Lumpy Paint

One of the best ways to ensure a great paint finish is to make sure that you start out with smooth paint. Here are some easy ways to do just that!

1. If you’re using old paint and your pretty sure there are going to be lumps, you’ll want to strain the paint. One easy way to do this is to stretch part of an old pair of nylon stockings over the top of a container. Secure it with some rubberbands and pour your paint through the stocking. As the paint goes through the nylon the lumps will get caught.

2, Another easy way to strain your paint is to cut a piece of screen so that it is just a little smaller than your can. Put the screen on top of the paint and slowly push it down with a paint stick. The lumps will be caught in the screen and settle on the bottom.

3. It is important to stir your paint. To make your stirring more effective, drill holes down the length of your paint stick. This way when you stir some of the paint is forced through the holes and not just around the stick!

4. You can also take an old beater from an electric mixer and secure it in your drill chuck. Put it in the paint and turn it on.

COLOR Frequently asked questions

How do colors effect room size?

Generally, warm colors like reds, oranges, and yellows close in a space. Blues, greens, and violets tend to make a room look larger. Dark colors have a diminishing effect. Whites are always a good choice for making a room look larger.

My room has a chair rail and I am using two colors….?

This depends on the look you want to achieve. If you want an open, airy look, always paint the portion of the wall below the chair rail darker allowing the lighter color to dominate.

Should trim work be painted the same color as the walls…?

Use the same color to hide trim work, use a lighter or darker color to bring out the trim work and add highlights.

Will the paint I choose look lighter or darker on the wall?

Larger surfaces make the paint appear darker. As a general rule, always choose colors that are a shade or two lighter than what you want. Do keep in mind that colors can also appear lighter or darker depending on surrounding colors and lighting.

What is the best way to decide which color is best for my room?

Take color chips home to determine the color of your room. A nice technique is to hold the color chips in the daylight and at night so you will see how lighting will effect your color choices.

What color should I paint my ceiling?

White or off-white colors will create the illusion of having a higher ceiling and more open space. Whereas medium to dark colors will create the illusion of lowering the ceiling. Customarily, white or off-white tend to be used.

Will the paint actually match the color chip?

As a general rule, paint on a color chip will appear slightly lighter than when applied in a room. Always take into account the sheen of the paint, the lighting in the room, and other colors that are in the room.