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!

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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!

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.

Happy Painting!

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.

Happy Painting!

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!

 

Our favourite non-neutral colours

Picking a paint colour is hard, and we are no strangers to that fact. Our customers are constantly seeking advice on the right shades as they are often sceptical about trying shades that are not in the neutral palette.

We have put together our list of ‘go to’ non neutral paint colours that we have tried and tested – and loved.

This deep, intense, and modern, and yet totally classic shade of blue is perfect for small rooms or big ones too. It has the most perfect amount of green in it, so it’s not purple-y.

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This teal shade is perfect for those who can’t decide on green vs. blue as it appeals to both colour preferences.

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This versatile and soft pink is just the right shade without it becoming a baby pink or a bright magenta. It is in between a coral and a bright pink, which makes it the perfect adult appropriate shade.

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Doors are usually always painted in neutral shades but we found that colourful doors can be more fun and attractive. Don’t be afraid to give yellow or red or blue a try.

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Chocolate brown is an unlikely shade for bathroom walls but we think this shade is not only versatile but grows on you.

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So, which ones are your favourites or are there any we forgot to include that you like?

If you have any colour recommendations please leave them in the comments.

Happy Painting!

 

Colours that boost home prices

When you are ready to sell your home, you know it’s time to slap on a fresh coat of paint before listing your property. But, how do you decide what colour is the right one and will attract prospective buyers?

Specific colours can boost a home’s selling price. At the same time, certain colours can put off buyers. Here’s what we found.

Colour makes a big impact on buyers and though trends keep changing it is good to know that certain colours never grow old and are most favourable with would-be buyers.

Front doors can really make an impression on prospective buyers. Doors painted shades of navy blue, dark gray or charcoal have found to be more appealing.

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Usually grey or beige for exterior walls are more appealing to buyers than white.

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Soft grey is the most appetizing colour for kitchens. This allows more room for further personalisation by the new owners.

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Prospective buyers are attracted to light beige, pale taupe or oatmeal living rooms.

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Light-grey neutrals proved to be the most popular paint shades in bedrooms and dining rooms.

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When it comes to the bathroom, think clean colours like whites and creams.

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Happy Painting!

(All pictures from pixabay.com and freepik.com)

 

Getting rid of mould

Black mould or any other mould for that matter is harmful.  Fortunately, there are many different ways to get rid of this household menace.

Most of these solutions use everyday household products that you probably already have.  Please remember, the rule of thumb for do it yourself mould removal is if the mould is 10 square feet or less in size.  If it is larger than that, you may want to consider hiring a professional.

 Kill Mould with Bleach

Probably the most thought of solution when considering how to get rid of mould.

Recipe
Bleach-Water Solution (1 part bleach to 16 parts water) for non porous surfaces.

Bleach-Detergent solution (1 part household detergent, 10 parts bleach, and 20 parts water) for porous surfaces.

Application
Spray or apply with a rag. Wait five minutes, and then scrub with a hard brush but be careful not to scratch or destroy the material that you are trying to protect.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

Caution
Bleach is toxic so keep the room well ventilated when applying.

Get Rid of Mould with Vinegar

Vinegar is a natural alternative to bleach or other strong chemicals.  It is not toxic.

Recipe
Distilled white synthetic vinegar (straight, not diluted with water).

Application
Spray or apply with a rag. Wait 10-15 minutes, then spray or apply again and scrub with a hard brush. Be careful not to scratch or destroy the material that you are trying to protect.  Wipe clean with a damp rag.

Caution
Strong odour, but will dissipate in a couple of hours.

Banish Mould with Baking Soda

Baking Soda is a convenient solution to mould problems.  It is inexpensive, helps prevent future mould growth, and deodorizes.

Recipe
Baking Soda-Detergent Solution:  1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon mild liquid detergent

Baking Soda-Water Solution: ¼ to ½ tablespoon baking soda to 1 litre water.

Application
Spray area thoroughly and wipe with rag or scrub with appropriate semi-abrasive brush.  Wipe away.  Spray lightly again with the baking soda-water solution and dry thoroughly.

Caution
No strong fumes or odours, non-toxic, and safe for the environment.

No more Mould with Borax

Borax is the best solution for permanent mould removal.  It is natural, inexpensive, and doesn’t produce toxic fumes.  It is also effective at killing germs. It is safe to use on all materials, both porous and non-porous.

Recipe
1 cup of Borax to 4 litres of water

Application
Apply the solution carefully without using too much on any porous material that absorbs water, as this will saturate the material and cause other moisture problems. Scrub area with rag or somewhat abrasive material, such as a scrub brush. Wipe area clean and dry the area.  No need to rinse the area because borax inhibits any new growth.

Caution
Don’t consume, otherwise safe.