brighter shades of this colour like hot pink or flamingo pink, then start by painting a smaller area in your home, like a pretty window nook. Bright pink gives a bit of a romantic glow without feeling like you are in a cheesy, musical soap opera.

Come see us for your new choices this summer. Our address is on our website www.deluxecoatings.com.au

Happy Painting!

 

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Painting or Staining Fences – A comparison

We get many clients asking us whether it’s better to paint their wooden fences or to stain them. The most important thing to do is protect it. Plain wood is gorgeous, but it won’t hold up well to the changing seasons. Both staining and painting will protect your fencing, so consider what is the best fit for your home’s curb appeal.

The benefits of Painting:

  • Painting is perfect if you want to colour coordinate with your garden or the exteriors of your home.
  • Also, you can select a finish – LoSheen Matt or Gloss.
  • You can be done in a day’s work as the acrylic (water based) paint will dries fast.

The drawbacks are that paint is usually a bit pricier than a stain. And more work is needed since painting requires priming and usually a few coats.

The benefits of Staining:

  • Stain does not require priming and the colour is likely to be uniform.
  • Staining enhances the natural beauty of the wood.
  • Stain doesn’t peel or crack.

The drawbacks of staining are that you may need a lot to evenly coat your fence if the wood is highly absorbent. Also, staining requires warm weather to set properly.

 

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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!

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!

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!

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!