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!

 

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Tips for painting your master bedroom

If you are thinking of repainting your master bedroom, give enough thought to selecting the paint colours as you spend roughly 1/3 of your day here.

Here are some tips to consider before you pick up a paintbrush.

Select a colour which relaxes you and envelopes you rather than stops you in your tracks because of its boldness or brightness.

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From furniture and accessories to the wall colour, create a space that gives you a sense of calm. Stay away from high energy colours such as bright reds and oranges.

Your bedroom should reflect your personality or your decorating style (or both), but there are a few things to keep in mind.  Rather than painting the entire bedroom a bright, bold colour, select a feature wall to bring in the colour you desire. You can also introduce bold colours through soft furnishings such as pillows, curtains, or even a piece of accent furniture.

We often suggest that you paint the wall behind the headboard a bold or deep highlight colour and paint the remaining walls a lighter, complementing colour.

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Add interest and depth to your overall decor in the master bedroom by layering colours. Like we said above, paint walls a neutral colour and then layer in colours through other means such as artwork, bed linen, curtains, an armchair or a loveseat. Spurts of colour add layers as well as texture.

Make sure the colours coordinate. For more contrast, pick colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. For a calming effect, choose colours alongside each other on the colour wheel.

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

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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 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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Happy Painting!

The colour of your child’s room affects their mood

When it’s time to paint your child’s room, you’ll probably agree to choose your child’s favourite colour. While pleasing your child is important (they’ll be the one spending time in the room, after all), don’t overlook the importance of colour psychology.  It is true that the colour of your child’s room affects their mood.

Red

Red is energizing and exciting. It can increase heart rate and blood pressure, and stimulate appetite. On the flip side, it can also produce greater feelings of anger and hostility. Be careful about adding an element to your child’s bedroom that will increase energy (and may increase anger). Typically, red is great for an accent wall. Much more than that could make things a bit too intense.

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Pink

Pink calms emotions, and can even help to increase empathy and nurturing feelings. But, when exposed to a lot of pink, children tend to tire of the colour. Small accents are typically the best choice.

Orange

Orange is cheerful and friendly. Children tend to play more cooperatively in orange rooms, and the colour inspires confidence as well. But like red or pink, too much can be overwhelming. Orange is also great for accent colours in a child’s bedroom.

Yellow

Yellow has been shown to boost memory and concentration, which is especially great if your child does homework in his bedroom. Yellow is also associated with happiness and cheerfulness. However, be aware that it can make settling down difficult for a child who struggles with sleep.

Green

Green makes us think of nature, and has a calming and soothing effect on children (and adults!). This can be especially helpful for children who struggle with anxiety. While red and orange should be used sparingly, green is safe to use all around the room.

Blue

Blue is great for children who have behavioural problems because it has a very soothing effect. It reduces anxiety and anger. Balancing it with the confidence of orange or the cheeriness of yellow produces a well-rounded vibe in a room.

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Happy Painting!

Signs that indicate your house needs painting

Taking care of your home interiors with regular spends on maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep its value up. Along with keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean, a fresh paint job on the outside every few years makes the house look inviting. Quality paint must be the only option to consider for protecting your home’s exterior against the elements.

So how do you know when it’s time to paint your house? Watch for these signs.

  1. Paint shows signs of wear

Peeling, bubbling, and cracking paint are signs that the paint wasn’t applied correctly in the first place or that the paint has succumbed to the elements. It could also indicate dry rot or mould. Do not ignore these signs. Immediate maintenance is advised.

  1. Paint is fading

Fading paint makes a house look worn and tired and definitely brings down market value as first impressions are everything. Dark paints fade quicker than lighter paints, so when repainting, choose a colour wisely. You can speak to our experts for a paint consultation in this matter.

  1. Visible gaps or shrinking

If you have a wooden exterior and it appears that the boards on your home’s exterior are shrinking and gaps are visible between the boards it is a sign of potential dry rot. This means that moisture could be getting into the wood. Talk to a professional to assess the damage.

  1. Caulk is cracking

If the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking or showing signs of being brittle, it has lost its elasticity and it’s time for an updated paint job.

So how often does your house need to be painted?

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Exteriors should be painted every 5 to 10 years. This time frame depends also on how well your house was painted the last time, the quality of paint that was used, the quality of the prep work that was done, the location of your house and the surface of your exterior walls.

Wood surfaces need to be painted every 3 to 7 years. Stucco should be repainted every 5 to 6 years.

Happy Painting!

Fixing common painting problems

Drips, brush marks, and stains are a huge disappointment to find after putting in time, effort, and sweat into painting your walls yourself.

So how can you easily fix such common mistakes without too much additional effort? Read on to learn how to fix some of the most common painting mistakes.

Remove drips from paint

To avoid drips in the first place, make sure you don’t overload your paintbrush as you paint. But if you end up with drips, follow these steps.

  1. With a scraper, carefully scrape the paint drips.
  2. Sand the area until it’s smooth, so you cannot feel the edges.
  3. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  4. Repaint the area.

 

Get rid of brush marks

Brush marks often show up on natural wood finishes. They can also be caused by overloading your paintbrush. Get rid of them with these steps:

  1. Sand the area with a small piece of sandpaper. For larger areas use a hand sander/machine sander.
  2. Remove sanding dust with a clean rag.
  3. Repaint the area.

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Remove stains

If you don’t properly prime before painting, it’s possible for stains to show through your new paint coats. Here’s the best way for stains to be gone:

  1. Using a heavy duty cleaner (not caustic based), clean the area thoroughly.
  2. Let dry completely.
  3. Apply an oil-based undercoat over the stain.
  4. Once the undercoat is dry, repaint.

 

Fix flaking paint

Flaking paint happens over time as moisture finds its way under your painted surface. But it can also happen when you apply paint to a damp surface. Fix flaking paint by following these steps:

  1. Use a paint scraper or wire brush to remove the flaking paint.
  2. Sand the area. Start with a coarse abrasive, and finish the sanding with a fine abrasive.
  3. Work hard to smooth the edges between the painted and scraped areas. Otherwise, the new coat of paint will highlight those lines.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime the area.
  6. Repaint.

 

Get rid of mildew

You’ll find mildew in bathrooms and kitchens because moisture tends to be a constant occurrence in these rooms. Take care of the problem with these steps:

  1. Wearing protective eye-wear, gloves, and clothing, wash the area with a heavy duty cleaner, water, bleach, and a clean stiff brush.
  2. Go bottom to top so you don’t stain the surface.
  3. Let the wall dry for at least two days.
  4. Remove dust with a clean rag.
  5. Prime with a primer that contains mildew protection.
  6. Repaint with two coats of paint.

Happy Painting!

Tips for painting tricky areas

Painting is a DIY project that anyone can master in a short amount of time if they have the patience for it. Walls are easy to get a hang of but it’s often the uneven and hard to reach places that prove a challenge. Even a seasoned painter, will encounter tricky or difficult-to-reach areas occasionally.

Fortunately, we have some easy tricks to paint these areas with excellent results. Here are pro tips that address three common problem areas.

Painting window trims

Sometimes it’s a real challenge to paint windows neatly, especially when there is wood diving the panes of glass. It is also time-consuming as you need to mask tape the glass before starting. What if you didn’t need to use your painter’s tape? It doesn’t matter if your paint job is a bit messy. It’s ok to get paint on the window glass. Just wait for the paint to dry, and then scrape it off easily with a razor blade, for clean, crisp edges. For best results, scrape up the dried paint soon after it dries, and don’t let it sit for more than a day.

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Painting behind the toilet

Bathrooms have more tight areas than most rooms, and perhaps the most challenging of all is the space behind the toilet. What you’ll need is a smaller, narrower and shorter roller. This is the best tool for painting behind the toilet, and also for painting behind radiators and other wall fixtures.

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In fact, you may find all kinds of tight spaces that your hot dog roller can reach that might have been a real challenge to paint without it. If you need a longer handle on the roller to get into a particularly tight or high space, you can screw on an extension pole to provide the right amount of reach.

Painting high ceilings and walls

There may be some high areas in your home where a ladder simply can’t go, such as above a staircase. And when you need to paint a wall right up to the ceiling, you might face a challenge.

Perhaps in the past you’ve tried attaching a paintbrush to a pole to reach these high areas. But that can be very awkward, and it could turn messy.

What you will need is a paintbrush extension tool. It works like an extension of your arm, holding your paintbrush right up to the top of the wall in the area where a roller can’t go. And it’s flexible, so you can position your paintbrush in just the right way.

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Load your paintbrush judiciously; using less paint than you would if you were painting a wall in front of you. Take your time to get neat, drip-free results.

Painting high spaces, window trims, and areas behind fixtures are just a few of the areas that might present a challenge when you’re giving your room a paint makeover. Write to us if you are facing challenges with painting other tricky surfaces around the house and we will be glad to offer a solution.

Also, read our blog on how to paint tiled roofs, another challenging area for many – https://deluxecoatingsau.wordpress.com/2017/06/09/how-to-paint-a-tiled-roof/

Happy Painting.

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Common Painting Mistakes

Painting your own home is a fairly simple DIY task. However, many first timers make mistakes that leave them feeling frustrated when the job done doesn’t end up looking professional and money spent is wasted.

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Here are a few common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Use of inferior applicators

After buying good quality paint, you might be inclined to buy cheap brushes and rollers in an effort to cut costs. You will always need good quality painting tools and accessories. It is money well spent.

Improper preparation of walls

When it comes to painting, start with a blank slate. Firstly dust your walls down, and make sure all repair work is done prior to applying paint. For paint to be applied smoothly, your walls should be smooth and clean, dry and free of any loose debris.

Skipping small details

Attention to detail is what is required to create a great finish. For clean lines and professional-looking results, use masking tape. Taping ensures that you’ll have the crisp edges you want. To prevent bleeding, make sure the tape is sealed tightly around baseboards, windows, light fittings and mouldings. Once you have finished painting, gently removed the making tape while the paint is wet, if you wait until the paint is dry you will pull the paint off with the masking tape.

Leaving surroundings unprotected

Even before opening a can of paint, make sure your work zone is protected. If possible, remove all the furniture from the room. Cover the entire floor with a drop cloth. You’ll thank yourself for this 10-minute prep when you’re not scrubbing paint splatter off floors later.

Working without primer

Never skip the paint primer. Primer/Sealer prepares the wall surface so that patching and sanding can be done. Primer/Sealer also allows the next coat of paint to be applied easily, plus it ensures the true colour of the paint shines through.

 

Happy Painting!