Things to know before painting Your Room

May 13, 2015  //  Posted by: bobthebuilder  //  Category: Coloring / Painting

Are you still living with white boring walls? Stop living like that and get your room painted. Painting your room is one of the simplest ways to make your room look more beautiful and appealing. Good paint colors can change your mood and interior look of your way. So here are few things which you should know before you get your room painted.

 

  • Make a difference by prepping your room

It’s easy to paint your room if it is empty. So if possible make your room empty while painting. If not totally, then try to move at least big pieces of furniture to the centre of the room. Take care to cover this furniture with either old sheets or drop cloth. Clean your walls before painting it as there is a layer of dust, dirt and oil build on the wall. Although it seems to be useless, but removing this dirt before painting will allow the paint to adhere to the wall. Cover the light switch, outlet cover, window trim and floor with drop cloth, newspaper or a roll of paper.

  • Test the paint color

It is really very tough to decide how a particular color will look on your wall. So it’s better to take a sample of color you like try it and then decide whether to apply it on whole or not. Before finalizing the color, let the applied color dry, then observe it properly in day and night time which will give you a better idea of how color will look on your wall. If you are confused between different colors then do the same with each color and decide afterwards. You would be glad to see which color you liked and thought it to look good and which color actually looks good.

  • Allow color into your life

Some people think that color can be overpowering for the room and due to this fear they go for white, beige or off white. Try out some colors in your room it will let you get a good feeling while you enter your room. Choice of colors depends upon the size and interior of your room. For example if you have big room with large ceiling than you can use dark colors which adds to the texture and depth to the space. On the contrary if you have small room with less natural light then you can go on with light and bright colors which can make the space look larger and brightens the room. Thus take out the fear of colors and try on something which can make you surprised.

  • Concentrate on the finish you choose

It may surprise you but it’s not only the color which enhances your room. There are also some other factors like finish or seen which also affects the room along with color. For durability and easy clean you can opt for high gloss paint finishes. But it also has a drawback that the imperfections of your wall will be highlighted by this finish. While if you opt for flat paint finish it will hide these imperfections, but it also suspects to damage. Thus the best possible output will be an egg shell finish. It does not highlight imperfections, does not opt to damage, it’s easy to clean and it also provide some gloss.

 

How To Decide The Color For Outer Walls?

February 25, 2014  //  Posted by: cooldude  //  Category: Coloring / Painting

Outer Walls colorHomeowners have a tendency to give more importance to the interior of their homes than the exterior of their homes. You also must be focusing more on making the interior of your home attractive and beautiful. This is a very common home décor pattern. However, you must realize that the exterior of your home is as significant as the interior of your home. It is essential that you ensure that the outer walls of your home do not look boring and dull. The perfect way to enhance the outer walls of your home is to paint them suitably. Here are some tips that will help you decide the color for outer walls of your house.

• If you have decorated the interior of your home in relation to any theme then experts suggest that you select the color for the outer walls keeping in mind that particular theme. For instance, if the interior décor theme is related to nature then use the color that is associated with nature for your outer walls.

• Utilize dark and solid color for the outer wall if your house is located in an area which experiences cold climatic conditions. On the other hand, if you are living in a humid and hot region then it is advised that you choose light color for the outer walls.

• You should make it a point to check out the colors your neighbors have used on their exterior walls so that you can coordinate with your neighborhood or use a color that will give an extraordinary look to your home.

• Choose a color that will bring out the true personality of your home. A color or combinations of colors that will make your home appear not only beautiful but stately. Remember, guests should be impressed with the first look of your home.

Recognizing the alkyd or acrylic paint

January 17, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Coloring / Painting

Acrylic paint, also known as alkyd paint has special traits, which is very easy to pick. Acrylic paint is not water based paint, which is one of its most special features. It is based on oil, and therefore has strong adhesion properties.

However, the color retention properties of Alkyd paint are not that strong, and it tends to fade away very soon. You would also notice that acrylic paints have more weight comparatively to other paints, and therefore it is difficult to apply on surfaces.

Modern house owners have a strong affinity for Alkyd paints for the simple reason that the paint could be used for application on any given surface. Acrylic paints also grip surfaces very hard, it’s not that easy to remove acrylic paint from any surface. Still house owners should keep one thing in mind that time taken to dry up acrylic paints are much longer.

Painting the Laminated Walls of your Bathroom

January 17, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Coloring / Painting

Instructions

1. The bathroom walls should be cleaned with trisodium phosphate which is a general cleanser and a sponge.

2. Painter’s tape should be stuck to trim or bathroom fixtures that you don’t want to paint.

3. Bonding primer should be applied to the laminate surfaces starting at the edges. After completing the edges, a medium-nap roller should be used for applying bonding primer to the laminate wall surfaces. Bonding primers adhere best to glossy surfaces like laminate, glass and ceramic. The primer should be allowed to dry before you start the painting.

4. The laminate bathroom walls should be painted using oil-based interior paint. Oil-based paint should be used to prevent moisture damage. The edges should be painted first with a brush, then using a medium-nap roller for main surfaces.

5. A second coat of paint should be applied if bare patches are seen after the first coat has dried.

Repaint your Cabinets

January 16, 2011  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Coloring / Painting, Home Care

Old cabinets can be made to look new again by repainting.
Instructions

1. The cabinet doors should be removed with a screwdriver. The hinges should be unscrewed and the drawers should be removed from your cabinet.

2. The paint from the cabinet doors and cabinet face should be removed with a chemical stripper.

3. Using sandpaper the cabinets should be sanded so that the old finish is removed to prevent bonding problems with the new paint.

4. Any small holes or dents in the woodwork should be filled with non-shrinking wood filling putty. The putty should be filled with a putty knife and allowed to dry. The putty should be made smooth using sandpaper.

5. An underbody primer should be applied to the bare wood to fill minor imperfections in the wood and to make the surface smooth. It should be painted with the grain using a primer brush.

6. The paint should be applied to the dried primer using a paint brush.

Painting your Coving

September 20, 2010  //  Posted by: viewmybuild  //  Category: Coloring / Painting, Home Improvement

A concave type of trim that bridges the corner between the wall and ceiling is called coving.

Instructions

1. Room should be cleared or items in the room should be covered with tarps or drop cloths.

2. The edge of the tape should be lined up with the edge of the coving so no wall is exposed.

3. The coving should be painted using a paintbrush moving the brush horizontally along the coving, and making light strokes a few inches long, working within 2-foot sections. The paint should be allowed to dry.

4. Paint the first couple of inches of ceiling adjacent to the coving with the brush if you are painting the ceiling and coving with the same color.

5. The ceiling should be painted using the roller with two coats, if you are painting both with the same color. The paint should be allowed to dry in between coats.