Painting Wood Floors

Painting wood floors is a great way to offer a new look and often times a new life to the woods within your home. For many, it is an excellent way to discover a new and beautiful flooring option for the home. But, where do you begin? While many people first think to call the professional in for this job, you really can do it on your own. With a few skills and a few helpful tips, you can discover a new world under your feet. Here are some things that you can consider first of all.

Painting wood floors is not a small job. Not all wood flooring can or should be painted either. Many times, hardwood floors and laminates will have protective coatings on them to protect them and to give them more durability. But, these coatings will get in the way of your painting. If you have a wood flooring that has a coating like this, you may need to seek the manufacturers advice on how to handle the painting.

Still other wood flooring is troublesome because it has been stained. While many times you can paint over stain, you need to take protective and careful measures to insure that you do not damage the wood in your painting process.

Once you have found out just what your painting entails, you can get started with the task at hand. In most cases, a properly clean and repaired floor is necessary to start with. In these cases, you will find that you will need to prime the wood prior to getting started with painting. You will also need to adjust your type of paint to match the type of wood as well as any protective coating and stain that is on that wood. All in all, painting wood is quite doable, if you take the right measures to get it done correctly.

How to Painting Window Frames

It seems like there’s always a window in need of painting, whether you’re matching a new room scheme or just sprucing things up. The actual painting isn’t difficult, but you should know what you’re getting into before you start. If you can, remove the window frames before painting them. Newer windows are released by pushing them against their spring-loaded jambs. Don’t paint the edges of windows – they’ll slide easier if unpainted. Older windows – those with sash cord weights – are more difficult. You can paint older windows in place, but don’t paint them shut.

1. To paint double-hung windows, you’ll want to remove them from their frames. Newer, spring-mounted windows are released by pushing against the frame. If you have an older window, consider painting it in place.

 

2. Drill holes and insert two nails into the legs of a wooden stepladder, and mount the window easel-style for easy painting. Or, lay the window flat on a bench or sawhorses. Don’t paint the sides or the bottom of the sashes.

 

3. Using a tapered sash brush, begin by painting the wood next to the glass. Use the narrow edge of brush and overlap paint onto the glass to create a weathertight seal.

 

4. Clean any excess paint off the glass with a putty knife wrapped in a clean cloth. Rewrap the knife often so that you always wipe with a clean piece of fabric. Overlap the paint onto the glass about 1/16 of an inch to create a good seal.

 

5. Paint the flat portions of the sashes, then the case moldings, the sill, and the apron. Use slow, careful brush strokes. If you’re painting with the sash in place, you’ll want to avoid getting paint between the sash and frame. For casement windows, open them up completely before painting.

 

6. If you must paint your windows in place, move the painted windows up and down several times during the drying period to keep them from sticking. You can use a putty knife to avoid touching the painted surfaces.

Paint Tips

What is Paint?
Paint consists of:

• Pigments for color.
• Binders that hold the pigments together.
• Liquid that disperses and delivers the pigments.
• Additives that supply traits such as moisture resistance.


More Painting Tips

Paint Safety
Before beginning any paint project, make certain you are working in a well ventilated room.

Clean As You Go
When painting, keep a damp rag handy to clean up as you go. It’s much easier to clean paint that is still wet.

Paintbrush Overload
For a quicker and more efficient paint job, don’t overload the paintbrush or roller. If it drips, there’s too much paint.

Door Painting
When you’re painting a door, waiting between coats for each side to dry can be time consuming. Here’s a shortcut. First, drive nails into the four corners and attach a length of rope. Loop each rope once around a rafter or beam. After painting one side, you can flip the work over, unlooping the ropes, to paint the other side.

Paint Spray Technique
Using a paint sprayer can give you some versatility for your next project. Using a spray gun rather than a roller or brush allows you the option of varying color schemes by fading and layering colors. You can achieve this by moving closer or farther away from your surface. To ensure a smooth finish, move at a consistent speed across your surface and remember to always clean your machine and hoses to avoid clogging.

Power Paint Sprayer
Use a power sprayer to cut days off your next big exterior paint job. Apply a thin coat first as a primer, using even, steady strokes that overlap. Start at the bottom and work your way up, so you can get at the underside of your clapboards or shingles. Allow this coat to dry and apply final coats the same way. Remember to keep the sprayer and its attachments clean and clog-free.

Paintbrush cleaning
Cleaning paintbrushes is a messy job, but someone’s got to do it. First wipe off as much excess as you can. If you’re using latex paint, work the bristles in warm soapy water. For oil-based paint, first clean brushes in a glass or metal container in an inch of solvent, then use warm soapy water. Smooth clean bristles with an old comb.

Painting Time
When painting a room which has surfaces that are in good shape, plan on spending about half as much time on preparation and clean-up as the actual painting. Where surfaces are in poor shape, non-painting time will increase accordingly, and may take more time than the paint application itself. To save time in cleaning up paint trays, either line them with aluminum foil before starting, or simply slip smaller trash bags over them.

Carrying Paint
Smaller quart-size paint cans are hard to carry and easy to tip over. To avoid these problems, try this: Put the quart paint can inside of an empty gallon can that has a handle. It will be easier to carry and, if it spills inside of the larger can, you can just pour the paint back into the quart can.

Painter tape
When masking off areas around trim etc. Use quality painters tape. This tape is wider than most masking tape, it doesn’t absorb the paint and is easy to apply and remove. It usually comes with an adhesive strip along one edge which covers about a 1/3 of the width of the tape. Don’t use plain old masking tape.

Paint Storage
To prevent air from entering partially used paint cans, store them upside down after placing the top on firmly.

Painting Techniques

Have you ever visited a craft show or gift shop, and wondered how the manufacturers get those brand new hand crafted items, to look like antiques? Well, there are many different techniques used for aging new items. Here are just a few that are easy to do, using a variety of different items.

First, we will talk about distressing items. Take a brand new teddy bear for example, his fur is in wonderful shape, no worn spots, his stuffing is firm and in place. But you want this bear to look like a small child has loved him for years. Take a razor or electric clippers and just start trimming that brand new looking little furry creature. Basically around the muzzle and ears, and anywhere he would have been rubbed by little hands, you can also give him a tea dye bath which I will describe later on.

Also for wooden items, such as signs, toys or shelving, break out the sandpaper, hammer and even a screw driver, start taking out your frustrations on the piece of wood in front of you. Beat it, scrape it and sand the edges to make them look worn. Then you can use a medium colored stain to darken the wood and stain the paint. Just put on one light coat and let dry.

You can also add age spots to any items by mixing a bit of black or dark brown paint with a little water, to make it ink-like in consistency. Just dab this on lightly with a paint brush; anywhere you feel a little age spot would be appropriate.

Have you ever seen a sign that looks like the wood had been kept in a work shop? This method is called spattering. After you have painted your project, take an old toothbrush, it is helpful to trim the bristles to between 1/4 and ½ inches long. Dip your toothbrush in water, and now in a spot of paint, color doesn’t matter, but you will need it to contrast with the background color of the painted item. It is also best to place your object on newspaper or in a cardboard box, to keep from spattering your paint everywhere. Now, with the toothbrush facing the project, run your thumb down the bristles of the toothbrush, and spatter the paint onto the surface of your project. You can also spatter with more than one color. Just rinse your toothbrush out, and after the first spattering is dried, re-spatter. Items can also be distressed after this procedure.

Old fabrics generally are stained also, and staining your fabric is very easy to do, with tea. Choose a large container that will hold your project. Fill the container halfway with boiling water and then add about 8 regular tea bags to the water, I usually add some vanilla extract and cinnamon with this too. Wait for the water to cool so that your project will not shrink. Now just toss in your project and allow soaking. Some people recommend removing the tea bags, but I like leaving them in the water, since they will touch the project and make a darker stain in some spots. You can leave this soak for several hours or overnight. Remove, and set out to dry. You can actually even set the item on the edge of the bowl face down and let all of the excess tea run into the face, which will leave interesting looking marks.

If you want to add a few more spots to your item, take a wet tea bag and just tap it on your project. If you are tea dying fabric to use for a project, it can be tossed in the dryer, and then pressed before cutting out your items. This process can be done with any fabric items, such as doll clothes, doll bodies and teddy bears.

There are several aging products on the market one is called “Age it” and another “Crackle it”. This is just painted on a surface after a base coat is painted. If you are going to paint a surface that will be white or another light color when finished, start with a dark base coat. Now paint on the product, it will chemically change the first coat of paint so it will react with the last coat.

Lastly, paint on the final color coat. Watch the chemical reaction taking place, the paint will crack and bubble, giving your project an aging paint looks Very similar to old weathered wood.

These are just a few of the techniques that I use to “age” my craft projects to make them look older than they really are.

Painting like a pro

Ready to paint the interior of your home but have no clue as to what kind of preparation, paint or tools you need to do a quality job? Let’s shed a little light on the subject to help you achieve the attractive, long-lasting results you might expect could come only from a professional.

Let me begin by stressing the importance of good preparation. Resist the temptation to take short cuts in this step of a painting project to save time or effort, because proper prep work can make the difference between a good job and a great job and help prevent any paint failures.

When painting spread professional-quality canvas drop cloths to cover and protect the floor. Spilled paint doesn’t soak through canvas as it does a bed sheet or other lightweight cloth, and canvas is safer to walk on. Working on a plastic drop cloth can be like painting on roller skates.

1. First, you need to take down window coverings, and remove the switch-plates and hardware from doors (and cabinets, if you’ll be painting them).

2. Move all the furniture to the middle of the room and cover it with plastic.

3. Enamel paint on trim needs to be dulled using either sandpaper (be sure to wear a dust mask) or a liquid deglosser (be sure to follow directions on the label). I prefer sandpaper because it enables you to sand out old brush marks and roughness.

4. If there is oil-based enamel on the trim or cabinets, you’ll need to apply a prime coat. I prefer a slower drying oil based primer with good hiding ability (you’ll need paint thinner to clean up).

5. Next, fill cracks with a paintable latex caulk, fill nicks and dings with spackle or bond and spot prime these areas. Wall prep usually isn’t as time consuming.

6. Clean any grease, wax or dirt with Tri Sodium Phosphate (TSP) or another degreaser, then rinse.

7. Walls which were previously painted with oil-based enamel (most likely in older kitchens, bathrooms or laundry rooms) should be primed with an oil based primer.

8. Smoke stains should be primed with a stain blocking primer.

9. Fill nail holes with spackle, applied with your fingertip instead of a knife so you don’t fill in any wall texture. I will assume you will be painting with a brush and roller, and not need to do a lot of masking, as is the case when applying paint with a sprayer.

10. Cover baseboards with two inch masking tape.

11. Now that you’ve got your home all prepped and ready to put some fresh color on your walls, you need to pick up the paint and tools required to do a quality job. With all the paint manufacturers and dealers out there offering so many different grades of products, it’s no wonder many consumers have no idea which products to buy. Don’t buy the cheapest stuff you can get your hands on because it probably won’t give you the coverage or durability you need. But you don’t necessarily need the most expensive, either. Knowing what you’re looking for will make it much easier.

Finishes and Gloss

The vast majority of finishes used today are water-based latex. Oil based paints are rarely used for finishes anymore because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has put a limit on the amount of volatile chemicals that can be used.

The first thing to understand is that paints have different gloss ratings (or sheens), from flat to lo-sheen, eggshell, semi-gloss and finally, gloss. Flat has little or no sheen and is used primarily for walls and ceilings. The remaining is considered enamels and can range from a five to 85 percent sheen rating – the higher the rating, the higher the shine. These are used for trim, cabinets and walls in kitchens, bathrooms and laundry rooms. Many homeowners use enamels on all their walls because they are more durable and easier to clean, but I recommend lo-sheen because it is more attractive than shinier enamels.

How Much Paint to Buy?

You’ll need to measure the square footage of your walls and ceilings. Most paints will cover from 300 to 400 square feet per gallon. Double that, because I recommend applying two coats on all surfaces to insure good coverage and maximum durability.

Tools

1. At least one good two and one-half- to three-inch paint brush (Purdy is a good brand and if you keep it clean it should last forever)

2. A nine-inch roller frame

3. A nine-inch screen

4. A nine-inch roller covers with a one-half to one-inch nap “lamb’s wool is best”

5. A two-gallon bucket

6. A five-gallon bucket

7. A four-to eight-foot rolling pole (which could double as a handle for a broom or other implement) to save time and your back

8. You might also consider foam brushes and rollers (for a smoother finish on trim and cabinets)

Make just one final appraisal of your prep work to make sure it is complete. (Remember, no short cuts!) Read the labels on the paint cans for any special instructions and familiarize yourself with what you are using. Now you should be ready to go!

1. Put your nine-inch screen in your five-gallon bucket (eliminating any need for a roller tray) and pour three to four gallons of paint in the bucket.

2. Attach your rolling pole to the roller frame, slide on the roller cover and dunk it into the bucket.

3. Roll only three feet at a time to spread the paint evenly over the wall, using the roller to get as close to the corners as possible.

4. After rolling, pour some paint into the two-gallon bucket, dip your new brush and start “cutting in” around the trim and corners.

5. Make sure the paint is completely dry before applying the second coat.

Trim

For trim, make sure the surface is clean before painting, some enamels brush better than others, so ask the paint store which product has the best brush ability and is user friendly. A product called Floe-tol can also be added to enamels to help them flow better and eliminate brush marks, or you can add a few splashes of water (just don’t overdo it). You can also try the foam brush or roller, experimenting to see what is most comfortable and effective for you.

Painting Laminated Plastic Countertops

One of the main concerns with using melamine paint on your countertops is the curing period between coats. The following is the proper method to paint counters.

1. Wash the entire area using TSP (tri sodium phosphate) and a Scotch Brite type abrasive scrub pad.

2. Rinse well with clear water.

3. Allow it to dry.

4. Mask all areas to be protected such as sinks, faucets, the backsplash, etc.

5. Roll on first coat using a Wizz roller (foam type) and allow it to cure for a full 24 hours.

6. Roll on a second coat and allow another full 24 hours.

7. Never place hot pots/plates or do any cutting on the painted surface.

Note: Always remember this is still paint, so use your countertop with TLC.

Painting Ideas For Toddler Rooms

When your baby first arrived, your family was overjoyed of having a new baby in the house. Perhaps you’ve made the necessary preparations for the baby’s nursery. You’ve created a relaxing room that is suited for your little angel. However, you may have forgotten that your baby will soon become a toddler. Having a nursery room that is open to changes in decoration is the best that you can have these days.

You don’t have to create a new room for your toddler. In fact, the baby’s nursery can still be used but only with little changes. Painting your toddler’s rooms is one way to change the atmosphere and feel of the room.

If you want to start your painting project for your toddler, then you will need painting ideas to guide you in your project. Read this helpful article and you will surely get good painting ideas for your toddler’s room.

Thinking ahead is the best possible solution so that the room can meet your kid’s needs as he or she grows older. The structural basics like electrics, lighting, and closets should be just right because as your child grows, so will storage requirements.

If your cute baby is now a toddler, make sure that the room is designed for practicality and fun. The painting of the room should be simple and very easy to maintain. The toddler’s room is hard to keep clean because your child will naturally write on the walls or smudge the walls by accident. Either way, the walls of the bedroom should still be kept clean. How will you do this?

Consider these painting ideas for toddler rooms:

Choose a color that your toddler loves. It should go along with his gender and his interests. Bright colors easily attract toddlers and some kiddies also like bold colors. You can ask your toddler to take part in the selection process. When you visit the paint dealer, why not take your child and let him/her choose the color of the paint that you plan to purchase.

Paint sheens should also be considered when painting for toddler rooms. Make sure that you buy durable and washable paint sheens. One reason why many people prefer painting a room because re-applying wallpaper is a tough job, and expensive too. If you settle with paint, you can always re-paint it when the need arises.

If your toddler loves well-known cartoon characters, then you can incorporate that in your painting. Choose a color that will go along with their favorite character. Painted wall borders can add a whimsical touch to your toddler’s room.

Some toddlers love to have rooms like that of space ships and rockets. You can paint the room to look like a spaceship by carefully choosing the colors. With a little imagination and creativity, you can turn the room into an awesome and interesting place for your toddler.

If your toddler shares a room with an older brother or sister, you can have a neutral wall. Your toddler’s side should be painted the way that is suited for him/her. Even if the room is shared, your toddler can still enjoy his little corner

Painting is not a very difficult task. By carefully looking at these great painting ideas, your toddler’s room is worth remembering. Get your child involved and you will both like the results.

Painting Ideas For Interior Walls

Many people want to make their home to look a little classier and more comfortable to live in. This is why many Americans today spend a lot of money on interior decorations and on comfortable chairs, such as recliners and extra soft mattresses. However, what many people don’t know is that comfort and coziness also depends on the walls itself.

Try to imagine living in a home with all walls painted in black or with walls with no paint at all. It will seem dull and unwelcoming. You have to consider that the coziness and the warmth in homes will also depend on the wall paint. With the right mixture of colors, you will see that your home will even be more inviting and cozier to live in than ever before.

Firstly, painting interior walls isn’t just about arming yourself with a roller and the paint you like. It is also important to know that there are painting methods and techniques that you can use in interior wall painting to make your home more welcoming to look at. The proper painting techniques will also enhance the lighting and the look of your furniture too.

So, here are some of the techniques that you can use when you are painting your home’s interior walls:

Firstly, you have to choose the proper color for every room of your home. In the kitchen, you should consider choosing a color that will match the finish of your cabinets and the table. It is important that you should also choose a bright color for the kitchen. It will improve your mood and it will also keep you smiling as you prepare you and your family’s meals.

You should also choose a different color scheme for every room of your home in order for people to distinguish which room is which. Using different color schemes in every room will also make your home unique and better to look at. Besides, a home with a single color scheme, no matter how bright or happy the color scheme is, it will still be very dull to have a single color scheme.

In the bathroom, you can consider choosing a clean looking color, such as blue or green. These colors can give the bathroom a look of more space and a clean feeling. For bedrooms, you can use sleep inducing colors, such as light blue.

Sponging is also a great technique you can use in painting to enhance the color scheme. For example, if you used the color blue in a room as a base color, you can consider letting it dry thoroughly and use a lighter shade of blue for the sponging technique. You will see that the effect will be quite attractive. Although sponging can take a long time, the effect it offers is worth the effort.

Another interior wall painting technique is by making your walls look like they are made of suede or plaster. With this technique, you will see that it will make the room stand out. It may seem difficult to do, but it only requires a few easy steps to get the desired effect.

Now that you know how to paint your interior walls and what proper colors to choose, it will definitely make your home stand out from the rest. So, stop living in a dull home by repainting your interior walls to make your home look a lot cozier and more welcoming than before.

Painting Ideas For A Girl’s Room

Green and pink are probably the two hottest paint colors for every girl’s room these days. These interior paint colors create a fresher look for your girl’s room.

If you want a punchy pair of paint color, then go with green and pink. This is a surefire color trend nowadays. Every girl wants their room to be unique and expressive, and this might be the right time to start painting their room.

Having second thoughts? Well, with the help of these painting ideas for a girl’s room, you will encounter less or even no problems at all.

1. If you want to make a girl’s room warmer, paint the walls with pink. But if you want to the room to be cooler, the walls should be painted with green.

2. Achieve balance between these two colors by using two thirds of the pink and one third of the green, or the other way around.

3. If you want to get greater interest, mix the shades of green and pink.

4. The intensity of the paint colors can also affect the room’s dramatic effect by keeping the colors far from each other or close enough.

5. Paint the room with flower power. Use semi-gloss paint using the shades of pink. Don’t forget to apply a base coat first and leave it to dry. Afterwards you can apply the pink colored paint on top. By using flower stamps, press it on the wall firmly. The flower stamps should be at least five to eight inches apart.

6. If your girl wants her room decorated with stripes, then you can paint the room in stripes. Use satin paints with the shades of green. A base coat should be applied and wait until it dries. Use a roller (marble-look cover) to paint the walls so that mottled surfaces are created. Start behind the room’s door and measure/mark the stripes. You can freely decide how the stripes are spaced. Use a liner brush to paint the stripes. Start painting the stripe from the top to the bottom.

7. You can also create a psychedelic swirl by combining a dark pink paint color over a base coat of light pink. The pattern that can be obtained from this kind of project is fresh and does not overwhelm space. After the base coat dries, use the crafts knife to cut the small notches that measures about three millimeters. After doing this, use a neutral glazing medium and apply the mixture to the room’s wall with the use of roller covered in foam. While it’s wet, comb the curved strokes using a squeegee. The swirled design can be achieved by combing the strokes in two different directions. Then after the whole wall is done, leave it to dry.

8. A polka dot design is also great for a girl’s room. You can use different shades of green for this project. You will need a stamp graphic pattern to add a lively tone to the plain wash wall. If your girl’s room has too much sunlight coming in, use the paint with celery-green shade. Use semi-gloss paints for this project and for the polka dots, use white-colored paint. Glaze is applied after the base coat dries in round motion. After the glaze dries, you can now stamp the polka dots on the wall.

Your girl will love spending lots of her time inside her room after the painting is done nicely.

Painting Ideas For A Boy’s Bedroom

Teens are very much different from the regular little kids in school. Their tastes greatly vary and so when you decide to paint your teen boy’s bedroom, you should have extraordinary painting ideas just to capture their attention.

The internet offers a wide array of painting ideas that you can see for yourself. These great painting ideas can help you a lot especially if you don’t know where to start. Not all people are artistic enough but admit it, anyone can paint; and so can you.
Don’t delay this very simple task and start painting your teen’s bedroom. To aid you in your special painting project, don’t forget these cool painting ideas specially conceptualized for your teen boy’s bedroom.

1. Vibrant colors attract teenagers easily. You can paint your boy’s bedroom with blue or purple shades. The painting on the walls cannot stand alone so you would also need to provide accents like lighter shades of furniture.

2. Painting your teen’s room with only plain colored paint can sometimes be boring for your boy; so it would be best to have a mural painting on their wall. You can choose a certain theme that your teen boy is interested with and paint it on the wall. Since he’s already old enough, you can even let him join in the painting process. You will surely have a good time.

2. For your painting mural, you can have a motor sports theme, surf theme, and any other appropriate theme that your boy likes.

4. Do a solid color theme for your boy’s room. Aside from the solid color, you can also use other colors, however, be sure to use them in little amounts. If you follow this tip, your boy’s room can have an excellent overall design.

5. If your teenager is interested in cowboys, you can paint his room with any warm red shade. All other room accessories should coordinate with the cowboys theme.

6. If your boy loves race cars, you can paint racing stripes or even checkered flags on the windows and walls of the bedroom.

7. Chalkboard paints are still recommended for a teen boy’s room especially if your teen is an artist by nature. He can express himself freely inside his bedroom because the entire wall will serve as his chalkboard.

8. If your teen likes to stick things on the wall, then you’d better prepare your pockets for the expensive magnetic paint. By applying several coats of magnetic paint, the walls of the bedroom can hold anything that’s magnetic.

9. As mentioned a bit earlier, the theme can also be about sports like basketball, swimming, football, and any other sport that your boy loves playing. All you have to do is to choose the best paint color that will suit the theme. After choosing the paint’s color, you can choose the room’s accessories that will complement the color of the bedroom wall.

10. Get your boy involved in the work. He knows what he likes so let him do the choosing. Your task is just to guide him and help him. During one weekend, the family can all help together to paint the bedroom. Family bonding is one way to bring the family closer together.

Your search for the best painting ideas for your boy’s bedroom is over. Now, you can have a lot of choices. Make a good decision for your boy’s room.