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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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Steps for removing wallpaper

To get this job started, organise a plastic drop cloth or canvas, a spray bottle and a wallpaper scraper – putty knife or razor blade. A razor scraper is best used on plaster walls, the putty knife on drywall or gypsum board. You can use the razor edge wallpaper removal tool on drywall, but the wallpaper must be thoroughly saturated with hot water containing vinegar so it can be razored off without damages.

To start, turn off the electricity in the room where you will be removing wallpaper. Move furniture away from the walls. Place the drop sheet at the base of the wall.

Before you fill the spray bottle make lines on the surface of wallpaper without going too deep.

Fill the spray bottle with regular white vinegar and hot water. It works better than chemicals, and vinegar is cheap. Use a 2:1 solution, two parts hot water and one part vinegar.

Once you spray the wallpaper, you will notice that it will soak up all the water and look dry. As long as too much water is not dripping, you can spray more water. Then after 20 minutes, spray once more liberally. It is fine if water drips on to the drop sheet. Start scrapping off the sheets but be careful of the slippery mess the paper and glue can make.

After you have completely stripped off the wallpaper, get the glue off. Try to remove the glue as soon as possible after removing the wallpaper while the glue is very wet. You can use a wet rag followed with a clean, dry rag. You can also use your razor scraper or spackle knife to scrape off the glue.

Let the wall dry thoroughly before 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!