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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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!

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

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!

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!